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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 9

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Kent Patterson

University of Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson no longer has a perfect winning percentage, but he still hasn’t been beaten.

Patterson, who each week looks more and more like he might be grabbing the Gophers’ No. 1 goaltending position soon, started Saturday’s game against Wisconsin and made 23 stops in a 3-3 tie with the Badgers. He also chipped in offensively by gaining an assist on Jay Barriball’s power-play goal in the second period.

The netminder’s 2010-11 season has been a far cry from his first two years at Minnesota. During his freshman and sophomore campaigns, Patterson appeared in just 15 games combined (posting a 2-6-1 mark). Already this season, he has played in six of Minnesota’s 10 games and has a 4-0-1 record to show for it, along with a solid goals-against average (2.45) and save percentage (.914).

Patterson made a statement two weeks ago during a weekend set against Colorado College, starting both contests and coming away with 4-1 and 9-4 victories on Friday and Saturday, respectively. It marked the first time he has played back-to-back games since his junior hockey days with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League.

If Patterson keeps up his strong early season play, it almost certainly won’t be the last.
Lake Erie Monsters
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate came away with two points last weekend following games against the Chicago Wolves and Grand Rapids Griffins.

Lake Erie suffered a 6-5 overtime loss to Chicago on Friday. The Monsters held a 5-2 lead early in the second period, but a hat trick from former Monster Darren Haydar (which included the overtime winner), helped the Wolves to victory. Ray Macias, Joel Chouinard, Mike Carman, Ben Walter and Tom Zanoski all scored for Lake Erie, while Trevor Cann made 29 saves in the loss.

On Sunday, the Monsters dropped a 4-3 decision to the Griffins following a shootout. Curtis Fraser tallied twice for Lake Erie, while Chouinard scored with 3:32 remaining in regulation to tie the game and help the Monsters gain a point. Jason Bacashihua stopped 18-of-21 shots through overtime.

Tulsa Oilers
The Oilers dropped a pair of decisions to Mississippi over the weekend, falling 4-2 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Harrison Reed scored both of Tulsa’s goals during Friday evening’s defeat.

-Boston University netminder Kieran Millan made 34 saves as the Terriers tied Maine, 2-2, on Saturday in the school’s only game last week. In six appearances, Millan is 4-0-2 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.

-Freshman Luke Moffatt scored his first collegiate goal during Michigan’s 5-2 win against Alaska on Saturday. Moffatt also assisted on the game-winning tally to register his first NCAA multi-point game.

-Boston College forward Paul Carey picked up two assists last Tuesday in the Eagles’ 5-2 triumph over UMass-Lowell. The junior ranks fourth on the team in scoring with five points (1g/4a) through eight games.

-Kelowna’s Tyson Barrie put up big numbers last week, posting seven points (1g/6a) in three contests. After recording two assists Wednesday in a 5-2 win over Kamloops, the blueliner added another helper during Friday’s 4-2 victory over Vancouver. Barrie capped off the week with a four-point performance (1g/3a) as Kelowna trampled Chilliwack, 9-3. Despite playing in just 11 games, Barrie is tied for eighth among WHL defensemen in scoring with 13 points (3g/10a).

-Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott picked up two assists Wednesday in a 5-4 win against Swift Current. The blueliner then scored twice on Saturday – netting a game-tying short-handed goal in the third period and then adding the overtime winner – as the Blades slipped past Medicine Hat, 4-3. Elliott leads all Saskatoon defensemen in goals (6), assists (11) and points (17). He is also tied for third among WHL defensemen in goals and ranks fifth in points.

-Calvin Pickard continues to be a workhorse for the Seattle Thunderbirds, as the netminder started all three of his team’s games last week. Pickard Seattle to a 4-1 win over Red Deer last Tuesday behind a 46-save effort. He then stopped 37 shots on Saturday during a 3-2 loss to Brandon. Pickard capped off the week with a hard-luck loss after a 43-save performance, as Seattle fell to Moose Jaw by a 2-1 count in a shootout.

-Portland’s Troy Rutkowski recorded an assist during his team’s 4-2 win over Everett on Saturday. Rutkowski has totaled nine points (2g/7a) in 17 games.

-After being held without a point in his first two games last week, Owen Sound’s Joey Hishon scored a goal and added two assists on Saturday as the Attack downed the Erie Otters, 3-2. Hishon ranks second on Owen Sound’s scoring chart with 19 points (11g/8a) in nine games.

-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell earned a pair of victories over the London Knights last week. Maxwell first stopped 27 shots in the Rangers’ 8-2 win on Thursday and then made 21 saves in a 5-4 triumph on Sunday. In 12 appearances Maxwell has posted an 8-4 record with a .894 save percentage.

-Michael Bournival now leads the Shawinigan Cataractes in scoring with 24 points (10g/14a) in 17 games after recording a goal and two assists last week. Shawinigan’s captain scored a goal during his team’s 3-2 overtime loss to PEI on Friday and then added two assists during the Cataractes’ 5-4 victory over Halifax the next night.

Bournival also suited up for Team QMJHL on Monday night in the first game of the Subway Super Series, which pits all-star teams from the CHL against Team Russia. Bournival scored a goal in the second period, but Team Russia pulled out a 5-4 victory.
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