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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 2

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Tyson Barrie

Continuing his solid play this season, defense prospect Tyson Barrie was named the Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week for the Jan. 25-31 timeframe.

Barrie totaled eight points (4g/4a) and a +2 rating in four games last week, helping the Kelowna Rockets to four victories.

Barrie opened the week on Wednesday by scoring the game-winning goal and adding a pair of assists in a victory over Seattle. He topped that performance on Friday, netting two goals in regulation and also adding the shootout winner as Kelowna skated past Prince George, 4-3.

After a two-point effort (1g/1a) on Saturday against Medicine Hat, Barrie closed out the week with an assist in the Rockets’ 2-1 victory over Seattle on Sunday.

Colorado’s fourth selection (third round, 64th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Barrie is tied for first among WHL defensemen in scoring with 58 points (13g/45a) through 45 games. He also became Kelowna’s all-time leader in scoring by a defenseman with 156 points in 184 contests.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters went 1-2-0 last week, topping Toronto by a 6-3 count on Friday before losing to San Antonio (5-3 on Saturday) and Toronto (4-2 on Sunday).

Six different players scored for Lake Erie in Friday’s victory over the Marlies, with Mike Bartlett, T.J. Hensick and Justin Mercier recording a goal and an assist apiece. Tyler Weiman stopped 23 shots to secure the victory.

Weiman also received the starting nod for Saturday’s game against the Rampage, but was saddled with the loss after stopping 23-of-28 shots. Matthew Ford (1g/2a) and Philippe Dupuis (1g/1a) led the way offensively for the Monsters.

Lake Erie dropped Sunday’s rematch against the Marlies despite a 30-save performance by Billy Sauer and goals from Ford and Brian Willsie.

Charlotte Checkers
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate split four games last week, securing a pair of victories over Johnstown while dropping games to Cincinnati and Reading. The Checkers are second in the American South Division with 53 points (24-15-3-2).

Central Hockey League
-Tulsa netminder Trevor Cann posted a 1-1-1 record last week, with the victory coming in a 26-save performance Saturday against Mississippi. In 12 games with the Oilers, Cann has a 7-4-1 record with a .909 save percentage.

-Colby Cohen had a goal and an assist and Kieran Millan made 39 stops in Boston University’s 6-2 victory over Massachusetts on Friday. For his performance, Millan was named the Hockey East Pure Hockey Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Cohen then netted a power-play goal on Monday and Millan recorded 26 saves as the Terriers topped Northeastern by a 2-1 score on Monday night in the opening round of the 58th Beanpot tournament.

On Tuesday, Cohen was named the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Month for January. The junior defenseman recorded 10 points (6g/4a) during the month, including a career-best four-point (2g/2a) performance on Jan. 2 vs. Massachusetts.

 -Mark Olver netted the game-winning goal as Northern Michigan beat Alaska, 3-2, on Saturday. The junior forward leads the Wildcats in both goals (13) and points (31).

-Minnesota forward Mike Carman scored a power-play goal in the first period and added an even-strength tally in the final frame as Minnesota skated past Alaska Anchorage, 7-4, on Friday. Carman has totaled 11 points (6g/5a) in 28 games this season.

-Victoriaville defenseman Joel Chouinard picked up three points in four games last week, including the Tigres’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Moncton on Thursday. Chouinard is averaging over a point-per-game from the blue line, with 54 points (19g/35a) in 50 contests.

-Halifax goalie Peter Delmas split a pair of decisions last week. Delmas made 24 saves in a 6-5 shootout victory over Lewiston on Wednesday and then turned aside 27 shots in a 3-1 loss to Quebec on Friday.

-Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott recorded one assist last week and is currently tied for sixth among WHL blueliners with 46 points (18g/28a) in 51 games.

-It was announced on Friday that Mississauga defenseman Cameron Gaunce will serve as an alternate captain for the Eastern Conference at the 2010 OHL All-Star Classic, set for Wednesday, Feb. 3. Gaunce leads all Majors blueliners with 36 points (6g/30a) in 50 games.

-Kitchener’s Brandon Maxwell posted a 1-2-0 record last week. After surrendering four goals in a loss to London last Tuesday, Maxwell stopped 29-of-31 shots to lead the Rangers to a 5-2 win over Sudbury on Friday. The netminder ended the week by turning aside 37 shots Saturday in a 5-2 loss to Barrie.

-Nathan Condon posted a three-point (2g/1a) effort on Friday as Fargo topped Tri-City by a 9-1 count. The forward also picked up an assist in the Force’s 2-1 triumph over Lincoln the following night.

Earlier in the week, Condon suited up for the West Division at the 2010 USHL All-Star Game in Indianapolis, Indiana. He opened the game’s scoring with a first-period goal, but the West fell to the East Division All-Stars, 5-4.
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