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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 22

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Brandon Maxwell

The Kitchener Rangers currently lead the Ontario Hockey League’s Midwest Division and rank second in the Western Conference with 51 points. Avalanche prospect Brandon Maxwell deserves a good chunk of the credit for the Rangers’ hot start, as he’s split time in goal while the team has posted a 24-8-1-2 mark so far in 2009-10.

Selected by the Avalanche in the sixth round (154th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Maxwell has enjoyed a solid rookie campaign in the OHL. The Winter Park, Fla., native has picked up victories in three of his last four outings, including a 35-save performance during Kitchener’s 4-3 win over Guelph on Friday.

Maxwell, who spent the previous two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, has posted an 11-7-0-2 record with a .907 save percentage and one shutout in 20 appearances this season.
Lake Erie Monsters
After being blanked by the Manitoba Moose, 1-0, on Friday, the Lake Erie Monsters came back and earned a 3-2 victory during Saturday’s rematch. Ryan Stoa and Brian Willsie scored power-play goals for Lake Erie, while Philippe Dupuis netted the game-winning goal with 4:25 remaining in the third period. Dupuis also had a game-high eight shots on goal. Tyler Weiman earned the victory after stopping 29-of-31 shots.

Charlotte Checkers
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate went head-to-head with the South Carolina Stingrays last week, playing the club four times in five days. The Checkers won the finale by a 4-2 count on Sunday and took the opener of the four-game set to overtime, gaining three points during the series.

Charlotte is currently second in the American South Division with 34 points (15-9-3-1).

-Brad Malone had an assist in the University of North Dakota’s 4-2 exhibition loss to the U.S. National Junior Team on Saturday.

-Quebec netminder Peter Delmas earned a pair of wins last week. Delmas made 18 saves Thursday in a 6-4 win over Acadie-Bathurst and then stopped 30 shots as the Remparts skated to an 8-5 victory over P.E.I. on Friday. Teammate and fellow Avalanche prospect Kelsey Tessier scored twice in Friday’s victory and currently ranks fourth on the squad with 32 points (10g/22a) in 34 contests.

-Joel Chouinard picked up an assist in each of Victoriaville’s two victories over Shawinigan last week. Chouinard leads all team defensemen with 32 points (11g/21a) in 34 games.

-Stefan Elliott recorded an assist Wednesday in Saskatoon’s 4-1 win against Kelowna and added another helper on Saturday during a 5-2 triumph over Prince Albert. With 32 points (11g/21a) in 35 games, Elliott is tied for eighth among WHL blueliners in scoring.

-Tyson Barrie had an assist in Kelowna’s loss to Saskatoon on Wednesday and now ranks third among league defensemen with 36 points (6g/30a) in 28 contests.

-Cameron Gaunce had an assist in each of Mississauga’s three games last week, helping the Majors earn a pair of victories. The blueliner ranks third on the Majors’ scoring chart with 27 points (4g/23a) in 35 games.
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