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Farm Report: Winding Down

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Lake Erie Monsters pulled out one victory in three games last week, topping the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday (April 4).

T.J. Hensick recorded two goals and one assist in regulation and added a goal in the shootout to lead the Monsters. Jason Bacashihua stopped 45-of-49 shots to earn the victory in goal.

The Monsters also added a pair of defensemen to the roster last week. Former University of Minnesota captain Derek Peltier signed an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) on April 1, while Kevin Montgomery also signed an ATO on April 3 following the conclusion of the London Knights’ 2007-08 campaign.

Lake Erie wraps up its regular season schedule with three games this week. The Monsters will host Syracuse on Tuesday (April 8) and Hamilton on Saturday before traveling to Rochester on Sunday for their season finale.

-Pepsi Center is set to host the 2008 NCAA Frozen Four from April 9-12, with two Avalanche prospects in the fold. Brad Malone and the University of North Dakota will take on Boston College on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., while the University of Michigan and goaltender Billy Sauer will face off against the University of Notre Dame in the nightcap, with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

“Friday Night at the Frozen Four” will include the presentations of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and the Hockey Humanitarian Award, along with the Frozen Four Skills Challenge.

On Saturday comes the culmination of the event, when the two remaining teams battle for college hockey supremacy in the NCAA title game beginning at 5:00 p.m.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

-Nigel Williams tallied a power-play goal and added two helpers in the Belleville Bulls’ 7-2 win Wednesday over the Barrie Colts in Game 1 of their second round OHL Playoff series. Williams added an assist the following night in a 5-1 Belleville victory.

The Bulls also took Saturday’s contest by a 2-1 count, giving Belleville a 3-0 series advantage heading into Tuesday’s Game 4.

Williams has totaled eight points (4g/4a) in eight games to rank third among league defensemen in playoff scoring while also carrying a +7 rating.

-T.J. Galiardi tallied two goals and two assists Saturday in the Calgary Hitmen’s 5-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos, evening their second round WHL Playoff series at 1-1 heading into Tuesday’s Game 3.

Galiardi has totaled 17 points (4g/13a) in eight games to lead all WHL Playoff scorers.

-Indiana Ice forward Paul Carey notched four points (1g/3a) in three games during the final week of the USHL’s regular season. Carey finished the year ranked fifth among league scorers with 66 points (34g/32a) and finished first with 16 power-play goals. Carey and the Ice will host the Chicago Steel in the first round of the USHL Playoffs beginning on April 10th.

In addition, Carey was named one of three nominees for the USHL’s Rookie of the Year Award. Winners of the USHL’s year-end awards will be announced on April 9th.

-Cedar Rapids goaltender Kent Patterson finished the regular season with a 10-6-1 record to go along with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. Patterson and the RoughRiders will open the 2008 USHL Playoffs with a best-of-five series against the Lincoln Stars on April 9th.

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