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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 23

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Colby Cohen

The defending national champion Boston University Terriers have started to turn their season around, with Avalanche prospect Colby Cohen standing out as one of the biggest reasons for the team’s recent success.

Boston University stumbled out of the gates this season, posting a 4-9-3 record in its first 16 contests of the 2009-10 campaign. But over their last 14 games, the Terriers have started to come together by posting a 10-4-0 mark.

Cohen, a junior defenseman, has seen his statistics essentially mirror the success of his team. In the Terriers’ first 16 contests – in which Cohen played 15 times – the blueliner totaled seven points (3g/4a). But as the team has started to regain its 2008-09 form, Cohen has been producing at better than a point-per-game pace. During the last 14 games – Cohen played in 13 of them – the Villanova, Pa., native has recorded 18 points (10g/8a).

Often moving up to play a forward position on BU’s power-play unit, Cohen is second in the nation in goals by a defenseman (13), is tied for third nationally in game-winning goals (5) and ranks sixth among NCAA blueliners in points-per-game (0.89).

Lake Erie Monsters
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate continues to push for its first postseason berth in franchise history. Lake Erie split two games last week, beating Syracuse by a 6-4 count on Friday before dropping a 4-1 decision to Hershey on Saturday.

Six different players scored for the Monsters in Friday’s victory, led by T.J. Hensick (1g/2a), Philippe Dupuis (1g/1a) and Brian Willsie (1g/1a). Trevor Cann picked up the victory in his first AHL start since Dec. 4 by stopping 33 shots.

Willsie scored Lake Erie’s only goal during Saturday’s loss to Hershey, while Cann stopped 28-of-31 shots in defeat.

Lake Erie currently sits fifth in the North Division with 58 points (27-26-0-4), four points behind Manitoba for the final playoff spot.

Charlotte Checkers
The Checkers had a light schedule last week, splitting their two contests. Charlotte lost to Toledo by a 7-0 score on Thursday and then came back with a 7-2 triumph over Gwinnett on Sunday. The Checkers are third in the American South with 64 points (29-17-3-3), just one point behind second-place Florida.

NCAA
-Mark Olver totaled three assists as Northern Michigan skated to a weekend split against the University of Michigan. The junior forward leads the Wildcats in goals (17), assists (tie-24) and points (41).

-Boston College forward Paul Carey tallied an assist in the Eagles’ 7-1 win over Northeastern on Sunday and now has 16 points (6g/10a) in 30 games.

-Mike Carman recorded an assist Sunday in Minnesota’s 7-4 victory over Colorado College, giving the senior forward 14 points (6g/8a) in 32 contests.

-Brad Malone had an assist to help North Dakota top Minnesota Duluth, 5-2, on Friday night. Malone ranks sixth on North Dakota’s scoring chart with 17 points (7g/10a).

QMJHL
-Returning from an injury that kept him sidelined for three weeks, Moncton’s Kelsey Tessier recorded two assists on Friday in his first game back, an 8-0 victory over Rimouski. Tessier then netted a power play goal – his 17th tally of the season – in a 4-0 Moncton victory over Shawinigan on Sunday.

-Victoriaville defenseman Joel Chouinard picked up one assist in three games last week, giving him 61 points (19g/42a) in 58 contests this season.

WHL
-Tyson Barrie netted a pair of goals last week. The defenseman scored Kelowna’s lone goals in both a 4-1 loss to Calgary on Friday and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Seattle on Sunday. Barrie continues to lead all WHL blueliners with 64 points (16g/48a) in 54 games.

-Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott extended his point streak to six games by getting onto the score sheet in each of the Blades’ three games last week. Elliott scored in a victory over Red Deer on Wednesday and a loss to Vancouver on Friday before ending the week with an assist in Saskatoon’s win against Brandon. Elliott ranks fourth among WHL defensemen with 56 points (22g/34a).

USHL
-Fargo’s Nathan Condon had a big weekend, totaling two goals and two assists as the Force split a pair of games with the Indiana Ice. Condon ranks second on the team in goals (21) and third in points (42) and is one of only four players to appear in each of Fargo’s 45 games.
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