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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 6

by Adam Steinberg / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas' six-game point streak came to a halt on Friday (Feb. 1) in the Lake Erie Monsters' 4-1 loss to the Abbotsford Heat.  During that stretch, Thomas scored four goals and dished out five assists for nine points.

Thomas had quite the scoring touch recently, accumulating 14 points (7g/7a) in his last nine games.  In the Monsters' first of back-to-back games against Abbotsford, Thomas collected two points (1g/1a).

He played 31 games over the course of the previous two seasons with the Florida Panthers while also splitting time with Rochester and San Antonio in the AHL.  In the first 45 games this season with Lake Erie, the Pittsburgh native tallied 29 points (17g/12a).  His 17 goals and seven power play goals are team-leading and he is third on the squad in points.

Thomas was signed by Colorado as a free agent this past July.

Prior to this season, he spent most of the 2011-12 campaign with the San Antonio Rampage.  He led the team in goals (27) and was tied for the most points on the team with 52.  He was called-up to the Florida Panthers for a brief stint in which he tallied one goal.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters had their six-game win streak snapped last week, falling 4-1 last Friday to Abbotsford in the second of back-to-back games. The streak was two wins off of Lake Erie’s all-time record of eight games and was the longest such streak in the AHL this season. Brad Malone scored the lone goal for the Monsters, his second straight game scoring since returning to Lake Erie on Jan. 29. He has three points (2g/1a) in the two games back from a one-game call-up with the Avalanche.

Lake Erie had beat Abbotsford 4-1 on Thursday after scoring four unanswered goals over the final two periods. Gabriel Beaupre netted his first AHL goal and had a plus-2 rating for the game. He now has three points (1g/2a) on the season in 15 games for the Monsters. Lake Erie is 5-1-0-1 in their last seven games and 12-4-0-1 in their last 17 contests.

Bill Thomas had his six game point streak – scoring nine points (4g/5a) over that stretch – end on Friday in the loss to Abbotsford. He has accumulated 14 points (7g/7a) over his last 10 games. On the season, Thomas has 29 points (17g/12a) and leads the team in goals and power play goals (7).

Lake Erie has had a couple of roster moves in the last week. Michael Sgarbossa, the Monsters leading scorer with 36 points (16g/20a), was called up to Colorado on Jan. 29, and Kent Patterson – rookie netminder with the Denver Cutthroats – was recalled to Lake Erie on Jan. 30. Colorado also recalled David Van Der Gulik on Feb. 1. Van Der Gulik tallied an assist in the 4-1 Monsters win on Thursday night before being called-up.

Thomas Pock has 26 points (7g/19a) in 44 games played for Lake Erie. He leads the team in points among active defensemen.

Upcoming Games
Feb. 9 at Abbotsford
Feb. 10 at Abbotsford
Feb. 12 vs. Rochester

Denver Cutthroats
The Cutthroats swept their weekend series against the Bloomington Blaze with a 4-2 win on Friday and 3-1 victory on Saturday. Friday’s game was Denver’s first contest back home at the Denver Coliseum since Dec. 29. The club spent the entire month of January on the road while the National Western Stock Show took over the arena.

Goaltender Kieran Millan collected wins on both Friday and Saturday night in net for the Cutthroats. On Tuesday, he was named the Central Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Week after stopping 42 shots on Friday and making 33 saves on Saturday. Millan has 11 wins this season and leads all goaltenders in the CHL with a .921 save percentage

Upcoming Games
Feb. 8 vs. Fort Worth
Feb. 9 vs. Fort Worth
Feb. 12 at Missouri

Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) leads his team in goals (36), assists (50), points (86), power play goals (13) and plus/minus rating (+29). He remains third in the WHL with 86 points. Smith has tallied seven points (3g/4a) in his last three games and 15 points (6g/9a) in his prior six. On Friday against Spokane, Smith put in a five-point effort with one goal and four assists and was named the WHL Player of the Week on Monday and the Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) collected four points (0g/4a) in his last three games. He leads Prince George with 28 assists and is tied for the most points (36) on the team.

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) had two assists and a plus-6 rating in his previous three games. On the season, Siemens has seven points (1g/6a) and is a plus-14.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) has scored twice in his last three games. Clarke has four points (2g/2a) in 11 games with the Petes this season.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) has been a weapon on the power play as he leads the Whalers in power play goals with 10, four more than the next highest player. Meurs is third on the squad with 45 points (23g/22a) in 50 games.

Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) has two points (1g/1a) in his previous two games. He has 15 points (6g/9a) on the season.

Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) has played in nine games for Ottawa, collecting six points (1g/5a). Blandisi has 31 points (8g/23a) and 76 penalty minutes overall this season.

Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) recorded his first point in a Remparts uniform on Feb. 1. He had an assist in the game and finished with a plus-3 rating. He was acquired by Quebec on Dec. 22.

Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) has scored eight points (3g/5a) in his last four games. Condon has 24 points (9g/15a) and a plus-13 rating for the Gophers this season.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has four goals and 10 assists in 27 games with Michigan.

Gus Young (Yale University) has collected six points (1g/5a) in 22 games for Yale.

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