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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 7

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Stefan Elliott

Although some people may have been a bit surprised that Stefan Elliott wasn’t one of the 39 players named to Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp last week, the defenseman continues to let his play speak for itself.

Selected by the Avalanche in the second round (49th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Elliott continues to quietly pile up points for the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades.

Elliott had points in three consecutive games this past week, first recording an assist Wednesday in a 7-3 victory over Chilliwack. He next had two helpers on Friday – including the secondary assist on the overtime winner - as Saskatoon topped Kamloops by a 4-3 score. Elliott then rounded out the week by netting his ninth goal of the season and also adding an assist in a 6-3 loss to Kelowna.

The Vancouver native is tied for second among league blueliners in goals (9) and is tied for fifth in points (26) through 28 games.

As a testament to his two-way play, he is currently tops among all WHL defensemen and second overall in the league with a +22 plus/minus rating. A portion of his success has to be credited to his ability to stay on the ice. Elliott has recorded just eight penalty minutes all season.
Lake Erie Monsters
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate played twice last week, first earning a 6-3 win over the Chicago Wolves on Friday before dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday.

Patrick Rissmiller was the star of Friday night’s win, as the forward set a new franchise record with four goals and tied another with five points. Ben Walter had a goal and two assists for Lake Erie, Matthew Ford also scored and John Grahame picked up the win in net after making 33 saves.

Grahame stopped 31 shots on Saturday, but was handed the loss following a shootout. Ford and Mike Carman recorded a goal apiece for the Monsters. Rissmiller also added an assist on Saturday, and on Monday he was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week.

Lake Erie currently ranks third in the North Division with a 12-9-2-3 record (29 points).

Tulsa Oilers
The Oilers picked up two points last week, first dropping a 5-4 shootout decision to Mississippi on Friday before losing to Missouri in overtime, 4-3, on Saturday. Harrison Reed picked up an assist on Saturday and sits third on Tulsa’s scoring chart with 18 points (7g/11a) in 18 games.

-Brad Malone had a big weekend as North Dakota swept St. Cloud State. Malone was named the game’s First Star on Friday night after scoring a pair of goals (including the game-winner) and adding an assist in the Fighting Sioux’s 3-1 victory. Malone added another assist during Saturday’s 6-2 triumph, and now ranks sixth on the team with 12 points (4g/8a) in 17 games.

-Boston University goalie Kieran Millan was chased from the net after one period on Friday night - allowing three goals on 13 shots - but didn’t factor into the decision in the Terriers’ 9-5 loss to Boston College. Millan was then saddled with a loss on Saturday despite making 29 saves as Boston University fell to Boston College, 5-2. In 12 appearances, the netminder has posted a 4-2-5 record with a .912 save percentage.

During that same weekend series, Boston College forward Paul Carey scored his sixth goal of the season during Friday’s contest. Carey ranks fourth on the Eagles’ scoring chart with 13 points (6g/7a) in 16 games.

-Nathan Condon registered an assist as Minnesota fell to Minnesota State, 3-2, on Friday. Kent Patterson made 30 saves during Saturday’s rematch, but the Gophers were again tripped up by the Mavericks, this time by a 2-1 count.

-Tyson Barrie had an assist Friday in Kelowna’s 3-2 loss to Chilliwack and then posted two helpers Saturday during a 6-3 triumph over Saskatoon. Barrie, the reigning WHL Defenseman of the Year, ranks seventh among league blueliners with 25 points (4g/21a) in 21 contests.

-Portland defenseman Troy Rutkowski registered two assists on Friday as the Winterhawks downed Tri-City, 5-1. Rutkowski leads all team defensemen with 21 points (4g/17a) in 32 games.

-After opening the week by making 27 saves in a 3-2 loss to Kelowna on Wednesday, Calvin Pickard picked up wins in back-to-back games against Prince George over the weekend. The netminder turned aside 36 shots on Friday in a 5-4 victory and then made 39 saves during Saturday’s 5-4 shootout triumph.

-Owen Sound center Joey Hishon totaled six points (3g/3a) in four games last week and now ranks 10th in the OHL in scoring with 42 points (17g/25a) in 21 games. For more on Hishon, read Monday’s feature from

-Stephen Silas recorded an assist on Thursday as Belleville topped Peterborough, 8-6. He added another helper the following night when the Bulls were topped by Ottawa, 4-1. Silas leads all Belleville blueliners in both assists and points (0g/13a).

-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell saw action in one game last week. Maxwell made 33 stops but was on the losing end Friday as the Rangers fell to Erie by a 2-1 score in overtime.
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