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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 20

by Chad Workman / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters completed their season-long seven-game road trip last week, playing a back-to-back in Abbotsford before returning home to host Grand Rapids. The Monsters went 0-2-1 on the week, but are still fifth in the Western Conference with 19 points (9-6-1). The Monsters were shutout for the first time this season when they fell to Abbotsford 3-0 on Tuesday. Sami Aittokallio rejected 36 of 37 shots that came his way before the Heat added two empty netters to seal the victory.

The Monsters faced the Heat once again on Wednesday, falling by a final score of 2-0. Aittokallio started in net again for the Monsters, stopping 18 of 20 shots.

On Friday, the Monsters returned home where they would suffer a 6-5 overtime loss to the Griffins. David van der Gulik recorded three points, including two goals. Mitchell Heard netted his first professional goal in the loss. Calvin Pickard turned back 22 of 28 shots through regulation and overtime.

Andrew Agozzino (7g/6a) and Michael Sgarbossa (6g/7a), both rookies, are tied for the club lead with 13 points. Bryan Lerg has a team-high eight goals, while Thomas Pock and Mark Olver pace the team with nine assists apiece. Heard leads the team with four fighting majors, including two on Tuesday. Pickard is now 5-4-0 with a 2.94 goals-against average, .912 save percentage, and two shutouts, while Aittokallio is 4-3-0 with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

Upcoming Games
Fri, Nov. 23: vs. Rockford

Sat, Nov. 24: vs. Rockford

Sun, Nov. 25: @ Hamilton

Denver Cutthroats

The Denver Cutthroats played three games at home last week, going 2-1-0. On Wednesday, the Cutthroats got the win in a 6-0 rout over the Arizona Sundogs. Kieran Millan recorded his first professional shutout, stopping all 22 shots.

On Friday, Denver got the 2-1 victory by way of a shootout, with Millan rejecting 26 of 27 shots, and all three shootout attempts.

The Cutthroats would fall to the Fort Worth Brahmas on Saturday by a final of 4-1. Kent Patterson got the start in net recording 29 saves.

Millan has won his last two starts for the Cutthroats, allowing just one goal on 49 shots (0.48 GAA, .979%, 1 SO).


Colin Smith
(Kamloops Blazers) was named the WHL Player of the Week on Monday, his second time earning the honor this season (Oct. 15-Oct. 21). Smith totaled seven points (1g/6a) to go with a +5 rating in two games over the past week, which included a season-high five-point effort (1g/4a) on Friday.  Smith has recorded a league-best 33 assists and ranks second in the WHL with 49 points (16g/33a) in 25 games. The Blazers are first in the Western Conference with 39 points (19-5-0-1). Smith also represented Team WHL in the Subway Super Series, recording one point (1a).

Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars) ranks third on the club with 12 points (3g/9a). The Cougars are 7-11-1-3 (18 points).

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has recorded seven points (1g/6a) after appearing in each of the Blades’ 21 games. Siemens also played in the Subway Super Series for Team WHL last week. The Blades are 10-10-0-1 (21 points).


Michael Clarke
(Windsor Spitfires) is tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 14 points (7g/7a) after 23 games. The Spitfires are 9-9-1-4 (23 points).

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) is fourth on the club in scoring, recording 19 points (10/9) in 22 games. He also represented Team OHL in the Subway Super Series, recording one point (1a). The Whalers are tied for the West Division lead with 26 points (11-7-3-1).

Joseph Blandisi (Owen Sound Attack) is fifth on the team with 15 points (6g/9a) in 22 games. The Attack lead the Western Conference and are tied for the league lead with 35 points (16-4-1-2).


Dillon Donnelly
(Shawinigan Cataractes) has appeared in seven of the club’s 23 contests, recording two points (2a). The Cataractes are 4-16-2-1 (11 points).


Nate Condon (University of Minnesota) is tied for third on the club with nine points (2g/7a) through 11 games. His seven assists are second best on the team. The Gophers (7-2-2) are No. 4 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and polls after a tie and win against Wisconsin.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) has recorded four points (4a) in 11 games. The Wolverines are now 4-6-1 after dropping two straight against Notre Dame. The team is No. 19 in the poll.

Gus Young (Yale) has one point (1a) through six games. The Bulldogs remain 3-2-1 after being off last week.


Denis Parshin
(Salavat Yulaev Ufa) has appeared in 11 games since joining Salavat Yulaev. Parshin has posted eight points (5g/3a) with the club, bringing his total to 10 points (6g/4a) on the year.


Joachim Nermark
(Linkoping HC) has recorded one point (1a) after appearing in 22 of the club’s 23 games.

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