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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 11

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Ryan Stoa

Ryan Stoa has been turning his game on in recent weeks, and the result was a nod to the American Hockey League’s Western Conference All-Star Team .

The rosters were announced for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic on Tuesday, and Stoa was the lone member of the Lake Erie Monsters to be honored. This year’s AHL All-Star Classic will take place Jan. 30-31 in Hershey, Pa.

Stoa, a native of Bloomington, Minn., currently leads the Monsters in goals (14) and power-play goals (5), while ranking second in points (25) in 39 contests. The All-Star appearance will be the first of his professional career.

After starting the season with just one assist over his first 10 games, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward has come on strong offensively by totaling 24 points (14g/10a) over his past 29 games.

More recently, he has averaged over a point-per-game in his last eight contests, totaling nine points (5g/4a) during that span.

Now in his second professional season, Stoa has totaled 65 points (37g/28a) in 93 American Hockey League games.
 
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters picked up one victory in four contests last week.

Lake Erie began the week with a 4-3 loss to Rochester last Tuesday, during which Justin Mercier, Travis Gawryletz and Ryan Stoa scored goals and John Grahame made 22 saves. The Monsters were then blanked, 3-0, on Friday night in Houston. Jason Bacashihua stopped 38-of-41 shots in the loss.

Lake Erie picked up its only victory of the week on Saturday, defeating Texas by a 3-1 count. Stoa (1g/2a) and Ben Walter (1g/1a) both had multi-point games, Patrick Rissmiller chipped in with a goal and Grahame made 18 saves.

The Monsters finished the week by falling to Oklahoma City, 5-1, on Sunday. Stoa scored Lake Erie’s lone goal, while Grahame made 19 saves in a losing cause.

Tulsa Oilers
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate split two games last weekend, first beating Quad City by a 4-2 score on Friday and then falling to Missouri, 3-2, on Saturday.

Trevor Cann was in goal for both games, stopping 37 shots during Friday’s victory and making 34 saves in Saturday’s loss. In seven CHL contests this season, Cann has a 4-2-0 record to go along with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

NCAA
-Kieran Millan turned aside 29 shots as Boston University defeated Hockey East foe Vermont, 4-2, on Sunday. With the victory, Millan improved to 6-3-6 on the season with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

-Boston College forward Paul Carey notched a goal Friday as the Eagles downed Providence, 4-1. Carey sits third on the Eagles’ scoring chart with 18 points (9g/9a) through 20 games. The junior forward’s nine goals match his career high set during the 2009-10 campaign.

-Freshman forward Luke Moffatt scored a power-play goal on Friday during Michigan’s 4-3 overtime loss to CCHA rival Michigan State. In 18 games this season, Moffatt has totaled 10 points (3g/7a).

-Senior forward Brad Malone picked up two assists during North Dakota’s 8-0 blanking of Robert Morris on Friday and currently ranks fourth on the team with 20 points (7g/13a) in 22 contests.

-Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson stopped all 15 shots he faced in 32:12 of action during the Gophers’ lone game last week – a 9-0 exhibition victory over the U.S. National Under-18 Team.

WHL
-Stefan Elliott was named the WHL Player of the Week for the Jan. 3-9 time period after picking up six points (2g/4a) and posting a +7 rating in two games. Elliott had a goal and three assists last Tuesday as Saskatoon shut out Calgary, 4-0. The defenseman then added a goal and an assist as the Blades earned a 5-1 triumph over Prince Albert on Friday. Elliott leads all WHL blueliners in goals (18) and points (44) in 40 games.

-In his first game back with Kelowna after winning a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, Tyson Barrie scored a power-play goal and added two assists to lead the Rockets to an 8-1 victory over Kamloops. Barrie currently stands 11th among WHL defensemen in scoring with 28 points (5g/23a) in 24 games.

-Calvin Pickard appeared in net during all four of Seattle’s games last week. He began the week by making 37 stops in an 8-4 loss to Tri-City last Tuesday, but then bounced back by turning aside 28-of-29 attempts in Seattle’s 3-1 triumph over Kelowna on Friday. Pickard was a hard-luck loser on Saturday despite stopping 42-of-44 shots in a 2-1 loss to Portland. Pickard and the Thunderbirds rounded out the week with a 5-4 overtime loss to Chilliwack on Sunday, during which the goaltender made 22 saves. Pickard has appeared in 38 of Seattle’s 41 games, posting a 17-14-3-4 record with a .922 save percentage.

OHL
-2010 first-round pick Joey Hishon scored both of Owen Sound’s goals Friday in a 4-2 loss to Kingston and then recorded four points (1g/3a) as the Attack fell to Ottawa, 6-4, on Sunday. Hishon leads the Attack and is tied for fourth in the Ontario Hockey League with 59 points (25g/34a) in 30 games.

-Brandon Maxwell made one appearance last week, stopping 33 shots as Kitchener fell to Erie by a 4-2 final score. In 27 appearances, Maxwell has a 16-7-3-0 record with a .910 save percentage.
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