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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 28

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Michael Sgarbossa

Michael Sgarbossa recently joined the Colorado Avalanche organization as a part of the trade that sent T.J. Galiardi, Daniel Winnik, and a 2013 seventh-round draft pick to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Sgarbossa, Jamie McGinn, and Mike Connolly.

Sgarbossa, 19, is currently playing for the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and is second among scorers with 84 points (41g/43a) through 57 games.

The undrafted Sgarbossa (5-11,165) has quickly made a name for himself and was named the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 19th, a week in which he tallied eight points in three games (4g/4a).

The Campbellville, Ontario native enters his fourth season in the OHL. During his OHL career, the left-handed center has amassed 261 points in 254 games as well as 22 points in 19 career playoff games.

2010-11: Sgarbossa was named the OHL’s Player of the Month for March after posting 27 points (10 goals and 17 assists) and an OHL-high plus-15.  He finished the season tied for 21st in the OHL for points (82) and tied for sixth in power play goals, while finishing first on Sudbury in points and goals, and second in assists.

2010-11 Playoffs:  Led Sudbury and ranked tied for 25th in postseason scoring.  He notched six points (five assists) on March 26 at Ottawa.  Represented Canada at the U-18 World Juniors, posting two points (a goal and an assist) in six games.

2009-10: Sgarbossa totaled 52 points (20 goals and 32 assists) in 67 games with Barrie and Saginaw.

2008-09: Ranked tied for fifth on the team in points and was second in plus/minus (plus-17) in his rookie season with Barrie.
Lake Erie Monsters
Last three: 1-1-0-1
Overall: 27-25-2-3 … 59 points … 11th in the Western Conference

A brief look into the team’s last three games

February 23 – 4-3 win vs. Hershey
Four different Monsters scored in the victory: Patrick Rissmiller (ninth of the season), Patrick Bordeleau (fourth of the season), Zach Cohen (second of the season), and Peter MacArthur (second of the season – both with LEM).

Cedrick Desjardins played in his first game since December 28…turned aside 27-of-30 shots to improve his record to 9-5-1 on the season.

Cameron Gaunce and Brad Malone both have three-game assist streaks (three assists in that span).

February 24 – 6-1 loss at Grand Rapids
Greg Mauldin tallied the Monsters’ lone goal – his 11th of the season.

Patrick Rissmiller and Evan Brophey earned assists.

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 34-of-40 shots in the loss.

February 25 – 4-3 SOL at Rochester
Evan Brophey tallied his team-leading 15th goal and 34th point of the season.

Ryan Stoa earned his 11th goal of the season.

David Liffiton, David Van Der Gulik, Brad Malone, and Patrick Bordeleau earned assists.

Gerald Coleman stopped 24-of-27 shots in 65 minutes and 12-of-15 in the shootout.
Speaking of shootouts … tonight’s session went 15 rounds – one short of the all-time AHL record.

Up next
3/2 at Hamilton
3/3 vs. Charlotte
3/4 vs. Charlotte

The New Guy
Mike Connolly, 22, acquired on February 27 from the San Jose Sharks (along with Jamie McGinn and Michael Sgarbossa) is in his first professional season after spending the last three years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA). 

The Calgary native played for San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, where he was tied for second on the team with 30 points (10g/20a) in 40 games.  Connolly was signed by San Jose as a free agent on April 15, 2011.

He will report to the Lake Erie Monsters. 


Kent Patterson (University of Minnesota) pushed the Gophers to a sweep over WCHA rival Nebraska-Omaha, with 3-2 scores in both contests.

Patterson turned aside 22-of-24 shots in the first of two at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.  The netminder followed up his 22-save performance by stopping 27-of-29 shots faced in the second of back-to-backs. 

Overall, Patterson paces the nation in wins (23) and shutouts (7), and ranks second in minutes played (2,098:21) and 11th in save percentage (.917).  Patterson is 23-11-1 overall with a .671 winning percentage.

Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) earned his 16th assist of the season in the first of two back-to-back wins over Nebraska-Omaha.  Condon also had a game-high five shots in the victory.  Despite going scoreless in the second contest, Condon ranks seventh on the Gophers with 26 points (10g/16a) and has appeared in all 35 games this season.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) went scoreless in the Wolverines’ two-game split with Bowling Green.  Moffatt has 12 points (5g/7a) in 33 games this season.  The Wolverines have a first-round bye next weekend while awaiting their quarterfinal opponent for a series that will be held March 9-11 at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) earned two assists in an 8-1 win over the Prince George Cougars on February 22 (his third multi-point game of the season).  Rutkowski currently ranks second in scoring among team defensemen (eighth overall), with 38 points (11g/27a) in 62 games.  His plus-12 rating ranks tied for second on the squad. 

Calvin Pickard (Seattle Thunderbirds) recorded his fifth shutout of the season (T-1st overall) in a 3-0 victory over the Everett Silvertips on February 25.  The win was Pickard’s 21st of the season.  Overall, the netminder leads the league in saves (1,755), shootout victories (6), and ranks seventh in minutes played (3,028).

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has missed the last 10 games after sustaining an injury during the first period on February 4.  Overall, the defenseman has 26 points (6g/20a) in 51 games…also has a +11 rating and 77 penalty minutes.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) has 48 points (18g/30a) in 59 games this season, and is one assist shy of matching last year’s total (31 in 68 games).  Meurs has two points (1g/1a) in his last three games and ranks seventh on the Whalers in scoring.  He also has a plus-17 rating, 55 penalty minutes, three power play goals, and one short handed goal.

Stephen Silas (Belleville Bulls) has 30 points (6g/24a) in 58 games.  Silas also has 57 penalty minutes and three power play goals.

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or Foreurs) earned an assist in a 7-3 victory over the Prince Edward Island Rocket on February 25.  On the season, Beaupre has 21 points (6g/15a) in 55 games.  His 94 penalty minutes rank second on the Foreurs.

Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has missed the last five games due to an injury.  Overall, the defenseman has 11 points (1g/10a) in 54 games and leads the team with 118 penalty minutes.
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