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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 19

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Nathan Condon

After spending the past two seasons with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League, where he led the expansion team to back-to-back appearances at the Clark Cup Finals, Nathan Condon has taken his game to the collegiate ranks.

Condon, who was selected by the Avalanche in the seventh round (200th overall) at the 2008 Entry Draft, is now skating for the University of Minnesota in the WCHA. A native of Wausau, Wis., Condon made his Gopher debut on Oct. 8 against Massachusetts and scored his first goal this past weekend.

Condon’s first NCAA tally came on Friday during the Gophers’ 5-4 loss to Nebraska-Omaha, as the freshman netted a power-play goal in the second period.

The 20-year-old forward had skated in three of Minnesota’s first four contests and has recorded six shots on net to go along with his tally.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters began a seven-game road trip by gaining one point in their first two contests.

After starting the campaign with a 2-0 record, Lake Erie suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday in Oklahoma City when the club dropped a 4-3 decision to the Barons. Greg Mauldin, David Van Der Gulik and David Liffiton staked Lake Erie to a 3-0 lead, but Oklahoma City rallied off four consecutive goals to earn the victory.

The Monsters then fell to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, losing 3-2 in a shootout. Matt Ford and Colby Cohen scored in regulation, while Jason Bacashihua made 29 saves.

Tulsa Oilers
The Avalanche’s new Central Hockey League affiliate has gotten off to a 2-0 start after gaining a pair of victories over the Wichita Thunder. The Oilers opened the season with a 4-3 victory on Friday, with Trevor Cann (24 saves) and Harrison Reed (two goals) leading the way.

Tulsa then posted a 4-1 triumph during Saturday’s rematch in Wichita. Cann stopped 35 shots, while Reed recorded an assist and a team-high five shots on goal.

-Paul Carey notched an assist as the No. 1 ranked Boston College Eagles topped the Denver Pioneers by a 3-0 count on Saturday. It was the first point of the season for the junior forward.

-Kieran Millan made 28 stops as Boston University skated to a 2-2 tie with Massachusetts on Saturday evening. In two starts this season, Millan is 1-0-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

-Brad Malone picked up a pair of assists this past weekend as the University of North Dakota posted identical 5-2 victories over Bemidji State. Through four games, Malone has totaled three points (1g/2a) and 25 penalty minutes.

-Portland’s Troy Rutkowski picked up an assist Friday in the Winterhawks’ 8-6 triumph over Kamloops and then added another on Saturday during a 5-1 win over Kelowna. Rutkowski is tied for first among Portland defensemen with seven points (2g/5a) in 11 games.

-Saskatoon blueliner Stefan Elliott scored a short-handed goal that stood up as the game-winner during the Blades’ 4-0 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday. Elliott leads all Saskatoon defensemen with six points (3g/3a) in eight games.

-Calvin Pickard made 27 saves on Friday against the Vancouver Giants to earn his fourth consecutive victory, as the Seattle Thunderbirds bested Vancouver, 4-3, following a shootout. Pickard’s winning streak was snapped the next when he made 28 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen. The netminder has been solid while starting all eight of Seattle’s contests, posting a 5-2-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.65 goals-against average.

-Belleville defenseman Stephen Silas recorded three assists and a +1 plus/minus rating last Wednesday in a 5-4 loss to Niagara and now has six assists in 10 contests this season.

-Kitchener goaltender Brandon Maxwell made 30 saves in a 6-3 loss to Owen Sound on Friday and then turned aside 28 shots in two periods of action during a 4-2 loss to London the following night.

-Michael Bournival recorded an assist Friday in Shawinigan’s 3-2 loss to the Quebec Remparts. The forward is currently tied for third on the team in scoring with nine points (2g/7a) in 10 contests.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League also announced on Tuesday that Bournival will represent Team QMJHL at the 2010 Subway Super Series, which pits all-star teams from the CHL against Team Russia. Team QMJHL will take on Russia on Nov. 8 and Nov. 10.
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