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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 19

by Adam Steinberg / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

Paul Carey
continued his hot play as he has scored goals in four straight games (4g/0a). Carey has collected 26 points (13g/13a) and four power play goals on the season.

However the Monsters have lost their last eight games (0-4-0-4), dropping their record to 24-20-2-6 (56 points). They are tied for second place in the North Division.

Lake Erie fell to Rochester 4-1 on Feb. 12 with Carey scoring Lake Erie’s only goal. Three days later, they lost 5-3 in Grand Rapids. Carey tallied a goal and Markus Lauridsen had two assists. Lauridsen has four assists in 18 games with the Monsters after being called-up from the Denver Cutthroats midway through the season.

The following night –Feb. 16 – the Monsters fell to Chicago, 3-1, with Brad Malone assisting the lone goal by Carey. In the team’s third game in three nights, the Monsters couldn’t hold on against Rockford and lost 2-1 in a shootout. For the second night in a row, Carey scored the Monster goal with Malone dishing the assist. Malone has 20 points (9g/11a) in 46 AHL games this season.

Calvin Pickard was in uniform for the Avalanche’s game in Edmonton on Saturday night and started in net for Lake Erie less than 24 hours later, stopping 40 shots against Rockford. On the season, Pickard is 13-11-4-3 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.30 goals against average.

Bill Thomas leads the team in goals (17) and power play goals (7) and ranks second with 30 points.

Thomas Pock has contributed 27 points (8g/19a) for the Monsters.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 21 vs. Milwaukee
Feb. 22 vs. Texas
Feb. 23 vs. Texas

Denver Cutthroats
Rookie goaltender, Kieran Millan, saw an eventful week after being called-up by the Lake Erie Monsters on Thursday before being back in Denver on Sunday to play in the Presidents’ Day home game against Missouri on Monday, which Denver lost 7-5.

Millan holds a 12-12-5 record on the year and has a 2.71 GAA and has a .919 save percentage.

The Cutthroats split games with Wichita last weekend beating the Thunder 6-2 on Friday and falling 6-3 on Saturday. Denver is tied for fourth place – with Missouri – in the CHL with a 25-21-6 record (56 points).

Upcoming Games
Feb. 22 vs. Quad City
Feb. 23 vs. Quad City
Feb. 26 at Missouri

Colin Smith
(Kamloops Blazers) is still third in the league in total points with 92 (37g/55a). He has one goal and three assists in his last three games.

Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) is second on his team with 39 points. He has scored 10 times and has 29 assists on the year – the most on Prince George.

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has tallied three points (1g/2a) in his last three games. He has 21 points (2g/19a) on the season along with 91 penalty minutes and a plus-24 rating.

Michael Clarke
(Peterborough Petes) has one goal and one assist in his previous two games. In 16 games with the Petes, Clarke has eight points (5g/3a).

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) leads Plymouth in power play goals with 11. Meurs has collected 48 points (24g/24a) on the year.

Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) has six goals and 12 assists (18 points) in 20 games played.

Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) has averaged one point a game with the 67’s; 14 points (3g/11a) in 14 games played. On the season, Blandisi has 39 points (10g/29a).

Nathan Condon
(University of Minnesota) dished out one assist in his last two games. He has recorded 27 points (10g/17a) in 30 games with the Gophers. Minnesota is currently ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll with a 20-6-4 record.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has played in 29 games for the Wolverines, tallying 14 points (4g/10a).

Gus Young (Yale University) has six points (1g/5a) in 26 games with the Bulldogs.

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