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Farm Report: World Juniors Conclude

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
2009 IIHF World Junior Championship

Kevin Shattenkirk – Colorado’s first-round choice (14th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft – wrapped up competition at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship Sunday night. Shattenkirk and Team USA topped the Czech Republic by a 3-2 score in overtime to secure a fifth-place finish at the event.

The defenseman concluded the tournament with nine points (1g/8a) in six games, leading all American blueliners in both assists and points. He was also named one of Team USA’s three best players of the tournament, along with fellow first-round picks James van Riemsdyk (No. 2 overall, 2007, Philadelphia) and Colin Wilson (No. 7 overall, 2008, Nashville).

Lake Erie Monsters
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate started the week off with a bang, setting a franchise record with five goals in the third period during a 6-2 win over the Houston Aeros on Tuesday (Dec. 30). Mark McCutcheon led the way with two goals and an assist, while Codey Burki (2a), Ryan Cruthers (2a), Philippe Dupuis (1g/1a), Bryan Marshall (1g/1a) and Ray Macias (2a) all recorded multi-point games.

Lake Erie dropped a 6-2 decision to the San Antonio Rampage on Thursday, with Burki and Chris Durno notching a goal apiece.

The Monsters ended the week with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Syracuse Crunch. Michael Vernace notched the game-winner 4:47 into the extra session, while Burki and Tom Fritsche also scored for Lake Erie.

Cumiskey Earns All-Star Bid
It was announced Tuesday that Lake Erie defenseman Kyle Cumiskey has been named to the Canadian AHL All-Star team roster. The 2009 AHL All-Star Game will be held on Monday, Jan. 26, in Worcester, Mass.

Cumiskey, who was recalled by the Avalanche on Monday, currently stands second among Monsters scorers with 16 points (4g/12a) in 26 games. The blueliner has appeared in three games with the Avalanche this season.

Johnstown Chiefs
After opening the week with a 4-3 victory over Reading on Tuesday – during which Ian Keserich made 35 saves to pick up the win – the Johnstown Chiefs lost three straight games.

The skid began with a 5-4 overtime loss to Trenton on Wednesday and continued Friday with a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Cincinnati. The Chiefs then dropped a second game to Trenton on Saturday by a 4-2 score.

-Boston University was crowned champion of the 2009 Wells Fargo Denver Cup after topping Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 6-2, on Friday and the University of Denver, 4-1, on Saturday. Brandon Yip was named to the all-tournament team after tallying a goal on Friday and adding a goal and one assist in the championship game.

NMU sophomore Mark Olver recorded four points (2g/2a) in a pair of victories against Wisconsin
-Northern Michigan University sophomore Mark Olver scored twice – including the game-winning goal – and added an assist in the Wildcats’ 3-2 triumph over the University of Wisconsin on Friday. Olver added an assist in Saturday’s rematch, a 6-5 overtime victory for Northern Michigan. For his efforts, Olver was named the CCHA's Offensive Player of the Week.

-The University of Minnesota skated past Brown University by a 6-2 score on Friday in the Dodge Holiday Classic, with Mike Carman notching a goal for the Gophers. Minnesota then claimed the tournament title Saturday evening with a 3-2 overtime victory against Northeastern. Ryan Stoa assisted on the game-winning power-play tally.

-Brad Malone notched an assist as the University of North Dakota topped Bemidji State by a 4-3 score on Friday.

-Paul Carey notched a goal Friday night in Boston College’s 5-3 exhibition win against New Brunswick.

-Quebec’s Kelsey Tessier had an assist in a 10-1 win over Baie Comeau last Tuesday and then exploded for five points (2g/3a) in a 7-0 victory against Chicoutimi on Sunday. Tessier has now totaled 39 points (14g/25a) in 37 games this season.

-Victoriaville defenseman Joel Chouinard picked up points in all three of his team’s games last week. The blueliner recorded two assists – including the primary helper on the overtime winner – Tuesday in the Tigres’ 3-2 win over Rimouski. Chouinard then notched power-play goals in back-to-back victories over Roun-Noranda and Val-d’Or. He now leads all team defensemen with 22 points (8g/14a) in 39 games.

-Peter Delmas made 31 saves but was saddled with a loss as the Lewiston MAINEiacs dropped a 3-2 decision to Saint John on Sunday.

-Cameron Gaunce picked up an assist in Mississauga’s 5-2 loss to Brampton on Wednesday and then scored a goal as the Majors topped Sudbury, 3-2, on Sunday. Gaunce’s 34 points (13g/21a) rank second on the team and tied for sixth among OHL defensemen.

-Trevor Cann picked up three wins in four outings last week to improve his record with London to 13-3-0. Cann made 28 saves in a victory against Saginaw on Tuesday and followed that up with a 34-save performance the next night as the Knights topped Sarnia.

Cann’s lone blemish of the week came on Friday in a 5-2 loss to Sarnia. Kevin Montgomery notched an assist in the game for London. However, Cann bounced back with another victory to round out the week, making 21 stops in a 3-2 overtime win Sunday against Ottawa.

-Nathan Condon recorded an assist in the Fargo Force’s 5-2 win Friday against Chicago, giving the forward 15 points (7g/8a) through 28 games.

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