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Farm Report: Lake Erie Ends Season

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters’ season came to a close Sunday evening with a 6-5 loss in Rochester.

Brad Richardson (3g/2a) and Eric Healey (1g/4a) each had five-point nights for the Monsters, who finished their inaugural season in the American Hockey League with a 26-41-6-7 record (65 points) and ended the year in sixth place in the North Division.

Healey finished as the Monsters’ leading point-getter with 58 points (22g/36a) in 74 games. Finishing just behind Healey were T.J. Hensick with 45 points (12g/33a) and Chris Stewart with 44 points (25g/19a). Meanwhile, Richardson topped all Monsters skaters in points-per-game (1.05) after totaling 14 goals and 26 helpers in 38 contests.

Jason Bacashihua, Michael Wall and Tyler Weiman all appeared in at least 19 games for Lake Erie, with Wall leading the team in wins (12), goals-against average (3.18) and save percentage (.908).

After ousting the Dayton Bombers in the first round of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs, the No. 4 Johnstown Chiefs – Colorado’s ECHL affiliate – are currently down 3-0 to the No. 1 Cincinnati Cyclones in the best-of-seven North Division Semifinals.

Johnstown’s postseason roster includes two Avalanche draft picks (Ray Macias and Codey Burki) as well as four other players who attended Colorado’s rookie camp and/or training camp in September (Brandon Straub, Wes O’Neill, Andrew Penner and Kenny Roche).

-Pepsi Center hosted the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four from April 9-12, with two Avalanche prospects participating in the event. Brad Malone and the University of North Dakota lost to Boston College, 6-1, in the first semifinal contest of the weekend, while Billy Sauer and the University of Michigan dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the University of Notre Dame.

The Eagles went on to top the Fighting Irish by a 4-1 count Saturday in the National Championship game, giving Boston College its third title in school history and first since 2001.

-Nigel Williams recorded an assist as the Belleville Bulls wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Barrie Colts to advance to the Rogers Eastern Conference Championship Series. The Bulls will face the Oshawa Generals in a best-of-seven series beginning Wednesday.

In nine postseason games, Williams is tied for second among OHL defensemen in scoring with nine points (4g/5a).

-The Calgary Hitmen took six games to dispatch the Swift Current Broncos in their WHL Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup. T.J. Galiardi tallied a goal and an assist in Game 6 to secure a Calgary victory. The forward ranks first in the league with 21 points (5g/16a) through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

Galiardi and the Hitmen advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will face the Lethbridge Hurricanes beginning Thursday.

-Paul Carey and the Indiana Ice opened the USHL Playoffs on Thursday with a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Steel, but bounced back with a 7-2 win Saturday. Carey recorded a goal and two assists in the victory.

The Ice then dropped a 3-1 decision on Tuesday, with Carey totaling a game-high seven shots on goal. Game 4 of their best-of-five Clark Cup Playoff series is set for Friday.

It was also announced this past week that Carey earned spots on the All-USHL Second Team and the USHL All-Rookie Team after posting 66 points (34g/32a) this season to go along with a league-best 16 power-play goals.

-The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders dropped their first two games of the playoffs to the Waterloo Blackhawks, but Avs prospect Kent Patterson did not see action in either contest. The RoughRiders will look to stave off elimination in Wednesday’s Game 3.
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