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Farm Report: Prospects Flourishing

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters – Colorado’s AHL affiliate – earned one point in two contests last week. After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Norfolk Admirals on Friday (Oct.17), the Monsters picked up a point following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday afternoon.

Philippe Dupuis scored a goal Friday in his first action of the season, while Brian Willsie also tallied for Lake Erie in the loss. Monsters netminder Tyler Weiman turned aside 25 shots.

Chris Stewart and Willsie each had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s defeat, while T.J. Hensick also scored. All three of Lake Erie’s goals came via special teams, as Stewart and Hensick scored on the power play and Willsie notched a short-handed marker. Jason Bacashihua stopped 38-of-41 shots for the Monsters.

Willsie (4g/2a) leads the Monsters in both goals and points, and is followed on the scoring chart by Hensick (2g/2a) and Stewart (1g/3a).

The Monsters will wrap up their season-opening five-game homestand on Wednesday (Oct. 22) when they host Milwaukee. Lake Erie will then take to the road to battle with Iowa on Friday before facing Peoria in a two-game set on Saturday and Sunday.

Johnstown Gets Started
The Johnstown Chiefs – Colorado’s ECHL affiliate – kicked off their season with a 2-1 win over the Trenton Devils on Friday. Ian Keserich, who attended training camp with the Avalanche, stopped 24-of-25 shots to earn the victory in goal for Johnstown. Meanwhile, Raymond Macias assisted on the game-tying goal in the third period.

The Chiefs were then beaten by the Wheeling Nailers, 4-2, in their home opener Saturday night. Mark McCutcheon opened the scoring for Johnstown on a power play, while Macias added an assist. Keserich turned away 23-of-27 shots in the loss.

-Boston University forward Brandon Yip scored twice and defenseman Colby Cohen added a pair of assists during BU’s 5-2 win Friday night over Merrimack. Cohen went on to tally his team-leading fourth assist of the season Sunday in the Terriers’ 2-1 loss to New Hampshire. The blueliner ranks second on BU’s scoring chart with four points (0g/4a).

-University of Minnesota juniors Mike Carman and Ryan Stoa each posted a goal and an assist in Friday’s 3-2 triumph over St. Cloud State University. Stoa – the Gophers’ captain – notched a short-handed goal in the second period, while Carman’s marker at the 11:46 mark of the third period stood up as the game-winning goal.

Carman added a power-play tally during Saturday’s rematch, a 2-1 Minnesota victory, while Stoa assisted on Jay Barriball’s game-winner.

-Justin Mercier recorded an assist Friday in Miami (Ohio) University’s defeat at the hands of the University of Vermont.

-University of Michigan goaltender Billy Sauer suffered a loss despite stopping 19-of-20 shots Friday against Northern Michigan University. Mark Olver, Colorado’s fifth-round choice in the 2008 Entry Draft, notched an assist for the Wildcats.

-Mississauga defenseman Cameron Gaunce scored a power-play goal in the first period of the Majors’ 5-3 loss to Brampton on Sunday. Through eight games, Gaunce is tied for 10th among OHL defensemen with eight points (5g/3a).

-Trevor Cann stopped 38 shots but was dealt a loss as Sudbury topped Peterborough by a 5-4 count Friday.

-Quebec Remparts center Kelsey Tessier netted a short-handed goal last Wednesday in his club’s 5-4 shootout victory over Val-d'Or. The victory was Quebec’s seventh-straight road win, leaving the Remparts one shy of tying the all-time QMJHL record for consecutive victories on the road.

-Victoriaville blueliner Joel Chouinard scored his first goal of the season Sunday – to go along with a +2 rating and a team-high four shots on net – in the Tigres’ 3-2 win over Cape Breton.

-Peter Delmas suffered a pair of defeats last week. The Lewiston netminder stopped 18-of-20 shots in a 3-1 loss to Rimouski on Wednesday before making 23 saves in a 7-5 setback against Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday night.

-Nathan Condon tallied an assist in the Fargo Force’s 3-2 loss to Lincoln on Friday.
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