Lake Erie Monsters
Spotlight On: Luke Moffatt
Luke Moffatt is a senior for the University of Michigan Wolverines and is coming off a four-point weekend against rival Michigan State. Moffatt had a goal and an assist in each of the Wolverines' two games against the Spartans. Michigan won 7-1 on Friday but lost 4-3 on Saturday.
The 6-foot and 182-pound forward was a seventh-round pick (197th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and has 11 goals and 11 assists this season for Michigan. His 22 points set a new career high, surpassing his 21-point total (eight goals, 13 assists) that he had last season.
Moffatt has been an impact player for the Wolverines throughout his career and has made improvements each year. Moffatt has 30 goals and 42 assists in his four-year collegiate career.
With a 17-11-4 record this season, Moffatt and Michigan will be battling for playoff positioning this weekend as they face No. 1 Minnesota and fellow Avalanche prospect Nate Condon in a two-game series to close out the Big Ten regular season. The Wolverines are ranked 13th in the country entering the weekend and a good showing against the Gophers and in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament can help boost their resume for the NCAA Tournament.
Before attending Michigan, Moffatt was the second overall pick by the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft. Instead of going the major junior route in Canada, the talented prospect from Paradise Valley, Ariz., decided to head to the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., instead. The proximity to the UM campus was a big reason why he ended up choosing Michigan to play college hockey.
The Monsters defeated the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies 3-2 in Cleveland on Friday night behind a two-goal game from Brad Malone. In a game that saw a Monsters-record 200 combined penalty minutes between the two teams, Lake goalie Calvin Pickard was strong in net as he stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced.
Lake Erie started the scoring when Malone scored his first goal of the night after tipping in a Brett Clark shot from the point. Andrew Aggozzino had an assist along with Clark on the Monsters' goal.
Malone would get his second of the game during a second-period power play on an assist from Matt Hunwick. The goal was his eighth of the season and was also assisted by Mike Sgarbossa. The Monsters took a commanding 3-0 lead after Paul Carey scored on another Lake Erie power play. Karl Stollery and Hunwick picked up assists on the final Monsters' goal.
The Monsters traveled to Toronto on Saturday for a rematch with the Marlies. Kent Patterson made his first American Hockey League start of the season, stopping 34 of 38 shots.
The Monsters were unable to capitalize any further in the game after taking a 1-0 lead on a Colin Smith goal from Michael Schumacher and Stollery. Toronto was able to score four straight goals to win 4-1 and split the weekend series with the Monsters.
Lake Erie stayed in Canada for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Bulldogs led 1-0 after the first period, but that is when David Van Der Gulik picked up his game and scored two goals in the final 3:54 of the second period to change the score in Lake Erie's favor. His first goal came off a set up from Hunwick and Stollery, who picked up an assist in his fourth straight game. Van Der Gulik's second goal came on assists from Agozzino and Malone.
Hunwick would pick up a power-play goal midway through the third period to give the Monsters a 3-1 lead. Van Der Gulik and Stollery assisted on Hunwick’s 10th goal of the season. Schumacher was able to get the game's final tally on a pass from Smith.
The 4-1 victory came with Calvin Pickard in net for Lake Erie. He stopped 24 of 25 shots to improve his record to 15-15-4 on the season.
Mar. 15 at Charlotte
Mar. 16 at Charlotte
Mar. 19 vs. Toronto
The Cutthroats were in Canada for the first time in team history for a three-game series with the Brampton Beast. Along with a stamp in their passports, they clinched a playoff spot with a three-game sweep. Denver was able to take a 5-4 shootout victory in Friday’s opener before winning 5-2 on Saturday and 4-2 on Sunday. The Cutthroats have made the playoffs in each of their first two seasons as a member of the Central Hockey League.
Mar. 12 at Quad City
Mar. 14 vs. Quad City
Mar. 15 vs. Quad City
Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): Millan and the Nailers were on the road for two games this weekend. They were upended 5-4 by Reading on Friday but salvaged a 3-2 overtime win over Elmira on Saturday.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras and the Attack were 1-2 this past week as the Ontario Hockey League’s regular season nears its end. Bigras picked up assists in Thursday’s 5-4 loss to Barrie and Friday’s 6-2 win over Guelph, bringing his season total to 21. The Attack was beaten 5-1 by London on Saturday. Bigras has four goals and 46 penalty minutes on the season.
Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): Blandisi and the Colts were in Sudbury on Wednesday and lost a close 5-4 game. They were able to bounce back for a 5-4 win over Owen Sound on Thursday. They closed their week with a 5-2 loss to Niagara on Sunday. Blandisi has played in 47 OHL games this season, totaling 50 points with 24 goals and 26 assists.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke and the Petes kept the good things going with another good week and pushing their winning streak to five games. Clarke was able to get his 20th goal of the season in Friday’s 5-4 win over Kingston. He also contributed with his 25th assist of the season in a 7-0 victory over Ottawa on Saturday. Clarke’s 45 points on the season are fourth best on the Petes.
Cody Corbett (Edmonton Oil Kings): Corbett and Edmonton went 2-2 this past week. They began the week with a 4-2 loss to Swift Current on Tuesday but rebounded with a 5-2 victory over Regina the next night. In the weekend games, the Oil Kings won 6-3 over Brandon on Friday before falling 4-1 to Moose Jaw on Saturday.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin stopped 20 of 24 shots in Tuesday night's 5-4 shootout loss to Ottawa. The Steelheads were defeated 4-0 by North Bay on Friday and 5-3 on Sunday.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke and the Cougars were swept in a two-game series with Spokane over the weekend. The Cougars lost the opener 4-2 on Friday before falling in the rematch, 8-0, on Saturday. Bourke picked up his 27th goal of the season in the opener. He also has 53 assists this year and his 70 points are good enough for 16th in the Western Hockey League.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): On Friday, Geertsen and the Giants opened their week with a 2-1 victory over Kamloops. They were in the U.S. Pacific Northwest for two games over the weekend and lost 4-1 to Portland on Saturday and 4-3 to Seattle on Sunday. Geertsen scored his fourth goal of the season in Sunday’s loss. He also has 124 penalty minutes.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher and the Pioneers split a weekend series with Miami (Ohio) over the weekend. Butcher picked up an assist in Friday’s 5-2 Pioneer victory. They were unable to get the sweep on Saturday, losing a closely contested 2-1 matchup. Butcher has seven goals and six assists on the season for Denver.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the No. 1 Gophers were in Columbus, Ohio for a two-game matchup with Ohio State over the weekend. The Gophers were able to take the opener 5-1 on Friday before a 2-2 draw on Saturday. Condon has seven goals and 12 assists on the season.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt had a four-point series for the Wolverines versus in-state rival Michigan State this past weekend. He picked up a goal and an assist in both Friday’s 7-1 win and Saturday’s 4-3 loss. Moffatt has 11 goals and 11 assists on the season.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm and St. Cloud State swept a weekend series with Colorado College over the weekend. They opened things with 7-4 win on Friday and took Saturday’s rematch 4-1.
Gus Young (Yale University): The Bulldogs swept Harvard in the first round of the ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship over the weekend. On Friday, Young scored a goal in the 4-0 series-opening victory. They were able to secure a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Young has seven goals and 11 assists on the season for the Bulldogs.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos and Lokomotiv are currently up 2-1 over Dynamo in their first-round playoff series. On Saturday, they lost Game 1 by a 2-1 score. Holos had an assist on the game-winning goal in Monday’s 2-1 victory. Lokomotiv was able to take a hold of the series with a 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Torpedo currently holds a 2-1 series lead over Salavat in its first-round playoff matchup. Parshin picked up an assist in Torpedo’s 3-1 victory on Saturday and in its 1-0 win on Sunday.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars is currently down 1-2 in their first-round playoff series with Sibir. They have traded victories in the first three games with Sibir winning 3-1 on Saturday, Ak Bars winning 3-2 on Sunday, and Sibir taking Tuesday’s game, 7-1.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Walker and Medvescak's playoffs ended quickly as they were swept in four games by Lev in the first round of the KHL playoffs. Medvescak lost 4-3 on Friday, 5-2 on Saturday, 5-2 on Monday and 3-2 on Tuesday. Walker played 36 games this season with Medvescak and had three points (one goal, two assists), a minus-11 rating and 20 penalty minutes.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund and Farjestads have clinched a spot in the SHL playoffs and are scheduled to start a seven-game series with Brynas on Sunday.