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Farm Report: Bacashihua Honored by AHL

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Jason Bacashihua

The Lake Erie Monsters have been making a late push toward the AHL playoffs, and Jason Bacashihua has been one of the catalysts in that effort.

On Monday, the goaltender was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week after posting a perfect 3-0-0 mark with a 0.65 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage in three appearances. Bacashihua allowed only two goals on 74 shots in those outings.

With the victories, the Dearborn Heights, Mich. native has now won six consecutive games, which is a Monsters franchise record and doubles the previous mark of three.

Now in his second year with Lake Erie after being acquired from St. Louis on Nov. 8, 2007, Bacashihua holds an 11-16-3 record with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage on the season.

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Bacashihua Honored by AHL
The Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate, put themselves back in the mix for a potential berth in the AHL playoffs with a recent streak of wins.

Entering the week, Lake Erie had already won two games in a row. The Monsters made it three straight with a 6-0 blanking of the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday (Feb. 25). Jason Bacashihua stopped all 19 shots he faced, while Philippe Dupuis (2g/1a), Mark McCutcheon (1g/1a) and Matt Hendricks (1g/1a) each posted multi-point efforts.

Bacashihua earned his second consecutive shutout by making 31 stops in a 2-0 triumph over the Toronto Marlies on Friday. Hendricks and McCutcheon both scored for the Monsters.

Lake Erie then set a pair of franchise records in a 3-2 shootout win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday. The victory was the team’s fifth consecutive overall and fifth straight at home, both of which topped previous franchise marks. Bacashihua posted a 22-save effort, while Hendricks and T.J. Hensick notched a goal apiece. Chris Durno chipped in with two assists and added the shootout winner.

The winning streak came to an end the following night with a 3-1 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Durno scored Lake Erie’s lone goal, while Tyler Weiman made 19 saves in a losing effort.

Johnstown Chiefs
The Avalanche’s ECHL affiliate dropped three games last week to the Florida Everblades. Ian Keserich received the starting nod in goal for Johnstown in the team’s first two outings against Florida, stopping 50-of-58 shots while being saddled with a pair of losses.

-Kevin Shattenkirk and Brandon Yip each recorded an assist as Boston University topped Massachusetts, 6-3 on Friday. The Avalanche’s trio of BU prospects then combined for five points in Saturday’s 7-2 victory, led by Colby Cohen’s game-winning power-play tally. Cohen also added an assist, while Yip had two points (1g/1a) and Shattenkirk pitched in with a helper of his own.

-Miami (Ohio) University’s Justin Mercier notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season in Saturday’s 7-5 win over Ohio State. With the tallies, Mercier reached the 100-point plateau (48g/52a) in his 150th career game.

-Making his first collegiate start, Kent Patterson turned aside 34-of-36 shots to give Minnesota a 2-2 tie with Minnesota Duluth on Friday. Ryan Stoa notched an assist for the Gophers. Stoa came back with a goal on Saturday and Mike Carman picked up an assist in a 5-3 Minnesota win.

-Billy Sauer received the starting nod for Michigan’s contest against Ferris State on Saturday. The senior saw only 14 shots but stopped them all, pitching his second shutout of the season and the eighth of his career in a 4-0 victory.

-Northern Michigan forward Mark Olver posted four points (3g/1a) in a pair of wins over Lake Superior State last weekend and was named the CCHA's Offensive Player of the Week. Olver tallied twice on Friday and then posted a goal and an assist on Saturday. The sophomore leads the Wildcats with 13 goals and is tied for the team lead with 29 points.

-Brad Malone assisted on the game-winning goal in North Dakota’s 4-3 overtime victory against Colorado College on Sunday.

-Victoriaville’s Joel Chouinard picked up a goal on Thursday in his team’s 8-2 loss to Drummondville and then added an assist Friday in a 4-3 win over Moncton. Chouinard leads Victoriaville’s defensemen with 31 points (10g/21a) in 60 games.

-Kelsey Tessier recorded an assist as the Quebec Remparts topped Chicoutimi by an 8-1 final on Sunday. Tessier ranks fourth on the club with 55 points (21g/34a) in 58 outings.

-Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce totaled five assists in three contests last week, extending his point/assist streak to five games (seven assists total). He now leads the Majors in scoring and ranks fifth among OHL defensemen with 59 points (15g/44a).

-The London Knights won all three of their games last week, due in part to the play of Trevor Cann. The netminder opened the week by making 32 stops in a 3-2 win over Guelph on Wednesday. Kevin Montgomery posted an assist in the victory. Cann then made 44 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against Erie on Friday and finished the week with a 27-save performance in a 7-2 triumph over Kingston.

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