Spotlight On: Colin Smith
Colin Smith's seven-game point streak ended on Saturday but his impressive season continues to roll-on. Smith, a member of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League, collected 17 points (6g/11a) during the streak that began on Jan. 28.
However his seven-game point streak wasn't his longest this season as he had one that lasted 17 games from Sept. 21-Oct. 30. Smith tallied 39 points (13g/26a) during the 17 games, which is the third longest point streak in the league this year.
He was recently recognized for his great play by earning the CHL and WHL Player of the Week awards for the week ending on Feb. 3. In four games that week, he tallied four goals and six assists (10 points). Smith has been named the WHL Player of the Week two other times this year (Oct. 21 and Nov. 3).
The 2012-13 season has been Smith's best of his four full seasons with the Blazers. Through 57 games, Smith is third in the WHL in total points with 88. He leads the team in goals (36), assists (52), points (88), plus/minus (+30) and power play goals (13). His scoring touch has helped Kamloops to third-place in the Western Conference standings with 79 points (37-15-2-3).
Last season with the Blazers, Smith was the club's second-leading scorer - collecting 85 points (35g/50a) - and helped the team win the B.C. Division.
The Avalanche drafted the 19-year old from Edmonton in the seventh round (192nd overall) of the 2012 Entry Draft.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters (24-17-2-5) had a tough week as they lost their last three contests – all in shootouts – and fell four points behind the division-leading Abbotsford Heat. Lake Erie lost both games over the weekend to the Heat, 4-3 and 1-0 respectively. The team finished their season series against Abbotsford with a 2-4-0-2 mark.
In the first of back-to-back night games, Brad Malone scored a goal and Mike Connolly recorded two assists and was a plus-2 for the game. Malone now has 18 points (9g/9a) on the year with the Monsters while Connolly has 14 points (4g/10a).
In the second game, rookie goaltender Kent Patterson came up huge for the Monsters with 23 saves and shutout Abbotsford in regulation and overtime before he picked up the loss in the shootout. It was Patterson’s first AHL start after he was recalled from the Denver Cutthroats on Jan. 30.
Bill Thomas leads Lake Erie in goals (17) and power play goals (11) and is second on the squad with 30 points.
Thomas Pock is third on the Monsters with 27 points (8g/19a) in 45 games played.
David van der Gulik has scored two shorthanded goals and has 25 points (12g/13a) on the season.
Lake Erie is 5-1-4 in their last 10 games.
Feb. 12 vs. Rochester
Feb. 15 at Grand Rapids
Feb. 16 at Chicago
Kieran Millan has continued his strong rookie season with the Cutthroats as he stopped 86 of the 92 (.935 save %) total shots he faced in the last three contests. He recently named the CHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending on Feb. 3 – the second time he has won this award this season. On the year, Millan is 11-11-5 with a 2.05 goals-against average. His .922 save percentage this season is tied for the highest in the league.
The Cutthroats have lost their last three contests – all coming at home – but still sit tied with Missouri for fourth-place in the CHL standings with 52 points (23-19-6).
Feb. 12 at Missouri
Feb. 15 vs. Wichita
Feb. 16 at Wichita
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) earned Player of the Week honors in the CHL and WHL for the week ending on Feb. 3. He remains in third in the WHL for total points with 88 (36g/52a). Smith’s seven-game point streak came to an end on Feb. 9. He picked up 17 points (6g/11a) over that span.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) leads the Cougars with 28 assists and is second on the team with 37 points (9g/28a).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has played in 53 games, collecting 18 points (1g/17a) for Saskatoon. He leads the team with a plus-22 rating and is second on the squad with 85 penalty minutes.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) has scored two goals in his last three games. With the Petes, Clarke has tallied six points (4g/2a) in 14 games.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) added two points (1g/1a) to his season total in his last two games. Meurs has 47 points (24g/23a) and leads Plymouth with 11 power play goals. He has helped the Whalers to a 28-16-5-4 (65 points) record on the season.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) has been a huge contributor to his team, scoring seven points (2g/5a) in his last three games. Blandisi has 13 points (3g/10a) in 12 games with Ottawa.
Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) scored his first goal with Quebec on Sunday against his former team – the Shawinigan Cataractes. Donnelly has two points (1g/1a) with the Remparts. On the season, he has collected four points (1g/3a) and 70 penalty minutes between Quebec and Shawinigan.
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) scored a goal and had an assist in the Gophers’ two-game split against St. Cloud State over the weekend. Condon has 26 points (10g/16a) and a plus-13 rating for the Gophers. Minnesota holds a 19-5-4 record and recently dropped to the No. 2 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has collected 14 points (4g/10a) in 29 games with the Wolverines.
Gus Young (Yale University) has scored once and has dished out four assists for the Bulldogs this year.