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Avalanche Farm Report - Nov. 10

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Cameron Gaunce
Thanks in part to some solid play by Avalanche prospect Cameron Gaunce, the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors are currently tied atop the Ontario Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.

Gaunce recorded a point in each of his team’s three games last week, notching an assist in a 3-1 loss to Niagara on Thursday before picking up a power-play goal in the Majors’ 5-2 triumph over Belleville on Friday. He rounded out the week with another assist during Sunday’s 6-5 victory over Kingston.

Gaunce leads the Majors in assists (13) and is tops among team defensemen in points (16) as Mississauga has jumped out to a 14-4-1-0 start.

He is also one of four Avalanche prospects slated to participate in the 2009 Subway Super Series, which pits teams of CHL All-Stars against Team Russia. Gaunce is scheduled to suit up for Team OHL on Nov. 23.

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Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters were defeated in both of their outings last week, falling to Toronto, 3-2, on Friday and then losing a wild 8-6 game against Grand Rapids on Sunday.

Brock Bradford had a goal and an assist, Ryan Stoa also scored and Tom Preissing picked up an assist in the first game of his conditioning assignment during Friday’s loss to the Marlies. Tyler Weiman stopped 26 shots in a losing cause.

Brian Fahey (2g/1a) and Chris Durno (1g/2a) led Lake Erie with three points apiece during Sunday’s high-scoring affair. Darren Haydar and Brian Willsie also netted a goal and an assist apiece, while Trevor Cann made 33 saves.

Charlotte Checkers
Charlotte posted a 1-2 record last week, starting off with a 4-3 shootout win over Florida on Wednesday. Goaltender Billy Sauer stopped 39-of-42 shots to pick up his first win of the season.

After a 7-0 loss to Florida on Thursday, the Checkers were edged by Kalamazoo, 5-4, on Sunday.

-Mark Olver scored the lone goal as Northern Michigan topped Ohio State, 1-0, on Friday. Olver added a goal in Saturday’s rematch, a 5-4 Ohio State victory. The junior forward sits atop the Wildcats’ scoring chart with 12 points (6g/6a) in eight contests.

-Boston College sophomore Paul Carey netted a power-play goal and added an assist over the weekend in games against New Hampshire and Northeastern. Carey is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with five points (2g/3a) in six games.

-Boston University netminder Kieran Millan stopped 19-of-20 shots, but the Terriers dropped a 1-0 decision to Northeastern on Friday. The Terriers were also defeated on Saturday, losing 3-2 to Maine. Both Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen picked up an assist in the game, while Millan made 15 stops. Shattenkirk leads the team with six points (1g/5a) through seven games, while Cohen is tied for third with four points (2g/2a).

-University of Minnesota forward Mike Carman picked up his first point of the season over the weekend, registering an assist in the Gophers’ 4-2 loss to Wisconsin on Friday.

-Brad Malone registered three assists as the University of North Dakota swept Michigan Tech over the weekend. Malone has six points (0g/6a) on the season and is tied for the team lead in assists.

-Victoriaville defenseman Joel Chouinard gathered his third multi-goal game of the season, scoring two power-play goals in a 4-2 win over Baie-Comeau on Sunday. Chouinard leads all Victoriaville blueliners with 16 points (7g/9a) in 20 games.

-Quebec center Kelsey Tessier totaled two assists in three games last week and currently ranks second on the team with 21 points (6g/15a) in 21 games. Remparts goaltender Peter Delmas made two appearances in the past week, losing one game and not earning a decision in the other. Delmas owns an 8-4-0 record with a .913 save percentage in 14 appearances.

-Defenseman Tyson Barrie extended his point streak to seven games after picking up an assist in each of Kelowna’s three contests last week. Barrie has totaled 12 points (3g/9a) during the streak and owns 14 points (4g/10a) in 11 games this year.

-After earning Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week honors for the Oct. 26-Nov. 1 timeframe, Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott recorded one assist in four outings last week. Elliott has registered 19 points (8g/11a) in 22 games for the Blades.

Kitchener netminder Brandon Maxwell split a pair of games last week, moving his record to 7-2-0-2 on the season. Maxwell made 41 stops in a 6-3 loss to Windsor on Friday, but bounced back with a 29-save performance on Sunday during a 3-1 win over Guelph.

-Nathan Condon totaled a pair of goals as his Fargo Force swept the Chicago Steel over the weekend. Condon ranks fifth on the team with seven points (4g/3a) in 11 games.
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