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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 18

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Spotlight On: Kent Patterson

Kent Patterson couldn’t have asked for a better start to his senior season at the University of Minnesota.  After coming off an impressive 14-9-6 record and being named to the Second Team All-WCHA squad, the Minnesota native has kept the ball rolling.

Drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Patterson is used to winning.  He anchored the U.S. Under-17 team to a gold medal at the 2007 Five-Nations Tournament in Huttwil, Switzerland. 

Four games into this season, the 6’1”, 196-pound goaltender has been stellar for the Golden Gophers with a 1.98 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Minnesota ranks ninth in the country in penalty killing (18-for-20) due in large part to Patterson’s solid goaltending thus far.

With a 4-0-0 record early in the season, Patterson is ranked tied for first in the country in wins and winning percentage.  Patterson recorded a combined 46 saves in back-to-back 5-4 victories over Minnesota-Duluth. 

Patterson and the Golden Gophers will have their hands full with two homes games against non-conference Vermont and back-to-back contests at Alaska-Anchorage.  The  Golden Gophers return home to face North Dakota on November 4th.

DID YOU KNOW? Last season, Kent received the school's John Mariucci Most Valuable Player award, the Dr. V. George Nagobads Unsung Hero award and the Tom Mohr Playoff Most Valuable Player...Patterson was the first Gopher to receive all three awards in the same year (since 1999-00).
Lake Erie Monsters
The 2011-12 season hasn’t been friendly to the Lake Erie Monsters, who are now 0-5-0 on the season.  The Monsters played three games in as many nights over the weekend and face an undefeated Syracuse Crunch squad on October 21st and 22nd, and the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies on the 23rd.  

Goaltender Trevor Cann is ranked fifth in the AHL with 233:37 minutes.  After starting four out of five contests this season, Cann has a 2.57 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

Justin Mercier netted his first goal of the season Saturday night at Toronto and finished with nine shots on goal.

Luke Walker and David van der Gulik each had multi-point nights (1-1=2) at Toronto.

Paul Carey recorded his first multi-point game (1-1=2) for Boston College in a 5-1 win over New Hampshire. The Boston native is tied for second on the Eagles with four points.

Nate Condon (Univ. of Minnesota) had an assist and scored the game-winning goal in a 5-4 overtime victory over Minnesota-Duluth. The Wisconsin native returned the next night and added two more goals to help carry the Golden Gophers over Minnesota-Duluth again, winning 5-4.

Kieran Millan (Boston University) stopped 35 shots in a 4-3 victory over Denver University. Millan ranks fourth among Hockey East goaltenders in goals-against average (2.50) and save percentage (.923).

Luke Moffat (Univ. of Michigan) found the net for the first time this season in a lopsided 10-3 victory over St. Lawrence on Thursday night. The sophomore is tied for second on the team with four points (1-3=4).

Calvin Pickard (Seattle) earned two victories on the season last week.  “Pick” stopped 18 shots against Vancouver in a 3-2 win and followed it up with a 43-save performance over Saskatoon in a 4-2 triumph.  
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon) notched his second goal of the season against Moose Jaw on October 11. Siemens is currently ranked tied for second on the Blades with 2-5=7 points.

Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) had assists on back-to-back nights against Niagara and Sarnia. Meurs ranks tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 2-4=6 points in nine games.

Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or) earned his first point of the year (assist) in a 3-2 win over Shawinigan.
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