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Farm Report: Monsters Short in Shootout

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters played four games last week – winning one and dropping the other three in a shootout.


Chris Durno scored twice and Marty Sertich added three assists in Lake Erie’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday. The Monsters again fell in a shootout on Friday – this time by a 2-1 score to the Rochester Americans – with Tom Fritsche notching the team’s lone goal.

The club picked up its only win of the week on Saturday, shutting out the Syracuse Crunch 4-0. Sertich scored twice, Nathan Smith and Andrew Sarauer also scored and Tyler Weiman turned aside all 28 shots he faced in the victory.

Sunday’s contest against Hershey, a 3-2 loss, marked the Monsters’ third shootout defeat of the week, with Jesse Boulerice and Kyle Cumiskey netting goals in regulation.

In his first year with Lake Erie, Durno has taken over the team’s scoring lead with 19 points (8g/11a), followed closely by Sertich’s 16 points (7g/9a).

The Monsters now hold a 11-12-1-5 (28 points) record on season.

Johnstown Chiefs
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate split a pair of games with the Wheeling Nailers last week. The Chiefs earned a 7-3 win on Friday before dropping a 5-4 decision on Saturday.

Next up for Johnstown will be a home-and-home series with Elmira on Dec. 26-27.

NCAA
-In case you missed Monday’s Practice Report, it was announced recently by USA Hockey that Boston University defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has been named an assistant captain of the U.S. National Junior Team. The squad will compete in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Team USA earned a 13-2 win over Latvia on Sunday in the first of its two pre-tournament tune-ups. Shattenkirk tallied three assists in the contest. The United States will also play an exhibition match against Russia on Tuesday night before opening the tournament on Friday against Germany.

-University of North Dakota forward Brad Malone notched a first-period goal in the Fighting Sioux’s 5-2 exhibition victory over the U.S. National Under-18 Team on Friday night.

QMJHL
Tessier
-Kelsey Tessier scored a goal and added an assist on Friday in Quebec’s 7-1 triumph over Rimouski. Tessier’s tally was significant, as it was the middle tally during a scoring splurge that saw Quebec notch the three fastest goals in team history. Marc-Olivier Vallerand scored at 12:42 of the second period to give the Remparts a 3-1 lead, followed by Tessier’s goal only 10 seconds later. Julien Corriveau then capped off the run (with an assist from Tessier) at the 13:00 mark, giving Quebec three goals within a span of 18 seconds.

-Joel Chouinard picked up his fifth goal of the campaign as Victoriaville skated past P.E.I. by a 2-0 count on Thursday. The defenseman added a power-play tally in the Tigres’ 3-2 loss to Shawinigan the following evening.

-Lewiston’s Peter Delmas dropped a pair of decisions last week. The netminder stopped 13 shots in a 3-1 loss to Saint John on Thursday and turned aside 30-of-33 attempts as Lewiston was upended by Moncton, 3-2, on Friday.

OHL
-Fresh off being named the OHL’s Player of the Week, Mississauga defenseman Cameron Gaunce continued his hot streak by first notching an assist in a 5-2 win over Kingston on Wednesday and then totaling three helpers as the Majors topped Plymouth by a 6-5 score on Friday. It marked the third time in five outings that Gaunce has recorded a three-point game. The blueliner has now produced 12 points (2g/10a) in his last six contests.   

-London’s Kevin Montgomery recorded an assist in both of the Knights’ victories last week. After notching a helper in an 8-1 win over Peterborough on Thursday, the defenseman assisted on the overtime winner as London topped Sault Ste. Marie by a 5-4 score on Friday.

USHL
-Fargo forward Nathan Condon recorded an assist on Friday in the Force’s 4-1 win over the Tri-City Storm. Condon has totaled 14 points (7g/7a) in 25 games during his first season in the USHL.
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