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Avalanche Farm Report: March 2

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Mark Olver

Northern Michigan University totaled five goals during its weekend sweep of Lake Superior State. Junior forward and Avalanche prospect Mark Olver had a hand in each of them.

Olver, Colorado’s fourth selection (fifth round, 140th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, kicked off the weekend by scoring both Wildcat goals in a 2-1 victory on Friday night. The forward opened the scoring at 7:05 of the first period and then netted the game-winning goal 3:55 into overtime.

The next night, Olver earned assists on all three NMU goals during a 3-0 Wildcat victory. Following his performance over the weekend, Olver was named the CCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Olver was also named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for February after totaling 15 points (6g/9a) in eight games.

The 22-year-old now leads Northern Michigan in goals (19), assists (27) and points (46) through 35 games. The Burnaby, B.C. native ranks fifth nationally in points and 11th among NCAA players in points-per-game (1.31). He has also tallied six power-play goals, two-shorthanded markers and three game-winning goals this season to help the Wildcats to a 17-11-8 record.

Lake Erie Monsters
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate played four games in five days this past week and skated away with five points.

The Monsters began the stretch with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Hershey Bears on Wednesday – receiving goals from Philippe Dupuis and Tom Preissing – and then dropped a 3-2 decision in regulation to the Syracuse Crunch on Friday.  Josh Aspenlind and Justin Mercier each notched a goal in the loss to Syracuse.

Lake Erie went on to take both games of a back-to-back set with the Grand Rapids Griffins, winning by a 5-3 count on Saturday and a 6-5 score following a shootout on Sunday.

Darren Haydar (2g/2a), T.J. Hensick (1g/2a), Raymond Macias (1g/1a) and Brian Willsie (1g/1a) all recorded multi-point games in Saturday’s victory and Billy Sauer made 26 stops en route to capturing his fifth win of the season.

Haydar again notched four points (1g/3a) in Sunday’s victory, while Dupuis, Hensick, Macias and Preissing also scored. Netminder Chris Whitley – signed to a professional tryout contract on Thursday – made 37 saves in his AHL debut to pick up the win between the pipes

Charlotte Checkers
After opening their week with a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati on Friday, the Checkers dropped back-to-back road games in Kalamazoo on Saturday and Sunday.

Colorado’s ECHL affiliate ranks third in the American South with a 30-19-3-3 record (66 points).

-Brad Malone netted the game-tying goal with 1:42 left in regulation and then assisted on the overtime winner as North Dakota skated past Colorado College, 3-2, on Friday. Malone added two assists in Saturday’s rematch – another 3-2 North Dakota victory – to give the junior forward 21 points (8g/13a) through 34 games.

-Kieran Millan made 29 saves and Colby Cohen recorded an assist on Friday in Boston University’s 7-3 loss to Vermont. The Terriers also lost to Vermont on Sunday by a 3-2 count despite a goal from Cohen, an assist from Kevin Shattenkirk and a 17-save effort from Millan.

-Paul Carey tallied an assist last Tuesday (Feb. 23) in Boston College’s 7-0 win over Merrimack. Carey now has 17 points (6g/11a) in 32 contests.

-Kelsey Tessier scored a goal in both contests as the Moncton Wildcats swept a two-game set with Halifax over the weekend. The center now has goals in three consecutive contests and owns 53 points (19g/34a) in 52 games this year. Peter Delmas was between the pipes for Halifax on Saturday and made 29 saves in his team’s 4-3 loss to the Wildcats.

-Joel Chouinard recorded a pair of assists in Victoriaville’s 3-2 shootout win over Shawinigan on Friday and then put forth a three-point effort (2g/1a) in his club’s 8-4 triumph over Lewiston the following night. Chouinard ranks second among QMJHL defensemen with 66 points (21g/45a) in 60 games.

Saskatoon’s Stefan Elliott netted a goal and an assist Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime win over Moose Jaw and then added an assist Friday in the Blades’ 5-0 whitewash of Prince Albert. Elliott is now tied for third among WHL defensemen in scoring with 60 points (23g/37a). The blueliner’s nine-game point streak - during which he totaled 11 points (3g/8a) - came to an end Friday following Saskatoon’s 3-0 loss to Regina.

-Kelowna Rockets blueliner Tyson Barrie tallied one assist in three contests last week and is tied for the WHL lead in scoring by a defenseman with 65 points (16g/49a).

-Kitchener’s Brandon Maxwell started three games last week and helped his team secure five points in the process. Following a 32-save performance in a 7-3 victory Thursday over Sarnia, Maxwell stopped 26 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to Ottawa on Friday. The netminder rounded out the week with a 23-save effort as Kitchener topped Erie by a 6-4 count on Sunday. In 38 appearances this season, Maxwell has posted a 20-13-2-2 record with a .901 save percentage.

-Nathan Condon extended his point streak to six games after tallying an assist in both of Fargo’s contests last week. Condon ranks third on the Force’s scoring chart with 44 points (21g/23a) through 47 contests.
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