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Farm Report: Lake Erie Wins Two

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Cumiskey, Weiman

Lake Erie defenseman Kyle Cumiskey and goaltender Tyler Weiman were both chosen to play for the Canadian AHL All-Star squad at the 2009 AHL All-Star Game Monday night in Worcester, Mass.

Cumiskey, who was named to the team on Jan. 6, leads all Lake Erie defensemen and ranks third on the team overall with 17 points (5g/12a) in 28 games. He has also appeared in five games with the Avalanche this season (no points).

Weiman, who was added to the squad on Jan. 23, has been solid in goal for Lake Erie all year. In his second season with the Monsters, the netminder has posted a 12-10-2 record in 25 appearances and is tied for the league lead with five shutouts. He currently sits fourth in the AHL with a 2.32 goals-against average and ranks seventh with a .923 save percentage.

During Monday’s All-Star Game, the PlanetUSA All-Stars came out victorious after scoring nine times in the third period to rally for a 14-11 win.

Cumiskey had a goal and an assist for the Canadians and tied for the team lead with a +6 rating. Weiman played 19:05 in the third period and stopped eight shots.
The Lake Erie Monsters posted a 2-1 record last week just prior to the American Hockey League’s All-Star break. The Monsters began with a 5-1 triumph over the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday (Jan. 21). Matt Hendricks led the way with a goal and two assists, while Philippe Dupuis and Chris Mueller recorded two points apiece (1g/1a). Tyler Weiman (21 saves) and Jason Bacashihua (30) teamed up to hold the Rampage to one goal, with Bacashihua being credited with the victory.

The Monsters made it two wins in a row on Friday with a 3-2 road victory over the Norfolk Admirals. Weiman was again strong in goal, turning away 42-of-44 shots. Darcy Campbell, Kyle Cumiskey and Nigel Williams each scored for the Monsters, while Chris Durno chipped in with two assists.

Lake Erie rounded out the week with a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phantoms. Bryan Marshall and Dupuis notched goals for the Monsters, while Bacashihua (20 saves) took the loss.

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Johnstown Chiefs
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate dropped a pair of 3-2 decisions over the weekend, losing to Wheeling on Friday and Trenton on Saturday. The Chiefs rank third in the American Conference’s North Division with a 23-16-2-0 record (48 points) and sit just six points behind division-leading Wheeling.

Defenseman Colby Cohen totaled three assists and fellow blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk notched his fifth goal of the season as Boston University earned a weekend sweep of New Hampshire. Cohen leads all BU defensemen with 19 points (2g/17a), while Shattenkirk’s 14 points (5g/9a) rank third.

-Justin Mercier recorded two assists as Miami (Ohio) University topped the University of Nebraska-Omaha by a 6-1 count on Saturday. The senior forward ranks third on the team with 22 points (8g/14a) in 25 contests.

-North Dakota’s Brad Malone notched an assist in an 8-3 triumph over the University of Denver on Friday, giving him 10 points (2g/8a) in 26 games this season.

-Kelsey Tessier recorded at least one point in each of the Quebec Remparts’ four games last week. The center opened the week by scoring his team’s lone goal in a 6-1 loss to Cape Breton before helping the Remparts bounce back with a 5-2 win over Halifax on Friday with a goal and one assist. After tallying another helper in a 2-0 shutout of Moncton on Saturday, Tessier notched two points (1g/1a) as Quebec topped Saint John by a 6-4 count on Sunday. Tessier now owns 48 points (18g/30a) in 46 games this season.

-Joel Chouinard totaled two assists in a pair of Victoriaville losses last week. The Tigres’ dropped an 8-3 decision to Shawinigan on Thursday, followed by an 8-2 defeat Sunday at the hands of Drummondville.

-After suffering a loss while stopping 35 shots Tuesday against Drummondville, Peter Delmas made 33 saves Saturday in a 3-2 win over Montreal. It marked the eighth win of the season for the netminder, who was named the game’s First Star.

-The Ontario Hockey League announced Thursday that Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. The following night, Gaunce came out and recorded two assists with a +4 rating in a 7-3 win over Owen Sound. The defenseman added an assist on Sunday against Niagara, giving him 41 points (14g/27a) in 46 contests.

-The London Knights dropped a pair of decisions to Niagara, losing 5-2 on Thursday and 6-4 on Friday. Trevor Cann was saddled with the loss Thursday after stopping 19-of-23 shots. Cann made a relief appearance during Friday’s contest and stopped one of the two shots he faced in 18:17 of action. The Knights finished the week with a 6-2 win over Sudbury on Sunday, with Cann turning away 30 shots to earn the victory and Kevin Montgomery adding an assist.

-Forward Nathan Condon picked up his 12th assist of the season in the Fargo Force’s 6-2 victory over Des Moines on Saturday.
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