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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 9

by Samantha Rogan / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters hosted Chicago last Wednesday in the first of two home games against the Wolves. The Monsters scored three straight goals to overcome a two-goal deficit in the first period and come away with a 3-2 victory in the first game of the series.

Chicago scored the first two goals of the game before Monsters forward Dan Maggio scored his first goal of the season at 14:13 of the first period. Mitchell Heard and Troy Bourke assisted on the goal. Defenseman Markus Lauridsen tied the game 2-2 late in the period with assists coming from Samuel Henley and Michael Schumacher.

Lake Erie forward Colin Smith scored the only goal of the second period, giving the Monsters the lead for good. Kenny Ryan and Trevor Cheek assisted on the goal at 2:50 of the middle frame.

Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard picked up his fourth victory of the season, finishing with 24 saves on 26 shots.

Lake Erie earned its second win in three days against Chicago on Friday as it defeated the Wolves 2-1 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Colin Smith scored a short-handed goal 13:05 into the opening period, assisted by defenseman Bruno Gervais. Stefan Elliott gave the Monsters a 2-0 advantage minutes later, scoring his fifth goal of the season. Schumacher and Henley assisted on the goal.

Pickard stopped 34 of 35 shots overall to preserve the win.

Lake Erie traveled to Rockford, Ill., on Sunday to take on the Midwest Division-leading Rockford IceHogs at BMO Harris Bank Center. The Monsters defeated the IceHogs 4-3 in overtime to earn their fourth straight victory.

Rockford held a 2-0 lead midway through the first period before Monsters forward Paul Carey scored two straight goals to tie the game 2-2 heading into the first intermission.

The IceHogs regained the lead with 2:57 left in the second period, but defenseman Maxim Noreau evened the score 3-3 with only 17.8 seconds remaining in the middle frame. After a scoreless third period, forward Joey Hishon scored the game-winner at 4:22 of overtime. Stefan Elliott and Borna Rendulic assisted on the goal.

Pickard (6-4-3) stopped 23 of 26 shots to earn his third straight win since returning from the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League on Dec. 2.

Carey, Pickard and Rendulic were recalled by the Avs on Tuesday.

Upcoming Games
Dec. 10 at Grand Rapids
Dec. 12 vs. Rockford
Dec. 13 vs. Rockford

ECHL

Garrett Meurs (Fort Wayne Komets): The Fort Wayne Komets traveled to Cinncinati on Friday and came away with a 3-2 shootout victory at U.S. Bank Arena. Meurs missed the game as he was with Lake Erie. He was reassigned back to the Komets on Saturday and took to the ice with Fort Wayne that night against the Indy Fuel. The Komets won 5-1 as Meurs finished the game with two goals, six shots and a plus-1 rating, good for first star of the game honors.

OHL

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack traveled to Erie last Wednesday, losing 4-3 in a close game with the Otters. Bigras finished with a goal and an assist in the loss. On Friday, the Attack traveled to Kitchener for the first game of a home-and-home series with the Rangers. Owen Sound defeated Kitchener 3-0, with Bigras contributing one assist in the victory. The Attack hosted the Rangers the following night, earning a 5-2 win to sweep the home-and-home series. Bigras scored one goal and added two assists in the win.

 Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers hosted Owen Sound on Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series against the Attack. Kitchener lost 3-0 before traveling to Owen Sound the following night. The Attack defeated the Rangers for the second consecutive night, this time by a score of 5-2. Magyar scored both goals for the Rangers in the losing effort.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin made 36 saves on 40 shots against Barrie on Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Colts defeated the Steelheads 5-3. Mississauga hosted Plymouth on Friday night and defeated the Whalers 4-3. Martin stopped all nine shots he faced after relieving Mississauga starter Cameron Zanussi. The Steelheads traveled to Sudbury on Sunday, defeating the Wolves 5-1. Martin stopped 28 of 29 shots overall, earning second star of the game honors.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion traveled to Sarnia on Friday night, losing 5-2 to the Sting. The Battalion traveled to Windsor the following night and dropped a close game, 5-4, to the Sting. Wood scored one goal in the loss. North Bay took on London on Sunday, but the club ultimately lost 5-4 in overtime to the Knights. Wood finished the game with one goal, two assists and a plus-1 rating.

WHL

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels hosted Calgary last Tuesday, dropping a high-scoring 9-5 game to the Hitmen. On Friday, the Rebels defeated Moose Jaw 2-1. Bleackley scored both goals for the Rebels in the victory, earning first star of the game honors. Red Deer traveled to Lethbridge the following night and earned a 4-2 win against the Hurricanes.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants hosted Portland on Friday night, defeating the Winterhawks 2-1. The Giants hosted Saskatoon the following night and came away with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Blades. Geertsen finished with a plus-1 rating in the win. He has 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 28 games with the Giants this season.

QMJHL

Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda traveled to Acadie-Bathurst on Thursday and defeated the Titan 3-1. Nantel recorded two shots in the win. The Huskies traveled to St. John the following night, ultimately losing 5-1 to the Sea Dogs. Rouyn-Noranda lost for the third time in four nights on Sunday, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Screaming Eagles in Cape Breton. Nantel finished with an assist and a plus-1 rating in the loss.

Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau traveled to Quebec on Wednesday, losing 5-1 to the Remparts. Gatineau faced Chicoutimi on Friday and dropped a 6-3 decision to the Sagueneens. The Olympiques lost their third straight game on Saturday night, suffering a 3-2 loss to Baie Comeau. Pepin has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 17 games this season.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver hockey team traveled to Cornell this past weekend to face the Big Red in back-to-back games at Lynah Rink. On Friday, Cornell defeated the Pioneers 4-1. Butcher finished the game with two shots. DU was able to split the series with the Big Red the following night, as the Pioneers defeated Cornell 3-1. Butcher, recently named to Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2015 World Junior Championship, finished with three shots and a plus-2 rating in the victory.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State did not play this past week, but the Huskies are set to travel to the University of Nebraska at Omaha this week for two games against the Mavericks. Storm has one goal in eight games for the Huskies this season.

Finland

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Tappara U20 defeated Ilves 2-1 on Wednesday before traveling to Matinkyla on Saturday and losing a close game in overtime, 5-4, to the Blues. Tappara U20 finished its weekend on a high note, shutting out the Pelicans 3-0 on Sunday. Pajpach has yet to see any game action with Tappara this season as he continues to recover from an injury.

Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Malmo Redhawks, Allsvenskan/Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Lindholm helped Malmo to two victories last week, a 4-3 win over Sodertalje SK on Wednesday and a 2-1 win over Asploven HC on Friday. He has three points (one goal, two assists) in five games in the Allsvenskan league. Lindholm's SHL team, Skelleftea AIK, defeated Linkoping HC 2-1 last Tuesday in the first leg of the Champions Hockey League quarterfinals. In the second leg earlier today, Skelleftea lost 4-3 in regulation but advanced to the CHL semifinals after earning the extra aggregate point in the penalty shot shootout. Skelleftea will play Lulea Hockey in the CHL semifinals on Jan. 13 and 20. Lindholm has one goal and four penalty minutes in eight CHL games.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan /Djurgarden, SHL): Vita Hasten defeated IF Bjorkloven 4-1 last Tuesday before dropping a 5-1 decision to Sodertaljesk on Friday night. Westlund has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 21 games for Vita Hasten this season.

Austria

Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers suffered a 5-2 loss to EC VSV on Friday night, before winning a close game, 3-2, to Dornbirner Eishockey Club on Sunday. Luke Walker tallied a goal and an assist in Sunday's victory and now has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 21 games this season.

KHL

Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv lost both of its games this past weekend, falling 5-4 to Dinamo on Wednesday before suffering a 4-0 loss to CSKA on Saturday night. Holos has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 34 games for Lokomotiv this season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard defeated Barys 2-0 on Thursday before hosting Slovan on Monday night. Parshin tallied a goal and an assist as Avangard came away with a 5-3 victory against Slovan. He currently leads the team in scoring with 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) in 36 games this season. Parshin also ranks first on the team in plus/minus, posting an impressive plus-21 rating thus far.

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