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Farm Report - Oct. 13

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Mark Olver

Since he arrived in Marquette, Mich., Avalanche prospect Mark Olver has been crucial to the success of the Northern Michigan University Wildcats.

During his freshman campaign, Olver led the squad with 38 points (21g/17a) in 39 contests. In his sophomore season of 2008-09, he again paced the Wildcats in points (35), while also leading the club in goals (16), power-play goals (6), short-handed tallies (3) and penalty minutes (84).

If the opening weekend for the Wildcats was any indication, Olver could again be on the top of Northern Michigan’s scoring chart during his junior campaign.

The forward had a big weekend, picking up four points in a pair of games in the Superior Showcase. Olver notched an assist Friday in a 5-3 loss to Michigan Tech. He then led his team to a 3-1 win over Minnesota Duluth on Sunday, scoring a power-play goal and adding two helpers.

Lake Erie Monsters
After opening their season with a victory last week, the Monsters dropped a pair of games over the weekend.

On Friday, Lake Erie was downed by Rochester by a 5-2 score. Chris Durno had a goal and one assist, while Brian Fahey also scored. Trevor Cann made 15 saves while being saddled with a loss in his AHL debut.

Rockford then spoiled the Monsters’ home opener on Saturday, taking away a 3-0 win. Tyler Weiman was between the pipes for Lake Erie and stopped 24-of-26 shots.

Charlotte Checkers
The Checkers won a pair of preseason games over the weekend, topping South Carolina by a 5-3 score on Friday and a 3-2 count on Saturday. Avalanche draft pick Billy Sauer played one period in each game, stopping all 11 shots he faced in Friday’s game and making 10 saves on 10 shots Saturday.

The Checkers will open the regular season on Saturday (Oct. 17) at South Carolina.

-Boston College sophomore Paul Carey picked up a pair of assists as the Eagles skated past the U.S. National Under-18 Team by a 6-3 score in exhibition play on Friday.

-Boston University also topped the U.S. National Under-18 Team over the weekend, earning a 3-2 win on Sunday. Kieran Millan stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced in two periods of action, while Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk were both held without a point.

-Brad Malone picked up his first point of the season, registering an assist in North Dakota’s 3-2 win over Merrimack on Saturday.

-Quebec captain Kelsey Tessier totaled three points as the Remparts split a pair of games over the weekend. The center picked up an assist Friday in a 3-2 loss to Rimouski. Tessier then notched two helpers in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Val-d’Or, while netminder Peter Delmas was credited with the victory after coming on in relief and stopping all 18 shots he faced in 47:46 of action.

-Stefan Elliott registered an assist in both of Saskatoon’s contests over the weekend, wins over Red Deer (6-3 on Friday) and Lethbridge (3-2 on Saturday). Elliott has totaled seven points (2g/5a) in nine games for the Blades.

-Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss to London on Sunday, giving the defenseman seven points (0g/7a) in nine games this season.

-Kitchener goaltender Brandon Maxwell stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced Tuesday in the Rangers’ 4-2 triumph over Sault Ste. Marie. Maxwell has posted a 3-0-0-1 record in four appearances this year.

-Nathan Condon recorded his first goal of the season – a power-play tally in the second period – during Fargo’s 4-3 loss to Sioux Falls on Friday. Condon owns two points (1g/1a) in three contests this season.
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