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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 26

by Gabrielle Mehan / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Bryan Lerg

Lake Erie captain Bryan Lerg is back with a vengeance after his first season leading the Monsters came to an abrupt halt with a knee injury. The Avalanche left-wing prospect played in only 28 games and had nine goals and seven assists during the 2012-13 season.

“Going down with the injury was devastating," Lerg said. "The coaches have a lot of faith in me as a player and as a leader. I can’t thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to try and lead the troops here, and so far I think our team’s off to a good start.”

In the first 17 games this season, the seasoned player and is leading the Monsters in scoring with 16 points (8g/8a). Lerg has become a strong leader for the Monsters on and off the ice.

“I try to be a leader every day I can,” Lerg said. “It was very tough being injured, but just being around the guys took my mind away from being injured, and the guys made it a lot of fun to come to the rink. I like to be around the boys and keep them going.”

The Livonia, Mich., native had three assists in last weekend's series against Oklahoma City.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters went head-to-head with Oklahoma City this last weekend and split their two-game series against the Barons.

Calvin Pickard was in goal for the Monsters' 6-1 loss on Thursday night to the Barons. The Avalanche goaltending prospect had 16 saves in the contest. Colin Smith was the lone scorer for the Monsters, with Andrew Agozzino and Bryan Lerg picking up the assists.

Lake Erie rallied for a 5-3 victory Friday night with Agozzino scoring twice for the Monsters. Agozzino and Stefan Elliot each had first period goals to give Lake Erie early momentum and a 2-0 edge going into the second stanza. After Oklahoma City tied the game at 2-2 in the second period, Joey Hishon scored with 4:01 remaining to give the Monsters back the lead. Hishon also had two assists in the game while Lerg, Mark Olver and Smith also had helpers. The Barons would once again tie the game in the third but Garrett Meurs clinched the victory for the Monsters with the winning goal late in the third before Agozzino scored in the empty net. Lake Erie goalie Sami Aittokallio ended the contest with 25 saves.

Lake Erie enters this week third in the North Division and ninth in the AHL Western Conference standings with a 9-7-1 record and 19 points. The Monsters trail division leaders Toronto (10-7-1) and Hamilton (9-7-3) by only two points.

Upcoming Games
Nov. 26 at Utica
Nov. 29 at Rochester
Nov. 30 at Hamilton

Denver Cutthroats
The Denver Cutthroats began their week with two victories but suffered their first regulation loss at home on Saturday. Kent Patterson was in goal last Tuesday night and made 24 saves as the Cutthroats took a 4-1 victory against Missouri. Patterson was back in net for Friday night’s 6-2 victory against the Brampton Beast and finished with 28 saves. For his stellar play in the two games, Patterson was named the CHL's Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday.

Denver had its first regulation loss at home on Saturday night, falling 4-2 to Brampton. Kieran Millan was in goal for the Cutthroats and also suffered his first regulation loss of the season, despite stopping 28 pucks. Millan still holds a 4-1-1 record and a .930 save percentage this year.

Upcoming Games
Nov. 27 at Rapid City
Nov. 29 at Rapid City
Nov. 30 at Rapid City

Chris Bigras
(Owen Sound Attack): Bigras and the Owen Sound Attack stymied the Belleville Bulls on Saturday night, pulling out a 4-3 victory.

Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s): The 67’s defeated the Bellville Bulls with a 9-4 win on Tuesday night. Blandisi had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Niagara.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke helped the Petes clinch a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night over the Barrie Colts with two goals. The Petes were unable to make up a one-goal deficit Friday and lost 3-2 to Mississauga. Peterborough bounced back for a 4-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs on Saturday, with Clarke picking up an assist.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Mississauga ended its four-game slump with a 3-2 win over Peterborough on Friday. Martin made 27 saves in the contest. The Steelheads were unable to get back into the win column on Sunday as they lost 7-5 to Kingston. Martin was in goal for Mississauga and finished with 35 saves.

Troy Bourke
(Prince George Cougars): The Cougars were shutout Thursday night in a 3-0 loss to Calgary. The Cougars responded the next night and pushed past Edmonton for an 8-3 win on Friday. Bourke had two goals and two assists in the victory. On Saturday, Prince George lost 5-1 to Red Deer.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen served 17 penalty minutes in Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime loss to Tri-City. The Giants suffered another overtime loss on Wednesday, falling 5-4 to Spokane. Vancouver finished the week with a win as it defeated Seattle 6-3 on Friday night.

Will Butcher
(University of Denver): The Pioneers went up against the Air Force Academy this weekend, coming away with a tie and a win. The Pioneers tied 3-3 with the Falcons on Friday night but rallied for a decisive 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): The Gophers came away even this weekend with a win and a loss against Minnesota Duluth. Minnesota clinched a 6-1 victory on Friday night but suffered a 6-2 loss to UMD on Sunday.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt had two assists Friday in Michigan's 6-0 victory over Niagara.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State ended its weekend with a shootout loss and a victory over Colorado College. St. Cloud was unable to get ahead of Colorado College on Friday and lost 3-2 in a shootout. St. Cloud pulled away early in the game on Saturday and won 6-2.

Gus Young (Yale University): The Bulldogs defeated Colgate 5-2 on Friday. Yale was unable to overcome Cornell on Saturday, falling 2-1.

Jonas Holos
(Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv shutout Atlant Moscow 2-0 on Thursday. Lokomotiv fell in a shootout to Atlant Moscow, 2-1, on Monday.

Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin aided in Friday’s 6-2 win over Amur with a goal and an assist. Parshin followed up with another goal and an assist in Sunday’s 5-0 victory against Metallurg.

Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars was unable to clinch the shootout win in Friday’s contest against Sibir, falling 2-1. Vincour led the club in scoring on Sunday with two goals in a 5-1 victory over Admiral.

Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Medvascak pulled away with a 2-1 victory on Friday against Metallurg. The club fell 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday against Traktor.

Wilhelm Westlund
(Farjestads BK): Farjestads defeated Linkoping 4-2 on Thursday. Westlund's club suffered a shootout loss on Saturday, falling 3-2 to Brynas IF.

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