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Farm Report: Monsters Open Camp

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters – Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate – opened their 2008 training camp today at Hoover Arena in Strongsville, Ohio.

In preparation for their second season in the AHL, the Monsters will take to the ice for practice sessions on Monday and Tuesday, followed by intra-squad scrimmages on Wednesday and Thursday.

A total of 38 players are currently in attendance at Lake Erie’s training camp, including 24 players who attended Colorado’s 2008 training camp.

The Monsters will begin their preseason slate on Friday (Oct. 3) when they host the Rochester Americans. Lake Erie will then travel to Rochester on Saturday to cap off its training camp with a second preseason game.

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-Kelsey Tessier, who is serving as an alternate captain for the Quebec Remparts, helped lead his team to a 4-3 win over Drummondville Friday with a pair of assists. The center also added a helper Saturday in a 4-3 triumph over Gatineau.

-Netminder Peter Delmas split two games over the weekend for Lewiston. Delmas stopped 19-of-22 shots Friday in a loss to Moncton, but bounced back with a 27-save performance Sunday to lead the MAINEiacs to a 4-3 victory over Victoriaville. The goaltender also notched an assist on Garrett Clarke’s game-tying goal in the second period. Fellow 2008 draft pick and Victoriaville defenseman Joel Chouinard was +1 with two shots on goal during the contest.

One night earlier, Chouinard helped Victoriaville to a 5-4 win over Saint John by tallying an assist on the game-winning goal.

-Colorado’s top pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, Cameron Gaunce, opened his OHL season in a big way Thursday. The defenseman, who is serving as an alternate captain for Mississauga St. Michael’s, scored once and added two assists in a 7-4 win over the Peterborough Petes. Fellow Avalanche prospect Trevor Cann made 32 saves in the game for Peterborough, but was saddled with the loss.

Cann put forth a solid effort in goal for the Petes on Saturday, stopping 36-of-37 shots, but his teammates failed to get on the scoreboard in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Barrie Colts.
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