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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 23

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Troy Rutkowski

Portland’s Troy Rutkowski is in a good spot these days, sitting as the top-scoring defenseman on the Western Hockey League’s top team.

Rutkowski’s Portland Winterhawks squad has stormed out of the gates, posting a 20-4-0-1 record for a league-best 41 points.

The Winterhawks are also the league’s highest-scoring team, with 103 goals through 25 games, and Rutkowski has been a big part of that.

The blueliner has recorded points in eight of his last 11 contests, totaling 10 points (2g/8a) over that span.

He recorded three points this past week, first netting a short-handed goal last Tuesday during the Winterhawks’ 4-2 triumph over Brandon and then adding a pair of assists as Portland skated past Kamloops, 6-4, on Saturday.

The Edmonton native – who was selected by the Avalanche in the fifth round (137th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft - now leads all team blueliners in goals (4), assists (13) and points (17) and is tied for ninth among league defensemen in points.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters established a season-high three-game winning streak last week before wrapping up the weekend with a loss.

Lake Erie’s streak began on Wednesday with a 3-0 blanking of Grand Rapids. Jason Bacashihua turned away all 29 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, while Mark Olver (2g) and Ray Macias (1g) provided the offense.

On Friday night, Lake Erie got past Toronto, 2-1, on the strength of Mike Carman’s game-winning short-handed goal late in the second period. Ryan Stoa also scored for the Monsters, while Bacashihua stopped 33-of-34 shots.

The Monsters made it three straight with a 3-1 triumph over Grand Rapids on Saturday. Luke Walker, Ben Walter and Stoa recorded a goal apiece and Trevor Cann made 32 saves.

Lake Erie’s streak came to an end following a 5-2 loss to Chicago on Sunday. Olver had a pair of power-play goals for the Monsters and Bacashihua made 19 saves in the defeat.

Tulsa Oilers
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate lost all three of its games last week. Tulsa began the week with a 5-3 loss to Allen on Thursday. Next, the Oilers dropped back-to-back games to Missouri on Friday (5-2) and Saturday (4-2). Tulsa currently sits in ninth place in the Berry Conference with a 3-11-1 record.

-Paul Carey scored the game-winning power-play goal as the Boston College Eagles blanked Maine, 4-0 on Friday. Carey was even better during Sunday’s rematch, as the forward netted another power-play tally and added an even-strength goal as the Eagles cruised to a 4-1 victory. Through 12 games, Carey is tied for third on the team with 10 points (4g/6a).

-Kent Patterson added two more wins to his total as Minnesota swept Michigan Tech over the weekend. The netminder turned aside 19 shots in a 6-4 win on Friday and then made 30 saves in the Gophers’ 4-1 triumph the following night. Teammate and fellow Avalanche prospect Nathan Condon scored the game-winning goal during Saturday’s contest. Patterson has posted a 6-0-1 record with a .912 save percentage in eight appearances this season.

-Luke Moffatt contributed an assist as the University of Michigan topped Lake Superior State by a 7-2 count on Friday. The freshman forward has totaled seven points (1g/6a) in 10 games.

-North Dakota’s Brad Malone picked up a pair of assists on Friday in his team’s 6-5 victory over Nebraska Omaha, giving the senior forward seven points (2g/5a) in 13 games.

-Kieran Millan suffered his first loss of the season - despite making 44 saves - when Boston University fell to New Hampshire, 5-2, on Friday. In nine appearances, Millan has a 4-1-4 record with a 2.25 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.

-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie assisted on both of his team’s goals during a 2-1 victory over Prince George on Saturday. Barrie ranks eighth among league blueliners with 18 points (4g/14a) in 16 contests. Barrie also represented Team WHL on Thursday in the Subway Super Series. Barrie was held off the score sheet during a 5-2 loss to Team Russia.

-Stefan Elliott recorded an assist on Saturday during Saskatoon’s 5-3 victory against Lethbridge. Elliott is tied for fifth among WHL defensemen in scoring with 20 points (7g/13a) in 21 games. Elliott also took part in the Subway Super Series and registered a power-play goal and an assist on Wednesday as Team WHL fell to Team Russia by a 7-6 count following a shootout.

-Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard split a pair of decisions last week. Pickard earned a victory on Friday by stopping 48 shots in the Thunderbirds’ 2-1 shootout win over Spokane. The netminder then made 30 saves as Portland was defeated by Everett, 3-2, on Saturday. Pickard ranks third among WHL goaltenders in save percentage (.933) and minutes (1,238) and sits fourth in goals-against average (2.47). In addition, Pickard was in net for Team WHL during Thursday’s loss to Russia at the Subway Super Series and made 19 saves in the 5-2 defeat.

-Owen Sound forward Joey Hishon recorded two goals, two assists and a +2 plus/minus rating on Wednesday during his team’s 8-3 victory over Belleville. Hishon then pitched in a pair of assists on Friday as the Attack earned a 4-1 win against Sudbury. Despite playing in just 14 games, Hishon ranks 16th among OHL scorers with 30 points (14g/16a).

Kitchener goaltender Brandon Maxwell extended his winning streak to five games with a pair of victories this past week. Maxwell began the week by making 31 saves as Kitchener thumped Guelph, 7-1, last Tuesday. The netminder then stopped 35 shots as the Rangers got past Kingston by a 4-1 count on Friday. In 15 appearances, Maxwell has posted an 11-4 record with a .904 save percentage.
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