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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 15

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Nathan Condon

Fargo Force center Nathan Condon saw his 11-game point streak (which included a five-game goal-scoring streak) come to an end on Wednesday during his club’s 5-0 loss to Sioux Falls.

However, he jumped right back on the horse Friday by notching a goal in a loss to Green Bay. Condon scored again and added an assist on the game-winning goal during the Force’s 5-3 victory over the Gamblers on Saturday.

A seventh-round selection by Colorado in the 2008 Entry Draft, Condon has recorded points in 13 of his past 14 games, totaling 19 points (12g/7ga) during that span. He is now tied atop Fargo’s scoring chart with 24 points (14g/10a) in 23 contests this season.

More importantly, Condon’s offensive prowess has helped the Force win games. During his aforementioned 14-game hot stretch, the Force has posted a 10-4 record after beginning the season by winning just four of its first nine contests.
 
Lake Erie Monsters
The highlight of the week for the Monsters was a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Sunday, during which the team tied the franchise record for goals in a game. Defenseman Brett Skinner matched a franchise best with four assists in the contest, while Darren Haydar also tied a franchise record with three goals. T.J. Hensick notched a goal, two assists and a fight for a “Gordie Howe hat trick,” while Billy Sauer made 30 saves to earn the win in goal.

The night before Lake Erie’s record-setting evening, the club fell to Chicago by a 6-2 count. Hensick and Patrick Bordeleau scored for the Monsters in the loss.

Lake Erie also picked up one point on Friday during a 4-3 shootout loss to Grand Rapids. Derek Peltier had a goal and an assist, while Ryan Stoa and Brock Bradford also scored.

Charlotte Checkers
The Avalanche’s ECHL affiliate had a busy schedule last week, playing four games in a five-day span. The Checkers opened with three straight games against Florida, losing by a 4-3 count in overtime on Wednesday before winning 4-1 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. Charlotte ended the week with a 4-0 loss Sunday at South Carolina.

NCAA
-Senior forward Mike Carman scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period as the University of Minnesota topped Michigan Tech, 3-2, on Saturday. The tally was Carman’s third goal of the season and his second game-winner.

-Boston College forward Paul Carey scored a goal in his team’s 3-2 win over Harvard on Wednesday and now has 11 points (5g/6a) in 15 games this season.

-Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk registered a short-handed goal and added an assist and Kieran Millan made 20 stops in Boston University’s 5-3 loss to Rensselaer on Friday. Shattenkirk is the Terriers’ leading scorer with 14 points (3g/11a) in 16 contests.

-Brad Malone scored his fifth goal of the season as North Dakota earned a 3-3 tie with Wisconsin on Friday.

-Northern Michigan’s Mark Olver had two assists Saturday in a 6-3 loss to Lake Superior State. Olver leads the Wildcats with 21 points (10g/11a) in 17 games.

QMJHL
-Victoriaville’s Joel Chouinard scored a power-play goal and added two assists on Thursday in a 7-5 loss to Cape Breton. The defenseman then notched a helper in the Tigres’ 4-3 victory over the Quebec Remparts on Friday evening. Fellow Avalanche prospect Peter Delmas took the loss for the Remparts despite stopping 26 shots.

-After suffering the loss to Victoriaville, Delmas picked up victories in his next two appearances. The netminder made 17 saves on Saturday in a 4-3 win over Chicoutimi and then stopped all 10 shots he faced in a relief effort on Sunday during a 7-4 victory against Baie-Comeau.

WHL
-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie totaled six assists in his first three games last week, including a four-assist effort during a 9-5 win over Regina on Wednesday. Barrie was then held off the score sheet during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Moose Jaw, ending his point streak at 21 games (5g/28a).

-Stefan Elliott had an assist Wednesday in Saskatoon’s 5-4 loss to Brandon and then netted a power-play goal Saturday in a 4-2 win over Red Deer.

OHL
-Kitchener goaltender Brandon Maxwell split his two starts last week. Maxwell first stopped 26-of-28 shots Tuesday in the Rangers’ 5-2 win against Mississauga. He then posted a remarkable 54 saves on Friday, but was saddled with a loss as London topped Kitchener, 5-4.

-Cameron Gaunce picked up an assist Friday against Windsor and continues to lead all Mississauga defensemen with 24 points (4g/20a) through 32 contests.
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