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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 21

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Tyson Barrie

Of the three Avalanche prospects invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, Tyson Barrie was the lone player to make the cut.

The reigning WHL Defenseman of the Year will be suiting up for his country in international competition for the second time when the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship officially kicks off Dec. 26. Barrie previously played for Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where his team finished sixth.

Canada opens the tournament with a contest against Russia on Sunday. Barrie and his teammates will also face the Czech Republic, Norway and Sweden in preliminary round action.

During a tune-up for the World Juniors on Monday night, Barrie scored a power-play goal in the second period and picked up an assist during another man-advantage later in the middle frame as Canada defeated Switzerland, 8-0.

Team Canada will also have exhibition matches against Sweden (Tuesday) and Finland (Thursday) before officially opening the tournament this weekend.
Lake Erie Monsters
Colorado’s AHL affiliate played three days in three games this past weekend, but only came away with one point.

After being blanked by Milwaukee, 3-0, on Friday night, Lake Erie picked up a point in a 2-1 overtime loss to Rockford on Saturday. Curtis Fraser scored the Monsters’ lone goal, while John Grahame stopped 29-of-31 shots.

Lake Erie then closed out its stretch of three games in three nights by falling to Peoria by a 4-0 count on Sunday. The Monsters are now on their holiday break, and will resume action on Dec. 26 with a contest at Grand Rapids.

Tulsa Oilers
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate had its six-game winning streak snapped last Tuesday, falling to Wichita by a 7-6 count despite Harrison Reed’s three-point night (1g/2a).

The Oilers got back on the winning track over the weekend, earning three victories in three days.

Tulsa started the weekend by exacting a bit of revenge against Wichita with a 5-3 triumph. Reed picked up two helpers in the victory. Tulsa then blanked Allen, 5-0, on Saturday, with Reed (1g/1a) and Tom Fritsche (2a) both posting multi-point games.

The Oilers finished the weekend on a high note by topping Odessa, 3-2, in overtime. Fritsche had an assist in the victory.

There was a light NCAA schedule last week due to the holiday break. In fact, the only Avs NCAA prospect in action was North Dakota forward Brad Malone, who was held pointless during a 2-1 exhibition victory over the U.S. National Under-18 Team on Saturday.

-Stefan Elliott extended his point streak to nine games after making his way onto the score sheet in all three of Saskatoon’s contests last week. Elliott assisted on the Blades’ lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Moose Jaw last Tuesday and then scored a power-play goal (the eventual game-winner) Friday during a 3-1 triumph over Swift Current. He wrapped up the week by notching two points (1g/1a) as Saskatoon downed Edmonton, 4-2. Elliott leads all WHL defensemen in goals (14) and ranks second in points (34).

-Seattle’s Calvin Pickard won both of his starts last week. The goalie made 40 saves on Wednesday as the Thunderbirds beat Spokane, 5-4, in overtime. He then turned aside 50 shots on Saturday to lead his club to a 4-2 triumph over Portland. Pickard has appeared in 30 games this season, registering a 15-9-2-4 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

-Troy Rutkowski scored his sixth goal of the season in Portland’s 4-2 loss to Seattle on Saturday, giving the blueliner 25 points (6g/19a) in 37 games.

-Stephen Silas picked up two assists on Saturday as the Belleville Bulls topped Plymouth, 3-1. While he’s still looking for his first goal of the season, Silas leads all Belleville defensemen in both assists and points (15) through 35 games.

-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell appeared in three games last week, which resulted in a victory, an overtime loss and a no decision. Maxwell started the week with a win, stopping 30 shots as the Rangers topped Sarnia, 11-2, on Thursday. The netminder again made 30 saves the following night, but Kitchener fell to Guelph, 3-2, in overtime. On Saturday, Maxwell up four goals on 24 shots but didn’t factor into the decision during a 7-5 loss to Guelph.

-Owen Sound’s Joey Hishon was held pointless in two games after returning from Team Canada’s World Junior Team selection camp last week. Hishon leads the Attack in assists (25) and ranks second in goals (17) and points (42) in 24 games.
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