Lake Erie Monsters
Spotlight On: Gus Young
Gus Young and the Yale Bulldogs are trying to avoid hanging up their skates for the season as they prepare to take on Massachusetts-Lowell in the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four on Thursday in Pittsburgh. It is the first time in 61 years that Yale has reached the national semifinals.
Young, a junior defensemen, has already been recognized in the tournament for his exceptional play as he was named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team.
Yale beat Minnesota, a No. 1 seed, 3-2 in overtime in the first round of the tournament on March 29. Young scored the second goal of the game when he wristed the puck past the opposing goalie on the power play.
His goal gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead before the Gophers came back and tied the contest in the third period. Yale picked up the win in the game after scoring nine seconds into overtime.
The next day, Young and the Bulldogs defeated North Dakota 4-1 to reach the final four of collegiate hockey.
Young played in all 35 regular season games this season and tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) and had 58 penalty minutes. He has 21 points (five goals and 16 assists) in 75 career games with the Bulldogs.
The Avalanche selected Young in the seventh round (184th overall) of the 2009 Entry Draft.
The Monsters (31-30-3-7) snapped a two-game losing streak and concluded their five-game road trip last week with back-to-back wins against Toronto and Rochester. Those two wins pushed their record to 3-2-0-0 on the road trip.
Lake Erie battled to earn a 3-2 victory over the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies last Wednesday with Mike Connolly netting the game-winning goal 21 seconds into overtime. On the year, Connolly has eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points.
Thomas Pock also scored in the game against the Marlies and now has 31 points (11g/20a).
Tomas Vincour made a significant contribution in his Lake Erie debut on Friday night, as the Monsters won 3-1 in Rochester. Vincour recorded a goal and an assist in the game. The Avalanche acquired Vincour from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Cameron Gaunce on April 2, a day before the NHL Trade Deadline.
Also against the Americans, Paul Carey tallied his 16th goal of the season while Luke Walker scored his ninth goal of the year.
Defenseman Stefan Elliot picked up three assists over the two games and was rewarded by being called up to the Avs on Saturday. Elliot joined fellow Lake Erie players David Van Der Gulik and Brad Malone on Colorado’s roster after the two forwards were recalled on April 1.
On Tuesday, goaltender Sami Attokallio was called up to the Avalanche. The Monsters replaced the Finnish goalie with Kent Patterson, Kieran Millan and Joel Chouinard of the Denver Cutthroats
The Monsters have five crucial games left in the regular season and sit seven points out of the final playoff spot. Their next contest is on Tuesday night against the Syracuse Crunch.
April 9 vs. Syracuse
April 12 at Hamilton
April 13 vs. Hamilton
The Cutthroats’ inaugural season has come to an end after Denver lost 6-2 to Allen on Saturday. Denver lost 4-1 in their best-of seven, first-round series with the top-seeded Americans.
Both rookie netminders, Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson, logged time in the Game 5 with Millan recording the loss.
In the playoffs, Milan went 1-3 with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. Patterson played in two games, going 0-1 with a 3.25 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage.
The Cutthroats had a successful first year in the Central Hockey League, making the playoffs as the No. 8 seed with a 30-26-10 record (70 points). Denver sent a league-high nine players to the AHL throughout the season.
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) missed Kamloops’ most recent win on Sunday, 5-1, over Kelowna in the Western Conference Semifinals as he was injured in the series opener. The Blazers won 4-2 against the Rockets on Saturday night in Game 1. Kamloops leads Kelowna 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. So far in the playoffs, Smith has 11 points (1g/10a) in seven games.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) and the Whalers had their 13-game winning streak, which dated back to Feb. 28, snapped on Sunday. Plymouth lost 3-1 to Owen Sound in the second game of their Western Conference Semifinals series, which is now tied 1-1. The Whalers won the first game, 4-1, on Friday night. Meurs scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in Game 1 and now has five points in the postseason.
Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) has five points (3g/2a) in six playoff games for the Whalers. Heard has yet to tally a point in the first two games of the Plymouth’s semifinal series.
Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) leads Quebec in the playoffs with a plus-6 rating. He has one assist this postseason. The Remparts are tied 1-1 in the quarterfinal round of their playoffs against Rouyn-Noranda.
Gus Young (Yale University) has one goal in the Bulldogs ‘first two games of the NCAA tournament. Yale will play Massachusetts-Lowell on Thursday in the first game of the 2013 Frozen Four.
Joachim Nermark’s (Linkoping HC) season is over after his team fell in their semifinal series against Skelleftea AIK. Linkoping lost the best-of-seven series 4-1. He played in all 10 postseason games for Linkoping HC this year and ended the regular season with four points (1g/3a).