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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 2

by Alyssa Romeo / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters began their three-game weekend with a double-header against the Hamilton Bulldogs, and started off on a good note by beating them 4-2 on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. Two goals from both Joey Hishon and Michael Sgarbossa powered the Monsters to the win. Paul Carey and Troy Bourke walked away with two helpers each.

Hishon recorded a season-high eight shots on goal during Friday’s contest, adding to the fourth straight match where the Monsters had at least 32 shots on net.

Lake Erie goaltender Sami Aittokallio stopped 28-of-30 shots.

On the next night, a three-goal first period wasn't enough as the Monsters lost 4-3 in overtime against Hamilton. Reid Petryk and Michael Schumacher each had assists on the other’s goal. Troy Bourke accounted for the third goal, which was shorthanded and unassisted. Schumacher's tally was his third of the season.

Aittokallio had a season-high 41 saves and now owns a 3-1-1 record for the season.

With three third-period goals, the Lake Erie Monsters were propelled to a 4-1 win against the Toronto Marlies in Sunday’s away game. Four different Monsters scored goals, while Roman Will stopped 28 shots. It was the first win this season for Will and was the Czech goalie's first ever professional victory in North America.

Hishon got credit for the Monsters' first goal at 17:25 of the second period, tallying on the power play with Bourke and Maxim Noreau assisting. Hishon has five points in his last five games while Bourke is on a three-game point streak.

The final 10 minutes of third period proved to be the deciding factor in Sunday’s match with goals from Samuel Henley, Kenny Ryan and a short-handed goal from Schumacher. Assists came from Stefan Elliott, Borna Rendulic, Schumacher and Andrew Agozzino, who had two helpers.

Schumacher had a goal and an assist in back-to-back games, and became the fifth Monster this season to score a short-handed goal. Two out of the five short-handed goals for the Monsters this year came from the three-game weekend.

Upcoming Games

Dec. 3 vs. Chicago

Dec. 5 vs. Chicago

Dec. 7 at Rockford

ECHL

Meurs

Garrett Meurs (Fort Wayne Komets): The Komets went 3-0 this past week, and Meurs was a big reason why. On Thursday, Fort Wayne beat the Indy Fuel 2-1 in a shootout at the Memorial Coliseum. Meurs scored his first goal of the season for Fort Wayne, and the only one in regulation for the Komets. On Friday, the Komets beat the Kalamazoo Wings 4-1 in Kalamazoo, Mich., where Meurs had his second goal of the season. For the Komets’ third consecutive win, they beat the Orlando Solar Bears 6-4 on Saturday. Meurs extended his point streak to three games by scoring two goals—including the game-winner—and adding an assist, earning the No. 1 star of the game. He was named the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week on Tuesday morning for the week of Nov. 24-30.

OHL

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Owen Sound lost 2-1 to the Sarnia Sting on Friday. Owen Sound played the next night but fell again, losing a 3-0 shutout against North Bay Battalion. On Monday, Hockey Canada announced that Chris Bigras was invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, which begins Dec. 11 in Toronto in preparation for the 2015 World Junior Championship. Bigras has eight goals and 14 assist in 25 games with the Attack for the 2014-15 season.

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Rangers played three games last week, going 1-2. On Thursday, Kitchener fell 3-1 to the Peterborough Petes. The Rangers fell the next night, 5-0 to Kingston. On Sunday, the Rangers topped the Ottawa 67’s 4-3. Magyar did not have any points during these matches.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Mississauga lost 5-1 on Thursday to the Erie Otters. Martin was a relief goalie in the third period, saving 9-of-9 shots on goal. On Friday, the Steelheads beat Belleville 3-2 where Martin saved 36-of-38 shots. Finishing up the weekend games, Martin stopped 22-of-24 shots in a 6-2 win on Sunday against the London Knights. He has won the last three games he has started.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): North Bay lost 5-4 in OT in Thursday’s match against Guleph. Wood had one assist in the loss. North Bay beat Owen Sound 3-0 on Saturday where Kyle Wood put the Battalion on the scoreboard with a second period goal. North Bay beat the Niagra IceDogs 4-2 on Sunday for its second consecutive win.

WHL

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): Friday’s contest against Medicine Hat resulted in a 4-3 OT loss for Red Deer. The Rebels recorded a 6-2 win Saturday against Swift Current, where Bleackley had a goal and one assist, resulting in a plus-2 rating.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Giants were busy last week as they played in four games. Vancouver began thee week by falling 6-1 to the Medicine Hat Tigers last Tuesday. The Giants played again on Wednesday, losing 4-0 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Friday’s contest for Vancouver resulted in a 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings, but the Giants rallied on Sunday by beating the Calgary Hitmen 6-3. Geertsen had an assist in the win against Calgary.

QMJHL

Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Nantel tallied a goal in Rouyn-Noranda's 5-3 loss on Wednesday to Drummondville. In Saturday’s 8-5 loss to Halifax, Nantel tallied another goal for the Huskies and also added two assists. In the last contest of the weekend for the Huskies, Victoriaville beat Rouyn-Noranda 5-4. Nantel tallied a goal against Victoriaville, extending his goal streak to four games.

Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques): The Olympiques lost 3-1 to Quebec on Friday, but they came back to beat Shawinigan 4-2 at their home rink on Saturday. Pepin tallied a goal in Saturday’s contest against Shawinigan.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): On Tuesday, Will Butcher was named to Team USA’s camp roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. The U.S. training camp will be in Boston, Mass., commencing on Dec. 16. The University of Denver had a bye week last weekend and will return to action this Friday and Saturday against the Cornell Big Red.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State beat Bemidji State University 6-3 on Friday but fell 4-1 to Bemidji State the following night. Ben Storm tallied no points over the weekend.

Finland

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Jr. A SM-Ligga): Pajpach's junior Tappara team beat HPK 4-2 on Saturday. On Sunday, Tappara fell 5-2 to SAIPA. Pajpach has yet to play this season as he is recovering from an injury.

Sweden

Anton Lindholm (IF Malmo Redhawks, Allsvenskan/Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea loaned Lindholm to IF Malmo Redhawks of the Allsvenskan league on Nov. 24. He played in all three games for Malmo last week and recorded a goal in his first contest, a 3-2 loss to AIK last Tuesday. Malmo defeated Vita Hasten 6-3 on Saturday and IF Bjorkloven 4-2 on Monday. Lindholm had two assists against Bjorkloven, capping off a three-point weekend.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan/ Djurgarden, SHL): Westlund and Vita Hasten fell 4-2 last Tuesday against BIK Karlskoga. Vita Hasten lost 6-3 on Saturday to IF Malmo Redhawks. Westlund has played the entire season with Vita Hasten, recording a goal and six assists in 19 games.

Austria

Luke Walker (Grazz 99ers): The Grazz 99ers fell 3-2 to EC Redbull Salzburg last Tuesday. The 99ers played on Friday and Sunday, losing 3-1 to Dombimer Eishockey Club and falling 6-5 to SAPA Fehervar AV19, respectively. Walker recorded a goal against SAPA and now has seven tallies and four assists in 20 games this season.

KHL

Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv beat Slovan 3-1 last Tuesday and won again on Thursday, beating Medvescak 4-3 in overtime. Holos had the game-tying goal with 14 seconds left in regulation in Thursday’s match

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard lost 5-2 on Wednesday to Avtomobilist, with Parshin picking up a goal. On Friday, Avangard beat Salavat Yulaev 2-1. Parshin scored on a power play for the game-winner. Continuing its wins, Avangard beat Admiral 4-3 on Monday. Parshin had three assists in the victory. Overall, Parshin tallied two goals and three assists in the last three matches for Avangard.

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