Spotlight On: Kieran Millan
Kieran Millan was nearly perfect in his 2013-14 season debut for the Denver Cutthroats.
Millan finished with 34 saves in Denver's 4-1 win over the Tulsa Oilers at the Denver Coliseum on Friday night, and it was only an outside shot while the Edmonton, Alberta native was screened that was able to get past him.
He also made a penalty shot save in the first period to keep the contest scoreless at the time. Millan actually made two saves in the sequence as he stopped the first shot on the original breakaway, but the Tulsa player was hooked and was granted another chance to score. The Oiler wasn't able to find the back of the net on the chance as Milan saw the puck the entire way.
"It's funny actually, I had a feeling that he wasn't going to deke again," Millan said of the penalty shot. "Pretty common for guys to shoot low glove or high blocker. Kind of had a read on him."...Read more
Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters came out on top on Friday night with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Brad Malone scored twice in the game to give the Monsters a 2-0 lead going into the third period. Joey Hishon, who was playing in his first game of the season, and Karl Stollery had assists in the contest.
Hamilton picked up two goals in the third period to force overtime and eventually a shootout. However, Lake Erie goalie Sami Aittokallio didn't allow a goal in the shootout and Michael Sgarbossa, Bryan Lerg and Hishon all scored in the tiebreaker to secure the win.
Aittokallio finished with 23 saves in the contest.
The Monsters will travel to Abbotsford this weekend for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday. Lake Erie is 1-1 against the Heat this season.
Oct. 25 at Abbotsford
Oct. 26 at Abbotsford
Nov. 1 vs. Grand Rapids
The Denver Cutthroats opened up its 2013-14 campaign with a 4-1 victory over the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night at the Denver Coliseum.
Avalanche goaltending prospect Kieran Millan finished with 36 saves in the win, with the only puck to get past him coming on a shot while he was screened.
"He's a world-class goalie," Cutthroats head coach Derek Armstrong said of his netminder. "I think his head is in the right spot right now. He controlled his rebounds, the one goal (he gave up) he didn't see, but there is nothing you can do about that. He is definitely turning into a professional."
The Cutthroats swept the weekend series on Saturday night with a 3-2 victory over the Oilers after an 18-round shootout.
Millan made 36 saves in Saturday's game and stopped 16 shots in the shootout. He was named the CHL Goalie of the Week on Tuesday.
Oct. 25 vs. Wichita
Oct. 26 vs. Wichita
Oct. 30 vs. Brampton
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras had an assist in the Attack’s 5-4 win on Saturday against the Kingston Frontenacs. Owen Sound also picked up a win on Friday night against the Sarnia Sting with the contest ending 4-2.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s): Blandisi and the 67’s are looking to get back into the win column after suffering three losses this past weekend. Blandisi put up two goals on Sunday against the Guelph Storm, but Ottawa came up short in a 7-3 loss. The 67’s also lost 7-4 on Thursday to Niagara and 6-2 on Saturday to Erie.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): The Petes pulled out a 4-3 win on Thursday against the Mississauga Steelheads with Clarke sitting out of the game. Clarke was back on the ice on Saturday and had an assist in the Petes' 9-7 loss to Sault Ste. Marie.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): The Steelheads suffered a pair of losses this weekend, falling 4-3 to Peterborough and 6-5 to Sudbury. Martin was in the cage for both games and came away from the weekend with 74 total saves.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the Victoria Royals. He then went on to aid in the Cougars' 5-4 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds, putting up another goal and adding an assist. Bourke had another assist in Saturday’s contest against the Kelowna Rockets, but the Cougars fell 3-2.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Giants are back in the win column after a 5-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, ending an eight-game losing streak. Geertsen had a plus-2 rating in the contest.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers lost both of their games this weekend against the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage. On Friday night, the Pioneers faced off against Alaska Fairbanks but were unable to capitalize in overtime and lost the contest 3-2. The Pioneers followed up with a Saturday game against Alaska Anchorage but fell again in overtime, losing 3-2.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers kept their undefeated season alive this past weekend with two wins against Bemidji State. Condon scored a goal in Friday night's 6-3 win. He then followed up with an assist on Saturday as Minnesota swept the series against Bemidji State with 5-1 victory.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt and the Wolverines tied the University of New Hampshire 1-1 on Friday night, but Michigan finished out the two-game series with a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday, with Moffatt scoring his third goal of the season.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Storm and the Huskies had the weekend off. They next take on Colgate University in a two-game series that begins on Friday in Hamilton, N.Y.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young and the Bulldogs had their first preseason victory on Saturday as they defeated the University of Ontario Institute of Technology 9-2. Young had an assist in the game.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Lokomotiv fell 3-1 to Salavat Yulaev last Wednesday. The club came back on Friday to overtake Neftekhimik 2-1, with Holos sitting out of the game. Holos had an assist in Lokomotiv's 2-1 loss on Sunday to Traktor.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Torpedo shutout Donbass 1-0 on Thursday. Parshin had a goal and an assist on Saturday against Spartak, but Torpedo lost 4-3 in overtime. Torpedo rebounded on Monday with another shutout, defeating Dinamo 3-0.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Vincour and Ak Bars have extended their win streak to seven games after three wins the past week. They took on Medvescak on Thursday and won the contest 5-3. Vincour led Ak Bars to a victory on Saturday with two goals in a 5-1 win over Dinamo. Ak Bars was also able to shutout Spartak, 2-0, on Monday.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Medvescak lost 5-3 to Ak Bars on Thursday with Walker serving four penalty minutes for high sticking. Medvescak had another loss on Saturday to Dynamo Moscow, falling 4-3. On Monday, the club was shutout 1-0 by Vityaz.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund made his season debut last Thursday in Farjestads 4-1 loss to Vaxjo. The defenseman finished with a minus-1 rating in 17:32 of ice time. Farjestads picked up a victory on Saturday by beating Skelleftea 4-3 in a shootout. Westlund played 18:36 and fired one shot on goal in the contest.