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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 29

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Tyler Weiman

The Lake Erie Monsters are currently in the midst of a season-best four-game winning streak. The team’s offense has come alive during the streak by totaling 20 goals, but the play of netminder Tyler Weiman has been just as important.

Weiman has been in goal for each of the four wins and has been solid in each game. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has seen 119 shots during the Monsters’ winning streak and has stopped all but six, which works out to a 1.50 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage.

The netminder, who led the American Hockey League with eight shutouts a season ago, posted his second whitewash of the year by turning aside 32 shots during Sunday’s 7-0 victory against the Toronto Marlies.

Colorado’s sixth selection (fifth round, 164th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft, Weiman currently leads Lake Erie in appearances (22), wins (10), shutouts, goals-against average (2.38) and save percentage (.913).
 
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the American Hockey League. Lake Erie won all three of its games last week and now holds a four-game winning streak overall.

The Monsters began the week with a 6-2 home victory over the Rochester Americans. Philippe Dupuis was the star of the game, recording a hat trick that included an even-strength goal, a power-play tally and a short-handed, empty-net goal. Ryan Stoa scored twice for the Monsters, while T.J. Hensick set up three goals.

Lake Erie then swept a weekend set against the Toronto Marlies, beginning with a 4-2 victory Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena. Darren Haydar posted a three-point night (2g/1a) while Hensick assisted on three goals.

The weekend series then shifted to Toronto, where the Monsters routed the Marlies, 7-0, on Sunday. Hayar repeated his three-point effort from the night before (2g/1a), as did Hensick (0g/3a). Cedric McNicoll also scored twice for the Monsters.

The AHL announced on Monday that Haydar was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 27 after totaling eight points (5g/3a) in three games this past week.

Charlotte Checkers
The Checkers split a pair of decisions last week, losing 3-0 to Florida on Saturday before bouncing back with a 5-4 victory over South Carolina on Sunday. With a 16-10-3-1 record (36 points), Charlotte sits second in the American South Division.

QMJHL
-Kelsey Tessier exploded for five points (1g/4a) on Sunday in Quebec’s 10-1 romp of Chicoutimi. The outburst bumped Tessier’s point total to 37 (11g/26a) in 35 games this year. Peter Delmas was between the pipes for the Remparts and picked up his 15th win of the season by stopping 25 shots.

-Defenseman Joel Chouinard recorded an assist on Sunday during Victoriaville’s 4-3 loss to Lewiston. Chouinard, who now owns a three-game assist streak, has totaled 33 points (11g/22a) in 35 contests.

WHL
-Kelowna’s Tyson Barrie netted his seventh goal of the season during the Rockets’ 7-3 loss to the Vancouver Giants on Sunday. Barrie is tied for third among WHL defensemen in scoring with 37 points (7g/30a) in 29 games.
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