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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 26

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: T.J. Hensick

Lake Erie center T.J. Hensick suited up for the PlanetUSA All-Stars last Tuesday (Jan. 19) during the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic in Portland, Maine.

Wearing No. 77, Hensick recorded an assist in the first period and then scored himself in the final frame of PlanetUSA’s 10-9 shootout loss to the Canadian All-Stars.

The night before contest, Hensick also took part in the 2010 Ducks Unlimited AHL All-Star Skills Competition. The Monsters’ forward competed in the Breakaway Relay and Pass and Score events. The Canadian squad won the contest by an 18-12 overall score.

It was the second AHL All-Star appearance of Hensick’s career. The Lansing, Mich., native was also selected to the PlanetUSA team at the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic, where he recorded four points (2g/2a).
 
Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters split a pair of contests with the Texas Stars last week following the American Hockey League’s All-Star Break. Lake Erie topped Texas by a 5-4 count in overtime Friday and then dropped a 3-0 decision during Saturday’s rematch.

Justin Mercier was the hero of Friday’s contest, as he scored once in regulation, netted the game-winning goal at 4:21 of the extra session and also added an assist in the victory. Matthew Ford, T.J. Hensick and Tom Zanoski also scored for the Monsters, who received a 33-save effort from Tyler Weiman.

The Monsters are still very much in the playoff hunt, as their 21-21-0-4 record (46 points) currently places them fifth in the North Division and just three points behind the fourth-place Abbotsford Heat for the final postseason berth.

Charlotte Checkers
The Checkers had a light schedule last week, winning their only game by a 5-4 count over the Wheeling Nailers. Charlotte currently sits third in the American South Division with 49 points (22-13-3-2).

Central Hockey League
-Trevor Cann won two of the three games he started for the Tulsa Oilers last week. After making 22 stops in a 4-1 loss to Wichita on Friday, Cann bounced back with a 25-save performance to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 win in Saturday’s rematch. Cann ended the week by turning away 24 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over Rio Grande on Sunday.

NCAA
-Colby Cohen scored a goal, Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist and Kieran Millan stopped 42 shots to lead Boston University past Boston College, 5-4, on Friday. Boston College sophomore Paul Carey had an assist in the contest.

-Northern Michigan’s Mark Olver picked up a pair of assists as the Wildcats were swept by Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. The junior forward leads Northern Michigan in scoring with 30 points (12g/18a) in 25 games.

-Brad Malone scored his seventh goal of the season as the North Dakota Fighting Sioux topped Cornell by a 3-1 score on Saturday.

QMJHL
-Moncton center Kelsey Tessier totaled three points (2g/1a) as the Wildcats topped Victoriaville, Drummondville and Quebec last week. Tessier has seven points (4g/3a) in seven games since being traded from Quebec to Moncton.

WHL
-Tyson Barrie scored a goal in Kelowna’s 4-1 win over Prince George on Friday and picked up two assists when the teams met again the following night. Barrie ranks second among WHL defenseman with 50 points (9g/41a) in 41 contests.

-Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott scored a goal and added a helper on Friday in his club’s 5-4 loss to Kootenay. Elliott is tied for fifth among league blueliners with 45 points (18g/27a) in 48 games.

OHL
-After recording an assist Friday against Plymouth, Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce netted a power-play goal on Friday during the Majors’ 5-3 triumph over Sudbury. Gaunce now ranks third on the team overall and first among defensemen with 36 points (6g/30a) in 47 contests.

-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell earned his 15th victory of the season Saturday by stopping 45 shots in the Rangers’ 6-4 win over Erie.

USHL
-Nathan Condon picked up a pair of assists in the Fargo Force’s 4-3 victory against Team USA on Friday. Condon ranks third on the Force with 30 points (16g/14a) in 36 games.
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