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Farm Report: Gaunce Honored by OHL

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Cameron Gaunce
The Ontario Hockey League announced Saturday that Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce has been named the OHL’s Defenseman of the Month for December. Gaunce led all league blueliners with 16 points (4g/12a) in 11 games during the month, tallying five multi-point games.

Gaunce, Colorado’s first selection (second round, 50th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, has been a steadying force on the Majors’ blue line all season. After being named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team a season ago while tallying 40 points (10g/30a) in 63 games, the 18-year-old has taken his game to new heights this year.

Gaunce recorded an assist Saturday night against Ottawa to give him 35 points (13g/22a) to go along with a +11 rating in 40 contests. He leads all team defensemen in points and ranks second on the club overall.

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The Lake Erie Monsters opened the week with three losses before picking up a shutout win on Sunday. The Monsters dropped a 3-1 decision to Syracuse on Tuesday (Jan. 6) – with Chris Mueller notching the squad’s lone goal – and then fell to Hamilton by a 3-0 count on Friday.

Saturday’s rematch against Hamilton proved to be a much closer affair, but Lake Erie came up just shy in a 4-3 loss. Chris Durno, Tom Fritsche and T.J. Galiardi each had a goal and an assist for the Monsters.

Tyler Weiman then stopped all 31 shots he faced in Lake Erie’s 3-0 win on Sunday against Philadelphia. Galiardi, Darcy Campbell and Nathan Smith each scored for the victors. The shutout was Weiman’s – and the Monsters’ – fourth of the campaign.

Johnstown Chiefs
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate split a pair of games with the Elmira Jackals over the weekend. Boosted by a 38-save performance from Ian Keserich, the Chiefs claimed a 3-0 victory on Friday. The shutout was Keserich’s first of the season.

Elmira fought back to earn a 5-3 win on Saturday, with Keserich turning aside 29 shots.

-Northern Michigan University’s Mark Olver tallied a short-handed goal in his club’s 4-3 loss to Nebraska-Omaha on Friday. The sophomore then notched the game-winner and added an assist in the Wildcats’ 3-2 victory during Saturday’s rematch. Olver now leads Northern Michigan in points (16), goals (8), game-winning goals (3), power-play goals (4), and penalty minutes (54).

-Ryan Stoa notched two goals and one assist in the University of Minnesota’s 6-3 loss to the University of North Dakota on Friday. Kent Patterson saw just over 10 minutes of relief duty for the Gophers, stopping all five shots he faced.

Stoa was held out of Saturday’s rematch, a 6-1 win by North Dakota. Brad Malone recorded an assist for the Fightin Sioux, while Patterson (7 saves) again earned a few minutes between the pipes for the Gophers after taking over for starter Alex Kangas.

-Brandon Yip scored his ninth goal of the season and Kevin Shattenkirk added an assist as Boston University handed the University of Maine a 4-1 loss on Saturday.

-Trevor Cann, Kevin Montgomery and the London Knights kept rolling last week, earning three victories in as many games. Cann made 27 saves and Montgomery had one assist in a 6-3 win over Erie on Wednesday. London picked up a 6-1 victory over Oshawa on Friday, with Cann stopping 32-of-33 shots. The Knights then wrapped up the weekend with a 7-3 thumping of Mississauga. Cann made 32 saves in the game, while Montgomery tallied three assists to give him 25 points (2g/23a) in 23 games.

-Kelsey Tessier notched his 15th goal of the season – a power-play tally – and added an assist in Quebec’s 3-2 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Friday.

-Joel Chouinard assisted on Victoriaville’s lone goal in a 7-1 loss to Drummondville on Friday. He currently leads all Tigres blueliners with 23 points (8g/15a) in 42 contests.

-Lewiston netminder Peter Delmas made 33 saves in his lone appearance of the week, a 4-2 loss to Montreal on Saturday.

-Nathan Condon picked up two assists over the weekend – one in a 3-1 loss to Sioux Falls on Friday and the other during a 4-2 triumph over Tri-City on Saturday evening.
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