Spotlight On: Michael Sgarbossa
Michael Sgarbossa was one of two Lake Erie Monsters to participate in the AHL All-Star Classic on Monday in Providence R.I. The honor was well deserved as Sgarbossa leads Lake Erie in scoring this season and is third most among rookies in the AHL. He finished the all-star game with a plus-2 rating and helped the West defeat the East, 7-6.
After winning the Ontario Hockey League scoring title a year ago, Sgarbossa has continued his strong play this season with him having 36 points in 38 games with Lake Erie. He is also tied for the lead in goals (16) and power-play goals (6) on the team.
In his last four games with the Monsters, he has collected eight points (3g/5a) and has helped Lake Erie to wins in three of those contests. He had a three-point night (2g/a) in last Thursday's game with Toronto, which included him scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.
Sgarbossa was acquired by Colorado at last season's trade deadline, which also sent Jamie McGinn and fellow prospect Mike Connolly to the organization.
He was called up to the Avalanche roster on Tuesday. Sgarbossa was one of six Monsters players to participate in Colorado's training camp earlier this month.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters headed into the AHL All-Star break winning six of their last eight contests and four of there last five dating back to Jan. 12 against Houston. Lake Erie currently sits tied for second place with Toronto in the North Division of the Western Conference with 50 points (23-16-2-2), trailing the Abbotsford Heat by one-point.
Michael Sgarbossa leads the team with 36 points (16g/20a) and is tied for the most goals and power play goals (6) on the club. He has eight points (3g/5a) in his last four games.
Sgarbossa and teammate Andrew Agozzino represented Lake Erie at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, R.I. on Jan. 27-28. In Monday’s all-star game, Sgarbossa had a plus-2 rating while Agozzino had an assist and a plus-1 rating.
In the Monsters Jan. 24 win against Toronto; Sgarbossa had two goals, including the game-winning score in overtime. David Van Der Gulik tallied one goal for the Monsters and now has 12 on the year to go with 12 assists (24 points). Thomas Pock had one goal and an assist to help Lake Erie with the victory. Pock has 26 points (7g/19a) on the season, the most among current Lake Erie defensemen.
Lake Erie suffered a 2-1 shootout loss on Jan. 26 against Hamilton, which snapped their four-game win streak. The team is 3-1-0-1 against Hamilton this year and 9-7-1-1 at home.
Other Avalanche prospects of note on the Monsters’ roster include Markus Lauridsen and Gabriel Beaupre, both of whom were called up from the Denver Cutthroats (CHL) earlier in the month. Lauridsen has played in nine games for the Monsters this season (0g/2a), while Beaupre has 18 penalty minutes and two points (0g/2a) in 13 games for Lake Erie.
The Monsters have two important games against Abbotsford on Thursday and Friday of this week as first-place in the division will be on the line.
Jan. 31 vs. Abbotsford
Feb. 1 vs. Abbotsford
Feb. 5 vs. Hershey
Denver is looking to finally come home from a rough 12-game road trip after they play Tulsa on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Cutthroats are 3-6-2 on the road trip and are 1-2 in their last three games after beating Missouri (4-1) and losing twice to Wichita (0-7, 1-7).
In the Cutthroats’ 4-1 victory over Missouri on Jan. 25, Kieran Millan stopped 36 shots and earned the win. Millan is 9-9-4 and has a 2.81 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage on the season. Denver’s other rookie netminder, Kent Patterson, is 12-8-3 on the year with a 3.10 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
The Jan. 27 loss to Wichita ended a three-game weekend for the Cutthroats.
Jan. 29 at Tulsa
Feb. 1 vs. Bloomington
Feb. 2 vs. Bloomington
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) remains in third place in the league for points with 76 (32g/44a). He has continued his successful year in the last four games by tallying two goals and five assists (seven points). He leads the team in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus (+30).
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) has added two points (1g/1a) in his last two games. Bourke is second on the Cougars with 32 points (8g/24a). He leads his team in assists with 24.
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has a plus-8 rating on the season and has accumulated 77 penalty minutes, the second most on Saskatoon. Siemens has 15 points on the year (1g/14a).
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) has two assists (2 points) in eight games with the Petes. He was acquired from Windsor on Jan. 10.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) has tallied three goals and an assist (four points) in his last two contests against Sarnia. He has helped Plymouth (25-14-5-4) move into first-place in the West Division, passing the Sarnia Sting.
Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) was the first-star of the Whalers’ victory against Sarnia on Jan. 26, where he scored two goals and had an assist. On the season, Heard has 13 points (5g/8a) in 12 games played with Plymouth.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) has three points (1g/2a) in his last three games for Ottawa. On Jan. 27 against Mississauga, Blandisi had a goal, an assist and finished with a plus-4 rating in the game. In eight games with Ottawa, Blandisi has five points (1g/4a).
Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) has two points (0g/2a) and 68 penalty minutes on the season. In the 12 games since being acquired by Quebec, Donnelly has already accumulated 40 penalty minutes.
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) has tallied eight points (3g/5a) in his previous four games. In 26 games for the Gophers, Condon has scored nine goals and dished out 15 assists (24 points). Minnesota (18-4-4) remains No. 1 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for the fifth consecutive week.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has 12 points (3g/9a) in 25 games for the Wolverines this season.
Gus Young (Yale University) has 22 penalty minutes and five points (1g/4a) in 20 games for Yale.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has had two game-winning goals and 11 points (5g/6a) with Salavat.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) still has four points (1g/3a) on the year. He has played in 42 games.