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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 1

by David de Besche / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Cedrick Desjardins

Cedrick Desjardins wasted no time making an impression in his first game with Lake Erie. Debuting in net for the first time in a Monsters jersey, Desjardins was nothing short of spectacular.

The New Brunswick native stopped all 29 shots that came his way on Sunday night, helping carry his team to 4-0 shutout victory over the Toronto Marlies. It was the first shutout victory for Lake Erie this season and was Desjardins’ 13th career AHL shutout.

Signed by the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent on July 8th, 2011 the 6-foot, 192-pound goaltender made his NHL debut last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Desjardins won both of his starts for Tampa Bay allowing just one goal in each game.

In 2009-10, Desjardins played appeared in 47 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) and had an incredible 29-9-4 record and led the AHL with a 2.00 goals-against average. Desjardins was awarded the Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award and was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.

DID YOU KNOW? In 2004-05 while playing for Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL, he played along side then-teammate Sidney Crosby.  The Oceanic eventually fell to the London Knights in the Memorial Cup.

Lake Erie Monsters
Home cooked meals were good for the Monsters this week as they went 2-1 on their three-game home stand. The week didn’t start off like it ended as Lake Erie was pounded 7-0 by Syracuse on Oct. 26th, but things turned around when the Toronto Marlies arrived. On the 28th, the Monsters took care of business with a 2-1 over the Marlies.  Lake Erie then breezed over Toronto again by a score of 4-0 just two days later.  The Monsters have now won two straight and four out of their last five games. Next up for Lake Erie is a road test on November 2nd at Grand Rapids before returning home the next night to face Houston.  The Monster will then travel to Hamilton to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday, November 5th.

Justin Mercier had a multi-point game in the 2-1 win over Toronto. The Pennsylvania native had two assists on the night and is tied for fifth on the team with four points (1g/3a).

Brad Malone netted his first career AHL goal (and point) in a 2-1 victory over Toronto.

Ryan Stoa earned his first two points of the season with two assists in the 4-0 victory over Toronto.

Paul Carey (Boston College) recorded his second goal of the season in a 4-2 in over Massachusetts-Lowell. The Boston native is currently tied for ninth on the team in points (2g/4a).

Kent Patterson (Univ. of Minnesota) added two more wins to improve his record to 7-1. The Minnesota native recorded his NCAA-leading fourth shutout of the year in a 5-0 win over Alaska-Anchorage and followed it up with a 26-save performance in a 3-1 victory the next night.

Luke Moffatt (Univ. of Michigan) earned his fourth assist of the year in a 4-0 victory over Ferris State. The sophomore is tied for sixth on the team in assists.

Kieran Millan (Boston University) stopped 33 saves in a 2-2 tie with Massachusetts.

Calvin Pickard (Seattle) stopped 34 shots in a 4-3 win over Victoria on Friday night. Pickard is currently 5-5-0 with a 3.74 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon) recorded a goal in a 5-3 win over Regina and earned an assist in a 4-3 victory at Prince Albert. The Edmonton native leads team defensemen with 10 points (3g/7a).

Troy Rutkowski (Portland) recorded an assist in each of the Winterhawks’ back-to-back contests. Rutkowski had an assist in Portland’s  7-1 in over Calgary and another helper in a 4-2 loss to Medicine Hat.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) recorded two multi-point games last week. The Ontario native had two assists in a 3-2 win over Saginaw and followed it up with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 victory over Kingston. Meurs is now tied for fifth on the team with 12 points (4g/8a).  

Stephen Silas (Belleville) has been selected to play for Team OHL in the 2011 Subway Super Series. Team OHL will compete against Team Russia in a six-game tournament beginning November 10.

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or) netted his first goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to Halifax.
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