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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 5

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Calvin Pickard

Calvin Pickard started both of Seattle’s games this past week and came away with a pair of victories. The netminder kicked off the weekend by making 29 saves in the Thunderbirds’ 3-2 triumph over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Pickard then put forth an even more impressive performance on Saturday, stopping 44 shots in a 3-2 win against the Portland Winterhawks.

Pickard, who was selected by the Avalanche in the second round (49th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, should see plenty of action between the pipes this season. A year ago, the Moncton, New Brunswick native led all WHL goaltenders in minutes played (3,688) and saves (2,207) while finishing sixth in save percentage (.914) en route to being named a finalist for the WHL Goaltender of the Year.

This season, Pickard has received the starting nod in each of the Thunderbirds’ first five contests, posting a 3-2 record with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
Lake Erie Monsters
With training camp just about finished, the Monsters will open their fourth AHL season on Friday by hosting the Syracuse Crunch at Quicken Loans Arena. The team will then travel to New York to face the Crunch in Syracuse the following night.

-Michigan’s Luke Moffatt was held pointless in his first collegiate game, a 4-4 tie with Mercyhurst on Saturday. The Wolverines go on the road this weekend for a pair of games against CCHA rival Bowling Green State.

-Paul Carey recorded an assist as Boston College breezed past Toronto, 8-0, in an exhibition contest Sunday.  The Eagles kick off the regular season this weekend with a single game against Northeastern.

-The University of Minnesota earned a 6-0 exhibition win against British Columbia on Sunday. Kent Patterson stopped all 11 shots he faced while manning the crease during the second period. Freshman forward Nathan Condon held a +1 plus/minus rating. The Gophers open non-conference play this weekend when they host Massachusetts.

-Brad Malone scored a power-play goal to help North Dakota pick up a 5-2 exhibition victory over Manitoba on Sunday. The Fighting Sioux will open the regular season this weekend with games against Alaska Anchorage (Friday) and Alaska (Saturday) at the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage.

-Troy Rutkowski netted his first goal of the season on Sunday in Portland’s 6-2 triumph over Lethbridge. The tally, which came in the second period, stood up as the game-winning goal. Rutkowski also picked up an assist earlier in the week during a 4-3 win against Vancouver. In five games, the defenseman has three points (1g/2a).

-Saskatoon’s Stefan Elliott recorded an assist Saturday as the Blades skated past Regina, 6-2. The defenseman, who is serving as an assistant captain for Saskatoon, has three points (1g/2a) in four games this season.

-First-round pick Joey Hishon returned to action with the Owen Sound Attack this past week after missing the club’s first two games of the season due to a hand injury suffered at Colorado’s training camp. Hishon netted two goals Friday night during his first action of the season as the Attack topped London, 4-2. The center then put up three points (1g/2a) and was named the game’s First Star on Saturday in a 4-0 Owen Sound victory over Kitchener.

-Belleville defenseman Stephen Silas picked up his first two points of the season (both assists) last Thursday during the Bulls’ 7-5 win over Peterborough.

-Kitchener goaltender Brandon Maxwell split a pair of decisions last week. Maxwell was credited with a victory on Friday night after making 35 saves in the Rangers’ 7-3 win over the Erie Otters.  The netminder was then pegged with a loss on Saturday despite making 42 saves in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Owen Sound. Maxwell has started three of Kitchener’s first four games, posting a 2-1 record with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

-Shawinigan’s Michael Bournival was held off the score sheet in three games last week, but still ranks first on the team in assists (tie-5) and third in points (6).
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