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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 11

by Ryan Simmons / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Monsters were on the road in Grand Rapids last Wednesday, facing the Midwest Division-leading Griffins. Lake Erie left Michigan with a huge 4-0 win.

Lake Erie posted a great defensive effort in front of Sami Attokallio, who was strong in net for the Monsters and stopped all 19 shots he faced from the Griffins. It was the second shutout in the last three games for Lake Erie.

Lake Erie's Mitchell Heard rubs elbows with a Grand Rapids Griffins player during a game on Feb. 5, 2014 (Photo: Mark Newman).

The Monsters were also hot on offense with Gabriel Beaupre, Duncan Siemens, Garrett Meurs and Colin Smith all registering goals. Andrew Agozzino was also a key player for Lake Erie in the game, picking up three assists.

Siemens' goal was his first goal as a professional player. He was the Avalanche’s first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft (11th overall).

The Monsters were back in action Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena, hosting the San Antonio Rampage. Lake Erie fell 4-1 with the lone goal coming from Stefan Elliott late in the third period. Mitchell Heard and Meurs were credited with assists on the Elliott's tally.

Attokallio was again in net for the Monsters, stopping 30 of 33 shots. It was the first matchup of the season for the two teams.

Both teams were back in action on Saturday night with the Monsters looking for revenge, but again, they fell short.

The Rampage took the rematch 3-1, and again kept the Monsters off of the scoreboard until late in the third period. Michael Sgarbossa picked up the only goal for Lake Erie off assists from Meurs and Trevor Cheek.

Calvin Pickard was in net for the Monsters, stopping 30 of 33 shots. The loss drops his record to 11-13-3 this season.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 14 at Oklahoma City
Feb. 15 at Oklahoma City
Feb. 21 vs. Iowa

Denver Cutthroats

The Cutthroats hosted a three-game series with Rapid City this past week and opened play with the Rush with a 2-1 shootout loss on Tuesday. Kent Paterson was strong in net, stopping 35 of 36 shots through overtime and three of four in the shootout.

Patterson was strong for the Cutthroats again on Friday, as Denver picked up a 3-2 win. Denver was outshot 34-24 by Rapid City, but Patterson turned away 32 shots to secure the victory.

The Cutthroats took home the rubber match of the series on Saturday with a 6-4 win. Denver was again led by Patterson, who was peppered with 48 shots and turned away 44 of them.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 14 vs. St. Charles
Feb. 15 vs. St. Charles
Feb. 17 vs. Allen


Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): Millan did not appear in any of the Wheeling Nailers' two games this past week. Wheeling spit their series with the Reading Royals.


Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): On Wednesday, Bigras and the Attack opened their week with a 5-1 win over Barrie. Bigras picked up an assist in a 7-3 loss to London on Friday. On Saturday, Owen Sound was upended 2-1 in a shootout by Kitchener.

Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): Blandisi and the Colts lost on Wednesday, 5-1, to Bigras and the Attack. They were defeated 10-6 by Kingston on Friday but followed that loss with a 7-3 win over Ottawa on Saturday.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke and the Petes were busy this past week with four games. They started play with a 4-3 win over Ottawa on Tuesday. On Thursday, they were back at it with another 4-3 win, this time over Oshawa. Clarke had an assist in each of the mid-week games. Peterborough was defeated 7-6 on Saturday to Kingston and lost 4-0 to Oshawa on Sunday.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): On Thursday, Martin played in relief for the Steelheads, stopping 10 of 13 shots in 20 minutes of action against Guelph. Guelph was too much for Mississauga and won 8-0. Martin led Mississauga to a 3-2 victory over Windsor on Friday, stopping 27 of 29 shots. He was back in net on Sunday, stopping 20 of 23 shots in a 3-2 loss to Ottawa.


Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke and the Cougars took both games of a homestand against Red Deer last weekend. Bourke picked up three points on the weekend, which began with an assist in Friday’s 5-3 win. He had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 7-1 victory.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen and the Giants picked up a 3-2 win over Red Deer on Tuesday, their lone win of the week. On Friday, they were bested 5-0 by Calgary. Things weren’t much better on Saturday as they suffered a 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers and Butcher were in St. Cloud, Minn., this last weekend for a showdown with fifth ranked St. Cloud State. The Pioneers took a shootout victory on Friday after a 2-2 tie through overtime. Butcher had an assist in the victory. On Saturday, St. Cloud State came out on top with a 4-2 win. Butcher scored a goal for the Pioneers in the loss.

Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers lost both games of a road series at Wisconsin last weekend. They dropped both Thursday's and Friday’s contest by 2-1 scores.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt and the Wolverines were in College Station, Penn., for a weekend series against Penn State. They split the series, picking up a 7-3 victory on Friday before being shutout Saturday in a 4-0 loss.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm and St. Cloud State split their home series with the University of Denver over the weekend. They lost in a shootout on Friday after a 2-2 tie through 65 minutes of play. The team bounced back with a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Gus Young (Yale University): Young and the Bulldogs had two road games on the schedule this past weekend. On Friday, they defeated Rensselaer 3-2. They were upended 5-3 by Union on Saturday.


Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.

Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.

Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.

Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.


Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund saw action in three SHL games with Farjestads BK this past week. Farjestads began the week with a 3-2 overtime win on Tuesday over Brynas IF, but the club lost 4-2 on Thursday to Linkoping and 3-1 to Frolunda on Saturday. While the rest of the SHL is on an Olympic break, Westlund and Farjestads is in North America for the AHL All Star Classic festivities in St. Johns, Newfoundland this week. The team will take on the AHL's best in a skill competition on Tuesday and in the all-star game on Wednesday. Farjestads will also play the Toronto Marlies in an exhibition game on Saturday.

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