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Down on the Farm - Oct. 28

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado’s AHL affiliate, picked up a victory mid-week before dropping three games last weekend to begin their six-game road trip.

The Monsters topped Milwaukee on Wednesday (Oct. 22) by a 4-3 count. T.J. Galiardi and Derek Peltier recorded their first professional goals, while Chris Durno and Lake Erie captain Brian Willsie also scored. Jason Bacashihua stopped 35-of-39 shots to earn his second victory of the season.

The Monsters then dropped a 4-3 decision to the Iowa Chops on Friday to begin the weekend. Tom Fritsche and Per Ledin notched their first goals of the season, while Willsie kept his season-opening six-game goal streak alive with a power-play tally in the second period. T.J. Hensick chipped in with a pair of assists for the Monsters.

Lake Erie received goals from Hensick and Chris Durno on Saturday, but fell to the Peoria Rivermen by a 5-2 count. Willsie saw his goal streak come to an end, but did extend his point streak to seven games with an assist.

Sunday’s rematch with Peoria ended in similar fashion, with the Rivermen again earning a 5-2 victory. Hensick notched a power-play goal in the third period and Rob Drummond also tallied for the Monsters.

Hensick – who is carrying a five-game point streak – leads Lake Erie with 11 points (4g/7a) through eight games.

The Monsters, whose record now sits at 3-4-0-1, will continue their road swing this week with a Friday (Oct. 31) tilt at Hamilton, followed by a Saturday matchup in Toronto.

Johnstown Wins Two
The Johnstown Chiefs – the Avalanche’s ECHL affiliate – won two of three games last week.

The Chiefs opened the week with a 5-3 win over Elmira. Chris Mueller – recently reassigned from Lake Erie – scored twice and added an assist to lead the way. Mark McCutcheon also scored, while Codey Burki had two assists for the winners. Ian Keserich picked up the victory, stopping 27-of-30 shots.

After a 1-0 loss to Dayton on Friday, Johnstown bounced back with a 6-4 victory Saturday over Reading. Mueller had a goal and one assist, while McCutcheon and Raymond Macias also scored for the Chiefs.

Ryan Stoa leads the Minnesota Gophers with six points (4g/2a) through the team's first four contests.
-University of Minnesota captain Ryan Stoa had a big weekend against the Wisconsin Badgers en route to being named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 28-Nov. 3. Stoa scored a goal during a 2-2 tie Friday night and added two tallies within the first 8:07 of the opening frame in Saturday’s rematch, putting the Gophers on track for a 5-2 win. The junior now leads the team with six points (4g/2a) through four contests.

Mike Carman also had an assist for the Gophers during Saturday’s contest. Freshman netminder Kent Patterson has yet to play this season for Minnesota.

-Colby Cohen had a power-play goal, while Kevin Shattenkirk and Brandon Yip recorded two assists apiece in Boston University’s 7-2 win Friday night over the University of Michigan. Wolverines goaltender Billy Sauer stopped 19-of-23 shots through two periods before being replaced by Bryan Hogan to begin the final frame.

-Miami (Ohio) University forward Justin Mercier scored a power-play goal in the RedHawks’ 3-2 victory over the University of Notre Dame on Saturday. Both of Mercier’s goals this season have come on the man advantage.

-Paul Carey notched his first collegiate goal – a power-play tally in the second period – in Boston College’s 3-2 win Friday over the University of Vermont. Carey was named the First Star of the Game.

-Kelsey Tessier had three shots on goal in the Quebec Remparts’ 2-1 shootout loss Saturday at Rimouski. Quebec had won its first seven contests away from home, leaving the club one win short of tying the all-time QMJHL record for consecutive road victories. Quebec bounced back the following night with a 7-1 win over Lewiston, during which Tessier notched an assist.

It was also announced last week that Tessier will represent the QMJHL at the 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge, Nov. 17 & 19. The event features all-star teams from the Canadian Hockey League facing off against a squad from Russia.

-Lewiston’s Peter Delmas was named First Star of the Game in Friday’s 5-2 win over Victoriaville after stopping 32-of-34 shots. Delmas was then handed two losses before the weekend was through. The netminder stopped 19-of-22 shots in a 4-2 loss during a Saturday rematch with the Tigres and then made 13 saves on Sunday before being replaced in the second period as the MAINEiacs dropped a 7-1 decision to Quebec.

-Joel Chouinard tallied an assist in Victoriaville’s contest against Lewiston on Saturday and then notched his second goal of the season the following night in a 7-3 loss to Montreal.

-Peterborough goaltender Trevor Cann stopped 40-of-43 shots Saturday in his lone appearance of the week, a 5-3 win over Kitchener. Cann was named the game’s first star.

-Cameron Gaunce is leading the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in both goals and points (5g/4a) through 11 games. Gaunce notched an assist Saturday in his team’s 2-0 triumph over Ottawa.

-Nathan Condon scored a goal in both of the Fargo Force’s games last week. The forward notched an unassisted tally in a 6-3 win over Green Bay on Friday and followed that up with a power-play marker during Saturday’s rematch, a 4-1 Green Bay victory.
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