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Lake Erie Earns First Shootout Win

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Brandon Yip

Now in the midst of his senior campaign, forward Brandon Yip is leading by example.

Yip has played a big role in the success of the Boston University Terriers, who currently hold the No. 1 ranking on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll.

His 27 points (11g/16a) through 30 games ranks fourth on the squad. Yip’s career-high for points is 31 (9g/22a), set during his freshman campaign of 2005-06 when he was honored as Hockey East Rookie of the Year. The winger has already matched his career-high with 11 goals, set a season ago.

Colorado’s seventh choice (eighth round, 239th overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft, Yip totaled four assists over the weekend as the Terriers earned a victory and then posted a tie with the University of Maine.

Yip is one of three Avalanche prospects playing for Boston University. Kevin Shattenkirk (14th overall in 2007) recorded a power-play goal in BU’s 7-2 victory on Friday night, while Colby Cohen (45th overall in 2007) notched an assist.
The Lake Erie Monsters continued their nine-game road trip, dropping three games to open the week before earning a shootout victory on Monday night.

Randy Rowe scored Lake Erie’s goal in a 3-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday (Feb. 11). The Hartford Wolf Pack then earned a 6-2 victory over Lake Erie on Friday, with Tom Fritsche and Chris Durno scoring for the Monsters.

Saturday’s contest against Manchester was another 6-2 defeat, with Robert Snowball and Fritsche each notching goals in a losing effort. However, Monday’s contest against the Iowa Chops brought the Monsters their first shootout victory of the season. Rowe and Philippe Dupuis scored in regulation, while Dupuis and Matt Hendricks each tallied in the shootout as Lake Erie picked up a 3-2 win. Jason Bacashihua made 23 saves to pick up his sixth victory of the season.

Johnstown Chiefs
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate won all three of its contests last week, posting a 5-2 win over Reading on Friday, a 3-2 triumph against Trenton on Saturday and a 5-2 victory over Wheeling on Sunday. Ian Keserich started all three games in goal for the Chiefs, stopping a combined 89-of-95 shots over the weekend for a .937 save percentage. For his efforts, Keserich was named the ECHL's Goaltender of the Week.

-Ryan Stoa assisted on both of his team’s goals as the University of Minnesota battled to a 2-2 tie with the University of Alaska Anchorage on Friday. Stoa leads the Gophers with 34 points (16g/18a) and ranks seventh in the nation in points-per-game (1.26).

-University of Michigan netminder Billy Sauer saw 6:57 of relief action on Friday in his team’s 8-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha, stopping all four shots he faced. Sauer then got the starting nod in Saturday’s rematch and picked up the win by making 28 saves in a 4-2 Wolverine victory.

-North Dakota sophomore Brad Malone notched an assist in his squad’s 4-1 win over Minnesota State on Friday, giving him 12 points (2g/10a) through 30 contests.

-Mark Olver tallied an assist Friday in Northern Michigan’s 9-5 loss to Notre Dame. Olver ranks second on the Wildcats’ scoring chart with 24 points (10g/14a).

-Victoriaville’s Joel Chouinard posted an assist in the Tigres’ 5-4 loss to Halifax on Sunday. Chouinard leads all Victoriaville defensemen with 28 points (9g/19a) in 55 contests.

-Cameron Gaunce picked up two assists in Mississauga’s 5-4 win over Kitchener on Tuesday and then added a helper Friday in a 4-2 triumph over Barrie. Gaunce leads all Mississauga defensemen with 52 points (15g/37a) and ranks second on the team overall.

-Trevor Cann picked up three victories between the pipes for the London Knights last week. Cann stopped 35 shots in a 4-3 win over Erie on Friday and then made 28 saves Sunday as the Knights dispatched Kitchener by a 3-2 count in a shootout. The netminder finished the week by turning away 39-of-40 shots in London’s 5-1 win over Guelph on Monday night.
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