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by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Kelsey Tessier

While he measures only 5-foot-9 and tips the scales at 168 pounds, Kelsey Tessier continues to stand tall during his third season with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

After leading the Remparts and finishing 15th in the QMJHL scoring race with 81 points (36g/45a) in 2007-08, Tessier was drafted by the Avalanche in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.

Tessier scored twice and added a pair of assists on Tuesday (Feb. 17) in an 8-2 victory over Chicoutimi. He then picked up a power-play goal in a 5-2 win against Acadie Bathurst on Friday before ending the week with an assist on Sunday in an 8-4 triumph over Halifax.

The Moncton, B.C. native ranks fourth on the Remparts’ scoring chart with 54 points (21g/33a) this season. Tessier also has a +19 plus/minus rating and has tallied nine power-play goals and two short-handed markers this year.

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The Lake Erie Monsters closed out their nine-game, 15-day road trip the same way they began it; with a victory in Grand Rapids.

After beginning the road swing with a 4-1 victory against the Griffins on Feb. 7, the Monsters ended the trip with a 4-2 win over Grand Rapids on Saturday (Feb. 21). Philippe Dupuis (1g/2a), Per Ledin (2g) and Michael Vernace (1g/1a) all posted multi-point efforts while Jason Bacashihua stopped 31 shots to pick up the victory.

Lake Erie also had two games earlier in the week, with the club dropping a 3-2 decision to the Quad City Flames on Wednesday before earning a 3-1 win against the Rockford IceHogs on Friday.

Codey Burki and Matt Hendricks scored for the Monsters against Quad City. Tyler Weiman was saddled with the loss after making 31 saves.

Ledin, Mike Bartlett and T.J. Galiardi were the scorers in Lake Erie’s victory over Rockford, while Bacashihua stopped 19-of-20 shots to earn the win between the pipes.

Johnstown Chiefs
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate dropped a pair of decisions to open the weekend before closing it out with a victory on Sunday.

The Chiefs lost to South Carolina by a 6-3 score on Friday night, with Ian Keserich stopping 29-of-34 shots. Keserich was again in goal the following night during a 5-4 overtime loss to Elmira. Johnstown bounced back to take a 7-4 decision from Elmira on Sunday, though Keserich dressed as the backup netminder.

-North Dakota forward Brad Malone scored the eventual game-winning goal as the Fighting Sioux topped Alaska Anchorage, 6-2, on Saturday evening. It was the first game-winner of the sophomore’s NCAA career.

-Northern Michigan’s Mark Olver recorded an assist as the Wildcats topped fellow Avalanche prospect Justin Mercier and the Miami (Ohio) University RedHawks by a 2-1 count on Friday. Mercier was held pointless on the weekend.

-Ryan Stoa scored a short-handed goal and added an assist, but the Minnesota Gophers were handed a 5-3 loss by Colorado College on Saturday in Colorado Springs. Stoa continues to lead the Gophers with 36 points (17g/19a) in 29 games.

-Brandon Yip opened the game’s scoring with his 12th goal of the season and Kevin Shattenkirk pitched in with an assist as Boston University earned a 2-2 tie on Friday with Northeastern University.

-Boston College freshman Paul Carey notched his fifth goal of the season in the Eagles’ 3-2 loss to the University of New Hampshire on Friday.

-Mississauga’s Cameron Gaunce recorded a pair of assists last week in games against Sudbury and Oshawa, moving the defenseman into a tie for the Majors’ scoring lead with 54 points (15g/39a). Gaunce, who also has a team-best +19 plus/minus rating, ranks sixth among all OHL blueliners in points.

-After suffering losses to Brampton and Windsor earlier in the week, London Knights goaltender Trevor Cann bounced back and led his team to a 3-0 win over Sarnia on Sunday with a 35-save performance. It was Cann’s fourth shutout with the Knights and fifth overall this season. The goaltender’s 2.77 goals-against average is good for fourth in the OHL, while his .914 save percentage ranks sixth among league netminders.
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