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Farm Report: Sauer Honored by CCHA

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

-University of Michigan goaltender Billy Sauer was named the RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month for December. Sauer went 3-0-0 in December and, with a 16-2-0 record overall, owns the best winning percentage in the nation among Division I netminders (.889). After setting a career-high with 50 saves against Providence on Dec. 28 at the Great Lakes Invitational tournament, Sauer followed up that performance by making 37 stops in a 1-0 double overtime victory over Michigan Tech University.

Sauer becomes the second Avalanche prospect to earn RBC Financial Group CCHA Player of the Month honors in three months, joining Miami (Ohio) University forward Justin Mercier, who won the award in October.

- Mercier scored his 16th goal of the season Saturday in his team’s 5-2 win against Bowling Green State University. The junior is second on the RedHawks in goals and third in points (23).

-University of Minnesota defenseman Derek Peltier netted his first goal of the season in the Gophers’ 5-2 victory over Wayne State University on Saturday. The goal – which came 46 seconds into the second period with Minnesota shorthanded – proved to be the eventual game-winner. The Gopher captain also recorded two assists the previous night in a 5-1 triumph, giving him 10 points (1g/9a) through 22 games.

-Ohio State University’s Tom Fritsche notched a goal and assisted on the game-winning marker in the Buckeyes’ 5-2 victory over the University of Alaska on Saturday. With 14 points (4g/10a) through 23 games, Fritsche ranks second on Ohio State’s scoring chart.

-Boston University junior Brandon Yip netted a goal in the Terriers’ 2-2 tie with the University of Vermont on Saturday. The forward ranks fourth on the team with six goals in 15 games.

-Calgary Hitmen forward T.J. Galiardi recorded five points (1g/4a) in three games last week, including a goal and two helpers on Friday against the Kootenay Ice. Galiardi, who has totaled 12 points (2g/10a) in his last eight games, currently leads all WHL rookies with 42 points (10g/32a) through Monday.

Weiman Adds Another Shutout for Monsters
Lake Erie netminder Tyler Weiman stopped all 33 shots he faced in the Monsters’ 2-0 victory over Rockford on Saturday, earning his second shutout in a week. Eric Healey notched the eventual game-winning tally 22 seconds into the middle frame off assists from Jamie Lundmark and Ray Macias. Lundmark added an insurance goal with 1:48 remaining, with Healey and Jeff Jillson earning assists on the play.

Vladimir Denisov opened the scoring for the Monsters on Sunday against Hamilton, but the Bulldogs rallied off five consecutive goals to earn a 5-1 victory.

The Monsters take to the road this week, beginning a four-game road trip on Wednesday against Wilkes-Barre Scranton.

-Nigel Williams scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Belleville’s 2-0 victory over the Brampton Battalion on Sunday. The defenseman now owns six points (2g/4a) in nine games since being acquired by the Bulls in a trade with the Saginaw Spirit.

-Peterborough Petes goaltender Trevor Cann stopped 45-of-49 shots on Thursday against the Oshawa Generals to earn his 12th victory of the season.

-Cedar Rapids netminder Kent Patterson stopped 19-of-22 shots against Waterloo on Friday to improve his record to 3-1 this season.
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