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Avalanche Farm Report: March 31

by Samantha Rogan / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters traveled to Rockford on Wednesday to take on the IceHogs at BMO Harris Bank Center. The Monsters trailed 3-0 early before getting goals from defensemen Ben Youds and Bruno Gervais. However, it wasn’t enough to sustain a comeback as Lake Erie ultimately lost 3-2.

Goaltender Calvin Pickard made 27 saves in the loss.

The Monsters headed to Charlotte, N.C., on Friday and defeated the Checkers 3-2 in the first of a two-game weekend series. Defenseman Stefan Elliott scored twice, while forward Ben Street picked up three points after contributing to all

Andrew Agozzino
Left Wing  - LEM
Goals: 22 | Assists: 28 | Pts: 50
Shots: 205 | +/-: +1
three goals.

Pickard started in net again for the Monsters, and made 35 saves in the win.

Lake Erie completed the sweep of Charlotte on Sunday after defeating the Checkers by a score of 5-1. Forward Andrew Agozzino recorded a hat trick and added an assist to extend his point streak to 11 games, setting a team record. He has 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) during that stretch. It was his third multi-point game of the week.

Elliot and forward Kenny Ryan also tallied goals for the Monsters in the victory.

Street is in the midst of a three-game point streak as well.

The Monsters (30-26-6-4) return to action against Milwaukee in back-to-back home games this week before hosting the Toronto Marlies on Friday night.


Upcoming Games

Mar. 31 vs. Milwaukee

April 1 vs. Milwaukee

April 3 vs. Toronto


Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets traveled to Elmira on Wednesday and defeated the Jackals 7-3 in a high-scoring contest. Goaltender Roman Will recorded his 13th victory of the season, making 30 saves.

On Friday, the Komets headed to Wheeling and lost to the Nailers in a close 2-1 game. Goalie Pat Nagle made 30 saves in the loss. The Komets wrapped up their weekend with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday. Nagle finished the game with 22 saves.


OHL

Bigras

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack began its first-round playoff series against Guelph on Friday and defeated the Storm 6-1. Bigras tallied an assist and finished with a plus-1 rating in the win. The Storm was able to even the series 1-1 the following night as it beat the Attack 5-4 in overtime. Bigras registered a goal and a plus-1 rating in the loss. He finished the regular season ranked second in scoring among OHL defensemen with 71 points (20 goals, 51 assists) in 62 games.



Nick Magyar
(Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers fell 3-1 to London on Friday in Game One of their playoff series against the Knights. On Sunday, Kitchener fell into a 2-0 hole in the series as London defeated the Rangers 6-2. Magyar finished the regular season with 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin missed the second half of the season after suffering a knee injury on Dec. 21 in a game 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, finishing 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 started its first-round playoff series against Kingston on Friday with a dominating 8-0 victory over the Frontenacs. Wood recorded an assist and finished with a plus-1 rating in the win. The Battalion came away with a 3-2 win on Saturday as well, with Wood registering another assist. Wood, Colorado’s third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, ended the regular season with 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 67 games.


QMJHL

Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda began its playoff series on Friday with a 6-2 loss to the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Nantel registered two hits in the loss. The Huskies bounced back in game two on Saturday with a commanding 8-3 victory over the same Val-d’Or team. Nantel finished the game with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating. Colorado’s seventh-round pick (204th overall) in the 2014 draft, Nantel finished the regular season with 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) in 64 games.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or): Val-d’Or hosted Rouyn-Noranda on Friday in Game One of its opening playoff series and defeated the Huskies 6-2. Pepin tallied an assist and a plus-2 rating in the win. Val-d’Or fell 8-3 the following night as the Huskies evened the series 1-1. Pepin recorded an assist, five hits and a plus-1 rating in the loss. He ended the regular season with 27 points (18 goals, nine assists) in 47 games split between Gatineau and Val-d’Or.


WHL

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels opened their first-round playoff series on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Red Deer lost again the following night as the Tigers defeated the Rebels 1-0 in overtime. Bleackley had 49 points (27 goals, 22 assists) in 51 games during the regular season.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Vancouver’s season ended last week as the Giants fell seven points short of a WHL playoff spot. Geertsen was named the Giants' MVP after finishing the season with 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-3 overall rating in 69 games. Last Tuesday, the Avalanche signed Geertsen to a three-year, entry-level contract.


NCAA

Butcher

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver traveled to Providence, R.I. to take on Boston College in the NCAA East Regional semifinal game on Saturday. The Pioneers defeated the Eagles 5-2 to advance to the East Regional final against Providence College the next day. Butcher scored the game-winning goal against BC and finished the game with three shots on goal and a plus-3 rating. DU lost the final to the Friars by a score of 4-1, ultimately ending its season. Butcher had an assist on the lone tally. He finished the regular campaign with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 38 games.


Ben Storm
(St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State traveled to Fargo, N.D., on Friday to face off against Michigan Tech University in the NCAA West Regional tournament. The Huskies beat Michigan Tech 3-2 in overtime to advance to the West Regional final the following day. St. Cloud State squared off against top-ranked North Dakota in the match and lost 4-1. Storm finished the regular season with five points (two goals, three assists) in 33 games with the Huskies.


Finland

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


Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea began its semifinal playoff series against HC Linkoping with a 5-2 victory in Game One on Saturday. Skelleftea beat HC Linkoping for the second consecutive time on Monday, this time by a score of 7-2 to take a 2-0 lead as the club heads into Game Three on Wednesday. Lindholm had seven assists and a plus-12 rating in 35 games during the regular season. He has a goal and two assists in six games in the postseason.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten was eliminated from the MECA Hockey Race on Wednesday as the team lost its fourth consecutive game against Modo Hockey by a score of 4-1. Westlund recorded a goal in nine playoff contests. He finished the regular season with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 40 games.


Austria

Luke Walker (Graz 99ers, Eishockey Liga): The Graz 99ers ended their regular season last week, as the team failed to make a playoff appearance. Walker finished the season ranked second on the team in scoring with 31 points (19 goals, 12 assists) in 51 games played, including five power-play goals and two game-winning goals.


KHL

Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv finished its regular season with a 32-19-9 record before losing its first-round playoff series 4-2 to Dynamo Msk. Holos ended the regular season with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 60 games played, which ranked second among team defensemen. He recorded one assist in six playoff contests.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard fell to AK Bars four games to one last week as it was eliminated from playoff contention. Parshin had one assist in three playoff contests before suffering an injury in the first round. He led his team in scoring during the regular season with 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) in 60 games, and finished with an impressive plus-18 rating.

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