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Farm Report: Lake Erie Takes Two

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters finished off a five-day, four-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday (March 15). Led by netminder Michael Wall’s season-high 49 saves, the Monsters pulled within four points of the fifth-place Griffins in the North Division following the victory.

Eric Healey opened the scoring with a power-play goal, while Johnny Boychuk notched the game-winner on a power-play marker of his own in the second period. Healey leads the Monsters with 43 points (19g/24a) this season and has posted 11 points (6g/5a) in his last nine contests.

Lake Erie opened the four-game swing with a 7-3 loss to the Iowa Stars on Tuesday, with Brad Richardson, Wyatt Smith and Michael Vernace tallying for the Monsters.

The club then earned a 6-3 win over the Quad City Flames Wednesday evening. Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Monsters scored five unanswered goals in the third period to seal the game. Healey led the way with two goals, while Chris Stewart had four assists and Richardson added three helpers. Tyler Weiman made 30 saves to record the victory.

On Friday the Monsters dropped a 6-3 decision to the Chicago Wolves. Dan DaSilva, Boychuk and Healey each tallied for Lake Erie, while Jason Bacashihua made 27 saves.

-Mike Carman scored the game-winning goal in overtime – with the lone assist going to Derek Peltier – in the University of Minnesota’s 2-1 win over Minnesota State University Mankato on Saturday. The Gophers went on to win Sunday’s rubber match as well, setting up a meeting with St. Cloud State University at the WCHA Final Five.

-Brandon Yip totaled two assists and Kevin Shattenkirk chipped in with one helper as Boston University ousted UMass-Lowell from the Hockey East tournament in three games last weekend. The Terriers will face the University of Vermont in the Hockey East Semifinals on Friday.

-Justin Mercier scored once and added two assists in a pair of Miami (Ohio) University victories over Bowling Green State University during the CCHA Quarterfinals, setting up a match-up with the University of Notre Dame in the tournament’s semifinals. In addition, it was announced Thursday that Mercier is one of three finalists for the CCHA Defensive Forward of the Year award.

-University of Michigan goaltender Billy Sauer stopped a combined 38 shots in the Wolverines’ two wins over the University of Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. Michigan is set to face Northern Michigan University – which upset defending National Champion Michigan State University – Friday in the CCHA Semifinals.

-Former Ohio State University forward Tom Fritsche signed an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Lake Erie Monsters on Monday following the completion of his senior campaign. The Parma, Ohio, native played in 137 games while at OSU, scoring 32 goals and recording 75 assists for a total of 107 points during his collegiate career.

-London’s Kevin Montgomery totaled a goal and two assists in the Knights’ final two regular season games, giving the defenseman 43 points (9g/34a) in 63 games this season. As the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, London will host the Guelph Storm in the first round of the OHL Playoffs beginning Friday.

-Nigel Williams recorded two assists last Friday as the Belleville Bulls ended their regular season. Williams finished the regular season ranked 14th among league defensemen with 46 points (15g/31a) in 67 games.

The Bulls earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and will open the OHL playoffs Wednesday against Trevor Cann and the Peterborough Petes.

Peterborough grabbed the No. 8 seed thanks in large part to Cann’s 4-1-1-0 record in the final six games of the regular season. During that span, Cann posted a .944 save percentage and a 1.83 goals-against average.

-Calgary forward T.J. Galiardi finished the regular season as the WHL’s second-leading rookie scorer with 70 points (18g/52a) in 72 games. The Hitmen, who earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference, open the WHL Playoffs on Friday against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

-Cedar Rapids goaltender Kent Patterson was named the USHL Goaltender of the Week following a pair of strong performances. Patterson stopped all 26 shots he faced Friday, leading the RoughRiders to a 3-0 win over the Sioux City Musketeers. The shutout was Patterson’s first of the season and the third during his two-year stint in the USHL. The netminder followed up that performance with a 36-save effort in a 4-2 victory over the Lincoln Stars on Saturday, moving his record to 8-5-0 on the season.

- Paul Carey has recorded seven points in his last three games for the Indiana Ice. Carey started off the week with a four-point effort (3g/1a) against the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets on Tuesday and then recorded two assists in a rematch between the teams on Friday. Carey capped off the week with a power-play goal during Indiana’s 3-2 win over the Green Bay Gamblers. The forward has totaled 60 points (32g/28a) in 52 games with the Ice.
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