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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 31

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Tyson Barrie

Tyson Barrie continues to impress during his first stint in the American Hockey League.  The rookie defenseman represented the Lake Erie Monsters in the 2012 AHL All-Star Game and scored a goal in the Western Conference’s 8-7 comeback victory. 

It was a well-deserved honor for Barrie, who leads the Monsters with 28 points (5g/23a) through 45 games. 

Of his five goals, two have come on the power play and one was earned while short handed.

Barrie has three points (all assists) in his last four games, and eight points (1g/7a) in 12 games during the month of January. 

He also has six multi-point games on the season, including two three-point efforts (12/5 at Charlotte - 1g/2a … 12/28 vs. Grand Rapids – 1g/2a).

Overall, Tyson leads rookies and ranks tied for fourth among all AHL defensemen in scoring.  His 23 assists also rank tied for fourth among league defensemen. 
Lake Erie Monsters
Last three: 2-1-0
Overall: 20-22-2-1 (15th in the Western Conference)

A brief look into the team’s last three games

January 24, 2012 – 4-1 win vs. Hamilton
The victory ended the Monsters’ four-game losing streak.

Four players had multi-point efforts.

Hugh Jessiman tallied three points (1g/2a) and finished a +2.

Ryan Stoa earned two points (1g/1a) and finished a +2…it was his sixth multi-point game of the season…Lake Erie is 11-4-0 when Stoa gets a point.

Mark Olver had two assists and a game-high +3 rating…it was his first multi-point game of the season.

Evan Brophey notched two points, including his 12th goal of the season.

Gerald Coleman stopped 37-of-38 shots…improved his record to 2-1-0.

January 26, 2012 – 6-2 loss vs. Toronto
The Marlies scored five goals in the first period…Lake Erie had won four straight against Toronto prior to the loss.

Brad Malone scored his sixth goal of the season.

Tyson Barrie, Justin Mercier and Mark Olver each recorded an assist.

January 28, 2012 – 3-1 win vs. Hamilton
Gerald Coleman turned aside 28-of-29 shots for the victory.

Mike Carman tallied his third goal of the season.

Tyson Barrie earned his team-leading 23rd assist of the season and finished with a +2 rating.

Luke Walker netted his sixth goal of the season…Lake Erie is 5-1-0 when he scores.

Lake Erie has now won five consecutive contests against Hamilton (5-1-0-0 overall).

Up next
2/3 at San Antonio
2/4 at Houston
2/8 at Rockford

Back-to-back wins over St. Cloud State University propelled the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers to the No. 1 seed in college hockey in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll.  The Golden Gophers lead the nation with 19 wins (19-9-1) and rank first in goals scored (108) among top-12 teams.  They have allowed the fewest goals of any top-12 team in the nation (59).

Goaltender Kent Patterson didn’t have much work over the two games, stopping 12-of-13 and 10-of-12, respectively, but the netminder came up big in several key situations during both contests.

Overall, Patterson ranks first in games played (29) and minutes (1,738:49), and ranks tied for first in shutouts (6)…ranks eighth in goals-against average (2.04).

Teammate Nathan Condon earned his 14th assist of the season in Minnesota’s second of back-to-back wins against St. Cloud State University…Condon ranks sixth on the squad with 23 points (9g/14a)…also has 62 shots and a +16 rating in 29 games.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has gone scoreless in his last two games…has 10 points (4g/6a), 53 shots and is +5 through 27 games…the Wolverines’ next game is on February 3 vs. Miami (Ohio) in Ann Arbor.

Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) has two points (both assists) in his last three games…ranks eighth on the team in points (8g/21a = 29) in 50 games…four of his eight goals have come on the power play.

Calvin Pickard (Seattle Thunderbirds) is 1-2-0 in his last three contests…among league leaders, Pickard ranks first in saves (1,406) and shootouts (5-1)…also ranks tied for fifth in shutouts (3) and ranks ninth in save percentage (.911) and minutes (2,394)…Pickard became the WHL’s All-Time leader in career saves on January 22…the 19-year-old 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).

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) had his first career four-assist/four-point night on January 21 vs. Victoria (9-6 win)…set a new career high in goals (6) in an 8-6 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on January 14 (his 48th game of the season)…Siemens had five in 72 games during the 2010-11 campaign…has 25 points (6g/19a), a +8 rating and 77 penalty minutes in 48 games.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) set a new career high in points (42) with an assist in a 6-5 win at Sudbury on January 27…Meurs had 41 points (10g/31a) in 68 games last year…ranks seventh on the squad with 42 points (16g/26a)…also a +18 through 48 games.

Stephen Silas (Belleville Bulls) sits two goals shy of his career high (four in 2009-10 in 66 GP)…has two goals through 46 games this season…leads team defense with 21 points (2g/19a).

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or Foreurs) set a new career high in points (6g/13a = 19)…had 3g/15a = 18 in 66 games last season…also surpassed last year’s penalty minutes total (73)…has 78 this season.

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 48 games… ranks sixth in the league with 104 penalty minutes…has matched last year’s point total (8) in 15 fewer games.
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