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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 24

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Calvin Pickard

Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds became the WHL’s All-Time leader in career saves on Sunday night (January 22) in Vancouver, B.C.

The 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, stopped 42-of-45 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants, giving him 6,959 career saves, eclipsing the previous record of 6,958 saves set by former Thunderbirds goaltender Danny Lorenz (1986-1990).

Pickard leads WHL goaltenders in saves (1,317) ranks tied for third in shutouts (3), ranks second in shootout wins (4-1) and ninth in minutes (2,244).

Colorado’s second selection (second round, 49th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pickard is in his fourth season in the WHL with the Thunderbirds, having appeared in 217 career regular-season games. 

DID YOU KNOW? Calvin’s older brother, Chet, was the WHL’s 2008 and 2009 Goaltender of the Year and was selected by the Nashville Predators in the first round (18th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.
Lake Erie Monsters
It’s been a tough stretch for the Lake Erie Monsters (18-21-2-1) who have gone winless in their last three games (0-2-1). 

The team currently sits in last place in the Western Conference.

A brief look into the team’s last three games

January 19, 2012 – 3-2 overtime loss vs. Milwaukee
Cameron Gaunce had a multi-point night, tallying two points (1g/1a) and a +2 rating…Gaunce has four assists in his last three contests.

Mark Olver earned one point (0g/1a) in the loss … has points in back-to-back games (1g/1a).

Luke Walker finished the night a +2.

January 20, 2012 – 5-0 loss at Grand Rapids
Cameron Gaunce’s three-game assist streak snapped.

Mark Olver’s two-game point streak snapped.

Tonight’s shutout loss was Lake Erie’s eighth of the season.

January 21, 2012 – 3-1 loss vs. Oklahoma City
The Monsters played in front of 17,109 at Quicken Loans Arena – the third largest in franchise history and biggest in the AHL this year (indoors).

Trevor Cann made 23-of-25 saves in the loss…his record is 9-16-0.

Tyson Barrie, recently named to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic, earned his team-leading 21st assist of the season...not only does Barrie lead all rookie blueliners in scoring (5g/21a = 26 points), he ranks fifth among all AHL defensemen in that category.

Brad Malone tallied his fifth goal of the season on a team-high five shots.

Up next
1/24 vs. Hamilton
1/26 vs. Toronto
1/28 vs. Hamilton

Kent Patterson and the No. 3-ranked Golden Gophers earned a split in a back-to-back set against 12th-ranked Colorado College over the weekend, both 2-1 scores.

Patterson made 25-of-27 saves in the first of back-to-backs at Mariucci Arena…he followed up that performance with a 19-save victory, including a save on a point-blank one-timer with seven seconds remaining.

Patterson leads the nation in minutes (1,618:54) and ranks tied for first in shutouts (6).

His teammate, Nate Condon, scored his ninth goal overall and fourth short-handed goal of the season…the sophomore is now second in the nation in short-handed goals, one shy of the school record set by Peter Hankinson (1989-90) and Steve Griffith (1982-83).

Overall, Condon has 22 points (9g/13a) in 27 games.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has gone scoreless in his last two games…has 10 points (4g/10a), 53 shots and is +5 through 27 games.

Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) 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)…his four power play goals rank tied for second among team defensemen.

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) had his first career four-assist/four-point night on January 21 vs. Victoria (9-6 win)…Siemens’ six goals this season are a new career high (had five in 2010-11)…has 25 points (6g/19a), 75 penalty minutes and a +8 rating through 46 games this season.

With his two assists in an 8-0 victory over Sault Ste. Marie on January 21, Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) tied his career high in points (45) through 41 games this year…had 45 points in 68 games last year…Meurs needs one goal to establish a personal best in a season…currently has 16 (also 2009-10 in 62 games).

Stephen Silas (Belleville) leads team defensemen with 20 points (2g/18) through 44 games…10 penalty minutes shy of his career high (61) set in 2009-10.

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or) set a new career high in points (6g/13a = 19 points)…had 3g/15a = 18 in 66 games last season…also matched last year’s season total with 73 penalty minutes.

Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) scored his first goal of the season in a 4-2 loss at Gatineau on January 21…has eight points through 46 games…ranks sixth in the league with 104 penalty minutes…has matched last year’s point total (8) in 17 fewer games.
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