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Farm Report: Gaunce OHL's Player of Week

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters played four contests within a five-day span last week and were no worse for wear, winning three of those games.

The Monsters opened the week with a 3-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen on Wednesday. Jesse Boulerice had a goal and an assist, J.D. Corbin and Codey Burki also scored and Jason Bacashihua made 20 stops.

A 3-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Friday gave the Monsters their second win in a row. Mark McCutcheon and Darcy Campbell scored their first goals of the season, while Tom Fritsche also tallied. Tyler Weiman received the starting nod in goal, turning aside 34-of-35 shots to claim the win.

The Monsters suffered their only loss of the week on Saturday, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Rochester Americans. Chris Durno scored Lake Erie’s lone goal.

Finally, the club wrapped up their weekend on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Peoria. Bryan Marshall scored his first professional goal and Nigel Williams notched the game-winner for Lake Erie, which received 20 saves from Weiman.

Johnstown Chiefs
Colorado’s East Coast Hockey League affiliate had a light schedule last week, earning a 4-2 win over the Elmira Jackals on Wednesday before suffering a 2-1 loss to the Trenton Devils on Friday.

The Chiefs’ record currently stands at 18-7-1-0, while their 37 points ranks first in the American Conference.

-Miami (Ohio) University’s Justin Mercier totaled two goals and an assist as the RedHawks swept Rensselaer over the weekend. Mercier notched a power-play tally on Saturday and then scored the game-winning goal and added a helper on Sunday.

-Brad Malone assisted on the game-winning goal Friday during North Dakota’s 3-2 win over St. Cloud State. The Fighting Sioux also topped their WCHA foes on Saturday by a 7-4 count, with Malone adding another helper. After starting the season with just one goal in his first 12 games, Malone has now put together a four-game point streak (1g/3a).

-Ryan Stoa notched a pair of assists on Saturday as Minnesota defeated Colorado College by a 4-1 score. The junior captain leads the Gophers with 22 points (11g/11a) through 16 contests.

-Defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen each notched an assist in Boston University’s lone contest of the weekend – a 3-2 win over UMass-Lowell on Friday night.

-Mark Olver scored twice and added two assists as Northern Michigan topped the U.S. National Under-18 Team, 6-2, in exhibition play over the weekend.

With six points (1g/5a) in three games, Gaunce was named the OHL's Player of the Week
-Cameron Gaunce recorded a pair of three-point performances last week. The defenseman first tallied a goal and added two assists Friday in a 7-4 win over Niagara. Two nights later, Gaunce had three helpers as Mississauga skated past Kingston by an identical 7-4 count.

For his efforts, Gaunce was named the Ontario Hockey’s League’s Player of the Week. The Avalanche’s top pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft now owns 25 points (10g/15a) in 30 games with the Majors.

-Trevor Cann made 30 saves on Friday to lead the London Knights to a 5-2 win over Belleville. On Saturday Cann made 37 saves, but suffered only his second loss as a Knight (10-2-0-0), as London was topped by Windsor. The netminder was given the night off during Sunday’s 5-2 victory against Sarnia, as Kevin Montgomery notched two assists for London.

-Quebec’s Kelsey Tessier helped his squad earn a 7-1 victory over Chicoutimi on Wednesday evening by tallying his ninth goal of the year. Tessier added an assist in Quebec’s 4-3 loss to Gatineau on Friday, but helped the Remparts get back on the winning track by again notching a goal in his club’s 2-1 win over Acadie-Bathurst the following night.

-Netminder Peter Delmas stopped 29-of-30 shots to pick up his sixth victory of the year in Lewiston’s 4-1 win over Cape Breton on Wednesday. Delmas was named the game’s first star. He then suffered a 5-1 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Friday, turning aside 22-of-27 shots.

-Nathan Condon notched an assist as the Fargo Force topped Cedar Rapids by a 3-2 count on Saturday. To date, Condon has totaled 13 points (7g/6a) in 24 games for the expansion Force, which sits third in the West Division with a 13-10-3 record (23 points).
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