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Avalanche Farm Report - Oct. 27

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Stefan Elliott

While the Avalanche’s top two picks from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft are currently turning heads in Denver, the Avalanche’s third selection from that same draft is making noise back with his junior team.

Defenseman Stefan Elliott, selected in the second round (49th overall) in 2009, scored a goal in his third straight game and added an assist on Wednesday in a 4-3 win over Regina.

After being held off the score sheet during Friday’s 6-2 loss to Swift Current, Elliott netted another goal Saturday in a 4-1 triumph over Kamloops, giving the blueliner 12 points (6g/6a) in his first 14 games of the 2009-10 campaign.

Elliott’s point total ranks him fourth on the Blades’ scoring chart and tied for 10th among OHL defensemen. His six goals are tied for second among league blueliners.

Lake Erie Monsters
The Monsters posted back-to-back shutout victories on the road before dropping their third game of the week.

Last Tuesday (Oct. 20), Trevor Cann earned his first professional victory by stopping all 24 shots he faced in a 4-0 victory over the Texas Stars. Darren Haydar and Chris Durno had a goal and an assist apiece, while Philippe Dupuis and Kevin Montgomery also scored for the Monsters.

Tyler Weiman matched Cann’s performance the following night by posting a 27-save shutout, giving Lake Erie a 1-0 win over the Houston Aeros. Durno netted the game’s only goal off assists from Dupuis and Haydar.

The Monsters and Stars met up again on Friday, with Texas taking a 5-3 decision. Haydar led the way offensively with a goal and an assist, while both Durno and Marty Sertich chipped in with a goal. Cann received the starting nod after Tyler Weiman was recalled by the Avalanche and made 31 saves in the loss.

Charlotte Checkers
The Avalanche’s ECHL affiliate split a pair of games with the Florida Everblades this past weekend, dropping a 5-3 decision Friday before earning a 4-2 victory on Saturday to improve their record to 2-1 on the season.

The Checkers return to action this weekend with a home-and-home series, playing at Gwinnett on Friday before hosting the Gladiators the following night.

-Boston University goaltender Kieran Millan made 13 saves in a 3-0 loss to Notre Dame last Tuesday, but the Terriers would bounce back and gain a 3-2 home victory Saturday over the University of Michigan. Millan stopped 33 shots, Colby Cohen scored a power-play goal and Kevin Shattenkirk picked up two assists in the game for Boston University.

-Mark Olver registered two assists on Friday in Northern Michigan University’s 3-3 tie with Bemidji State. Olver leads the Wildcats with six points (1g/5a) in four games this season.

-Netminder Kent Patterson made 23 saves in the University of Minnesota’s 3-0 loss to the University of Denver on Saturday. Patterson is 0-1-1 with a .900 save percentage and a 2.89 goals-against average this year.

-North Dakota’s Brad Malone had an assist Friday in his team’s 5-0 win over Alaska Anchorage. The junior forward has totaled three assists in six games for the Fighting Sioux.

-Peter Delmas stopped all 28 shots he faced and added an assist and Kelsey Tessier had a three-point night as Quebec blanked Baie-Comeau, 7-0, on Saturday. It was the sixth win of the season for Delmas.

-Victoriaville’s Joel Chouinard scored two goals in a 7-0 romp of Lewiston on Thursday and then added an assist in the Tigres’ 8-1 win over Baie-Comeau on Sunday. On the season, the blueliner has totaled eight points (3g/5a) in 13 contests.

-Tyson Barrie, who had not played since Sept. 25 due to injury, returned to Kelowna’s lineup last weekend and made an immediate impact by notching five points (1g/4a) in his first three games.

After being held pointless in his first game back Thursday, the Rockets’ defenseman registered two assists Friday in a 4-3 win over Vancouver. During Saturday’s rematch against the Giants, Barrie netted a power-play goal and added two assists in a 5-4 loss.

Cameron Gaunce recorded an assist in both of Mississauga’s games last week - victories over Kingston and Ottawa – to extend his point streak to four games (2g/3a). The blueliner is tied for third on the Majors’ scoring chart with 12 points (2g/10a) in 13 games.

-Kitchener’s Brandon Maxwell was saddled with his first regulation defeat of the season Friday despite stopping 28-of-29 shots in the Rangers’ 2-0 loss to Plymouth. Maxwell followed up that performance by making 38 saves and being named the game’s First Star in a 6-3 Kitchener victory over Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.
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