Spotlight On: Chris Bigras
Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras was invited to join Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp on Monday for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
The defenseman was one of 25 players to be invited to the camp, which begins Dec. 12 in Etobicoke, Ontario. Bigras will have a good shot at making Team Canada's final 22-man roster as he's one of eight defenseman to be invited.
Colorado selected Bigras in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, and he immediately impressed the club's coaching and scouting staff that he was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract during training camp on Sept. 17.
Currently in his third season with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League, Bigras leads all defensemen in scoring with 10 points (3g/7a). He had two assists for Owen Sound last weekend.
Team Canada must finalize its roster for the World Junior Championship by Dec. 25. Pool play for the tournament begins Dec. 26 with Canada facing Germany.
Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie topped Utica 3-2 last Tuesday night with Matt Hunwick scoring his winning goal in the final seconds of the second period for the Monsters. Karl Stollery and Markus Lauridsen also posted goals for Lake Erie, who took a 2-1 lead after the first period. Avalanche goaltending prospect Sami Aittokallio was in goal for the Monsters and earned his second consecutive win and helped extend Lake Erie's road-winning streak to four games.
However, the winning streak came to a halt on Friday night with a 5-3 loss in Rochester. Andrew Agozzino, Bryan Lerg and David Van Der Gulik had the goals in the loss. Calvin Pickard was back in net for Lake Erie and stopped 26 shots in the contest.
Lake Erie couldn't find its winning ways on Saturday as it lost 4-1 to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Paul Carey scored the first goal of the game with 2:18 left in the first period for the Monsters, but the Bulldogs scored the next four en route to their victory. Aittokallio stopped 24 shots and his record drops to 5-3-0 on this season.
As of Tuesday (Dec. 3), the Monsters are third in the AHL's North Division at 10-9-1 and 21 points. They are 10th in the Western Conference standings but are only one point out of eighth place and four points from leading their division.
Dec. 5 vs. Toronto
Dec. 6 vs. Hamilton
Dec. 8 at Hamilton
Kent Patterson stopped 37 shots in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Rapid City in the first of a three-game series with the Rush. Patterson stymied 28 shots on Friday night in Rapid City, but Denver lost 4-1. Kieran Millan took over in goal on Saturday night and made 37 saves in a 6-2 loss.
Dec. 6 at St. Charles
Dec. 7 at St. Charles
Dec. 11 vs. St. Charles
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Attack toppled the Plymouth Whalers 3-1 on Wednesday night. The club fell 4-3 in overtime on Friday night to Kitchener, with Bigras posting an assist. The Attack overtook the Whalers 3-2 on Saturday in a shootout, with Bigras tallying his second assist of the week.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s): Blandisi and the 67’s got past North Bay on Thursday with a 4-3 victory. Ottawa suffered a 2-1 shootout loss on Friday to Sault Ste. Marie. Blandisi had a goal in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Sudbury.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke had a goal and an assist to help push Peterborough past Belleville, 3-1, on Thursday. The Petes were shutout 3-0 on Friday when they went up against Kingston. On Saturday, the Petes suffered a 4-2 loss to London.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): The Steelheads hit another slump this past week with three straight losses. Martin was in goal for 32 minutes and made 19 saves in Wednesday’s 5-2 loss against Belleville. Martin was in the cage again in Friday’s 6-0 loss against Erie, where he had 36 saves in the contest. The Steelheads suffered their third loss of the week Saturday as Martin made 25 saves in a 7-1 defeat to Erie.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): The Cougars were victorious in a shootout against Vancouver on Friday in a 6-5 win. The Cougars suffered a loss to the Giants on Saturday, falling 5-3.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Gians fell in a shootout on Friday against the Cougars, with a final score of 6-5. Vancouver came out ahead the next day, though, winning 5-3 against Prince George.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers did not play last weekend. The club's next games are on Dec. 6 and 7 against the University of Miami (Ohio).
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers swept the University of Wisconsin this weekend in a two-game series. Condon had an assist in Minnesota's 4-1 victory on Friday. The Gophers won 4-3 on Saturday.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt had an assist in Friday’s 4-3 overtime victory against Ohio State. He posted two more assists in Monday’s 5-4 victory over Ohio State.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State University did not play last weekend. The club returns to action on Dec. 6 and 8 against the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young had a goal in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory over Merrimack.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv beat Severstal 2-1 on Wednesday. Lokomotiv was victorious again on Monday, overcoming CSKA Moscow in a 3-1 win.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin led Torpedo in scoring in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over Sibir with two goals in the contest. Torpedo had a 2-1 victory over Admiral on Thursday. The club fell to Dynamo Moscow, 3-1, on Monday.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars lost to Amur, 2-1, on Tuesday. The club fell again in a shootout on Thursday, losing 5-4 against Metallurg.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Medvescak was shutout 1-0 by Salavat on Tuesday. Medvescak overtook Sibir for a 6-1 victory on Thursday. The club was victorious again on Monday, winning 5-1 against Metallurg.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Farjestads defeated AIK 2-1 on Wednesday, but they suffered a 3-2 overtime loss against HV71 on Friday. The club bounced back on Saturday for a 3-2 overtime victory against Orebro.