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Farm Report: Lake Erie Drops a Pair

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters dropped a pair of games to the San Antonio Rampage over the weekend.

Michael Wall stopped 23-of-24 shots during Friday night’s contest, but the Monsters failed to get on the board and suffered a 1-0 setback. It was Lake Erie’s 29th game this season that has been decided by one goal.

Wyatt Smith and Brent Kelly each scored for the Monsters in Sunday’s rematch, but Lake Erie dropped a 4-2 decision. Smith has recorded nine points (5g/4a) in his last seven games. Tyler Weiman – starting his first game since Jan. 25 – made 25 saves in the loss.

-Brandon Yip scored twice, while Kevin Shattenkirk tallied two assists and Colby Cohen added a helper during Boston University’s 7-4 victory Friday over Hockey East foe Northeastern University. As a result, Yip (10g/8a) cracked the 10-goal barrier for the first time in his collegiate career. Meanwhile, Shattenkirk leads all BU defensemen with 19 points (4g/15a) and Cohen (3g/12a) ranks third in that category.

-Miami (Ohio) University’s Justin Mercier potted his 23rd goal of the season in the RedHawks’ 2-0 win over Western Michigan University on Friday. Mercier also chipped in with an assist in Saturday’s 8-1 victory, giving the forward 36 points (23g/13a) on the season.

-After suffering a 5-2 loss to arch-rival Michigan State University Friday night, Billy Sauer and the University of Michigan Wolverines bounced back with a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Sauer, who stopped 26-of-28 shots in the victory, owns the best winning percentage among the nation’s goaltenders with a 23-4-3 mark (.817).

-University of Minnesota captain Derek Peltier scored a first-period goal against the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday. Mike Carman assisted on the tally and then added a goal of his own in the second period during a 4-2 Gopher victory. Peltier added a pair of assists in Saturday’s rematch and now leads all Minnesota defensemen with 14 points (2g/12a).

-Ohio State University senior Tom Fritsche assisted on the game-winning goal during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 triumph over the University of Notre Dame Friday. Fritsche ranks fourth on Ohio State’s scoring chart with 18 points (5g/13a).

-Belleville defenseman Nigel Williams tallied two goals in three games last week, including the game-winning power-play tally in Saturday’s 7-5 victory over the Sudbury Wolves. Williams now owns 39 points (13g/26a) in 58 contests.

-Kevin Montgomery tallied a pair of assists in London’s 5-3 setback against the Saginaw Spirit on Friday and added an assist against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sunday. Montgomery continues to lead all London defensemen with 39 points (8g/31a).

-Calgary Hitmen forward T.J. Galiardi took over the WHL’s rookie scoring lead after producing five points in his last three games. Included in that stretch was a three-point (1g/2a) effort during Calgary’s 7-1 win over the Regina Pats. Galiardi has totaled 61 points (16g/45a) in 64 games this season.

-Mississippi RiverKings goaltender Ian Keserich earned two victories in three outings last week. Keserich notched back-to-back wins against Wichita (27 saves) and Texas (25 saves) before his club dropped a 3-0 decision to Bossier-Shreveport. The netminder owns an 8-5-1-0 mark since joining Mississippi while carrying a 2.82 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

-Indiana Ice forward Paul Carey totaled four points (2g/2a) in three games last week while leading his squad to a pair of victories. Carey ranks third on the team and sixth in the USHL with 50 points (25g/25a) in 45 games while leading the league with 12 power-play goals.

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