The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Milwaukee last Tuesday to take on the Admirals in their last game before the New Year. The Monsters defeated Milwaukee 5-4 in overtime.
Lake Erie forward Paul Carey led the way offensively, finishing the game with a goal and three assists. Michael Sgarbossa also contributed three assists, while Andrew Agozzino tallied twice. Defenseman Stefan Elliott registered a goal for the Monsters and forward Mitchell Heard scored the winning tally in overtime.
Calvin Pickard, playing in his first game back with Lake Erie since being reassigned by the Colorado Avalanche, finished the game with 24 saves on 28 shots.
The Monsters hosted Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday night in back-to-back games against the Barons. Lake Erie lost 3-2 in the first game, with goals coming from Joey Hishon and Trevor Cheek. Hishon also registered an assist, earning second star of the game honors. Pickard finished the game with 30 saves on 33 shots.
Oklahoma City came away with its second consecutive victory the following night, defeating Lake Erie 5-2 at Quicken Loans Arena. Cheek scored for the second time in as many games and Heard recorded his fourth goal of the season.
Pickard (7-6-3) made 23 saves on 28 shots faced.
Lake Erie (14-14-2-3) will travel to Rochester to take on the Americans on Friday, before heading to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs the following night. The Monsters will be on the road again next week as they travel to Chicago to play against the Wolves.
Earlier today, Elliott was named to the AHL Western Conference All-Star roster. It is the defenseman's first time being named to the AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held Jan. 25-26 in Utica, N.Y. His nine goals are tied for the team lead while his 20 points are tied for fourth on the club.
Jan. 9 at Rochester
Jan. 10 at Hamilton
Jan. 16 at Chicago
Fort Wayne Komets
Fort Wayne hosted Indy on New Year’s Eve, defeating the Fuel 6-3. Garrett Meurs finished the game with one goal, one assist and a plus-1 rating.
The Komets faced Wheeling in their first game of 2015 on Friday night, losing 5-4 in a shootout. Gabriel Beaupre had an assist in the contest, while goalie Roman Will made 37 saves. Meurs registered one shot in the loss.
On Sunday, Fort Wayne traveled to Toledo and came away with a 3-2 shootout victory. Beupre scored, Meurs recorded four shots and goalie Roman Will stopped 44 of 46 shots in the game. Will also made four out of five saves in the shootout.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack defeated the Kitchener Rangers 5-4 in a shootout on New Year’s Day. Bigras tallied four assists in the win and finished with a plus-3 rating, good for first star of the game honors. The Attack traveled to Guelph the following night in the first contest of a home-and-home series with the Storm. Guelph came away with a 3-2 shootout victory. Bigras finished with an assist and a plus-1 rating in the loss. Bigras recorded another assist on Saturday, but Owen Sound dropped its second consecutive game in a 4-1 loss against Guelph at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. Bigras was named OHL Defenseman of the Month for December last Friday after registering 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in six games. He currently ranks first in scoring among OHL defensemen with 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 34 games this season. Read more about Chris Bigras and his goal of making it to the NHL.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers traveled to Owen Sound on Thursday, losing 5-4 in a shootout. Magyar tallied one assist and finished with a plus-2 rating. He also scored the only shootout goal for Kitchener. The Rangers hosted Niagara on Friday night in the first game of a home-and-home series with the IceDogs. Kitchener lost both games of the series, as Niagara defeated the Rangers 5-1 on Friday and 6-5 in a shootout the following night. Magyar did not record any points in either game, but finished with a plus-1 rating in the high-scoring contest on Saturday.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, suffered Dec. 21 against the Sudbury Wolves. Martin, Colorado’s third-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, appeared in 31 games for the Steelheads this season. He finishes with a record of 15-13-1, a 2.98 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): North Bay defeated Ottawa 1-0 on New Year’s Eve, with Wood finishing with a plus-1 rating. The Battalion traveled to Oshawa the following night, losing 2-1 in a shootout in a close game against the Generals. On Sunday, North Bay hosted Sudbury in its final game of the weekend and defeated the Wolves 6-2. Wood contributed a goal, an assist and posted a plus-2 rating.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda defeated Gatineau 5-2 on New Year’s Eve in its final game of 2014. Nantel recorded one goal in the win. The Huskies hosted Sherbrooke on Saturday night, defeating the Phoenix 5-1. Nantel tallied an assist in the victory. On Sunday, Rouyn-Noranda hosted Drummondville in a high-scoring contest. Despite coming back from a four-goal deficit, Rouyn-Noranda fell 6-5 in a shootout to the Voltigeurs. Nantel scored one goal and finished the game with a plus-1 rating.
Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau traveled to Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday night, ultimately losing by a score of 5-2. Pepin finished the game with one goal and a plus-1 rating. On Saturday, the Olympiques traveled to Victoriaville, losing 5-3 to the Tigres. Gatineau finished its weekend against Shawinigan on Sunday, losing a close 4-3 game to the Cataractes. Pepin, Colorado’s fourth-round pick (114th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, currently has 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in 24 games for the Olympiques this season.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels hosted Swift Current last Tuesday in their last game before the New Year. Red Deer lost 4-3 in a shootout, with Bleackley scoring one goal and two assists in the loss. He also finished the game with a plus-2 rating, earning first star of the game honors. Bleackley also added an assist on Friday against the Kootenay Ice, but the Rebels ultimately went on to lose 5-3. Red Deer wrapped up its weekend with a 3-2 shootout victory in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes. Bleackley tallied another assist in the win, finishing off a five-point week (one goal and four assists).
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Vancouver Giants defeated the Kamloops Blazers 6-3 last Tuesday at Pacific Coliseum. Geertsen finished the game with a goal and an assist. The Giants hosted Prince George on Friday night and came away with a 5-4 victory. Geertsen registered two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist in the win. He also finished with a plus-3 rating, earning first star of the game honors, and helped the Giants erase a three-goal deficit in the victory. On Saturday, Vancouver faced Kamloops for the second time in three games, losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Blazers.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Will Butcher faced Team Canada in his fourth game with Team USA at the World Junior Championship on Wednesday. Canada defeated USA 5-3, with Butcher registering two shots in the loss. The U.S. faced Russia in the quarterfinals on Friday, losing a close 3-2 game as the Americans were eliminated from the tournament. Butcher finished the tournament with one assist and a plus-2 rating in five games played for his home country. He was named one Team USA’s top three players at the 2015 World Junior Championship by tournament coaches. Butcher will travel back to Colorado this week to rejoin his Pioneer teammates at the University of Denver. DU recently lost 2-1 in a shootout to Dartmouth on Friday before defeating Brown 5-3 the following night at the Dartmouth Showcase in Hanover, N.H. Click here for a full recap of Butcher and Team USA at the World Juniors.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State hosted Quinnipiac University in back-to-back games this past weekend. The Huskies split the series with Quinnipiac, defeating the Bobcats 3-2 on Friday evening before dropping a 4-1 decision the following night. Storm has one goal in 12 games played this season.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach has yet to appear in a game for Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL/Malmo Redhawks): Skelleftea lost 2-1 to Linkoping HC last Tuesday before defeating Modo Hockey 6-3 on Saturday night. Lindholm recorded an assist in the win and now has two helpers in 18 games played in the Swedish Hockey League this season. Skelleftea will face Lulea Hockey on Jan. 13 in its semifinal playoff game in the Champions Hockey League.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL/Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten defeated Mora IK 2-1 last Tuesday, before falling 3-2 to AIK on Sunday. Westlund has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 25 games this season.
Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): Walker scored, but the Graz 99ers suffered a 5-2 loss to HC Orli Znojmo last Tuesday. Walker opened up the New Year on Thursday with another goal and helped the 99ers to a 4-1 victory over UPC Vienna. On Sunday, the 99ers fell 5-2 to EC Red Bull Salzburg. Walker has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 32 games for the Graz 99ers this season.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv defeated HC Sochi 4-2 last Tuesday before coming away with a 2-1 shootout victory against Severstal on Monday. Holos has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 42 games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard lost 4-0 to Sibir on Monday in its only game this past week. Parshin continues to lead his team in scoring with 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 43 games this season.