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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 26

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Joey Hishon

Despite an early-season injury, Joey Hishon seems to be justifying his draft position.

The Avalanche selected the Owen Sound forward with the No. 17 overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles even though he was coming off an injury-plagued 2009-10 campaign during which he appeared in just 36 games. However, the fact that Hishon averaged over a point-per-game (16g/24a) in his limited action while displaying a high compete level was enough to convince the Avalanche’s brass that he was more than worthy of being a first-round pick.

Hishon suffered a hand injury during Colorado’s training camp that forced him to miss six of the Attack’s first 10 games this season. But the young center is now back in action and healthy, and he proved it by recording eight points (4g/4a) during two games this past weekend.

Hishon scored twice and added an assist in his return – a 7-5 loss to Sarnia on Friday – and then totaled five points (2g/3a) in Saturday’s 9-4 triumph over Sarnia. For his efforts, Hishon was named the OHL Player of the Week.

Through four games, the Stratford, Ontario native has 13 points (7g/6a).

In addition, it was announced last week that Hishon will represent Team OHL at the 2010 Subway Super Series. The 19-year-old forward is scheduled to play against Team Russia on Nov. 11 and Nov. 15.
Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters wrapped up their early-season seven-game road trip this past week, finishing with a 2-4-0-1 record overall. Lake Erie won the trip’s final contest after dropping the previous three in regulation.

The Monsters began play last week with a 3-0 loss to the Oklahoma City Barons, where Jason Bacashihua was handed a loss after stopping 27-of-30 shots. The club also lost on Wednesday, dropping a 4-2 decision to the San Antonio Rampage. Mark Olver and Matthew Ford scored for the Monsters and John Grahame made 30 saves.

With goals from Olver and Greg Mauldin, Lake Erie led Friday’s contest against the Texas Stars by a 2-1 score in the third period. However, Texas scored on a penalty shot with just under four minutes remaining and then netted the game-winner with 41 seconds left to take a 3-2 victory.

The road trip ended on a positive note, with the Monsters pulling out a 3-2 triumph over the Houston Aeros on Sunday behind goals from Ben Walter, Mauldin and Ford. Grahame turned aside 32 shots, including all 10 he faced in the third period, to earn his second victory of the season.

Tulsa Oilers
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate gained one point during its two contests last week. First, the Oilers fell to Bossier-Shreveport by a 6-4 count on Tuesday. Starting goaltender Trevor Cann stopped 14 shots in two periods of action before being relieved, while Harrison Reed recorded three assists. The Oilers then dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Bloomington on Saturday. Cann did not play in the game and Reed was held without a point.

-Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan led the Terriers to a pair of victories over the weekend. Millan stopped 23 shots in a 4-3 win over Massachusetts on Friday and then made 39 saves on Saturday as Boston University topped Providence, 2-1. In four starts this season, the junior netminder has posted a 3-0-1 record with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

-Kent Patterson improved his record to 2-0 on the season after stopping 25 shots in Minnesota’s 2-1 victory over St. Cloud State on Sunday.

-North Dakota forward Brad Malone had a goal and an assist Friday in a 7-3 loss to Maine, giving the senior five points (2g/3a) in six games.

-Freshman defenseman Gus Young and his Yale teammates will open their 2010-11 schedule this weekend at the Ivy Shootout in New Haven, Conn. Yale will face Brown on Friday before taking on either Dartmouth or Princeton on Saturday.

-Tyson Barrie returned to Kelowna’s lineup and posted his first two points of the season last week. Barrie picked up an assist during a 7-5 loss to Vancouver on Wednesday then recorded his first goal of the season –opening the contest’s scoring with a power-play tally – during Friday’s 4-3 shootout triumph over Everett.

-Saskatoon assistant captain Stefan Elliott added to his assist total this past week, first posting three helpers in a 4-3 shootout victory over Lethbridge on Wednesday and then adding another pair on Saturday as the Blades downed Medicine Hat, 4-1. The defenseman has totaled 11 points (3g/8a) and a +7 rating through 11 games.

-Calvin Pickard posted a victory in Seattle’s lone game this past week, as the goaltender turned aside 42 shots and was named the game’s first star in a 2-1 shootout victory over Portland.

-Goaltender Brandon Maxwell made one start last week for the Kitchener Rangers and stopped 23-of-24 shots Friday in a 4-1 win over Niagara. With the victory, Maxwell improved his record to 5-3 with a .904 save percentage in eight games.

-Shawinigan winger Michael Bournival was named the Telus First Star of the Week after totaling nine points (5g/4a) and a +9 plus/minus rating in three Cataractes victories. Bournival started the week with a three-assist effort Wednesday in a 6-0 blanking of Lewiston. Bournival then poured in four goals on Friday in an 8-1 win over PEI. For good measure, the forward notched a goal and an assist to lead Shawinigan past Baie-Comeau, 4-2, on Saturday.
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