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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 3

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Luke Moffatt

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) was named one of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Players of the Week, ending January 1, 2012. 

Moffatt was named the Postgame Offensive Player of the Week after recording a team-high three points (1g/2a) in the tournament to help the Wolverines capture the Great Lakes Invitational championship held at Joe Louis Arena. 

The 19-year-old scored a power-play goal against Boston College and earned a season-high two assists in a 3-2 win over Michigan State.  The 6-0, 198-pound sophomore from Arizona also put eight shots on net during the tournament.

Moffatt has 10 points (4g/6a) in 21 games this season. 
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters enter 2012 on a season-best three-game winning streak.  Winners of three straight and five of their last seven, the Monsters have risen over the .500 mark for the first time this season (16-15-1-1).

A brief look into the team’s last three games (all victories):

December 28, 2011 – 6-5 OT win vs. Grand Rapids
Rookie defenseman Tyson Barrie had a three-point night (1g/2a) – his goal serving as the game-winner in overtime. 

Evan Brophey tied a franchise record with four assists (0g/4a).

Justin Mercier had a multi-point night (1g/1a).

December 29, 2011 – 2-1 win vs. Toronto
The Monsters are 4-2-0-0 against the Marlies this season, 3-0-0-0 at home (Quicken Loans Arena).

Zach Cohen earned his first point of the season (assist) and finished a +1 on the night.

Trevor Cann saved 25-of-26 shots to improve his record to 7-10-0-0.

December 31, 2011 – 3-2 shootout win at Hamilton
Tyson Barrie, now the Monsters’ leading scorer with 20 points (4g/16a), won the game with a decisive shootout goal.

Zach Cohen tallied two more points (1g/1a) and finished a +2 on the night. Cohen has three points (1g/2a) and is a combined +3 in his last two games.

Patrick Bordeleau tallied his first goal of the season and finished a +1 on the night.

Speaking of Tyson Barrie
December was a month to remember for the rookie defenseman.  In 12 games played in the month, Tyson Barrie tallied 10 points (2g/8a), including two three-point games (1g/2a … 12/5 at Charlotte and 12/28 vs. Grand Rapids).  Barrie had two game winners: An overtime tally on December 28 vs. Grand Rapids and a shootout clincher on December 31 at Hamilton.

In addition to leading the Monsters with 20 points (4g/16a), the 20-year-old also paces all AHL rookie defensemen in scoring. 

Despite a disappointing 3-2 loss to Northeastern in the Mariucci Classic championship on December 31, the No. 2-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers are still 15-6-1 overall and its goaltender, Kent Patterson, is having a breakout year. 

The senior beat Niagara on December 30, stopping 20 of 21 shots that came his way.  Although he gave up three goals on 27 shots in a December 31 game against Northeastern, the Avalanche prospect ranks among the nation’s leaders in several categories. 

Patterson leads the nation in minutes (1,323), wins (15), and shutouts (6) and ranks tied for first in games played (22). 

He also set a school record with six shutouts through the first 20 games of the season.  Patterson sat down with to talks about his accomplishment

Fellow Golden Gophers teammate, Nate Condon, contributed on both of the team’s goals in the Mariucci Classic championship held on December 31.  The sophomore had a goal and an assist in the contest.  Condon ranks seventh on the team in scoring with 16 points (6g/10a) in 22 games.  He’s also a +7 on the season.

Kieran Millan (Boston University) made 29 saves in a 5-2 loss to Notre Dame in a New Year’s Eve tilt.  Despite the loss, Millan still sports an 8-6-1 record with 2.85 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. 

Calvin Pickard has won three of his last four starts and five of his last eight.  In his last four starts (3-1-0), Pickard has stopped 140-of-160 shots (.959 Sv%).

Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) earned an assist in Portland’s 2-0 victory on December 31.  His assist increased his point total to 21 (6g/15a).  Rutkowski’s six goals rank tied for second among Winterhawks defensemen. 

Garrett Meurs accomplished a personal feat achieved only once before.  Meurs’ four-point night (0g/4a) in Plymouth’s 7-3 win over Saginaw on December 30 came a little more than two years after his first career four-point night against the same club during his rookie campaign.  Meurs tallied a goal and three assists on December 12, 2009, in an 8-0 victory over the Spirit.  Both of his four-point nights occurred in December - at home - against the Saginaw Spirit. 

Meurs has 35 points (15g/20a) and sports a +16 rating through 36 games this season.  He’s just six points away from tying his career high with the Whalers (Meurs had 41 points (10g/31a) in 68 games last season). 

Stephen Silas (Belleville) had a three-point night (0g/3a) in a 6-5 win against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on December 29.  Silas continues to pace Bulls defensemen with 20 points (2g/18a) and 45 penalty minutes through 35 games.   

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-D’or) wrapped up a productive month of December.  The 2011 draft pick finished the month with a six-game point streak (still active), tallying nine points (0g/9a) during that span.  Beaupre also had points in nine of 11 games last month (2g/10a), increasing his point total to 15 (3g/12a) in 35 games.  His 60 penalty minutes rank second on the Foreurs.
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