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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 31

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

Andrew Agozzino scored with 1:45 left to force overtime, and Mark Olver netted the game winner in the extra frame Saturday to help the Lake Erie Monsters defeat the Chicago Wolves 5-4.

The Monsters took a 3-1 lead into the middle of the second period before the Wolves went on a run with three-straight goals and closed out the period with a 4-3 advantage.

Olver's winning goal came after Michael Schumacher stole the puck and fed it to him in the slot for his ninth tally of the season. Schumacher finished with three points (one goal, two assists).

"Schu had a great stick,'' Olver said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer after the game. "I waited in the slot for Schu to make the pass. It came, and I shot it home.''

JT Wyman and Trevor Cheek also scored, while Calvin Pickard made 35 saves in goal.

The comeback victory was a good bounce-back performance by the Monsters after they lost 4-0 the previous night. Sami Aittokallio made 33 saves for Lake Erie in Friday's game, which was scoreless after the first period. Chicago scored twice in both the second and third periods.

The Monsters are third in the North Division and eighth in the Western Conference with 33 points (15-12-3).

Upcoming Games
Jan. 1 at Utica
Jan. 3 vs. Milwaukee
Jan. 4 vs. Milwaukee

Denver Cutthroats

The Denver Cutthroats split their weekend games in the desert as they defeated the Arizona Sundogs 3-2 on Friday but fell 4-3 in overtime on Saturday. Kent Patterson played in both games for the Fish, making 39 saves in Friday's victory and 40 saves in the OT loss on Saturday.

Denver plays the Sundogs again in Arizona on Tuesday before going on its inaugural Colorado Tour. The Cutthroats will play the Tulsa Oilers in Aspen, Colo., on Jan. 3-4 and the Sundogs in Vail, Colo., on Jan. 24-25.

Upcoming Games
Dec. 31 at Arizona
Jan. 3 vs. Tulsa (in Aspen, Colo.)
Jan. 4 vs. Tulsa (in Aspen, Colo.)


Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras has been participating in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship the past week with Team Canada. As of Monday, he had a plus-2 rating while helping Canada to a 2-0-1 record at the tournament. The Canadians defeated Germany 7-2 on Thursday, lost 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday to the Czech Republic and rallied for a 5-3 come-from-behind win over Slovakia on Monday. Bigras' junior team, Owen Sound, won both of its games last weekend by defeating Niagara 6-2 on Saturday and Sarnia 3-2 on Sunday.

Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s): Blandisi had four points as Ottawa split its weekend games after the holiday break. Blandisi had two assists in Saturday's 5-0 win at Belleview and a goal and an assist on Sunday at Oshawa.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke had an assist in the Petes' 4-2 victory over Oshawa on Saturday.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin had two strong efforts in net as he stopped 35 shots in Mississauga's 4-3 win at Barrie on Saturday and made 29 saves in a 5-3 loss to Barrie on Sunday.


Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke picked up an assist in each of the Cougars' two losses at Victoria, 8-1 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. He had an assist in a 5-2 loss on Monday at Vancouver.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen had six penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in Vancouver's 4-2 loss to Kelowna on Saturday. The Giants rebounded the next day with a 4-3 win over Kamloops with Geertsen serving a two-minute penalty. He had an assist in Monday's 5-2 victory over Prince George.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher has helped the United States to a 3-0 record at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship the past week. Butcher has two goals and two assists in the Americans' three wins: 5-1 over the Czech Republic on Thursday, 6-3 over Slovakia on Saturday, and 8-0 over Germany on Sunday. Butcher's college team, the Denver Pioneers, was off for the second week in a row. They return to action Friday against Brown.

Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): The University of Minnesota continues its long break. The Gophers return Jan. 3 against Colgate in the Mariucci Classic.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt and the Wolverines dropped both of their outdoor games last weekend at the Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park in Detroit. Michigan lost 3-1 on Friday to Western Michigan in the semifinals and 3-0 to rival Michigan State in the third place game on Saturday.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State did not play last week. The No. 1 Huskies return to action Jan. 4 in an exhibition game against the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team.

Gus Young (Yale University): Yale returned to action last Friday as it took part in an exhibition contest against the Russian Red Stars. Young had an assist and a plus-2 rating in the 6-3 victory over the Red Stars. The Bulldogs continued their winning ways on Sunday by defeating Holy Cross 4-1.


Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv won 1-0 in a shootout on Friday versus Traktor. Holos had a goal and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 3-1 win over Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin's Torpedo club lost 6-4 to Ak Bars last Wednesday. The team won 3-2 in a shootout over Donbass on Friday but lost 4-0 to Dinamo Minks on Sunday.

Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Vincour had an assist in Ak Bars Kazan's 6-4 win over Torpedo on Wednesday. Ak Bars also won 2-1 over Dinamo Minsk on Friday and 2-1 over Donbass on Sunday.

Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Walker's Medvescak team lost 5-0 last Friday to Dynamo Moscow, but the club rebounded for a 4-2 win on Sunday over Vityaz Moscow Region.


Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund has 10 assists in 19 games this season with Farjestads J20 team. He has played four games in the SHL this season.

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