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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 25

by Ryan Simmons / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Monsters were home this past weekend for a showdown with the Iowa Wild. On Friday, the series opened with a defensive game that had to be settled with a shootout. Iowa won the tiebreaker and took the game 2-1.

The Monsters' only goal Friday came early in the first period when Andrew Agozzino scored unassisted.

Sami Aittokallio was huge in net for the Monsters in the loss. Aittokallio put the Monsters in position to secure a point by stopping 34 of 35 shots. The only puck that got past him in regulation came on a Wild power play. His season record is now 10-11-4.

The two teams faced off again on Saturday night for the final time this season. The Monsters secured their lone win over the Wild this year with a 3-2 victory. Agozzino again started the scoring for Lake Erie as he redirected a Matt Hunwick shot for his 12th goal of the season at 2:10 of the opening period. JT Wyman also picked up an assist on the tally.

The Monsters’ next goal came midway through the first period from Michael Schumacher on a nice power-play setup by Colin Smith and Mark Olver. Smith was back at it in the second stanza when he reclaimed a two-goal lead for Lake Erie, scoring on a wrist shot off a pass from Hunwick. Stefan Elliott also had an assist.

Calvin Pickard was strong in net for the Monsters. He stopped 29 of 31 shots.

The Monsters played a day game on Tuesday against the Texas Stars and lost 2-1. Garrett Meurs scored for Lake Erie while Pickard stopped 21 shots in the loss, dropping his record to 12-14-3 on the year.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 26 vs. Texas
Feb. 28 at Hamilton
March 2 at Toronto

Denver Cutthroats

The Cutthroats split their two-game series with the Missouri Mavericks last weekend. Denver opened the weekend on Friday with a 6-2 win. Kent Patterson was huge in the Cutthroats’ victory, stopping 41 of 43 shots.

On Saturday, Denver battled back all night before falling 6-3. It was an exciting third period as six goals were netted between the teams. Patterson was in net for the Cutthroats and stopped 28 of 33 shots.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 28 at Rapid City
March 1 vs. Rapid City
March 2 vs. Rapid City


Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): Millan and the Nailers continued their busy schedule with four road games this week. The Nailers lost 4-1 on Wednesday at Reading before splitting the first two games of a three-game series against Elmira. They lost 5-2 on Friday but bounced back on Saturday, winning 3-1. Millan was strong in net in Sunday's game, his second start with his new team. He stopped 24 shots for his first ECHL shutout in Wheeling’s 7-0 win.


Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): On Friday, Bigras and the Attack won 3-1 over Kitchener. Bigras picked up an assist in Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Saginaw. Owen Sound lost 6-3 on Monday to Guelph.

Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): Blandisi and the Colts opened their play for the week on Thursday with a 3-1 loss to Belleville. They bounced back with a weekend sweep of Sudbury, winning 2-1 on Saturday and 5-3 on Sunday.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke and the Petes had a Thursday night matchup with Saginaw, and they won 5-2 with Clarke getting an assist. On Friday, Peterborough continued their strong play with a 4-0 victory over Mississauga. Clarke tallied another assist in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Belleville.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin was strong in net on Friday night, but he wasn't strong enough as the Steelheads were defeated. He stopped 36 of 40 shots in a 4-0 loss to Peterborough. He was perfect in net on Sunday, as he stopped all 35 shots he faced in Mississauga’s 2-0 victory over Niagara.


Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke picked up an assist in each of Prince George’s three games this past week. On Tuesday, the Cougars fell 5-1 to the Portland Winterhawks. They lost 4-2 to Kelowna on Friday before securing a 2-1 victory on Saturday in a rematch.

Mason Geertson of the Vancouver Giants (Photo: Chris Relke/Vancouver Giants)

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen and the Giants were 2-1 this week, opening with a 5-2 win at Lethbridge on Wednesday. On Friday, they were defeated 5-3 by Red Deer. They rebounded nicely with a 5-1 win on Saturday over Edmonton. Geertsen had a plus-2 rating on the week and tallied three assists, with one on Saturday and two on Sunday.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers and Butcher were swept in a weekend series with rival Colorado College. On Friday, they opened play with a 3-2 loss. In Saturday’s rematch, they were defeated 3-1.

Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers were off this week. They will resume play Friday at home versus Penn State.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt and the Wolverines split their home-weekend series against Penn State. On Friday, they lost 5-4 in a close overtime matchup. Moffat chipped in with an assist in Saturday’s 5-2 win.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm and St. Cloud State split a road series at Miami over the weekend. On Friday, the visitors were unsuccessful as they lost 4-3. SCSU bounced back on Saturday with a 3-0 victory.

Gus Young (Yale University): Young and the Bulldogs were at Harvard on Friday night for an Ivy League showdown. Yale took home a 5-2 victory with Young getting an assist. Yale tied Dartmouth 3-3 on Saturday, which moved its overall record to 14-8-5 on the season.


Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos and the Norwegian National Team were eliminated from the Olympics last Tuesday. They were defeated 4-0 by Russia in the qualification playoffs.

Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.

Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.

Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): The KHL is currently on an Olympic break. Play will resume on Feb. 26.


Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund and Farjestads have returned to Sweden after playing two exhibition games in North America against American Hockey League opponents. They resume SHL play today.

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