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Farm Report: Monsters Get Going

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters – Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate – dropped a pair of preseason contests to the Rochester Americans last weekend.

The Americans topped the Monsters by a 3-0 count Friday night (Oct. 3) in Strongsville, Ohio. Tyler Weiman stopped 28-of-31 shots for Lake Erie.

The teams finished up their home-and-home series on Saturday evening, with the Americans handing Lake Erie a 2-1 loss in Rochester. Chris Mueller scored the Monsters’ lone goal, with an assist going to Wes O’Neill. Jason Bacashihua received the start in goal for Lake Erie and turned away 35-of-37 shots.

The Monsters will open the 2008-09 regular season at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday (Oct. 11).

Three Avalanche prospects were included among the 13 players named to the 2008-09 CCHA Preseason All-Conference Teams. The voting was done by the league’s 12 head coaches.

Miami (Ohio) University senior forward Justin Mercier was named to the First Team, while Northern Michigan University sophomore forward Mark Olver and University of Michigan senior netminder Billy Sauer both earned Second Team nods.

Mercier was also named to the College Hockey News Preseason Second Team, while Olver and Sauer were tabbed as “Players to Watch”.

-Mercier recorded an assist and a game-high eight shots on goal in Miami’s 4-3 exhibition victory over Ryerson on Saturday.

-Sauer stopped 14-of-15 shots to lead Michigan to a 4-1 exhibition win Saturday over the U.S. National Under-18 Team.

-University of North Dakota sophomore Brad Malone tallied an assist as the Fighting Sioux topped Manitoba in exhibition action Sunday.

-Cameron Gaunce notched a pair of goals – including the game-winner on a power play – to lead Mississauga St. Michael’s past Sault Ste. Marie, 3-2, on Sunday. Gaunce is tied for second on the Majors’ scoring chart with five points (3g/2a) through four games, and also ranks second among OHL defensemen in goals.

-Trevor Cann split a pair of decisions over the weekend. The Peterborough netminder stopped 41-of-42 shots and was named the First Star of the game in a 2-1 victory Friday over Ottawa. Cann then took the loss on Saturday against Oshawa after allowing a trio of first-period goals.

-Fargo Force forward Nathan Condon recorded a goal in his first USHL game. The Wausau, Wis., native notched a second period power-play tally in Fargo’s 4-2 triumph over the defending Clark Cup champion Omaha Lancers on Friday evening.
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