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Farm Report: Monsters Start Strong

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters opened their 2008-09 season with a pair of victories at Quicken Loans Arena. The Monsters earned a 4-3 overtime victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday before taking a 4-3 decision from the Toronto Marlies in regulation on Sunday.

Jason Bacashihua turned away 33-of-36 shots during Saturday’s (Oct. 11) contest, which was won on a tally by Lake Erie captain Brian Willsie 1:18 into the extra session. Marty Sertich, Jesse Boulerice and Nigel Williams also scored for Lake Erie.

T.J. Hensick recorded three points (1g/2a) in Sunday’s victory, while Nathan Smith notched the game-winner with 57 seconds remaining in the third period. Willsie and Boulerice also scored for the Monsters, while Tyler Weiman stopped 40-of-43 shots to earn the victory.

The Monsters will continue their season-opening five-game homestand this weekend when the club hosts Norfolk on Friday (Oct. 17) and Grand Rapids on Saturday.

Johnstown Chiefs
Goaltender Ian Keserich stopped 30 shots, but the Chiefs rounded out their preseason schedule with a 1-0 loss to the Wheeling Nailers this past weekend

The Chiefs will open their 2008-09 regular season slate this Saturday, when they again take on the Nailers.

-Earlier this week Inside College Hockey named Miami (Ohio) University forward Justin Mercier to its Preseason All-America Third Team. Mercier scored a power-play goal and assisted on the game-winner Saturday in Miami’s 7-3 victory over Ohio State University.

-Paul Carey was named the No. 9 incoming freshman forward in the nation by Inside College Hockey. The website also listed BC’s recruiting class (which includes forward Barry Almeida and blueliner Tommy Cross), as the top in the nation. Carey did not play in the Eagles’ season-opening victory over the University of Wisconsin.

-Kevin Shattenkirk recorded a first-period goal – with an assist going to Colby Cohen – in Boston University’s 5-1 win over the University of North Dakota Friday at the Ice Breaker Invitational. Brandon Yip also tallied an assist for the Terriers.
Mike Carman totaled two assists in Minnesota's exhibition win

Shattenkirk then notched the game-winner Saturday in BU’s 2-1 victory over Michigan State University, leading the Terriers to the tournament title. For his efforts, the sophomore defenseman was named to the All-Ice Breaker Team while also being tabbed CCM/RBK Hockey East Player of the Week.

-Billy Sauer made 28 saves in the University of Michigan’s 4-3 triumph over St. Lawrence University Friday.

-The University of Minnesota opened exhibition play Friday, topping British Columbia by a 3-1 count. Mike Carman had two assists for the Gophers and Kent Patterson stopped 5-of-6 shots in 30:06 of action.

-Kelsey Tessier helped the Quebec Remparts to a pair of victories last week. Tessier recorded an assist on the game-tying goal with 1:01 remaining in the third period Friday against Chicoutimi. The goal sent the game to overtime and a shootout, which ended in Quebec’s favor. The forward then netted the game-winner Saturday in a 4-1 triumph over Baie-Comeau to give the Remparts their eighth straight victory.

-Lewiston’s Peter Delmas split a pair of games against Drummondville over the weekend. The netminder stopped 22-of-25 shots Friday in a 4-3 win, but was handed a loss in the rematch Sunday despite making 36 saves.

-Defenseman Cameron Gaunce had a hand in both of Mississauga’s goals during a 2-1 victory over Belleville on Saturday. The Avs’ top pick in the 2008 Entry Draft assisted on the Majors’ first tally and then notched the game-winner in the second period. Gaunce ranks second among OHL defensemen in goals and seventh in points (4g/3a).

-Peterborough goaltender Trevor Cann recorded his first shutout of the season by turning aside all 38 shots he faced in a 1-0 victory over Mississauga on Friday. Cann was then handed a loss by Niagara on Monday despite making 40 saves.

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