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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 16

by David de Besche / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Evan Brophey

Evan Brophey took over the game for the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday night. The Kitchener, Ontario native recorded the team’s first hat trick of the season in a 4-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage. Brophey netted two goals in the first period then capped off his three-goal performance in the second period off a rebound from Tyson Barrie’s blast from the point.

Brophey now leads the team in goals (five) and currently ranks tied for third in scoring with 5-2=7 points.

The center was drafted 68th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks and made his NHL debut on October 23, 2010 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Brophey signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 8, 2011.

Brophey tallied 107 points (36g/71a) in 68 games with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) during his final season of junior hockey.  He helped Plymouth capture the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions and advance to the Memorial Cup

DID YOU KNOW? He became the second Rockford IceHogs (AHL) player in franchise history to reach 200 career games, accomplishing the feat on January 22, 2010 at Peoria.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters took care of business at home when the San Antonio Rampage came into town. After being swept by the Rampage last season, the Monsters cruised to a 5-2 victory Friday night. It was much of the same for Lake Erie the next night as the Monsters earned their second win, this time by a score of 4-1. The Monsters are now 6-9-0 on the season and will play host to the Peoria Rivermen on November 17 and 19.

Ryan Stoa had back-to-back game-winning goals for the Monsters as they swept a two-game homestand against San Antonio. They were Stoa's first two goals of the season.

Cedric Desjardins stopped 49 shots in Lake Erie's two victories this weekend. The goaltender has stopped 142 of 149 shots in his five starts, good for the AHL lead in goals-against average (1.41) and save percentage (.953).

Greg Mauldin had three assists during the two-game homestand. The Boston native is tied for third on the team in scoring with 2-5=7 points.

David van der Gulik has recorded four points in his last two games. Van der Gulik netted a goal and an assist in the 5-2 win and dished out two more assists the following night. The forward is pacing the Monsters with 4-9=13 points and has earned at least two points in four of his last five contests.

Kent Patterson (Univ. of Minnesota) turned aside 13 shots in a 4-1 over the Wisconsin Badgers. The win gave the 22-year-old his NCAA-leading 10th (10-2-0) win of the year. Patterson also leads the nation with five shutouts, ranks fifth in goals-against average (1.66), tied for seventh in save percentage (.935) and ranks third in minutes played (721:27).

Kieran Millan (Boston University) stopped all 21 shots that came his way in a 5-0 shutout victory over Boston College. The Edmonton native anchored a penalty killing unit that successfully erased eight power plays given to the Eagles.

Nate Condon (Univ. of Minnesota) netted a goal in a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. The Wisconsin native has 5-5=10 points in 22 games this season.

Calvin Pickard (Seattle) denied 23 of 27 shots in a 5-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen for his seventh win of the season (7-9-0).  The netminder currently ranks sixth in the WHL in saves (483).

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon) has three points (0g/3a) in his last five games. The defenseman is tied for seventh overall on the Blades in scoring (4-10=14) and ranks fourth on the team in penalty minutes (38). Siemens is also a +6 rating through 21 games.

Troy Rutkowski (Portland) tallied an assist in a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night. The Edmonton native has 3-5=8 points in 22 games this season with the Winterhawks.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) is currently riding a three-game point streak (2-2=4) and has 3-3=6 points in his last five games.  The winger now has 7-11=18 points and a +3 rating in 21 games.

Stephen Silas (Belleville) is riding a two-game point streak (0-2=2) and has five points (all assists) in his last five games. The blueliner ranks fifth overall on the team and first among Bulls defensemen with 1-9=10 points.
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