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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 3

by Samantha Rogan / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Oklahoma City this past weekend to take on the Barons in back-to-back games at Cox Convention Center.

The Monsters jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Friday, with goals coming from Joey Hishon, Paul Carey and Andrew Agozzino in the first period. Oklahoma City, however, climbed back to score three goals through the next two periods to tie the game 3-3 and ultimately went on to defeat the Monsters 4-3 in overtime.

Goaltender Calvin Pickard made 29 saves on 33 shots in his first game back with the team since being reassigned by the Colorado Avalanche.

Lake Erie bounced back the next night with an overtime victory of its own, defeating the Barons 2-1. Agozzino tallied his second goal in as many nights, while forward Ben Street scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot at the very end of overtime.

Pickard (9-6-4) made a season-high 43 saves on 44 shots faced.

The Monsters are 5-1-2 over their past eight games and are currently on a five-game point streak. Hishon has recorded 12 points in his last 11 games (five goals and seven assists), while Agozzino extended his goal streak to five games.

Lake Erie (19-16-4-3) will travel to Milwaukee on Tuesday to face the Admirals before returning home for back-to-back home games against two different Canadian teams. The Toronto Marlies will be in town Friday, followed by the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday night.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 3 at Milwaukee
Feb. 6 vs. Toronto
Feb. 7 vs. Hamilton

Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets hosted Elmira on Friday, dropping a close 2-1 game. Forward Garrett Meurs finished with a plus-1 rating while goaltender Roman Will made 20 saves on 22 shots faced, including stopping a penalty shot in the second period. The Komets defeated Toledo 3-2 the following night by overcoming a two-goal deficit and scoring all three of their goals in the final stanza. Meurs recorded one shot on goal and finished with a plus-1 rating for the second consecutive night. Will finished with 27 saves on 29 shots.


Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack fell to the Niagara IceDogs 7-4 last Wednesday at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Bigras tallied a goal and an assist in the loss. The Kitchener Rangers defeated the Attack 5-2 on Friday, as Bigras recorded one assist in the losing effort. Owen Sound wrapped up its weekend on a high note with a big 7-2 win over the visiting Sudbury Wolves on Saturday. Bigras finished the game with two more assists, giving him five points (one goal, four assists) in the past three games. With 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists) in 44 games this season, he currently sits four points behind the leader for the most points by an OHL defensemen.


Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers hosted Owen Sound on Friday and defeated the Attack 5-2. Magyar, facing off against fellow Avs prospect Chris Bigras, led the offense for the Rangers with two goals, one assist and a plus-3 rating, earning himself first star of the game honors. On Saturday, Kitchener beat the Guelph Storm 4-1, with Magyar finishing the game with a plus-2 rating. Magyar has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 43 games 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 finishes the year with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion hosted Mississauga last Wednesday, defeating the Steelheads 5-1. The Battalion traveled to Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, losing a close 4-3 game in a shootout. Despite the shootout loss, Wood tallied all three goals for the Battalion, marking the first hat trick of his OHL career. On Sunday, North Bay finished its weekend with a 3-2 victory over Niagara. Wood finished the game with a plus-2 rating. Wood, Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 46 games this season.


Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda hosted Gatineau last Thursday, coming away with a 7-5 victory in a high-scoring game against the Olympiques. Nantel tallied a goal and an assist in the win. On Saturday, the Huskies defeated visiting Val-d’Or 6-5 in overtime. Nantel scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, and recorded one assist in the victory. He finished the weekend with five points (three goals, two assists) in two games and is on a six-game point streak (five goals and four assists). Colorado’s seventh round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, Nantel currently has 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) in 46 games for the Huskies this season.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or): Val-d’Or faced off against visiting Gatineau last Wednesday, defeating the Olympiques 3-2. Pepin’s goal 4:27 into the third period ended up being the game-winning tally for the Foreurs. Val-d’Or traveled to Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday, dropping a close 6-5 game in overtime. Pepin recorded five hits in the loss. He has 19 points (13 goals, six assists) in 33 games with Val-d’Or and Gatineau this season.


Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels hosted Kelowna last Wednesday, losing 4-3 in a shootout. Bleackley tallied a goal and an assist in the losing effort. The Rebels were shutout 4-0 by Edmonton on Friday, before dropping a close 6-5 game in overtime the following night against Prince Albert. Bleackley finished the contest with one goal and a plus-2 rating. He currently has 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 48 games with the Rebels this season.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants traveled to Everett on Friday, losing 7-1 to the Silvertips. The Giants hosted Kamloops the next night, ultimately dropping a 3-2 shootout decision. Geertsen has 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) and a plus-8 overall rating through 49 games this season.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver hosted the University of Minnesota Duluth this past weekend, splitting the two-game series against the Bulldogs. The Pioneers defeated UMD 3-2 on Friday at Magness Arena, before falling 4-2 the next night. Sophomore defenseman Will Butcher has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 23 games with DU this season.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., this past weekend to take on Colorado College in back-to-back games. The Huskies defeated the Tigers 7-1 on Friday, with Storm recording one assist and a plus-1 rating in the victory. St. Cloud State put up another big win the next night, defeating CC 6-1. Storm has registered one goal and one assist in 19 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 defeated Orebro Hockey 3-2 last Wednesday, as Lindholm tallied an assist and registered four shots on goal and four hits during the game. Skelleftea fell 3-1 to Vaxjo on Friday, before defeating HV71 3-2 in a shootout the following night. Lindholm recorded one shot on goal in the victory. He has five assists in 27 games with Skelleftea this season.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten beat Sodertalje 4-3 in overtime last Tuesday, before dropping a 6-2 decision against Asploven HC on Friday. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-3 rating in 33 games with Vita Hasten this season.


Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers suffered a 2-0 loss to EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz on Friday, before dropping a close 5-4 game against EC KAC on Sunday. Walker finished the game with one goal and a plus-1 rating. He has recorded 23 points (15 goals, eight assists) in 41 games for the 99ers this season.


Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv defeated Vityaz 2-1 in a shootout last Wednesday, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Dynamo on Friday. The Yaroslavl ended its weekend with a 4-1 loss to HC Sochi on Sunday night. Holos recorded three shots on goal in the losing effort. He currently has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 52 games this season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard suffered a 4-2 loss to CSKA last Wednesday, before dropping a close 3-2 game to Torpedo on Friday night. Avangard earned one point on Sunday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Severstal. Parshin continues to lead his team in scoring with 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) in 52 games, along with an impressive plus-17 rating with Avangard this season.

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