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Avalanche Farm Report: March 10

by Alyssa Romeo / Colorado Avalanche

The Lake Erie Monsters hosted Milwaukee last Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena and fell 3-0 to the Admirals.

After a scoreless first period, the Admirals tallied two goals in the middle frame and held a 2-0 lead moving into the final stanza.

Pickard stopped 28 shots before he was pulled for an extra attacker with two minutes remaining in regulation.

Milwaukee scored on the empty net.

The loss was Pickard’s first in regulation against the Admirals this season.

Both Mat Clark and Freddie Hamilton, acquired last Monday before the NHL trade deadline, made their debuts with the Monsters in the loss.

Lake Erie faced the Chicago Wolves in a two-game homestand split between Friday and Sunday, registering wins in both of the contests over the weekend.

On Friday, Lake Erie went neck-and-neck with the Wolves for three periods until the Monsters earned themselves a 4-3 overtime win.

The Wolves opened the scoring up around the 10-minute mark of the first period, but were quickly matched with a goal from Tomas Vincour several minutes later.

Hamilton recorded his first point with his new team, assisting on the Monsters’ first tally.

Andrew Agozzino lifted the Monsters to a 2-1 lead with a wrist shot at 1:27 in the middle frame, but the Wolves responded at 12:47 of the final regulation period, kicking off a back-and-forth swing of goals between the two teams.

Tied at 2-2, Lake Erie took the lead again with a power-play goal from Vincour, his second goal of the game, but Chicago tied it up one last time to force overtime.

Ben Street took advantage of a power play in the extra frame, scoring the game-winner at 3:55 to lead the Monsters to a 4-3 overtime win.

Goalie Sami Aittokallio stopped 41 shots.

Agozzino (one goal, two assists), Vincour (two goals, one assist) and Street (one goal, one assist) had had a multi-point outing.

In its second weekend contest with Chicago, Lake Erie held on to win 1-0, ending the two-game series on Sunday with consecutive wins over the Wolves.

Agozzino put the Monsters on the scoreboard at 7:23 in the first, scoring his 17th tally of the season. He leads the team in goals.

It was the only marker of the game, leaving fans to hold their breath until the final buzzer.

Calvin Pickard denied 34 shots in the win, notching his second shutout of the season with the Monsters. The victory was Pickard’s 52nd in a Monsters uniform, setting the franchise record for netminder wins.

“Staying healthy and playing a lot of games,” Pickard told was the key to his accomplishment. “I’ve been lucky to play quite a few the last three years. To get that record, I actually had four or five tries at it. We were on a bit of a losing streak, but to get it in a shutout fashion on Sunday was nice. Good win for us.”

The Monsters play eight of their next nine games on the road.

Upcoming Games

Mar. 11 at Texas

Mar. 13 at San Antonio

Mar. 14 at San Antonio

Fort Wayne Komets


In its only contest of the week, Fort Wayne hosted and shutout the Kalamazoo Wings 3-0 at the Memorial Coliseum on Friday.

Goaltender Roman Will recorded the first shutout of his professional career. It was his 20th appearance in a Komets uniform, and his fourth straight start. The Komets are on a nine-game point streak, and have not lost in regulation since Feb. 11 at Florida. Fort Wayne leads the North Division and is tied for the lead spot in the Eastern Conference with 80 points. Fort Wayne will play four games in five nights over the next week.


Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Owen Sound beat the Peterborough Petes 5-1 last Tuesday. Bigras finished with a goal and two assists. The Attack fell 3-1 on Friday to the Guelph Storm in Owen Sound’s first contest of its three-game weekend. Owen Sound then hosted the Saginaw Spirit at home, beating them 5-2 on Saturday. Bigras finished with a plus-three rating in the victory. On Sunday, the Attack fell 1-0 in a close one with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Bigras currently ranks second in scoring among all OHL defenseman with 68 points (18 goals, 50 assists).

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers hosted the Windsor Spitfires on Friday, beating them 5-4 in a shootout. On Sunday, Kitchener shutout the Saginaw Spirit 3-0 on home ice. Magyar registered an assist in the win. Magyar has 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 58 games with the Rangers this season

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 finished the year with a 15-13-1 record, a 2.98 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion faced Belleville on Thursday and defeated the Bulls 3-1. Wood and the Battalion then traveled to take on the Sudbury Wolves on Saturday, and ended up beating them 5-2. Wood skated away with an assist and a plus-two rating in the victory. The week ended on home ice for the Battalion when it fell 5-3 to the Erie Otters. Wood, Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in 62 games this season.



Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): On Thursday, Rouyn-Noranda hosted the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, and defeated them by a whopping 9-1 margin. Nantes tallied a goal in the decision. The Huskies traveled to Victoriaville on Saturday, beating the Tigres 5-1. Nantel finished the win with a goal and an assist. In its last contest of the weekend, Rouyn-Noranda fell 7-3 to the Shawinigan Cataractes. Nantes again recorded a goal and an assist in the match. Colorado’s seventh-round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 draft, Nantel has 59 points (25 goals, 34 assists) in 59 games for the Huskies this season.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or traveled to Gatineau on Wednesday, defeating the Olympiques 4-2. On Friday, the Foreurs hosted Baie-Comeau and beat the Drakkar in a 5-0 shutout. Pepin had a goal in the win. Val-d’Or completed its week with a 5-2 win over Drakkar on Sunday. Pepin had an assist in the victory. Pepin has 25 points (17 goals, eight assists) in 42 games spent playing between Gatineau and Val-d’Or this season.


Connor Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels traveled to Swift Current on Wednesday, taking home a 6-2 win over the Broncos. On Friday, the Rebels beat the Kootenay Ice 2-1 in a shootout on the road. Red Deer hosted Regina on Saturday, beating the Pats 5-3. Bleackley did not play in any of the games this past week. He currently has 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games with Red Deer this season.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver traveled to Tri-City on Wednesday and was shutout 3-0 by the Americans. The Giants hosted the Kelowna Rockets on Friday and lost 5-2. Vancouver finished up the weekend on Saturday, falling 3-1 to the Silvertips. Geertsen has 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-4 overall rating through 64 games this season.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher and the University of Denver Pioneers spent the weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in Minnesota taking on fellow Avalanche prospect Ben Storm and the rest of the St. Cloud State Huskies in a two-game series. In the first of the contests, the Pioneers yielded a 3-2 win over the Huskies. Butcher notched an assist in the victory. The following night, St. Cloud defeated Denver 4-2. Butcher has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 32 games with the Pioneers this season.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): The Pioneers and Huskies split the weekend series in Minnesota. Storm had an assist in Friday’s loss to D.U. Storm has two goals and two assists in 27 games for the Huskies this season.


Maxamilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Ligga Jr. A): Pajpach did not appear in any games for Tappara this season after suffering an offseason injury.


Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea defeated the Vaxjo Lakers 2-1 in a shootout last Tuesday. On Thursday, Lindholm and his team shutout the HV 71 by a 3-0 margin. Lindholm potted an assist in the match. The young Swede has seven assists and a plus-12 rating in 35 games this season.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten entered the HockeyAllsvenkan Playoffs this past week, and played three games. The club defeated Mora IK 3-2 last Thursday before defeating the IF Malmo Redhawks 3-1 on Saturday. On Tuesday, Westlund and his team fell 2-1 to Rogle BK in a shootout. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 40 games this season.


Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The 99ers played in one game last week on Tuesday, beating HDD Olimpija Ljubljana Telemachus 2-1. Walker registered an assist in the win. He has 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 51 games for the 99ers this season.


Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): During the second week of playoffs, Lokomotiv went up against Dynamo Msk in back-to-back games. Dynamo defeated Lokomotiv 3-0 last Tuesday, and beat them again on Thursday, this time 7-3. Holos had an assist in Thursday’s game. Saturday yielded another loss for Lokomotiv, which fell 4-0 in its last match of the week. Holos had 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games in the regular season and one assist in six playoff contests.


Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard continued a best-of-seven playoff series agains Barys Astana last week. On Tuesday, Avangard dropped a 3-0 decision, but came back the next night and won 4-3 over Barys. Friday’s contest against Barys resulted in a 2-0 win, but Avangard fell 4-1 on Sunday. Tuesday’s game ended in a 3-1 victory, moving Avangard into the conference semi-finals. Parshin led his team in scoring in the regular season with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 60 games and had an impressive plus-18 rating. He has one assist in three playoff contests and is currently listed as injured.

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