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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 1

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Mark Olver

The Lake Erie Monsters have turned their season around by winning eight of their last 10 games, and Mark Olver deserves a fair share of the credit for his team’s success.

After going pointless in his first six January games, Olver has since put together an impressive stretch that correlates directly with the Monsters’ recent surge. Olver, playing his first full professional season, has scored nine goals in his past 10 games.

Those nine tallies have come on 24 shots, giving the Burnaby, B.C. native a 37.5% shooting percentage during that span. In fact, on three different occasions over the past 10 games, Olver has scored on his only shot attempt of the evening.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound forward leads the Monsters in goals (20) and ranks second in points (31) in 47 games. That production was enough to earn him a spot as a late addition to the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic, which was held Monday night in Hershey, Pa.

Skating for the Western Conference All-Star team, Olver recorded one assist and a +1 plus/minus rating with five shots on goal, but his team fell to the Eastern Conference All-Stars by an 11-8 score.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters had three games before the AHL All-Star Break and won them all, moving the team into sole possession of third place in the North Division with 55 points (24-21-3-4).

Lake Erie began the week with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday, receiving a pair of goals from Ben Walter and a 17-save performance from John Grahame. Greg Mauldin and Mark Olver also scored in the victory.

The Monsters then topped the Hamilton Bulldogs by a 2-1 count on Thursday, with Justin Mercier and Olver scoring goals and Grahame making 25 saves.

Lake Erie rounded out the week with a 4-1 triumph on Saturday during a rematch with the Bulldogs. Patrick Rissmiller scored twice, Olver and Walter also tallied and Grahame turned aside 18 shots to improve his record to 13-8-2-2 on the season.

The Monsters will look to extend their winning streak this weekend when they play three home games in three days. Lake Erie will host San Antonio (Feb. 4 & 5) and Abbotsford (Feb. 6) during its three-in-three set.

Tulsa Oilers
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate won two of its three games last week.

The Oilers began the week with a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Eagles last Tuesday, during which Trevor Cann made 38 saves.

Tulsa then picked up a 4-3 victory over Missouri on Friday behind a 35-save effort from Cann. The netminder also got the start on Saturday and turned aside 30 shots in a rematch with Missouri, which ended in a 5-4 Tulsa triumph.

The Oilers are now second in the Berry Conference with 47 points (23-19-1).

-Kieran Millan picked up a victory after making 34 saves in Boston University’s 4-3 win over Maine on Friday evening. The two teams then battled to a 1-1 stalemate on Saturday, with Millan stopping 41 shots. The junior netminder now owns a 9-5-7 record with a .917 save percentage and 2.77 goals-against average in 23 appearances.

-Nathan Condon scored his sixth goal of the season and Kent Patterson made 28 saves as the University of Minnesota cruised to a 5-1 victory over Alaska Anchorage on Friday. Patterson made 21 stops during Saturday’s rematch, but the Gophers couldn’t muster a goal and fell, 1-0. Condon has totaled 11 points (6g/5a) in 23 games during his freshman campaign, while Patterson, a junior, has posted a 9-5-3 record with a .920 save percentage in 18 appearances.

-North Dakota senior Brad Malone picked up an assist Saturday in his team’s 6-0 whitewash of Colorado College. Malone is tied for third on the Fighting Sioux’s scoring chart with 25 points (9g/16a) in 28 games.

-Paul Carey recorded an assist during Boston College’s 5-1 triumph over UMass Lowell on Saturday. The junior forward ranks third on the Eagles in points (22), fourth in goals (10) and sixth in assists (12) through 24 games.

-Stefan Elliott continues to lead all WHL defensemen in scoring after totaling five points (1g/4a) in four games last week. Elliott scored a goal and added two assists last Tuesday in the Blades’ 8-4 victory over Calgary. The blueliner then notched an assist in back-to-back games against Edmonton (a 4-3 win on Wednesday) and Swift Current (a 3-1 triumph on Saturday). Elliott has now totaled 55 points (21g/34a) in 49 contests.

-Tyson Barrie picked up a pair of assists on Friday as Kelowna topped Prince George, 7-3. He then added an assist on Saturday as the Rockets downed Vancouver, 7-3. Barrie is tied for seventh among league defensemen in scoring with 40 points (8g/32a) in 32 games.

-Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard dropped all three of his decisions last week, beginning with a 7-0 loss to Everett on Friday during which he made 20 saves in 44:20 of action. The Thunderbirds then fell to Portland by a 5-2 count on Saturday, despite 37 saves from Pickard. The netminder closed out the week by turning aside 31 shots in a 2-1 loss to Everett. Pickard now owns an 18-22-3-5 record with a .916 save percentage in 48 games.

-Portland defenseman Troy Rutkowski notched an assist Wednesday in a 9-2 victory over Chilliwack. He currently leads all Winterhawk blueliners with 30 points (7g/23a) through 52 games.

-Owen Sound forward Joey Hishon picked up an assist on both Wednesday (a 5-3 victory over Kitchener) and Sunday (a 4-2 triumph against Erie). Hishon is tied for seventh in the OHL with 66 points (28g/38a) in 38 games.

-Stephen Silas recorded two assists on Friday as the Belleville Bulls topped Sudbury, 5-3. Silas leads all Belleville defensemen with 18 points (0g/18a) in 46 games.

-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell made 32 stops in a 5-3 loss to Owen Sound on Wednesday and then came on in relief during Friday’s 7-1 loss to Windsor (he made three saves on five shots and was pulled himself, but didn’t factor into the decision). Maxwell bounced back on Sunday, making 22 saves as Kitchener earned a 5-4 victory over Windsor.
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