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Farm Report: Cohen Displays Heroics

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Trevor Cann

An early season trade from the Peterborough Petes to the London Knights has proved invaluable to both Trevor Cann and the club that acquired him.

The netminder posted a 30-10-0-1 regular season mark with a 2.51 goals-against average and .917 save percentage after the trade to help London earn the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Oakville, Ontario native has continue his strong play in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs, winning eight of his nine starts and ranking second among league netminders with a 2.23 goals-against average and third with a .927 save percentage.

The Knights will face the Windsor Spitfires beginning Wednesday in the best-of-seven Western Conference Championship Series. If Cann and his London teammates get past Windsor, they will then take on the winner of the Brampton/Belleville matchup in the OHL Championship Series.

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Boston University, which features Avalanche prospects Colby Cohen, Kevin Shattenkirk and Brandon Yip, captured its fifth national championship on Saturday with a 4-3 overtime victory over Miami (Ohio) University (which boasts Avalanche prospect Justin Mercier).

The Terriers rallied from a two-goal deficit with a minute remaining in regulation to tie the game, setting up some heroics by Cohen.

The defenseman scored the game-winner 11:47 into the extra frame off an assist from Shattenkirk. Cohen was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Cohen wrapped up his sophomore campaign by ranking second among Terrier defensemen with 32 points (8g/24a), just ahead of fellow sophomore Shattenkirk’s 28 points (7g/21a). Yip ended his senior season with 43 points (20g/23a) in 45 contests.

Mercier ended his senior year with 29 points (14g/15a) in 40 games for the RedHawks.

-Billy Sauer, who recently wrapped up his senior season at the University of Michigan, competed for the West squad in the skills portion of Friday Night at the Frozen Four. The event included puck relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire and breakaway competitions. Sauer stopped all three shots he faced in the breakaway challenge, but the West dropped the overall competition to the East, 16-8.

Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie wrapped up its season with a pair of losses, dropping a 5-0 decision to the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday, followed by a 4-1 loss to the Manitoba Moose on Saturday.

The Monsters placed sixth in the North Division with a 34-38-3-5 record (76 points).

Philippe Dupuis finished the 2008-09 campaign as Lake Erie’s leading scorer with 46 points (17g/29a), followed closely by Chris Durno’s 45 points (18g/27a).

Netminder Tyler Weiman led the club in wins (21), goals-against average (2.46), save percentage (.915) and shutouts (8).

After losing the first two games of their QMJHL quarterfinal playoff series to Cape Breton, Kelsey Tessier and the Quebec Remparts have battled back to force a deciding seventh game on Tuesday night.

Tessier netted the game-winning power-play goal in Game 3 on Tuesday, a 3-2 Remparts victory, and then notched an unassisted goal in Game 4, a 5-2 triumph on Wednesday that evened the series at 2-2.

Cape Breton took Game 5 by a 3-2 count, but Tessier helped Quebec stave off elimination in Game 6 Monday by notching a power-play goal and adding an empty-netter in a 3-0 Quebec win.

-After splitting the first two games of its quarterfinal matchup with Gatineau, Shawinigan won three straight contests to take the best-of-seven series. The series victory for the Cataractes was due in large part to the play of Avalanche prospect Cedric McNicoll. The forward scored twice during a 6-3 win last Tuesday and then notched a pair of assists in a 4-2 victory during Wednesday’s Game 4.

McNicoll went on to score a power-play goal and add two helpers in Friday’s Game 5 to help Shawinigan advance to the QMJHL semifinals. The Longueuil, Quebec native led all scorers with 10 points (5g/5a) in the series.

-Cameron Gaunce and the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors were eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs by the Brampton Battalion this past week. With Mississauga trailing 2-1 in the series, Gaunce helped to even things up by scoring a goal in a 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday. However, Brampton went on to take a 4-2 decision in Game 5 followed by a 3-2 victory in Friday’s Game 6 to send the Majors packing.

Gaunce finished the postseason as Mississauga’s third-leading scorer with 10 points (4g/6a) in 11 contests.

-The London Knights, featuring Colorado prospects Trevor Cann and Kevin Montgomery, completed their four-game sweep of the Saginaw Spirit with a 5-3 victory on Tuesday. Cann made 15 saves, while Montgomery notched an assist.

-The Fargo Force became the first USHL team to advance in the playoffs by sweeping the defending Clark Cup Champion Omaha Lancers in their best-of-five series. Nathan Condon recorded a pair of assists in Game 1 of the series, a 6-2 Force victory on Friday. Fargo will next face the winner of the Lincoln/Sioux Falls series.
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