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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 9

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Beanpot Tournament

The college hockey world was focused on Massachusetts Monday night, as the Boston College Eagles and Boston University Terriers squared off in the championship game of the 58th Beanpot tournament. The contest featured the last two NCAA national champions, as the Eagles won in 2008 and the Terriers are the defending champions.

Each year, the Boston area’s four college hockey powers (including Northeastern and Harvard) battle for the Beanpot trophy on the first two Mondays of February.

Boston College, featuring Avalanche prospect Paul Carey, advanced to the championship game after beating Harvard, 6-0, on Feb. 1. Boston University, with prospects Colby Cohen, Kieran Millan and Kevin Shattenkirk, earned a berth in the title game courtesy of a 2-1 win over Northeastern a week ago.

In Monday’s championship game, both Cohen and Shattenkirk scored for Boston University, but it wasn’t enough to push the Terriers past Carey and the Eagles, as Boston College skated to a 4-3 victory. Millan made 28 saves in a losing effort for Boston University.

The two schools in Monday’s championship game have combined to win 44 of the 58 Beanpot titles.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters continued their push toward a berth in the American Hockey League postseason by picking up four points last week.

Lake Erie began the week with a 3-2 home victory over the Rochester Americans. Philippe Dupuis had a goal and an assist, Darren Haydar and Brian Willsie also scored and Tyler Weiman made 36 saves in the victory.

The Monsters then split a pair of games against the Rockford IceHogs, dropping a 5-3 decision Friday before earning a 5-3 victory on Saturday. T.J. Hensick led the way during Saturday’s win by scoring two goals. Haydar, Matthew Ford and Randy Rowe also scored for the Monsters, who received a 15-save effort from Billy Sauer.

The Monsters are currently tied with the Abbotsford Heat for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division with 52 points, but hold the tie-breaker by having a game in hand.

Charlotte Checkers
After dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to Florida on Thursday, the Checkers bounced back to top Florida by a 3-2 score on Friday and Toledo by a 5-1 count on Sunday.

Charlotte sits in second place in the American South Division with a 26-15-3-3 mark (58 points).

Central Hockey League
Tulsa goaltender Trevor Cann won two of his three starts last week. After making 33 saves in a home loss to Wichita last Tuesday, Cann and the Oilers went on the road and picked up a pair of victories over Missouri. The netminder made 40 saves in a 3-2 win on Friday before stopping 37 shots in Saturday’s rematch, a 4-2 Tulsa victory.

-Mark Olver scored twice (once short-handed) as Northern Michigan earned three points during a weekend set against Ferris State. The junior forward leads the Wildcats with 33 points (15g/18a) in 29 games.

-Victoriaville defenseman Joel Chouinard picked up an assist in each of his two games last week – wins over Quebec and Drummondville – and currently owns a three-game assist/point streak. Overall this season, Chouinard has totaled 56 points (19g/37a) in 52 contests.

-Goalie Peter Delmas started two games last week for the Halifax Mooseheads. On Friday, Delmas made 31 stops in Halifax’s 5-4 shootout loss to Saint John. The following night, the netminder turned aside 27 shots in a 3-2 win over Cape Breton.

-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie totaled a goal and an assist in three games last week and currently leads all WHL blueliners with 60 points (14g/46a) in 48 games.

-Saskatoon’s Stefan Elliott netted two power-play goals and also added an assist during three outings last week. Elliott ranks second among league defensemen with 20 goals and is tied for fifth with 49 points.

-Mississauga blueliner Cameron Gaunce picked up an assist in his team’s 4-2 loss to Saginaw on Friday, running his point total to 37 (6g/31a) in 52 games this season.

-Kitchener’s Brandon Maxwell earned a victory in his only start last week. Maxwell was in goal Sunday against Saginaw and turned away 42 shots in a 5-4 shootout victory. The netminder now owns a 17-12-1-2 record with a .905 save percentage in 33 appearances.

-Fargo forward Nathan Condon had a goal and an assist in the Force’s 4-3 victory over Omaha on Friday. Fargo, which has won six consecutive games, has now taken over the top spot in the West Division with 61 points (29-9-3 record).
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