Spotlight On: Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke helped lead the Peterborough Petes to a 3-0 record last week after he registered five points (a goal and four assists) and at least one in each contest.
Clarke had a season-high three points in the Petes' 7-4 win last Saturday over Sarnia, recording a goal and two assists. He has registered 11 points (four goals and seven assists) in his last 12 games.
Selected 132nd overall by the Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2012 Entry Draft, Clarke is in his first full season with Peterborough after spending his first two-and-a-half seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires. He was traded to the Petes midway through the 2012-13 season.
The London, Ontario native is tied for fourth on the Petes in scoring with 30 points (12 goals and 18 assists) in 42 games.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters were in Des Moines, Iowa last weekend for a two-game series with the Iowa Wild.
On Friday night, they were on the wrong side of a 6-1 loss. Cam Reid scored the Monsters’ lone goal with Mitchell Heard picking up an assist. Sami Aittokallio was in net for the first two periods of the game, stopping 24 of 28 shots. Calvin Pickard finished the game for the Monsters and stopped seven of the nine shots he faced.
Lake Erie looked to rebound from Friday’s loss with a strong showing on Saturday. Despite their best efforts on offense, with a season-high 45 shots, the Monsters were upended 1-0 by the Wild. Calvin Pickard was strong in net with him stopping 26 of 27 shots in the loss.
Lake Erie is currently at the halfway point of its season, having played 38 of 76 games and posting a 17-18-3 record. The Monsters are currently in 13th place in the Western Conference but are only five points out of a playoff spot.
Jan. 23 vs. Rochester
Jan. 25 vs. Hamilton
Jan. 26 at Toronto
The Cutthroats salvaged their road trip in Rapid City Monday with a 5-2 win over the Rush. Kent Patterson made 39 saves in the victory and is now 14-7-6 on the season.
The trip didn't begin well for Denver as it lost 4-1 in Friday's series opener. Patterson stopped 36 shots on Saturday, but the Cutthroats lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Rush.
Denver continues its inaugural Colorado Tour series this weekend in Vail, Colo., against the Arizona Sundogs.
Jan. 20 at Rapid City
Jan. 24 vs. Arizona (in Vail, Colo.)
Jan. 25 vs. Arizona (in Vail, Colo.)
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras and the Attack opened last week with a 5-2 loss to Oshawa on Friday. Bigras had an assist in the loss. On Saturday, the Attack was back in action and defeated Kitchener 2-1. Owen Sound finished the week with a 4-2 home loss to Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.
Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): The Colts went 2-0 this past week with wins over North Bay and Niagara. Blandisi registered a goal in Barrie’s 4-3 win over North Bay on Thursday. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in the Colts’ 6-2 victory over the IceDogs.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke helped the Petes to a 3-0 record last week. On Thursday, they defeated Mississauga 5-4, and Clarke tallied an assist in the game. On Saturday, the Petes were back in action and defeated Sarnia 7-4. Clarke had a goal and two assists for Peterborough. He registered another assist in the Petes' 7-4 win on Sunday over Ottawa.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Mississauga was in action three times this past week, going 1-2. On Thursday, it suffered a 5-4 loss to Peterborough. Martin stopped 23 of 28 shots in the loss. The Steelheads were back in action on Friday, losing 4-1 to North Bay. Martin was back in net for Mississauga’s 3-1 win over London on Sunday and stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced from the Knights.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): The Cougars lost both games of a weekend series against the Edmonton Oil Kings. On Friday night, they were defeated 8-0. Bourke had two assists in Saturday’s 7-6 shootout loss.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Giants played two games this past week. They defeated Kamloops 6-2 on Friday. They were upended 4-0 by Tri-City on Sunday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers played two games at Minnesota Duluth last week. They won 4-3 in overtime on Friday night before falling in a shootout on Saturday. DU lost the tiebreaker 2-1, but the final result will go down as a 2-2 tie.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Minnesota swept its weekend series against Ohio State. The Gophers began the weekend with a 1-0 win on Friday. Condon had two assists in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the Buckeyes.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Michigan was not in action last week. The Wolverines play in-state rival Michigan State this week.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm and St. Cloud State went 0-1-1 in their weekend series against Western Michigan. They tied 5-5 on Friday night and lost 2-1 on Saturday.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young had a goal and an assist in Yale’s 3-2 loss at Clarkson on Friday night. He also pitched in with an assist in the Bulldogs' 4-2 win at St. Lawrence on Saturday.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv was defeated 4-1 by Torpedo on Wednesday. It beat AK Bars 4-0 on Friday with Holos scoring a power-play goal in the game. Lokomotiv lost 4-3 to Dynamo on Sunday.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Torpedo went 3-0 this past week. Parshin had an assist in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Lokomotiv. On Friday, it defeated Severstal 5-4 in overtime. On Sunday, the club won 5-4 in a shootout over SKA St. Petersburg.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars went 2-1 this past week. They defeated Severstal 2-1 on Wednesday. Ak Bars then lost 4-0 to Lokomotiv on Friday. On Sunday, they bounced back with a 2-1 overtime win against Atlant.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Medvescak played three games this past week, which began Thursday with a 3-1 win over Barys. Medvescak defeated Ugra 4-1 on Saturday before losing 2-0 on Sunday to Avtomobilist.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund has 10 assists in 19 games this season with Farjestads J20 team. He has played four games in the SHL this season.