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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 19

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Joel Chouinard

Victoriaville Tigres defenseman Joel Chouinard has been putting up points at a rapid pace lately, and that production hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

On Monday, Chouinard was named the TELUS Offensive Player of the Week for the Jan. 11-17 time period. During that stretch, the blueliner scored five goals and added four assists in four Victoriaville victories. Chouinard now has a nine-game point streak in the works, during which he has totaled 18 points (7g/11a).

Selected by the Avalanche in the sixth round (167th overall) at the 2008 Entry Draft, Chouinard was honored for the second consecutive week, as he previously earned TELUS Defensive Player of the Week laurels. He also became just the second defenseman this season to be recognized as TELUS Offensive Player of the Week.

Overall this season, the Longueuil, Quebec native has totaled 51 points (18g/33a) in 45 contests.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters continued their hot streak, winning their first two games last week before dropping their final contests prior to the American Hockey League’s All-Star Break.

On Wednesday, the Monsters defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs for the second time in three days, skating away with a 5-3 win. Matthew Ford (2g) and Brian Willsie (1g/2a) led the way offensively, while Tyler Weiman made 41 saves to earn the victory.

Lake Erie then topped the Abbotsford Heat by a 3-2 count on Friday – the team’s fourth consecutive victory overall. T.J. Hensick, Ryan Stoa and Willsie each scored and Weiman turned aside 32 shots.

The Heat won Saturday’s rematch, 6-3, to put an end to the Monsters’ winning streak. Mike Bartlett, Ford and Hensick had Lake Erie’s goals.

The Monsters enter the All-Star Break having posted an 11-3-0-1 record in their past 15 games.

Charlotte Checkers
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate had a big week, earning seven of a possible eight points. After a 9-4 romp of Gwinnett on Wednesday, Charlotte picked up a point following a 4-3 shootout loss during Friday’s rematch.

The Checkers finished out the weekend with victories over Kalamazoo (4-3 in a shootout on Saturday) and Gwinnett (6-4 on Sunday).

-Defenseman Colby Cohen netted a pair of power-play goals and Kevin Shattenkirk added an assist in Boston University’s 6-4 triumph over Merrimack on Saturday. Shattenkirk (3g/15a) and Cohen (7g/7a) are the Terriers’ top two scoring defensemen.

-Mark Olver scored a power-play goal Friday during Northern Michigan’s 6-0 win over Bowling Green State and then added an assist during Saturday’s rematch, which ended in a 3-3 tie. Olver leads the Wildcats with 28 points (12g/16a) in 23 games.

-Brad Malone scored a goal as North Dakota skated to a 3-3 tie with Minnesota on Friday. The junior forward ranks fifth on the Fighting Sioux’s scoring chart with 14 points (6g/8a) in 24 contests.

-Halifax netminder Peter Delmas earned TELUS Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting victories over Chicoutimi and Drummondville. Delmas made 18 saves Friday in a 5-1 triumph over Chicoutimi and followed up that performance with a 35-save effort Sunday during a 2-1 victory over Drummondville. For the week, Delmas posted a 1.00 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage.

-Kelsey Tessier recorded a goal and an assist on Saturday as Moncton topped Chicoutimi, 5-1. In four games with the Wildcats, Tessier has totaled four points (2g/2a).

-Stefan Elliott recorded an assist Wednesday in Saskatoon’s 4-1 win over Calgary and then scored his 16th and 17th goals of the season during the Blades’ 4-3 triumph over Swift Current on Friday. Elliott ranks second among WHL defensemen in goals and fourth in points (43).

-Kelowna’s Tyson Barrie totaled five assists in losses to Portland and Red Deer last week. Barrie leads all league defensemen in assists (39) and ranks second in points (47).

-Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce scored a goal and added an assist on Saturday in his squad’s 4-1 victory over Oshawa. One night earlier, Gaunce recorded an assist and was named the First Star of the Game as the Majors topped Kitchener, 2-1. Fellow Avalanche prospect Brandon Maxwell, who was in goal for Kitchener, posted 44 saves and was named the Second Star of the Game despite being saddled with the loss.

-Fargo’s Nathan Condon notched an assist Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Des Moines, giving him 28 points (16g/12a) in 35 games. Condon will suit up for the West Division at the 2010 USHL All-Star Game, slated for Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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