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Farm Report: Monsters Making Push

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Matt Hendricks

The Blaine, Minn., native has been on fire lately, as the Lake Erie Monsters battle for a berth in the AHL Playoffs. Now, he’s been rewarded with his first NHL call-up of the season.

The 27-year-old missed 12 weeks early in the season after breaking his foot while blocking a shot, but now ranks fourth on the Monsters in scoring with 23 points (12g/11a) despite playing in less than half (32) of Lake Erie’s 66 games.

Hendricks has totaled 10 points (7g/3a) in his last eight outings, scoring seven goals in his last seven games. He notched five points (4g/1a) as Lake Erie won three games last weekend.

The 6-foot, 215-pound center was recalled by the Avalanche on Monday.

Hendricks is now in his fifth full professional season after wrapping up a four-year collegiate career at St. Cloud State University.

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The Lake Erie Monsters won three games in three days over the weekend, further solidifying themselves as threats to make a late run at an AHL Playoff berth.

The Monsters downed Rochester by a 4-3 count on Friday behind a goal and two assists from T.J. Galiardi. Chris Mueller, Randy Rowe and Matt Hendricks also tallied for Lake Erie. Jason Bacashihua picked up the victory with a 25-save effort.

Hendricks scored twice and added an assist in the Monsters’ 6-2 win over Rochester the following night. Tyler Weiman turned away 21-of-23 shots to earn his 17th win of the season.

The Monsters then put an exclamation point on their weekend with a 6-3 victory over Hershey. The win was Lake Erie’s eighth in nine games. Bacashihua made 15 saves to extend his franchise record winning streak to eight contests.

Johnstown Chiefs
The Chiefs split four games last week and now own a 33-24-3-0 record (69 points). Johnstown sits second in the American North Division with 12 games remaining on its regular season schedule.

-Brandon Yip netted his first career hat trick and added an assist as Boston University downed Providence, 8-2, on Friday. The goal that completed the hat trick also doubled as Yip’s 100th career point. The senior forward has totaled 41 goals and 59 assists in 130 collegiate games.

Yip was held off the scoresheet in Sunday’s rematch, but Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist as the Terriers skated away with a 3-0 win.

-Minnesota’s Ryan Stoa netted two goals in a 6-5 overtime loss to Michigan Tech on Friday. Kent Patterson was saddled with the loss, stopping 16 shots in a relief effort. Stoa then netted the game-winning goal in the Gophers’ 2-0 win over the Huskies on Saturday.

Stoa claimed the WCHA scoring title with 36 points (19g/17a) in 27 games. He also ranks fourth in the nation in points-per-game (1.24), having totaled 41 points (21g/20a) in 33 contests.

-Northern Michigan’s Mark Olver tallied a goal Friday in a 5-3 win over Michigan State in the first round of the CCHA Playoffs. He then led the Wildcats to an 8-2 win in Saturday’s rematch with a goal and an assist. Northern Michigan now advances to the CCHA Quarterfinals, where they will face Justin Mercier and the Miami (Ohio) University RedHawks.

-Brad Malone scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday in North Dakota’s 4-1 triumph over Wisconsin. The Fighting Sioux will hold the No. 1 seed when the WCHA Playoffs open this weekend.

-Kelsey Tessier notched two goals on Friday in a 4-2 Quebec victory against Shawinigan and then added a goal and an assist Sunday in a 9-6 triumph over Gatineau. His goal on Sunday was his 24th of the season and came on a power play.

-Mississauga defenseman Cameron Gaunce picked up a goal and an assist as the Majors took a 4-1 decision from Brampton on Friday. Gaunce is tied for the team lead with 61 points (16g/45a).

-London’s Trevor Cann stopped 25-of-26 shots as the Knights earned a 7-1 victory over Kitchener on Thursday. The two clubs staged a rematch Friday, with London pulling out a 5-3 win behind two assists from Kevin Montgomery. The Knights wrapped up the week with a 4-3 triumph over Windsor. Montgomery added another assist, while Cann made 34 saves to earn his 34th victory of the season.

-Nathan Condon recorded a goal and an assist as the Fargo Force blanked Des Moines 8-0 on Sunday. In 49 games this season, Condon has totaled 24 points (10g/14a).
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