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Farm Report: WCHA Honors Stoa

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters had a light schedule this week, playing only two games against the Iowa Stars.


Iowa topped Lake Erie by a 2-1 count in overtime Saturday (Dec. 6). Marty Sertich scored for Lake Erie, while netminder Tyler Weiman made 36 saves. The game was Lake Erie’s 100th in franchise history.

The Monsters then suffered their third consecutive one-goal loss to Iowa during Sunday’s rematch – a 3-2 victory by the Chops. Tom Fritsche and Philippe Dupuis each found the back of the net for Lake Erie.

Beginning Wednesday (Dec. 10), the Monsters will play four games in a five-day span, with three of those contests coming at Quicken Loans Arena.

Johnstown Chiefs
The Johnstown Chiefs – the Avalanche’s ECHL affiliate – opened the week with a 2-1 win over Reading. Ian Keserich picked up the victory after turning aside 34-of-35 shots.

Keserich came on in relief Friday in the Chiefs’ first of three straight games against Cincinnati and earned another victory by stopping all 11 shots he faced in a 3-1 win. Starting netminder Kris Mayotte was ejected after leaving the crease and joining in on a fight.

Johnstown again beat the Cyclones on Saturday, this time by a 3-2 count in overtime. Keserich did not see action in that game, but received the starting nod in Monday’s 4-3 loss to Cincinnati.

The Chiefs currently lead the American North Division with a 17-6-1-0 record.

NCAA
-University of Minnesota captain Ryan Stoa was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Player of the Month for November and was a runner-up for National Player of the Month honors. He had six goals and six assists for 12 points during the month.

-Justin Mercier recorded an assist Saturday in Miami (Ohio) University’s 4-2 win over Western Michigan University and then added three helpers in a 7-3 victory during Sunday’s rematch. Mercier has totaled 13 points (5g/8a) in 16 games this year.

-Northern Michigan University’s Mark Olver assisted on the Wildcats’ lone goal Friday in a 1-1 tie with Lake Superior State University. Olver then went on to record both of Northern Michigan’s goals (each of which came on the power play) in Saturday’s 2-2 tie with the Lakers. The sophomore forward now owns nine points (4g/5a) in 15 games.

-Sophomore Brad Malone opened the scoring for the University of North Dakota with an unassisted goal in the first period, as the Fighting Sioux crushed Harvard University by a 10-1 score on Friday. Malone added his first assist of the season (on the game-winning goal) in the following night’s rematch, a 4-3 North Dakota victory.

-Boston University senior forward Brandon Yip assisted on the Terriers’ lone tally Friday in a 1-1 tie with Boston College.

QMJHL
-Lewiston netminder Peter Delmas carved out a bit of history during Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Quebec. Delmas was credited with a goal in the second period, as he was the last MAINEiacs player to touch the puck on a delayed penalty before the Remparts mistakenly put the puck into their own net. Delmas became only the third goalie in the 40-year history of the QMJHL to score a goal. Oddly enough, the second occurrence happened earlier that night when Rimouski goaltender Maxim Gougeon notched the second goal by a netminder in league history.

-Kelsey Tessier scored the game-winning goal Friday in Quebec’s 5-2 victory against Lewiston. The center then assisted on another goal in Saturday’s triumph over the MAINEiacs.

-Joel Chouinard notched two helpers in a 5-4 Victoriaville win over P.E.I. Friday evening and recorded another assist the next night in his squad’s 3-2 loss to Saint John. The defenseman has now totaled 14 points (4g/10a) in 30 games

OHL
-Mississauga defenseman Cameron Gaunce recorded his ninth goal of the season and added an assist on Sunday in the Majors’ 5-4 loss to Brampton. Gaunce has totaled 19 points (9g/10a) in 27 contests this season for Mississauga.
   
-After notching an assist in a 3-2 win Friday against Brampton, London defenseman Kevin Montgomery added two more helpers in the Knights’ 6-5 triumph over Owen Sound the following night. Netminder Trevor Cann posted identical 29-save performances for London on Thursday (a 4-2 downing of Sault Ste. Marie) and Friday.

USHL
-Nathan Condon notched his fifth assist of the season Saturday in the Fargo Force’s 5-3 triumph over Sioux City.
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