The Lake Erie Monsters opened the 2013 calendar year with three games in three nights, going 2-1-0 during that stretch. The Monsters split two home games with the Charlotte Checkers on Thursday-Friday, and then went on to beat the Hamilton Bulldogs in a shootout on Saturday in Hamilton.
The Monsters currently hold an 18-15-2-1 record for 39 points, placing them third in the North Division. They trail the second-place Abbotsford Heat by two points and are currently holding onto eighth place in the Western Conference.
Rookie forwards Mike Sgarbossa (13g/15a) and Andrew Agozzino (11g/17a) continue to lead the Lake Erie Monsters in scoring this season with 28 points each. Sgarbossa and Agozzino are currently tied for third in the AHL rookie scoring race.
Tyson Barrie ranks fourth among all AHL defensemen with 27 points (6g/21a) in 36 games this season, and leads the Monsters with 21 assists.
Kieran Millan, who was recently called up from the Denver Cutthroats on Dec. 29, earned his first AHL start against the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, Jan. 4. He allowed four goals on 26 shots in a 4-0 loss. Millan, the Avalanche’s fifth-round draft pick in 2009, has put together an 8-6-2 record with the Denver Cutthroats (Central Hockey League) with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
The Monsters, who are in the midst of a six-game road trip, have another three games in three nights this week. They play a pair in San Antonio before wrapping up the back-to-back-to-back set in Houston on Saturday.
Jan. 10 at San Antonio
Jan. 11 at San Antonio
Jan. 12 at Houston
The Denver Cutthroats are currently fourth in the Central Hockey League with 40 points (18-12-4). The Cutthroats are tied with the third-place Missouri Mavericks in points, but are fourth because Missouri has played one less game.
Denver has been without defenseman Gabriel Beaupre, who was recalled to Lake Erie on Dec. 26. The Cutthroats were also without the services of Millan, who was called up on Dec. 29 and returned on Jan. 5.
The Cutthroats’ other rookie netminder, Kent Patterson, was honored with three league awards for the month of December. He was named the CHL Goaltender of the Month, CHL Rookie of the Month, and was named one of ‘Oakley’s Three Stars’ for his efforts in December. Patterson posted a 6-1-1 record to go along with a 1.85 GAA and a .943 save percentage in eight games during the month.
Jan. 11 at Arizona
Jan. 12 at Arizona
Jan. 18 at Bloomington
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) continues to lead the WHL in scoring with 68 points in 42 games this season. Smith also paces the league in assists with 41 and is tied for first in goals with 27. He has helped lead the Blazers to a 26-10-2-2 record and third place in the Western Conference.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) ended his five-game point streak (2g/6a) against the Kelowna Rockets on Jan. 5. Bourke ranks second on the club with 24 points (6g/18a) and leads the team in assists. He also ranks third in power-play goals (4).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) ranks second on the team with 67 penalty minutes through 38 games this season. He has also contributed 12 points (1g/11a).
Michael Clarke (Windsor Spitfires) has 20 points (8g/12a) through 34 games this season. He ranks fourth on the team in power-play goals (4).
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is tied for the team scoring lead with 32 points (18g/14a) in 39 games played. He leads the Whalers in goals (18) and power-play goals (7). He has helped lead Plymouth to a 19-12-5-3 (46 points) record.
Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) was reassigned to the Whalers on Jan. 1 after spending the first three months of the season with Lake Erie. Heard, a 2012 second-round draft pick (41st overall), has tallied three points (1g/2a) in his first three games with Plymouth.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) was just traded from the Owen Sound Attack to the Ottawa 67’s on Monday, Jan. 7. He recorded 25 points (7g/18a) in 37 games for Owen Sound, good for fourth on the team.
Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) was acquired by Quebec from the Shawinigan Cataractes on Dec. 22. He has two points (0g/2a) on the season, all with Shawinigan.
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) is sixth on the team in scoring with 15 points (5g/10a) in 19 games this season. The Minnesota Gophers currently hold the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll for the second straight week with a record of 13-3-3.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has tallied eight points (0g/8a) for the Wolverines this season. Michigan is 7-10-2.
Gus Young (Yale) has three points (1g/2a) on the season. He is tied for fourth on the team with 18 penalty minutes. The Bullldogs are 7-4-3 and recently tied the defending national champions, Boston College, 3-3 on Jan. 4.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has 11 points (5g/6a) in 24 games for Salavat Yulaev. Overall, Parshin has 13 points (6g/7a) in 33 games including his nine contests with CSKA Moscow.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has recorded four points (1g/3a) in 35 games with Linkoping HC this season.