Spotlight On: Mitchell Heard
Mitchell Heard continues to find the net for the Plymouth Whalers. He is on a nine-game point streak and has collected 14 points (six goals and eight assists) since it started on Feb. 16.
Heard's success on the scoresheet has contributed significantly to the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Plymouth Whalers second-place ranking in the Western Conference. The Whalers are 37-17-5-4 (83 points) and have won nine of their previous 10 games.
This season, Heard has scored 12 goals and has dished out 17 assists (29 points). He is also a plus-7 (plus/minus rating) on the season and has five power play goals.
Colorado selected the Bowmanville, Ontario native with the 41st pick in the second round of the 2012 Entry Draft. He was Avalanche's first pick of the draft.
The 6-foot-1 center is in his third full season with Plymouth and has picked up 50 or more points in each of his last two OHL campaigns. Last season, Heard was third on the squad in points with 57 (29 goals and 28 assists) and tallied 11 points (four goals and seven assists) in 13 playoff games for the Whalers.
Heard had 50 points (20 goals and 30 assists) in his first full-year with Plymouth in 2010-11. His scoring numbers increased significantly from the previous year where he had three points in 16 games for the Whalers.
The Monsters earned two points in their three contests last week, dropping their record to 26-23-2-7 (61 points). Following Sunday’s loss, Lake Erie switched spots with Rochester in the standings and is now in fourth place in the North Division.
Lake Erie pulled out a 3-1 victory over Milwaukee last Tuesday (Feb. 26) with David Van Der Gulik leading the way with two goals. He now has 16 goals and 16 assists (32 points) on the season and leads the team with two shorthanded goals. Bill Thomas also scored for the Monsters. Thomas leads the squad with 19 goals – including eight on the power play– and has 36 total points.
Playing without Michael Sgarbossa – who was serving a one-game suspension – the Monsters were shutout in a 2-0 loss to Hamilton Saturday night. The loss ended Paul Carey’s eight-game point streak. Carey accumulated five goals and five assists (10 points) in the streak that began on Feb. 12.
The following day, the Monsters lost 4-2 to Rochester. Sgarbossa had his six-game point streak snapped in the game, which began on Jan. 18. He tallied 10 points (4g/6a) over that span. On the year, Sgarbossa is second on the squad with 38 points (17g/21a) in 41 games.
On Sunday, rookie goaltender Kieran Millan was recalled from the Denver Cutthroats to replace Calvin Pickard, who was called up to backup Semyon Varlamov in the Avalanche’s game that day against Columbus. Milan was returned to the Cutthroats after the Monsters’ game versus Rochester.
Mar. 5 vs. Peoria
Mar. 7 vs. Peoria
Mar. 9 at Grand Rapids
The Cutthroats split their weekend series with the Tulsa Oilers as they lost 4-2 on Friday night but bounced back for a 5-2 victory on Saturday.
Kieran Millan made 20 saves while collecting the loss on Friday for Denver. He is 13-13-4-2 with the Cutthroats with a 2.70 goals-against average and has a .918 save percentage on the season.
Fellow rookie netminder, Kent Patterson, earned the Fish’s win on Saturday night as he stopped 35 shots. Patterson was reassigned to Denver from Lake Erie on Feb. 26. He has a 13-8-3-1 record, a 3.04 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Joel Chouinard – who was reassigned to Denver from Lake Erie also on Feb. 26 – dished out two assists in the win on Saturday night. Chouinard has three goals and 10 assists (13 points) in 32 games played for the Cutthroats this season.
Mar. 5 vs. Rapid City
Mar. 8 at Wichita
Mar. 10 vs. Rapid City
Colin Smith (Kamloops Blazers) scored two goals and had an assist in Friday’s game against Prince George. In his last four contests, Smith has collected five points (2g/3a). He still remains third in the league in points with 100 (40g/60a).
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) had an assist Friday against Kamloops. Bourke leads his team with 31 assists and is second on the Cougars with 42 points.
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) scored a goal Sunday against Moose Jaw, bringing his goal total on the year to three. He has 25 points (3g/22a) on the season and leads his team with a plus-35 rating.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) has nine points (5g/4a) and 14 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Petes.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) collected three goals and an assist last week in three games. He has 55 points (27g/28a) and leads Plymouth with 11 power play goals.
Mitchell Heard (Plymouth Whalers) continued his point streak, which is now at nine games and dates back to Feb. 16. He has totaled 14 points (6g/8a) in that span. He has 29 points (12g/17a) in total for the Whalers.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s) has tallied four points (1g/3a) in his last three games. He is now averaging a point per game – 20 points (6g/14a) in 20 games – with Ottawa.
Dillon Donnelly (Quebec Remparts) has two points (1g/1a) and two penalty minutes in 26 games for the Remparts.
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) has collected 29 points (11g/18a) in 34 games for the Gophers (22-7-5).
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) scored a goal in Michigan’s Friday night 4-1 victory over Ferris State. Moffatt has six goals and 10 assists for the Wolverines.
Gus Young (Yale University) has accumulated 54 penalty minutes and six points (1g/5a) in 29 games.
Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has 12 points (5g/7a) in 29 games with Salavat.
Joachim Nermark (Linkoping HC) has a goal and three assists (four points) for Linkoping.