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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 19

by Alyssa Romeo / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-3 on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena. Three third-period scores prevented a shutout for Lake Erie, but the Monsters fell a couple goals short from completing the comeback.

Calvin Pickard started for the seventh consecutive game for the Monsters, stopping 9-of-13 shots. Pickard continued to climb for the record of the most consecutive starts by a Monsters goalie, closing the gap of Gerald Coleman’s 12-game starting spree in the 2011-12 season.

Pickard was relieved in the game by Roman Will after allowing four goals for the Griffins.

Tomas Vincour made his season debut this past week (John Saraya/Lake Erie Monsters).

Tomas Vincour played for the first time this season after being out with a lower-body injury, suffered during the Avs' training camp.

Troy Bourke scored his first goal of the year at 3:16 of the third period. Bourke tallied an assist a few minutes later on Samuel Henley’s goal at 7:05 in the third. Bourke’s goal was assisted by Henley and Karl Stollery.

Henley’s goal was his first as a professional player.

Andrew Agozzino scored with two minutes left, netting his third goal of the season for the Monsters. Maxim Noreau assisted on Agozzino’s 40th career goal as a Monster. Agozzino’s tally helped him become the fourth player in team history to score 40 or more goals. Grand Rapids secured the victory with a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 10 seconds left in regulation.

On Friday, the Monsters lost 4-2 at home to Adirondack. It was the first-ever game between the Monsters and the new Flames franchise.

Will played in net for the Monsters and stopped 20-of-23 shots in the loss, making his record 0-3-0 on the season.

Michael Sgarbossa tied the score at 1-1 in the first period with the Monsters' first goal of the game. Sgarbossa’s first tally of the season was assisted by Michael Schumacher and Colin Smith.

Vincour pushed the Monsters ahead at the end of the first stanza with his first goal of the season, Ben Street assisted on the tally at 16:33.

The Flames went on to score three unanswered goals in the second and third periods to take the win.

The next night, the Lake Erie Monsters lost in a shootout to the Adirondack Flames at home at Quicken Loans Arena. The 3-2 loss pushed the Monsters' losing streak to four games.

Pickard denied 36-of-38 shots on Saturday, stopping more than 30 shots for the seventh time this season.

Street tied the score in the second period when the puck bounced off an Adirondack defenseman and into the net. It was Street’s first goal of the year and was assisted by Agozzino and Vincour. Agozzino’s assist gave him a three-game point streak.

Smith scored his fourth of the season for the Monsters at 2:24 in the third period, making the score 2-1, and was assisted by Bourke.

The Monsters scored twice in the shootout, but the Flames took the victory after they scored three times in the tiebreaker. Sgarbossa and Smith both found the back of the net in the shootout.

Upcoming Games
Nov. 21 vs. Grand Rapids
Nov. 22 at Grand Rapids
Nov. 28 vs. Hamilton

ECHL

Mitchell Heard (Fort Wayne Komets): On Wednesday, Fort Wayne beat the Kalamazoo Wings 4-0 at Kalamazoo. It was the Komets' 199th all-time win against the Wings (out of 391 games). The Komets lost 6-2 on Friday to Toledo, where Heard registered an assist. Heard had one goal on Saturday and helped Fort Wayne to 5-4 victory in a shootout over Cincinnati.

Sami Aittokallio (Fort Wayne Komets): Aittokallio did not play in Wednesday's game, but he went on to play all 60 minutes and made 30 saves in a 6-2 loss to Toledo on Saturday. Aittokallio made 23-of-27 saves in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win. He was recalled to Lake Erie on Monday.

OHL

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Owen Sound lost 6-4 to the London Knights on Friday. Bigras had one assist. Bigras had a goal and an assist the following night as Owen Sound beat the Knights 6-2. He was named the Becker Shoes Player of the Week on Monday for his strong weekend performance. Bigras has tallied 20 points in 20 games this season, leading all defensemen on the team in scoring. He also played in both games for Team OHL in the Subway Super Series versus Team Russia this past week. The OHL lost 4-0 to Russia on Thursday in Peterborough, Ontario but won 5-1 on Monday in Kingston, Ontario, with Bigras registering an assist.

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Rangers played three games last weekend, taking home two wins. On Friday, Kitchener beat Plymouth 5-3. The Rangers beat the Erie Otters 5-2 the following night, but they fell 3-2 on Sunday to the Sudbury Wolves. Magyar did not play in any of the games as he is recovering from an upper-body injury.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Mississauga beat the Sudbury Wolves 5-2 on Friday, where Martin made 39-of-41 saves for the Steelheads. In Sunday's game, Martin stopped 29-of-30 shots in the Steelheads' 3-1 win against North Bay. Martin dressed for both games for Team OHL in the Subway Super Series. He played on Thursday in a 4-0 loss to Russia, making 22 saves on 26 shots in a game in Peterborough, Ontario. He was the backup goalie for Monday's OHL versus Russia contest in Kingston, Ontario.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): North Bay beat the Peterborough Petes 7-2 on Friday, where Wood scored one goal for the Battalion. Wood had two assists on Saturday in a 3-2 loss against the Barrie Colts. The next night, the Battalion fell 3-1 to the Mississauga Steelheads. Wood played in Team OHL's second game against Team Russia in the Subway Super Series on Monday in Kingston, Ontario. He did not record any points but did finish the contest with a plus-1 rating.

WHL

Connor Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Rebels beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-1 on Friday. Bleackley had one assist in the victory. Bleackley tallied another assist in a 5-2 win against the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday. He has a total of six goals and 12 assists so far for the Red Deer Rebels this season. Bleackley played in both games for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series against Russia. He recorded a goal for the WHL in a 3-2 loss to Russia last Tuesday in Brandon, Manitoba.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen had two assists on Wednesday in a 6-2 victory for Vancouver over the Tri-City Americans. The Giants lost 7-5 on Saturday against the Victoria Royals.

QMJHL

Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Julien Nantel had a goal and an assist in Rouyn-Noranda's 5-4 loss to Shawinigan on Friday. Nantel did not score any points Saturday in the Huskies' 5-4 win against Quebec.

Alexis Pepin (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau lost 7-4 to Rimouski on Friday, where Pepin had an assist. Gatineau played Sunday against Sherbrooke, winning 1-0.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher and Denver beat rival Colorado College 8-1 on Friday at Magness Arena in Denver, Colo.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State beat Western Michigan 4-3 on Friday before tying the Broncos 1-1 on Saturday. Saturday's game did go into a shootout, with WMU winning the tiebreaker 1-0 and unofficially winning the contest.

Finland

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20, Jr. A SM-Ligga): Pajpach's junior Tappara team lost all three games last week. The club fell 4-3 to HIFK on Wednesday, 3-1 to Sport on Saturday and 4-0 to Karpat on Sunday. Pajpach has yet to play in a game this season because on an injury.

Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): In Swedish Hockey League action, Skelleftea lost 2-1 on Thursday to the Vaxjo Lakers. The team played again on Saturday, losing 3-1 to Linkoping. Skelleftea defeated JYP Jyvaskyla 3-2 in regulation in the second game of the first round of the Champions Hockey League playoffs last Tuesday. The team then picked up the extra point by winning the penalty shot tiebreaker against JYP to win the total-goal aggregate of the two games, 8-7, and move on to the CHL quarterfinals. Skelleftea will play fellow SHL club Linkoping in the next round on Dec. 2 and 9.

Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL/Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Westlund and Vita Hasten defeated Rogle BK 2-0 last Tuesday before beating Mora IK 2-1 on Friday. Westlund has one goal and four assists in 18 games this season.

Austria

Luke Walker (Grazz 99ers): The Grazz 99ers lost 5-4 to Black Wings Linz on Friday, but they came back to beat Fehervar AV19 5-2 on Sunday. Wilson recorded a goal in the victory and now has six goals and nine points this season.

KHL

Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv lost 3-2 in a shootout against CSKA last Wednesday and lost again on Friday, 4-3 to Vityaz. Sunday was the team's third loss in a row as it fell 2-0 to Torpedo. Holos has seven points (three goals, four assists) this season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard beat Salavat Yulaev 2-1 in a shootout on Wednesday. Avangard then beat Barys 3-1 on Friday. Parshin has 12 goals and 17 assists in 28 games this season for Avangard Omsk.

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