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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 17

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Cameron Gaunce

21-year-old Cameron Gaunce is having a solid sophomore season with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL).  The defenseman, hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, is on pace to eclipse his career high point total of 22 (in 61 games) set during his rookie campaign in 2010-11. 

Gaunce has tallied three points (0g/3a) in his last two games and has earned 16 (2g/14a) in just 38 games this season.  His +12 rating ranks first on the Monsters and his 16 points rank second among team defensemen, trailing rookie Tyson Barrie (5g/20a = 25). 

The 6-1, 203-pound defenseman was Colorado’s first selection (second round, 50th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. 

2010-11: Appeared in 61 games for the Lake Erie Monsters, collecting 22 points (2g/20a) with a +13 plus/minus rating and 84 penalty minutes…Led all Monsters defensemen in both assists and points…Also skated in 11 games for the Avalanche, tallying one goal.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters are riding a two-game winning streak after reeling off four consecutive losses.

Lake Erie (18-19-1-1) is currently sitting in fourth place in the North Division and 12th in the Western Conference (as of Jan. 17).

A brief look into the team’s last three games

January 12, 2012 – 4-2 loss at Peoria

Lake Erie suffered its fourth-straight loss.

Trevor Cann made 40 saves – a season high for Lake Erie – in his sixth-consecutive start…Cann’s record fell to 8-14-0.

Mark Olver appeared in his first game of the season after recovering from a preseason injury.

January 14, 2012 – 5-3 win at Chicago
Lake Erie responded with FOUR unanswered goals in the third period to end a four-game losing streak.

It was Lake Erie’s first ever win at Allstate Arena (Chicago was 7-0-0).

Trevor Cann got the win in his seventh consecutive start…the longest streak this season for the Monsters.

Five different players found the back of the net for Lake Erie…Bordeleau, Brophey, Walker, Stoa, Jessiman.

Cameron Gaunce earned two points (0g/2a) and a +1.

Ryan Stoa also had a two-point night (1g/1a) and a +2…Lake Erie is 10-4-0 when he earns a point.

Evan Brophey tallied a goal and an assist (1g/1a)...has 10 points (3g/7a) in eight games since being sent down to Lake Erie.

Patrick Bordeleau netted his third goal of the season and was +1.

January 15, 2012 – 3-2 OT win at Milwaukee
The Monsters improved their record to 18-19-1-1…also 10-7-1-1 in one-goal games.
Hugh Jessiman scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season, in overtime.

Mark Olver tallied his first goal of the season (1g/0a) and was +1.

Tyson Barrie earned his team-leading 20th assist and 25th point of the season.

Luke Walker scored his second goal in as many games (2g/0a).

Cameron Gaunce earned his third point (assist) in two games (0g/3a).

Up next
1/19 vs. Milwaukee
1/20 at Grand Rapids
1/21 vs. Oklahoma City

After making 23 saves in the first of a home-and-home series against North Dakota (2-1 loss), Kent Patterson got back to his winning ways in a 24-save performance in the second game.  Patterson ended a personal three-game losing streak in the Gophers’ 6-2 smackdown over the Fighting Sioux. 

Patterson continues to lead the nation in wins (16), shutouts (6) and minutes (1,499:44). 

Teammate Nathan Condon continues to surge.  After going scoreless in the first of two against North Dakota, Condon responded with a three-point performance (2g/1a) in the Gophers’ 6-2 win over North Dakota. 

Condon has seven points (3g/4a) in his last four games and his 21 points (8g/13a) in 25 games rank tied for sixth on the team.  He also has 57 shots on goal and is +10 on the season. 

No. 15-ranked Michigan pulled off a home-and-home sweep over the No. 2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes 8-1 in the two games, the second of which was played at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Luke Moffatt went scoreless in both contests…the Arizona native has 10 points (4g/6a) in 25 games this season.

Calvin Pickard (Seattle Thunderbirds) faced a season-high 52 shots in a 4-0 loss to Portland on January 14…the netminder responded two nights later with a 31-save performance in the Thunderbirds’ 3-2 win in Spokane…Pickard ranks first in the WHL in saves (1,209), tied for sixth in save percentage (.913), 10th in minutes (2,062) and 12th in wins (17).

Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) has four points in his last two games (2g/2a)…the defenseman ranks seventh on the team in points (8g/19a = 27)…four of his eight goals have come on the power play…four goals shy of tying his career high (12 in 2009-10).

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) is currently riding a two-game point streak (1g/1a)…ranks fourth on the Blades in penalty minutes (68)… has 21 points (6g/15a) and is +7 in 44 games this season.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is two points shy of tying his career high (10g/31a = 41) in 68 games set in 2010-11…the winger currently has 39 points (16g/23a) through 42 games…of his 16 goals, two have come on the power play and one with a man disadvantage…is +20 on the season.

Stephen Silas (Belleville Bulls) leads team ‘D’ with 20 points (2g/18a)…also has 47 penalty minutes in 41 games.

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-D’Or Foreurs) is one point shy of tying his career high (3g/15a = 18) in 66 games set in 2010-11…currently has 17 points (5g/12a) in 40 games this season.

Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) is two points shy of tying his career high (1g/7a = 8) in 63 games set in 2010-11…currently has six points (0g/6a) and is +12 in 44 games…finished -10 in 2010-11…also broke surpassed 100 minutes in penalties for the second consecutive season (102).
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