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Avalanche Farm Report: March 3

by Samantha Rogan / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters hosted Rochester last Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena and lost 5-1 to the Americans. Forward Samuel Henley scored the lone goal for Lake Erie, with assists coming from Kenny Ryan and Markus Lauridsen.

Goaltender Calvin Pickard made 27 saves on 32 shots in the loss.

The Monsters faced the Iowa Wild in back-to-back home games over the weekend, dropping a close 2-1 decision in overtime on Friday and a 3-2 regulation loss on Saturday. Center Joey Hishon tallied a goal in each game, while defenseman Stefan Elliott recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday’s contest.

Pickard started both games against the Wild, stopping 26 of 28 shots on Friday and making 28 saves on 31 shots the following night.

Andrew Agozzino had assists in both games against Iowa, giving him 132 points in his career with Lake Erie and making him the franchise's new all-time scoring leader. T.J. Hensick held the previous record with 131 points.

Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline saw the Colorado Avalanche trade forwards Maxime Talbot and Paul Carey to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jordan Caron and a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Avs also acquired forward Freddie Hamilton from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Karl Stollery, and acquired defenseman Mat Clark from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Michael Sgarbossa at the deadline. Both Hamilton and Clark with report to the Lake Erie Monsters. The Avalanche also recalled forward Joey Hishon from the Monsters on Monday.

The Monsters (24-22-5-3) will face Milwaukee on Wednesday before hosting Chicago on Friday and Sunday in consecutive home games against the Wolves.

Upcoming Games
Mar. 4 vs. Milwaukee
Mar. 6 vs. Chicago
Mar. 8 vs. Chicago

Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets defeated Evansville 4-3 on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum. Goalie Roman Will made 22 saves on 25 shots in the victory. The Komets hosted the Indy Fuel in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, earning a point in each game but ultimately losing both contests. Fort Wayne dropped a close 3-2 game in overtime on Friday before suffering a 5-4 shootout loss the next night. Will started both games for the Komets, stopping 13 of 16 shots on Friday and making 23 saves on 27 shots on Saturday.

OHL

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack shutout the Barrie Colts 3-0 on Wednesday at Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre. The Attack then hosted Erie on Friday in the first of two home games against the Otters and came away with a 5-4 victory. Bigras recorded four assists in the win and was named the first star of the game. Erie was able to bounce back the following night as it defeated the Attack 6-1. Bigras currently ranks second in scoring among OHL defensemen with 65 points (17 goals, 48 assists) after 56 games this season.

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers hosted London last Tuesday and lost a close 4-3 game in a shootout. On Friday, the Rangers dropped a 5-1 decision to the visiting North Bay Battalion before suffering a 3-1 loss to Guelph on Sunday. Magyar has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in 56 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 finishes 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 Barrie on Thursday and defeated the Colts 4-2. Wood and his Battalion teammates then traveled to Kitchener on Friday to take on the Rangers and fellow Avs prospect Nick Magyar. North Bay beat Kitchener 5-1 before losing 5-2 to Niagara the following night. Wood, Colorado’s third round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games this season.

QMJHL

Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda suffered a 7-3 loss to Val-d’Or on Wednesday, with Nantel recording an assist and a plus-1 rating in the losing effort. The Huskies hosted Drummondville on Friday and defeated the Voltigeurs 6-3. Nantel tallied a goal in the win. Rouyn-Noranda wrapped up its weekend on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over visiting Shawinigan. Colorado’s seventh round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 draft, Nantel has 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists) in 56 games for the Huskies this season.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or traveled to Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday, defeating the Huskies 7-3. Pepin notched one goal in the win. On Friday, the Foreurs hosted Shawinigan and came away with a 4-3 victory over the Cataractes. Val-d’Or finished its weekend with a 4-1 win over visiting Drummondville on Saturday. Pepin registered two hits and a plus-1 rating in the contest. Pepin has 23 points (16 goals, seven assists) in 39 games with Gatineau and Val-d’Or this season.

WHL

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels traveled to Edmonton on Wednesday and defeated the Oil Kings 2-1. On Friday, the Rebels beat visiting Prince Albert 5-3 before losing 3-2 in a shootout to Lethbridge the following night. Bleackley did not play in any of the three games this past weekend due to injury. He currently has 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games with Red Deer this season.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver hosted Kamloops on Friday and was shutout 4-0 by the Rockets. The Giants traveled to Kamloops on Saturday and lost 6-3 to the Blazers. Geertsen recorded an assist and finished with a plus-1 rating in the loss. He has 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-9 overall rating through 60 games this season.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver hosted the University of Miami (Ohio) in back-to-back games at Magness Arena this past weekend. DU suffered a 5-3 loss on Friday before coming away with a 6-2 victory the next night. Butcher recorded an assist, five shots on goal and finished with a plus-3 rating in the winning effort. He has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 30 games with the Pioneers this season.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., this past weekend to take on the University of North Dakota in a two-game series. The Huskies suffered a 3-2 loss on Friday, with Storm scoring his second goal of the season. St. Cloud State dropped its second consecutive game against UND on Saturday, losing 3-1. Storm has two goals and one assist in 25 games for the Huskies this season.

Finland

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

Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea defeated Leksand IF 6-2 on Wednesday, as Lindholm picked up an assist in the win. On Friday, Skelleftea beat Linkoping HC 2-1 before being shutout 4-0 by Orebro Hockey the following night. Lindholm has six assists and a plus-9 rating in 33 games this season.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten lost 2-0 to AIK IF last Tuesday before defeating Karlskrona HK 4-2 on Thursday. Vita Hasten finished its weekend with a 4-3 victory over BIK Karlskoga on Saturday. Westlund has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 40 games this season.

Austria

Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers defeated HCB Sudtirol 5-4 in a shootout last Tuesday, as Walker scored two goals in the victory. The 99ers faced off against EC KAC on Friday and lost 5-3. Walker tallied one goal in the loss. The Graz 99ers ended their weekend with a 2-1 overtime loss to Dornbirner Eishockey Club on Sunday. Walker finished the contest with a plus-1 rating. He has 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists) in 50 games for the 99ers this season.

KHL

Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv defeated Severstal 2-1 in overtime last Tuesday in its last game of the regular season. Holos recorded three shots on goal in the win. Lokomotiv faced Dynamo Moscow in back-to-back games in the opening round of its playoff series, losing 3-1 on Friday night before coming away with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. The two teams squared off for a third time on Monday, with Lokomotiv defeating Dynamo Moscow 2-1 in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead. Holos registered three shots on goal in the winning effort. He had 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games in the regular season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard faced off against Metallurg Novokuznetsk last Tuesday and dropped a close 3-2 game in overtime. Parshin tallied an assist and recorded two shots on goal in the loss in the final game of the regular season. Avangard opened up its first-round playoff series against Barys, winning the first game 5-2 on Saturday before suffering a 2-0 loss on Sunday. Parshin recorded an assist in the victory. Avangard lost 3-0 on Tuesday in Game 3 and now trails 2-1 in the series. 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.

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