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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 2

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Joel Chouinard

Joel Chouinard didn’t play his first game of the season until this past weekend, but he made an immediate impact during his first opportunity.

The defenseman missed the Lake Erie Monsters’ first eight games of the 2010-11 campaign while recovering from an upper-body injury, but quickly flashed his offensive potential by recording points in each of his first three professional games.

Chouinard started with an assist on a Greg Mauldin tally in his season debut, a 6-3 loss to Manitoba on Friday. He picked up another helper on Saturday during the Monsters’ 4-1 triumph over Toronto and was then credited with the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 2-0 blanking of Manitoba.

The blueliner, who was selected by the Avalanche in the sixth round (167th overall) at the 2008 Entry Draft, has also posted a +4 plus/minus rating and four shots on goal in his three games.

Chouinard spent the previous three and a half seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he led all QMJHL defensemen with 23 goals and finished second in scoring with 68 points in 65 games a season ago. He was also named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and was a finalist for the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the league's best defenseman in 2009-10.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters came away with two victories while playing three games in as many days this past weekend.

The back-to-back-to-back set started with a 6-3 loss to the Manitoba Moose on Friday night. Lake Erie held a 3-1 lead in the second period on goals by Mark Olver, Zach Cohen and Greg Mauldin, but from there the club surrendered five straight goals.

The Monsters got back into the win column on Saturday, topping the Toronto Marlies, 4-1. Julian Talbot had a goal and an assist, while Justin Mercier, Ben Walter and Zach Cohen also scored. Jason Bacashihua needed to make just 17 saves to claim his second victory of the season.

Lake Erie then blanked Manitoba, 2-0, on Sunday. Bacashihua earned his first shutout of the season by stopping 19 shots. The Monsters’ goals came from Joel Chouinard (see sidebar) and Talbot.

Tulsa Oilers
After opening the week with a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Eagles on Tuesday, the Oilers – much like the Monsters – played three games in three days last weekend.

Harrison Reed assisted on Tulsa’s lone goal in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Colorado. The Oilers then wrapped up the week with a pair of losses to Wichita, falling 4-2 on Saturday and 8-0 on Sunday.

NCAA
-Minnesota netminder Kent Patterson started both of his team’s games during a weekend set against Colorado College and came away with two victories. Patterson made 27 saves during a 4-1 Gopher triumph on Friday and then stopped 24 shots in Saturday’s 9-4 win. Patterson is now 4-0 with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in five appearances.

Fellow Avalanche prospect Nathan Condon also had a big game for the Gophers on Saturday. The freshman forward was named the game’s first star after scoring two goals and adding three assists.

-Paul Carey scored his first goal of the season on Friday in Boston College’s 3-2 win against Merrimack. The junior forward added an assist in Saturday’s rematch, a 4-2 Eagles loss, giving him three points (1g/2a) in six games this season.

-Kieran Millan improved his record to 4-0-1 on the season by turning aside 27 shots as Boston University skated past UMass-Lowell, 5-1, on Friday.

-Michigan freshman Luke Moffatt picked up his first career NCAA assist on Saturday during the Wolverines’ 3-2 victory over Ferris State.

WHL
-Stefan Elliott notched an assist Saturday in Saskatoon’s 7-1 loss to Red Deer and then scored the game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory against Calgary the next night. Elliott leads all Saskatoon defensemen and is tied for fifth among WHL blueliners with 13 points (4g/9a) in 14 games.

-Portland’s Troy Rutkowski had an assist Saturday in his team’s 6-1 win over Kelowna and now owns eight points (2g/6a) in 15 games. Rutkowski ranks first among team defensemen in goals and second in points.

-Tyson Barrie assisted on Kelowna’s lone goal Saturday in a 6-1 loss to Portland. Through seven games, Barrie has totaled three points (1g/2a).

-Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard suffered a shootout, regulation and overtime loss last week. First, Pickard made 30 saves in a 5-4 shootout loss to Tri-City on Tuesday, followed by a 32-save effort during Seattle’s 2-0 defeat Friday at the hands of Prince George. The goaltender rounded out the week by turning aside 52 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Kamloops. Pickard has started all 12 of Seattle’s games and has posted a 5-3-2-2 record with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

OHL
- Joey Hishon continued his strong play this past week, totaling three goals in two games for the Owen Sound Attack. Hishon scored twice – once at even strength and once short-handed – as Owen Sound fell to Saginaw, 5-2, on Friday. The center then added another goal on Saturday in his club’s 5-4 shootout loss to Kingston. Hishon ranks second on the team with 16 points (10g/6a), despite playing in only six of the Attack’s 14 games.

-Belleville blueliner Stephen Silas recorded an assist during a 4-2 win Wednesday against Ottawa and then notched two helpers on Saturday in a 5-1 victory over Sudbury. Silas leads all Belleville defensemen in assists and points (0g/9a).

-Brandon Maxwell made 26 saves to lead the Kitchener Rangers to a 3-2 win over the London Knights last Tuesday. Maxwell also started Thursday’s game against Barrie, but was relieved in the second period after allowing five goals on 24 shots.

QMJHL
-Michael Bournival notched two points (1g/1a) during Saturday’s 4-2 win against Baie-Comeau. Bournival leads the Cataractes and is tied for 14th in the QMJHL with 21 points (9g/12a) in 14 games.
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