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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 16

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Kieran Millan

Much like fellow Avalanche prospect and University of Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson – who was featured in this space last week – Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan still hasn’t been defeated this season.

Millan and the Terriers tied a pair of games with Merrimack last weekend. The goaltender made 35 saves in a 1-1 stalemate on Friday and then turned aside 34 shots during a 3-3 tie on Saturday.

The junior has appeared in eight of Boston University’s 10 games this season, posting a 4-0-4 record with a 1.92 goals-against average. His .938 save percentage is tied for sixth in the nation.

Selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round (124th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton native has a 49-18-7 mark with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage in 75 career games for the Terriers.

Millan will try to stay unbeaten this coming weekend when Boston University faces the University of New Hampshire in a home-and-home set.
Lake Erie Monsters
In the middle of an eight-game homestand, the Lake Erie Monsters posted a 1-2 record last week.

The Monsters began the week on a positive note, earning a 5-1 victory over Hamilton at Quicken Loans Arena. Ben Walter led the way with a pair of goals, Ray Macias, Greg Mauldin and Luke Walker also tallied and Jason Bacashihua made 27 saves in the victory.

Lake Erie then dropped back-to-back games against Milwaukee, losing on both Friday (4-0) and Saturday (3-2) night. Mike Carman and Justin Mercier had a goal and an assist apiece during Saturday’s defeat.

Tulsa Oilers
The Avalanche’s Central Hockey League affiliate picked up a 4-3 shootout victory against the Colorado Eagles on Friday night. Harrison Reed had two assists for Tulsa in the victory. The Oilers then fell to Rapid City by a 5-4 count on Saturday.

-Paul Carey picked up two assists over the weekend as Boston College split a pair of games with Vermont. The junior forward ranks fourth on the Eagles’ scoring chart with seven points (1g/6a) in 10 games.

-Michigan freshman Luke Moffatt recorded three assists on Saturday during the Wolverine’s 5-3 triumph over Notre Dame and has totaled six points (1g/5a) in eight contests.

-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie notched his fourth goal of the season on Wednesday during a 2-1 win against Edmonton. The tally, which came on the power play, also served as the game-winner. Barrie added two assists Friday during the Rockets’ 4-1 triumph over Prince George. Barrie, who is serving as Kelowna’s captain, leads all team defensemen with 16 points (4g/12a).

-Portland’s Troy Rutkowski extended his point streak to five games last week. The defenseman had an assist as his team earned a 5-4 overtime win over Regina on Wednesday and then scored a power-play goal Friday in a 4-3 loss to Saskatoon. His streak hit five games following a two-assist effort Saturday in an 8-2 triumph over Prince Albert, but Rutkowski was then held pointless during Tuesday’s 6-3 win against Moose Jaw. Rutkowski leads all Winterhawks blueliners with 14 points (3g/11a) in 22 games.

-Stefan Elliott scored a goal last Tuesday in Saskatoon’s 5-4 loss to Seattle and then added an assist on Friday in the Blades’ 4-3 victory over Portland. Elliott ranks third among WHL blueliners in goals (7) and fifth in points (19) through 19 games.

-Calvin Pickard won all three of his starts last week, beginning with a 32-save effort last Tuesday that led Seattle to a 5-4 shootout victory against Saskatoon. After turning away 27 shots in a 5-2 win over Prince Albert on Wednesday, Pickard capped off the week by making 38 saves as the Thunderbirds downed Regina, 5-4. Now carrying a 9-4-2-3 record, Pickard ranks fourth among league goaltenders in save percentage (.930) and fifth in goals-against average (2.53).

-Joey Hishon continued his strong play for Owen Sound, racking up five points (1g/4a) in two games last week. Hishon recorded three assists in Friday’s 4-3 win over Guelph and then posted a goal and an assist as the Attack climbed back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 4-3 victory against Windsor. Hishon is tied for 19th among OHL scorers with 24 points (12g/12a) despite playing in only 11 games.

Hishon also suited up for Team OHL this past week as part of the Subway Super Series. Team OHL earned a pair of victories over Team Russia, taking a 4-0 decision on Thursday (with Hishon scoring a power-play goal), followed by a 2-1 triumph on Monday (Hishon netted the shootout winner).

-Belleville’s Stephen Silas assisted on the game-winning goal and also held a +2 plus/minus rating in the Bulls’ 2-1 overtime triumph over Oshawa on Friday. Silas leads all Belleville defensemen in assists and points (0g/10a) through 21 games.

-Brandon Maxwell picked up a victory in his lone start last week, turning away 29 shots in Kitchener’s 3-2 win against Plymouth on Saturday. In 13 appearances this season, the netminder has posted a 9-4 record with a 3.59 goals-against average.
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