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Lake Erie Splits Four Contests

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
IIHF World Junior Championship

Colorado’s three prospects at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship – Team USA’s Mike Carman and Kevin Montgomery and Team Sweden’s Johan Alcen – have all enjoyed much success in the tournament. Both Team USA and Team Sweden finished preliminary-round play with 4-0 records, earning byes into the semifinals.

In four games, Carman has recorded two goals with a +2 rating, while Montgomery has been held pointless with one shot on goal for Team USA. Alcen has played a big role in Sweden’s success, notching three points (1g/2a) in four contests, including the game-winning goal in his team’s 4-3 win over Slovakia in the tournament’s opening game.

Team USA will face the winner of Wednesday’s Canada-Finland tilt, while Sweden will get the victor of the Czech Republic-Russia match-up.

Semifinal contests will take place on Friday, with the bronze and gold-medal games set for Saturday.

Monsters Split Last Four
The Lake Erie Monsters have split their last four contests heading into Tuesday night’s (Jan. 1) match-up against the Manitoba Moose.

The Monsters topped the Grand Rapids Griffins, 2-1, on Dec. 26 with Michael Wall stopping 31-of-32 shots to earn the victory in net. After a 3-1 loss to Manitoba on Dec. 28, Lake Erie bounced back with a 3-0 shutout victory over Rochester the following evening. Tyler Weiman stopped all 36 shots he faced in the contest, while Brent Kelly, J.D. Corbin and Jamie Lundmark each scored for the Monsters.

Lake Erie then dropped a 3-1 decision to Manitoba on New Year’s Eve, with Lundmark again scoring for the Monsters.

-University of Michigan goaltender Billy Sauer notched back-to-back shutouts to lead the Wolverines to the Great Lakes Invitational title. Sauer recorded a career-high 50 saves in Friday’s 6-0 win over Providence, followed by a 26-save effort in a 1-0, double overtime win against Michigan Tech University in the championship game.

-Colby Cohen, Kevin Shattenkirk and Brandon Yip each recorded one assist in Boston University’s 5-2 win over Merrimack on Sunday night.

-Justin Mercier totaled a goal and one assist in Miami (Ohio) University’s two victories in the Ohio Hockey Classic last weekend. The junior forward ranks second on the RedHawks in goals (15) and third in points (22).

-Nigel Williams notched his first goal with the Belleville Bulls in Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Erie Otters. In five games since his trade from the Saginaw Spirit, Williams has totaled two points (1g/1a).

-Peterborough Petes goaltender Trevor Cann split a pair of games over the weekend, stopping 32-of-33 shots in a 7-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s on Saturday before being saddled with the loss following a 33-save effort against the Kitchener Rangers on Sunday.

-Calgary forward T.J. Galiardi has recorded at least one point in his last three games. Galiardi notched a goal and an assist on Thursday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes before adding an assist in each of the following two contests. With 34 points (9g/25a) in 40 games, the Hitmen forward ranks third among WHL rookies in scoring.

-Cedar Rapids netminder Kent Patterson notched his second victory of the season on Saturday against the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets. Patterson stopped 23-of-27 shots in a 5-4 RoughRiders victory to improve his record to 2-1.
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