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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 14

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Danny Richmond

Perhaps a change of scenery was all that was needed for Danny Richmond to recapture his scoring touch.  Acquired from the Hershey Bears for Mike Carman on February 2, Richmond has points in all five of his appearances with the Lake Erie Monsters.

Richmond, 27, has seven points (2g/5a) in five games with the Monsters.  He had four points (all assists) in 24 games with Hershey prior to being traded.

Chosen by Carolina with the first pick in the second round (31st overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Richmond got his first stint with the Hurricanes during the 2005-06 season, appearing in 10 games and earning one point (an assist) before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Anton Babchuk.  Richmond played 10 games with the Blackhawks that season, going scoreless.

Richmond had a career-best 34 points (10g/24a) in 57 games with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) during the 2006-07 season. 

After stints in Lowell, Norfolk, Rockford, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, Rockford (again), Toronto, and Hershey, Richmond appears to have settled in nicely with his newest club, the Lake Erie Monsters.

Lake Erie is 4-0-0-1 since his arrival and currently sits three points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, as of February 14.
Lake Erie Monsters
Last three: 3-0-0
Overall: 24-22-2-2 (10th in the Western Conference)

A brief look into the team’s last three games

February 8, 2012 – 4-3 win at Rockford

Brad Malone tallied two points (1g/1a) and finished with a +2 rating…his goal served as the game-winner.

Luke Walker, David Liffiton, Ryan Stoa, and Patrick Rissmiller each registered an assist.

Danny Richmond earned two assists (0g/2a).

Walker, Malone, Justin Mercier, and Richmond all finished +2 on the night.

February 10, 2012 – 3-2 win at Peoria
Lake Erie scored three unanswered goals for its second consecutive victory.

Patrick Rissmiller scored the game-winning goal.

Luke Walker (0g/1a) increased his point streak to five games – tied Lake Erie’s longest point streak of the season.

Danny Richmond had his second consecutive multi-point game (1g/1a)…has points in all four appearances with Lake Erie (2g/4a).

February 12, 2012 – 2-1 win vs. Syracuse
Lake Erie has gone unbeaten in regulation in its last six contests (5-0-0-1).

Danny Richmond earned an assist, giving him seven points (2g/5a) in all five games with the Monsters.

Ryan Stoa scored his 10th goal of the season…Monsters are 13-4-0-0 when he earns a point.

Patrick Rissmiller (1g/0a) scored his second consecutive game-winning goal.

Up next
2/15 vs. Texas
2/17 at Rochester
2/18 vs. Rochester

It wasn’t the weekend Kent Patterson, Nathan Condon, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers had hoped for, as they dropped both contests against division-rival Denver University, ending the Gophers’ three-game winning streak. 

The first of two matchups at Magness Arena ended in a 5-3 defeat despite getting on the board first with Nathan Condon’s 10th goal of the season.  Condon finished with a game-high six shots on goal.  Kent Patterson stopped 29-of-34 shots including 16 in the opening frame. 

Minnesota earned a point in a 4-3 OT loss in the second of back-to-backs against DU. The Gophers were swept for the first time since Dec. 3-4, 2010 when they lost two one-goal games to Minnesota State.  Kent Patterson turned aside 37-of-41 shots in the overtime loss. 

The Gophers return home next weekend for a two-game series with in-state rival Bemidji State before finishing the regular season with a road series against Nebraska-Omaha and a home series against Wisconsin.

Luke Moffatt went scoreless in University Of Michigan’s last two contests against Michigan State University (3-2 loss, 3-2 OT win).  Moffatt has 12 points (5g/7a) in 31 games.

Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) is currently riding a three-game point streak (1g/2a)…the defenseman also has points in six of his last eight games (2g/5a)…is +2 through 55 games this season.

Calvin Pickard (Seattle Thunderbirds) has gone 1-2-0 in his last three appearances…among league leaders, Pickard ranks first in saves (1,614) and shootout wins (5-1), ranks tied for second in shutouts (4), ninth in save percentage (.908) and 12th in wins (19).  Pickard became the WHL’s All-Time leader in career saves on January 22…the 19-year-old stopped 42-of-45 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants, giving him 6,959 career saves, eclipsing the previous record of 6,958 saves set by former Thunderbirds goaltender Danny Lorenz (1986-1990).

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has missed the last four games after sustaining an injury during the first period on February 4.  Overall, the defenseman has 26 points (6g/20a) in 51 games…also has a +11 rating and 77 penalty minutes.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is having a career season with 46 points (17g/29a) through 53 games…his previous best was in 2010-11 (10g/31a = 41)…Meurs has points in three of his last four games (1g/3a) and ranks seventh on the Whalers in scoring…has a +17 rating and 49 penalty minutes.
Stephen Silas (Belleville Bulls) continues to pace team defensemen with 24 points (3g/21a) in 51 games…has points in three of his last four contests (1g/2a).


Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or Foreurs) has 20 points (6g/14a) in 50 games…ranks second on the squad with 78 penalty minutes.

Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has 10 points (1g/9a) in 53 games…his 113 penalty minutes rank seventh in the QMJHL…is +11 on the season. 
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