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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 26

by Adam Steinberg / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Paul Carey

Paul Carey extended his point streak to seven games after he tallied two assists in the Monsters' 4-2 loss versus Texas on Saturday night.  Carey has collected nine points with five goals and four assists in his point streak, which dates back to Feb. 12.  His streak is tied for the longest by Lake Erie this season.

The Massachusetts native has been a significant contributor in his first full season with the Monsters.  He has scored 14 goals and four power play goals, which are both tied for third on the team.  He has also dished out 17 assists (for 31 total points) in 54 games.

The 2012 campaign was an important stepping-stone for Carey as he made his professional debut for Lake Erie on April 13, 2012.

Prior to joining the Monsters, Carey helped the Boston College Eagles win the 2012 NCAA Championship in his senior season.  He scored the game-winning goal in the Eagles' 4-1 victory over Ferris State in the championship game and was selected to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.  He had also won the National Championship with BC at the end of his sophomore season in 2010.

The Avalanche drafted Carey in the fifth round of the 2007 Entry Draft with the 135th overall pick.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters played three games in three nights over the weekend, going 1-1-0-1 in those contests that stretched from Thursday to Saturday. 

The team fell 4-2 to the Texas Stars – who lead the AHL with a 33-13-4-4 record – for the second night in a row on Saturday. Michael Sgarbossa scored in his return from a six-game call-up with the Avalanche and Paul Carey contributed an assist on both goals for the Monsters.  

Sgarbossa has played in 39 games with Lake Erie this season and has collected 37 points (17g/20a), second most on the team.  

Carey extended his point streak to seven games – tying the team’s longest of the season. He has collected nine points (5g/4a) in that stretch and now has 31 points (14g/17a) on the year.

The Monsters earned a point on Friday night as they lost 4-3 in a shootout to Texas. Mike Connolly recorded two goals and Brad Malone dished out two assists in the contest. This season, Connolly has 16 points (6g/10a) while Malone has 23 points (10g/13a).

Lake Erie earned a 7-1 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday night in Cleveland. David Van Der Gulik (2g/2a) and Bill Thomas (1g/3a) each tallied four points in the victory. 

Van Der Gulik has scored 14 goals and has 16 assists (30 points) for the Monsters this season. Thomas leads the squad in goals (18) and is third on the team with 34 points.

Lake Erie continues an eight-game homestand on Tuesday night against Milwaukee.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 26 vs. Milwaukee
March 2 vs. Hamilton
March 3 vs. Rochester
Denver Cutthroats
The Cutthroats split their two-game series against the Quad City Mallards this weekend, losing 4-3 in a shootout on Friday and earning a 5-2 victory on Saturday night. 

Denver’s Saturday night win keeps them in sixth place in the league – one point behind Missouri. The Cutthroats are 26-21-7 (59 points) in their inaugural season in the Central Hockey League.

Goaltender Kieran Millan started both games for the Fish. He recorded 22 saves in the shootout loss on Friday and stopped 35 shots on Saturday night for his 13th win of the season. Despite the 13-12-4-2 record, Milan is still near the top of the league with a 2.69 goals-against average and has a .919 save percentage. 

Upcoming Games
March 1 vs. Tulsa
March 2 vs. Tulsa
March 5 vs. Rapid City
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) has 95 points (38g/57a) in 63 games for Kamloops. He is recording 1.51 points per game and is still third in the league in total points.

Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) has 41 points for the Cougars. He has scored 11 goals and dished out 30 assists.

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) leads his squad with a plus-31 and is second on the team with 97 penalty minutes. Siemens has 21 assists and 23 points for the Blades.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) has nine points (5g/4a) in 20 games with the Petes.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) had his four-game point streak snapped on Sunday. Meurs had tallied eight points (4g/4a) in four consecutive games before the streak came to an end. Meurs has 51 points (24g/27a) for the Whalers this year.

Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) has scored two goals in his last two games and has recorded points in five consecutive games dating back to Feb. 16. Over that span, Heard has seven points (2g/5a).

Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) had a goal and two assists in his previous three games. On the season, Blandisi has 18 points (5g/13a) in 18 games played with Ottawa.

Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) collected two points (1g/1a) in the Gophers’ last two games. Condon has 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points). The University of Minnesota (21-6-5) remains No. 2 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Gus Young (Yale University) has six points (1g/5a) for the Bulldogs – who just beat Princeton to claim the Ivy League Championship

Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has five goals and seven assists (12 points) – along with 20 penalty minutes – this season with Salavat.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has played in 49 games with Linkoping, collecting four points (1g/3a)
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