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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 5

by Gabrielle Mehan / Colorado Avalanche

Lake Erie Monsters

The Lake Erie Monsters scored first, but the Grand Rapids Griffins used four unanswered goals to help pick up a 6-4 victory in Cleveland on Friday night.

The Monsters scored three times in the final period and got to within one goal twice, but the Griffins scored two empty-net goals in the final minutes. The Monsters are now 4-5-0 this season.

David Van Der Gulik

David Van Der Gulik made his season debut with the Monsters and scored the team's first goal of the third period to begin their late run.

"He's missed all of training camp so its going to take some time, but I thought he did what he does, the little things well, and hopefully some of the younger guys can learn from that," said Lake Erie head coach Dean Chynoweth of Van Der Gulik.

Bryan Lerg picked up a goal and an assist in the contest, while Mark Olver and Karl Stollery also scored. Goaltender Calvin Pickard finished with 25 saves in the game for Lake Erie.

On Monday, the Colorado Avalanche recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick to its roster and reassigned defenseman Tyson Barrie to the Monsters. Barrie is expected to make his season debut with the MonstersThursday against the Utica Comets.

Upcoming Games:
Nov. 7 vs. Utica
Nov. 8 vs. Utica
Nov. 11 at Rochester

Denver Cutthroats
With Cutthroats goalie and Avalanche prospect Kieran Millan being called up to the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters last week, Kent Patterson saw plenty of action in the cage for the Fish. Patterson made 25 saves in last Wednesday's contest and helped Denver pick up its fifth straight win by defeating the Brampton Beast 7-3.

However, the Cutthroats' win streak ended in a shootout on Friday against the Allen Americans. Patterson made 44 saves in the contest, but the Americans were able to clinch a 3-2 victory after the tiebreaker. The Cutthroats suffered their second loss in as many nights on Saturday, falling 6-2 to the Missouri Mavericks. Patterson was in goal for the duration of the contest and made 21 saves.

The Cutthroats finished the weekend strong as they rallied for a 3-2 victory on Sunday in Wichita. Patterson stopped 26 shots in the game.

Upcoming Games:
Nov. 8 at Quad City
Nov. 9 at Quad City
Nov. 12 vs. Arizona

Chris Bigras
(Owen Sound Attack): The Owen Sound Attack clinched a 5-3 win Wednesday night when they faced off against the Barrie Colts. Bigras scored a goal Friday night when the Attack took on Saginaw, but Owen Sound fell short, losing 6-3. The Attack was shutout 6-0 on Saturday by the Windsor Spitfires.

Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s): Blandisi had a goal Tuesday night against the Kingston Frontenacs, but the 67’s were unable to secure the win, falling 2-1. Blandisi led the 67’s to a victory on Saturday against the Peterborough Petes with two goals and two assists. The 67’s defeated the Petes 8-4.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Last week started off tough for the Petes as they lost 7-1 to Guelph on Wednesday night. Clarke had an assist in Saturday’s contest against Ottawa, but Peterborough suffered an 8-4 loss. Clarke picked up another assist on Sunday and served five penalty minutes for fighting against Oshawa, but once again the Petes were unable to get back into the win column as they lost 5-3.

Spencer Martin

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Avalanche goaltending prospect Spencer Martin had an outstanding week in the crease as he stopped 94 shots and led Mississauga to a 3-0-0 record. His performance was good enough for him to be named the OHL's Player of the Week on Monday. Martin's week started off with a 39-save shutout and a 3-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday night. On Friday, Martin had 31 saves against Plymouth, with the Steelheads securing a 4-2 victory. Mississauga continued its four-game win streak with a 4-1 win over Kitchener on Sunday, with Martin stopping 26 shots on goal.

Troy Bourke
(Prince George Cougars): Bourke put up a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s contest against the Vancouver Giants, but the Cougars were unable to make up the one-goal deficit and lost 6-5. The back-to-back series with the Giants continued on Wednesday, and the Cougars suffered their second loss to Vancouver, falling 3-2. Prince George suffered two more losses in their second back-to-back series of the week against the Kelowna Rockets. Bourke attempted to lead the Cougars to a victory on Friday by scoring two goals, but the team came up one-goal short in a 7-6 decision. Prince George suffered its fourth loss of the week Saturday, losing 4-1 to Kelowna.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Giants secured two back-to-back wins in its series against the Prince George Cougars. Geertsen aided in the Giants' 6-5 victory over the Cougars Tuesday with an assist. He had another assist in Wednesday’s 3-2 win. Geertsen picked up his third helper of the week Friday in a 6-4 loss to Spokane. The Giants fell on Saturday, 4-3, to Kamloops.

Will Butcher
(University of Denver): The Pioneers were unable to get back into the win column this weekend with two losses to the University of Nebraska Omaha. Butcher had a goal in Friday’s 3-2 loss to UNO. Denver fell 3-2 to Nebraska Omaha on Saturday.

Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the University of Minnesota had the week off as the No. 1 ranked Gophers get ready to face No. 4 Notre Dame this weekend in South Bend, Ind.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt and the Wolverines rebounded from their loss last weekend to sweep its two-game series with Michigan Tech. Moffatt scored a goal in Friday’s 3-2 overtime win, and Michigan was victorious Saturday by defeating Michigan Tech 2-1.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Storm had an assist in Friday’s 3-2 victory against North Dakota. St. Cloud swept its weekend set against North Dakota with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

Gus Young (Yale University): Yale ended the weekend with a tie and win. The Bulldogs tied St. Lawrence 3-3 on Friday, but they overtook Clarkson for a 6-3 victory on Saturday.

Jonas Holos
(Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv fell 2-1 last Wednesday to Dinamo Riga. Holos had three shots on goal in Friday’s 3-1 loss to CSKA Moscow.

Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Torpedo shutout Vityaz Moscow Region 5-0 on Wednesday. Parshin had a goal and an assist in the contest.

Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars lost 5-4 in a shootout on Tuesday to Vityaz Moscow Region. The club rallied for a 3-2 win Thursday against Dynamo Moscow. Vincour had an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow.

Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Medvescak overtook Admiral Vladivostok 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday. Walker had four penalty minutes for holding and tripping in Friday’s contest versus Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Medvescak defeated Metallurg 4-3 in a shootout.

Wilhelm Westlund
(Farjestads BK): Farjestads clinched a 2-1 win in Tuesday’s contest against Orebro HK. Farjestads suffered a 3-1 loss to AIK on Thursday, but the club bounced back Saturday to shutout Lulea Hockey 3-0.

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