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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 4

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Paul Carey

Boston College had a layoff of three-and-a-half weeks due to the NCAA’s holiday break, but forward Paul Carey showed no signs of rust upon his return.

The Eagles took part in the Ledyard National Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. this past week, and Carey was one of the stars of the show. The center recorded two goals and an assist on Thursday – including a power-play goal in the second period and the game-winning goal at 14:25 of the final frame – as Boston College earned a 6-5 victory over Colgate.

Carey then assisted on the eventual game-winner the next night, helping Boston College claim the tournament title with a 4-1 win against Mercyhurst.

Carey has continued to show progress during his time at Boston College. The Boston native recorded nine points (5g/4a) during his freshman year and posted 21 points (9g/12a) during his sophomore campaign. Now a junior, Carey ranks third on the team with 17 points (8g/9a) through 18 games. The Eagles have started the season with a 13-5-0 record and currently rank No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters won two games at home last week, while losing their one road contest.

Lake Erie began the week with a 4-1 victory over Rochester on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Jason Bacashihua picked up the victory after stopping 24 shots, while Patrick Rissmiller, Justin Mercier, David Van Der Gulik and Matthew Ford recorded a goal apiece.

The Monsters then went on a quick one-game road trip and suffered a 3-2 loss to Hamilton on Thursday. Ben Walter and Mark Olver had Lake Erie’s goals. Bacashihua stopped 16-of-19 shots in 46:15 of action before being replaced by John Grahame, who turned aside all five shots he faced over the final 12:23 of the contest.

The week ended on a positive note, with Grahame posting a 30-save shutout to lead Lake Erie to a 3-0 home victory over Hamilton on Saturday. Ryan Stoa, Mike Carman and Ford had goals for the Monsters.

The Monsters are currently tied for fourth in the North Division with 37 points (15-15-3-4).

Tulsa Oilers
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate posted a 1-3 record last week.

Tulsa started the week with a 2-1 loss to Missouri on Tuesday and then dropped a 10-1 decision to Allen on Friday.

The Oilers bounced back with a 6-2 victory over Texas on Saturday (Tom Fritsche had an assist for Tulsa), but the club closed out the week with an 8-4 loss to Allen the following night.

Tulsas is tied for fourth in the Berry Conference with 33 points (16-17-1).

-Brad Malone scored the game-winning power-play goal and also added a short-handed marker during North Dakota’s lone game last week – a 5-0 victory over Minnesota Duluth. Malone is tied for third on the Fighting Sioux in both goals (7) and points (18).

-Freshman Luke Moffatt picked up an assist on Wednesday as Michigan topped Michigan Tech by a 4-2 count at the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan went on to defeat Colorado College, 6-5, on Thursday to claim the tournament title.

-Kent Patterson made 27 saves Friday against Union, but Minnesota dropped a 3-2 overtime decision. Patterson then earned a tie the next night after stopping 27 shots in a 2-2 stalemate with Ferris State. In 14 games this season Patterson has posted a 7-3-3 record with a 2.54 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

-Boston University’s Kieran Millan made 18 saves Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Brown and then turned away 39 shots as the Terriers tied Notre Dame, 3-3, on Sunday. In 16 appearances, Millan is 5-3-6 with a .906 save percentage.

-Stefan Elliott’s nine-game point streak was stopped Wednesday when he was held off the score sheet in Saskatoon’s 4-3 win over Prince Albert, but he now has another streak in the works. Elliott picked up points in each of his next three games, scoring a power-play goal on Thursday (a 5-1 win over Prince Albert), notching two points (1g/1a) on Saturday (a 7-3 triumph against Red Deer) and finishing the week with an assist on Sunday (a 4-2 loss to Swift Current). Elliott now leads all WHL defensemen with 38 points (16g/22a) in 38 games.

-Troy Rutkowski picked up an assist during Portland’s 4-3 loss to Seattle on Friday. One of just five Winterhawks to play in all 40 games thus far, Rutkowski leads all team defensemen with 26 points (6g/20a).

-Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard lost three of his four starts last week. Pickard made 25 saves in a 2-0 loss to Spokane and then allowed six goals on 39 shots during 40 minutes of action Wednesday as Seattle again fell to Spokane, this time by an 8-2 score. The netminder picked up a victory Friday, stopping 35 shots in a 4-3 win over Portland, but was saddled with another defeat on Saturday despite making 46 saves in a 3-2 loss to Kamloops.

-Joey Hishon posted multi-point efforts in all three of Owen Sound’s games last week. After notching two points (1g/1a) Tuesday in a 7-6 shootout win over Barrie, Hishon then stepped it up another notch by totaling four points (2g/2a) during Wednesday’s rematch with the Colts - an 8-5 Owen Sound victory. The center capped off the week in grand fashion, gaining five points (2g/3a) during Saturday’s 6-5 win over Ottawa. Hishon now ranks sixth in the OHL with 53 points (22g/31a), despite playing in only 27 games.

For his efforts, Hishon was named the OHL’s Player of the Week for the Dec. 27-Jan. 2 timeframe - marking the second time he’s earned the honor this season - and was also named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week for the first time in 2010-11.

-Belleville defenseman Stephen Silas picked up an assist Friday during the Bulls’ 5-1 loss to Niagara. Silas continues to lead all Belleville blueliners in both assists and points (0g/16a).

-Kitchener goaltender Brandon Maxwell split two decisions last week. Maxwell first made 44 saves to lead the Rangers to a 3-1 win over Windsor on Wednesday. He also got the starting nod on Saturday, but suffered a loss after stopping 30-of-34 shots during a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Oshawa. In 26 appearances, Maxwell is 16-6-3 with a .910 save percentage.
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