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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 11

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Kieran Millan

Make it three for Avalanche prospect Kieran Millan

The Boston University netminder was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday, January 10.

Millan, who earned the weekly accolade for the third time this season, made 42 saves in BU’s 4-2 victory over then-No. 7/6 Merrimack on January 6 at Agganis Arena.  Millan turned aside all 20 shots he faced in the final frame.

The Senior raised his school-record victory total to 70 with the win over Merrimack.

Millan is 9-6-1 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .916 save percentage this season.

Millan was Colorado’s fifth selection (fifth round, 124th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Lake Erie Monsters
It’s been a tough stretch for a Lake Erie Monsters squad (16-18-1-1) that had been winners of three straight.  The Monsters have since dropped their last three contests, the last two on the road, while they finish their five-game road trip. 

A brief look into the team’s last three games:

January 4, 2012 – 3-2 loss vs. Oklahoma City

Trevor Cann turned aside 33-of-36 shots in the loss.

Patrick Bordeleau tallied a goal – his second goal overall (also second in as many games).

Mike Carman’s assist was his second in two contests (0g/2a).

Tyson Barrie earned his 17th assist of the season.

January 6, 2012 – 6-3 loss at Milwaukee
Trevor Cann made 12-of-16 saves in 34:55 before being relieved.

Evan Brophey (1g/1a) and Tyson Barrie (1g/1a) each had multi-point nights…both have earned three points (1g/2a) in their last two contests.

Tyson Barrie’s goal (his fifth of the season) was a short-handed tally – the first of his career.

With his assist tonight, Mike Carman has points in three-straight games (0g/3a).

January 7, 2012 – 3-1 loss at Chicago
Trevor Cann stopped 18-of-21 attempts in a 3-1 defeat…the netminder is 8-13-0.

Evan Brophey netted his 10th goal of the season.

Tyson Barrie earned his team-leading 19th assist of the season (0g/1a) giving him four points (1g/3a) in his last four contests.

Speaking of Tyson…
The rookie defenseman is riding the hot hand, having earned points in three-consecutive contests (1g/3a)…Barrie’s team-leading 24 points puts him fifth overall among AHL defensemen and first among rookie blueliners…His 66 shots rank sixth on the Monsters and first among team defensemen…for comparison – the Monsters’ leading scorer among team defensemen in 2010-11 was Shawn Belle, who tallied 26 points (6g/20a) in 51 games…Barrie, a rookie, currently has 24 points in just 36 games.

Up next
1/12 at Peoria
1/14 at Chicago
1/15 at Milwaukee

The No. 2-ranked Golden Gophers lost 3-2 to Notre Dame in the Hall of Fame Game held on January 2 at Mariucci Arena.  After losing to Northeastern (December 31) and Notre Dame, Minnesota has lost back-to-back games for the first time all season and the first since being swept by Alaska-Anchorage to end the 2010-11 season.

Kent Patterson stopped 22-of-26 shots in the loss to Notre Dame…Patterson has started all 23 games for the Golden Gophers.

Despite going 0-2 over his last two, the 6-1, 196-pound Senior is 15-7-1with a 2.13 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. 
Among Division-1 leaders, Patterson ranks first in shutouts (6) and second in minutes (1,380:49).

Golden Gophers teammate Nathan Condon tallied two assists in the Hall of Fame Game vs. Notre Dame, giving him four points (1g/3a) in his last two contests.  Condon’s 18 points (6g/12a) rank seventh on the team…a +7 in 23 games.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan), who was named one of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Players of the Week, ending January 1, 2012, went scoreless in a 4-2 win vs. Lake Superior State University on January 6.  The win gave the Wolverines 22 points in the CCHA standings, bumping them up from eighth to fifth.  

Moffatt tallied the Wolverines’ lone shootout goal vs. LSSU on January 7.  The teams tied, 2-2, but LSSU won in the shootout, 2-1.

Calvin Pickard’s 36 saves weren’t enough as the Seattle Thunderbirds lost to the Spokane Chiefs, 4-2, on January 7.

Pickard is 16-17-0 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .916 save percentage…his .916 Sv% ranks tied for fourth in the Western Hockey League.

Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) has 23 points (6g/17a) in 41 games.

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has appeared in 40 of the team's 41 games...the 2011 draft pick has 19 points (5g/14a) and is +6 with 59 penalty minutes.

Garrett Meurs continues his strong play, as the winger has earned seven points (1g/6a) over his last five games.  Meurs’ 38 points (16g/22a) ranks tied for fourth on the Whalers…is +17 in 39 games this season.

Stephen Silas (Belleville) leads team defensemen in scoring with 20 points (2g/18a)…is +4 in 38 games.

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or) has 17 points (5g/12a) in 37 games, including 11(2g/9a) in his last eight…his 62 penalty minutes rank third on the Foreurs…is +4 this season.
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