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Avalanche Farm Report: March 9

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Kevin Porter

While Peter Mueller was the centerpiece of Colorado’s biggest deal at the NHL’s trade deadline, the Avalanche organization also added a solid prospect with NHL experience in forward Kevin Porter.

A former Hobey Baker winner at the University of Michigan, Porter is now in his second year of professional hockey after spending four seasons in Ann Arbor. The Detroit native split the 2008-09 campaign between the Phoenix Coyotes and their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, netting 10 points (5g/5a) in 34 games for Phoenix and 35 points (13g/22a) in 42 contests for San Antonio.

Prior to the trade, Porter had spent the majority of the 2009-10 season in San Antonio, totaling 40 points (15g/25a) in 52 games. The 23-year-old also appeared in four NHL games for the Coyotes earlier this season.

The 6-foot, 190-pound forward has played in four games for the Monsters since being acquired by the Avalanche and recorded his first goal Sunday during Lake Erie’s 5-4 shootout loss in Chicago.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters played four games in five days last week and skated away with three points after a win and a shootout loss.

Lake Erie began the week with a 3-2 loss to Rockford on Wednesday, receiving goals from T.J. Hensick and Justin Mercier to go along with a 22-save performance from John Grahame.

After a day off, the Monsters pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory against Milwaukee. Brian Willsie scored in regulation and was credited with the shootout winner, Brock Bradford also tallied and Grahame made 18 saves.

Saturday’s contest in Peoria ended in a 3-1 defeat, with Mercier scoring Lake Erie’s lone goal. The Monsters then wrapped up their week by falling to Chicago on Sunday by a 5-4 count following a shootout. Philippe Dupuis, Brian Fahey, Darren Haydar and Kevin Porter scored for Lake Erie in the loss.

Charlotte Checkers
Much like Colorado’s AHL affiliate, the Checkers had four games within a five-day span last week. Charlotte managed to come away with five points after recording victories over Wheeling (3-2 in a shootout on Friday) and Toledo (2-1 on Sunday) and earning a point following a 6-5 shootout loss to Toledo on Saturday.

-Boston University closed out its regular season with a sweep of Northeastern last weekend. Colby Cohen recorded two assists, Kieran Millan made 21 stops and Kevin Shattenkirk chipped in with an assist in Friday’s 5-4 victory. Millan again made 21 saves in a 4-3 Terrier win on Saturday, while Cohen added another assist. Boston University will take on Merrimack this weekend in a best-of-three format during the Hockey East Quarterfinals.

-Paul Carey scored the game-winning goal on Saturday as Boston College closed out its regular-season slate with a 3-2 triumph over New Hampshire. The Eagles will face Massachusetts in the Hockey East Quarterfinals.

-Mike Carman had a four-point night (2g/2a) as Minnesota routed Wisconsin, 6-1, on Sunday. The Gophers will square off with the University of North Dakota (featuring Avalanche prospect Brad Malone) in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs beginning on Friday.

-Mark Olver and Northern Michigan University were off this weekend, but will face Alaska this weekend in the CCHA Quarterfinals.

Halifax netminder Peter Delmas made one appearance last week, stopping 30 shots as the Mooseheads were defeated by Acadie-Bathurst, 8-1.

-Tyson Barrie, the WHL’s leader in scoring by a defenseman, scored all three of Kelowna’s goals in a 3-0 triumph over Vancouver on Saturday. Barrie, who netted two assists the night before in the Rockets’ 5-0 win against Seattle, now has 70 points (19g/51a) in 60 contests this season.

-Stefan Elliott recorded a goal and an assist Saturday as Saskatoon skated past Edmonton, 6-4. With 62 points (24g/38a) in 68 games, Elliott is tied for third among WHL defensemen in scoring.

-Kitchener goaltender Brandon Maxwell made 26 saves on Thursday in his team’s 5-2 loss to London, and then turned aside 39-of-41 shots on Friday in a 5-2 victory over Erie. Maxwell has now appeared in 40 games for the Rangers this season, posting a 21-14-2-2 record with a .901 save percentage.

Fargo’s Nathan Condon totaled five points (2g/3a) last week as the Force won all three of its contests. In the process, the forward extended his point streak to nine games (4g/9a). Fargo, which has 10 games remaining on its regular season schedule, has already clinched a playoff berth.
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