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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 16

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Trevor Cann

After what can be described as a slightly disappointing first half of the season, things seem to be turning around for Trevor Cann.

The goaltender, Colorado’s third selection (second round, 49th overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, is currently in the midst of his first professional season after a sterling four-year OHL career. But the transition to the pro ranks didn’t go as smoothly as Cann might have envisioned.

The Oakville, Ontario native began the season with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, where he had a 2-5-1 record and a 3.72 goals-against average in 10 appearances.

But since being reassigned to the Central Hockey League’s Tulsa Oilers on Dec. 13, Cann has started to find his game.

In 18 games with the Oilers, Cann has posted an 11-6-1 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Those numbers include a pair of victories this past week, as the netminder stop a combined 68-of-73 shots in wins over Mississippi and Amarillo.

The netminder may soon have another chance to prove himself at the AHL level, as he was recalled to the Lake Erie Monsters on Monday.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters won two of their three games last week and continue to battle for the final playoff spot in the AHL’s North Division.

Netminder Tyler Weiman had a light workload on Wednesday, but stopped each of the 15 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season as Lake Erie blanked Milwaukee, 3-0. T.J. Hensick had a goal and an assist, while Josh Aspenlind and Ray Macias also scored.

The Monsters extended their winning streak to three games with a 5-4 shootout victory over Hamilton on Friday. Weiman made 34 saves through the end of the overtime session, while Brian Willsie (2g/1a) and Hensick (1g/1a) led the way offensively. Brock Bradford netted the shootout winner in the fifth round.

Lake Erie’s winning streak came to an end Saturday, as the Monsters were dealt a 3-2 loss by the Rochester Americans. Rochester’s Daniel Steiner scored with one minute left in regulation to give the Americans the win. Randy Rowe scored both goals for Lake Erie, while Billy Sauer took the loss after coming on in relief of Weiman.

The Monsters (26-25-0-4; 56 points) currently occupy the No. 5 spot in the North Division, but sit just two points behind Manitoba (26-23-5-1; 58 points) for the final playoff berth.

Charlotte Checkers
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate went 2-1 last week, beating South Carolina on Wednesday before splitting a weekend set with Gwinnett. Charlotte is second in the American South with 62 points (28-16-3-3).

-Colby Cohen scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season and added two assists, Kevin Shattenkirk chipped in with an assist and Kieran Millan made 18 saves as Boston University defeated Maine, 7-4, on Friday. Millan made 28 saves during Saturday’s rematch and Cohen added a helper as the Terriers earned the weekend sweep with a 5-2 win.

-Mark Olver put up a four-point (2g/2a) effort in Northern Michigan’s 7-2 victory over Western Michigan on Friday evening. The forward added an assist during Saturday’s rematch – a 2-1 Wildcat win – to give him a team-leading 38 points (17g/21a) through 31 games.

-Mike Carman notched a pair of assists over the weekend as the University of Minnesota was swept by the University of Denver. Carman now owns 13 points (6g/7a) this season. Kent Patterson started in goal for the Gophers on Saturday and made 28 saves in a 5-1 loss.

-Brad Malone recorded an assist Saturday in North Dakota’s 8-1 rout of St. Cloud State. The junior forward ranks fifth on the Fighting Sioux’s scoring chart with 16 points (7g/9a).

-Joel Chouinard picked up three assists Wednesday in Victoriaville’s 13-3 romp of Baie-Comeau. The blueliner also recorded an assist Sunday in a 7-1 win over Chicoutimi, giving him 60 points (19g/41a) in 55 contests this season.

-Tyson Barrie notched two assists in Kelowna’s 4-3 loss to Kamloops on Saturday. With 62 points (14g/48a) in 51 contests, Barrie is tied for Kelowna’s team lead and ranks second among WHL defensemen in scoring.

-Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott currently has a three-game assist/point streak in the works, having totaled four assists during that stretch. Elliott now ranks fourth among league blueliners with 53 points (20g/33a) in 58 games.

-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell split a pair of decisions last week. Maxwell first put forth a 40-save effort in the Rangers’ 6-2 loss to Windsor on Thursday before picking up a win with a 24-save performance Friday in a 5-4 victory over Belleville.

-Nathan Condon recorded an assist in both of Fargo’s games last week, but the Force was swept by Cedar Rapids in a weekend series. Condon ranks third on Fargo’s scoring chart with 38 points (19g/19a) in 43 games.
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