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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 24

by Alyssa Romeo / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Milwaukee last Tuesday to take on the Admirals at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and went on to beat them 3-2.

The Admirals opened up the scoring around 12 minutes in the first period, but the Monsters came back two minutes later when Joey Hishon scored on a power play at 14:38.

During the second period, Michael Schumacher tallied his 12th goal of the season, and the only goal during the middle frame, at 13:46.

The final Monsters tally, and the eventual game-winner, came when Kenny Ryan snuck a shorthanded shot under the Admirals goalie’s arm and into the net. Ryan became the eighth Monster this season to score a shorthanded goal.

Monster’s goaltender Calvin Pickard saved 34 shots.

On Friday, Lake Erie hosted Rockford in its first of two weekend contests against the IceHogs at Quicken Loans Arena, and beat them 3-2 with three third-period goals.

A scoreless first period was anything but dull as it was jam-packed with seven penalties. Two were handed to Rockford and five went to the Monsters. Whistles were called for roughing, tripping, cross-checking, and several fights.

The final fighting penalty, at 16:04 in the first, would be Lake Erie’s last infraction for the entire game, whereas Rockford piled on six more between the second and the third stanzas.

The IceHogs had the lone second period goal, opening up the scoring with a 1-0 lead over the Monsters.

Lake Erie came out ready to come back in the third as Schumacher scored two goals within the first six minutes, one at 1:12 and the other at 5:16. Hishon assisted on both of Schumacher’s tallies, while Andrew Agozzino also registered a helper on the second.

Rockford tied the score at 2-2 with almost 10 minutes left, and the game went back-and-forth until the last 30 seconds.

Agozzino scored a power-play goal at 19:27, ending the nail biter with a victory over the IceHogs.

Pickard stopped 14 of 16 shots on the way to winning his third straight start.

The following night the Monsters fell 3-2 to the IceHogs, wrapping up the weekend for Lake Erie.

Troy Bourke tied the contest 1-1 with a goal at 13:38 in the second, but the Monsters spent the rest of the game playing catch-up as Rockford followed up shortly after with two goals of its own.

Markus Lauridsen scored one last goal for Lake Erie before the buzzer.

Trevor Cheek had a pair of assists in the 3-2 deficit.

Pickard was relieved by Sami Aittokallio in the middle frame after Rockford scored its third goal, the eventual game-winner. Pickard played for 37:08 and stopped 19 shots. Aittokallio denied all six shots faced in his 19:57 of time in net.

The Monsters fell again Tuesday, dropping a 5-1 contest to the Rochester Americans in a rare day game. Sam Henley scored the lone tally, with assists going to Ryan and Lauridsen.

Pickard made 32 saves in the loss. The 22-year-old netminder is now the all-time leader in games played for a Lake Erie goalie with 120.

Upcoming Games

Feb. 24 vs. Rochester

Feb. 27 vs. Iowa

Feb. 28 vs. Iowa

Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets spent the week at home at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, hosting the Toledo Walleye on Wednesday and the Gwinnett Gladiators on both Friday and Saturday. The Komets fell 2-1 in shootout to the Walleye, but finished the weekend on a high note, starting with beating the Gladiators 2-1 on Friday. Roman Will played for the full 60 minutes, saving 24 shots on goal, and was awarded the second star of the game. The Komets scored a goal in each period the following night, defeating the Gladiators 3-2.



Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack defeated the Barrie Colts 4-3 last Thursday at Barrie Molson Centre. Bigras registered two assists in the victory. The following night, Owen Sound was victorious over the Sarnia Sting, beating them 8-5. Bigras again had two assists. In its last contest of the weekend, the Attack triumphed 4-1 over the Guleph Storm on Saturday. With an impressive four assists in three games, Bigras broke the Owen Sound Attack franchise record for all-time points by a defenseman. Colorado’s second-round pick (32nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Bigras is currently tied for second in scoring among OHL defensemen with 61 points (17 goals, 44 assists) in 53 games this season.

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Nick Magyar faced off against fellow Avalanche prospect Kyle Wood in Thursday night’s 5-1 victory over the North Bay Battalion. Magyar had a goal in the win. The Kitchener Rangers fell 2-1 the next night to the Sudbury Wolves, and eventually ended the weekend with a 6-3 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Saturday. Magyar has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 53 games and a plus-1 rating with the Rangers this season.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, suffered Dec. 21 against the Sudbury Wolves. Martin, Colorado’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, appeared in 31 games for the Steelheads this season. He finished the year with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Kyle Wood had an assist in Thursday night’s 5-1 loss on home ice to the Kitchener Rangers. The following night the Battalion fell 7-3 to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Wood registered an assist in the losing effort. The final contest of the weekend on Sunday yielded a 6-5 loss to the Niagara IceDogs. Wood, Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 56 games this season.


Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda fell 6-3 to Blainville-Boisbriand on Thursday, and Nantel had three assists in the effort. On Saturday, Rouyn-Noranda suffered a 5-2 defeat to the Quebec Remparts. Nantel added his fourth assist in two games in the loss. Colorado’s seventh-round pick (204th overall) in this past year’s draft, Nantel has 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists) in 53 games for the Huskies this season.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or faced off against Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday, defeating the visiting team 3-2. On Sunday, Val-d’Or dominated Quebec by a whopping 6-0. Pepin had a goal and an assist in the triumph. Pepin has 22 points (15 goals, seven assists) in 36 games split between Gatineau and Val-d’Or this season.


Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels traveled to Prince Albert last Tuesday to play the Raiders, and beat them 2-1 in a shootout. The following night, Red Deer beat Saskatoon 4-3 on the road. After two solid games in the beginning of the week, Red Deer slipped and fell to Swift Current, losing 4-2 to the Broncos on Friday. The Rebels played the Regina Pats on Saturday, falling 4-1. Bleackley did not appear in any of the games. He currently has 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games with Red Deer this season.


Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants hosted Moose Jaw on Wednesday and defeated the Warriors 3-2 in overtime. Geertsen finished the contest with two goals and an assist in the victory. On Friday, the Giants suffered a 5-2 loss to the Portland Winterhawks before traveling to Kamloops the next night, where the Giants were defeated 1-0. Geertsen has 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) and a plus-9 overall rating through 58 games this season.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver battled its in-state neighbor, Colorado College, in Colorado Springs on Friday, beating them 6-4. The Pioneers met the Tigers for the second contest of the weekend on Saturday at Magness Arena, where Denver pulled out a 6-3 victory over Colorado College on home ice. Butcher had two assists in Saturday’s accomplishment. A sophomore defenseman, Butcher has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 28 games with DU this year.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State hosted the University of Nebraska at Omaha last weekend, and fought off the Durangos in back-to-back victories. The Huskies beat Omaha 4-3 on Friday and then shut them out the next night 2-0. Storm has a goal and an assist in 23 games for the Huskies this season.


Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach has yet to appear in a game for Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.


Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea fell 5-1 to Farjestad BK last Tuesday before falling 4-3 in overtime to Frolunda HC on Thursday. Skelleftea came out on top on Saturday, beating Djurgarden 5-2. Lindholm has five assists and a plus-8 rating in 30 games with Skelleftea this season.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten was victorious on Wednesday, taking home a 6-2 win over Rogle BK. On Saturday, Vita Hasten fell 2-1 to Mora IK. Westlund’s club then fell 2-0 to AIK on Tuesday. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-3 rating in 37 games with Vita Hasten this season.


Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers were defeated 3-2 last Tuesday by HC Bozen. The 99ers faced off against HC TWK Innsbruck “Die Hard” on Thursday, but fell 2-1 in a shootout. In their last contest of the weekend, the Grazz 99ers picked up a 3-0 shutout victory over the HC TWK Innsbruck “Die Hard.” Walker has 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 47 games for the 99ers this season.


Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv fell 3-2 to CSKA last Wednesday, but picked up a 2-1 win over Torpedo on Friday. Holos had a goal and an assist in the team’s lone victory. He has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 59 games this season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard played one game last week, on Friday, against Sibir Novosibirsk, and beat them 3-0. Parshin continues to lead his team in scoring with 55 points (25 goals, 30 assists) in 59 games, and he has an impressive plus-18 rating this season.

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