Avalanche Farm Report: April 22

Cutthroats in CHL semifinals; Corbett, Kings still alive in WHL postseason

Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 4:32 PM
Ryan Simmons

The Avalanche isn't Denver's only professional hockey team still playing for a championship.

The Denver Cutthroats, the Avs' CHL affiliate, were tied 1-1 with the Arizona Sundogs in the best-of-seven CHL semifinals after knocking off the Tulsa Oilers last weekend with a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 6.

Denver opened the semifinals with a 2-1 win over the Sundogs on Friday at Denver Coliseum, with goalie prospect Kent Patterson receiving first-star honors after stopping 28 of 29 shots. Patterson was back in net Saturday night in Denver, but the Sundogs evened the series with a 4-3 win.

Patterson, who was 23-10-7 for the Cutthroats during the regular seaon, stopped 34 of 38 shots in the back-and-forth game Saturday and has a 2.62 goals-against average and is 4-3-1 in eight postseason games.

Games 3 and 4 of the Cutthroats' semifinal series with Arizona shifts this week to Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Upcoming Games
April 22 at Arizona (Game 3)
April 23 at Arizona (Game 4)
April 26 vs. Arizona (Game 5)

CORBETT STILL ROLLING WITH KINGS

Cody Corbett (Edmonton Oil Kings): Corbett continued his stellar postseason play for the Oil Kings, who were ahead 2-0 against Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference championship. Corbett, a defenseman who signed with the Avalanche organization in March, scored two goals in Game 1 on Friday, giving the Oil Kings an 8-3 win. He also pitched in an assist on Sunday, helping Edmonton to a 3-1 win in Game 2.

Corbett appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Oil Kings this season, totaling 61 points (17 goals and 44 assists.)

SYSTEM SEASON RECAP

Lake Erie Monsters

The Monsters opened their final week of play with a 2-1 home loss to Hamilton last Tuesday. Andrew Agozzino was the lone goal scorer for Lake Erie with Mark Olver and Joey Hishon getting assists on the play. Calvin Pickard was strong in net, stopping 34 of 36 shots.

On Friday night the Monsters began a home-and-home series with Grand Rapids with a 4-2 win in Michigan. Sami Aittokallio made his final start of the season, stopping 25 of 27 shots en route to picking up his 15th win of the season.

The season came to an end in Cleveland on Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 shootout win over the Griffins. Pickard was in net for the Monsters and stopped 35 of 38 shots and and four of five in the shootout.

Goals from Mitchell Heard, David Van Der Gulik and Troy Bourke provided the Monsters offense, and JT Wyman and Brett Clark were both successful in the shootout, clinching a Lake Erie win.

Lake Erie finished the season with a 33-35-11 record. Its 75 points were enough for fourth in the North Division of the Western Conference.

ECHL

Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): The Nailers were up 2-0 on South Carolina in the first round of the ECHL playoffs, but Millan has not made an appearance in either postseason game. Millan appeared in five games this season for Wheeling and was 2-2-0 with one shutout, posting a 1.75 goals-against-average.

OHL

Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras appeared in 55 games for the Attack and had 26 points (four goals and 22 assists) during the regular season. He contributed three points (one goal and two assists) in five playoff games. Bigras was voted by OHL coaches the Best Defensive Defenseman in the Western Conference.

Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): Blandisi appeared in 47 games this season with Ottawa and Barrie. He had 50 points on 24 goals and 26 assists. The Colts were eliminated by North Bay in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Petes this season, tallying 48 points on 21 goals and 27 assists.

Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin was in net for 64 games for Mississauga during the regular season and had a 3.54 goals-against average. Martin was honored by OHL coaches as the best puck-handling and second-best shootout goalie in the Eastern Conference.

WHL

Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke closed his junior season after appearing in 69 games for the Cougars, finishing with 85 points on 29 goals and 56 assists.

Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen appeared in 66 regular-season games for the Giants and had 23 points and 126 penalty minutes.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher appeared in 37 games in his freshman season for the University of Denver and contributed 16 points (eight goals and eight assists).

Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon played in 41 games and had 25 points (nine goals and 16 assists) for the Gophers, who finished their season as runners-up in the NCAA Frozen Four, losing in the title game to Union.

Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt appeared in 34 games for Michigan tallying 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists).

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm appeared in 30 games as a freshman, picking up an assist and 14 penalty minutes this season.

Gus Young (Yale University): Young appeared in 33 games for Yale this season and had a plus-9 rating. The senior finished the regular season with 18 points, tallying seven goals and 11 assists.

KHL

Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos appeared in 52 regular-season games, scoring 14 points (six goals and eight assists). He also played in 16 playoff games and had 12 points (six goals and six assists).

Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin had 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists) in 46 regular-season games for Torpedo. He tallied four points (one goal and three assists) in seven playoff games.

Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Vincour appeared in 39 games this season for Ak Bars and had six goals and five assists. He had two assists in his three playoff games.

Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Walker played 36 games this season with Medvescak and had three points (one goal, two assists), a minus-11 rating and 20 penalty minutes.

SWEDEN

Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund had a solid season for Farjestad, appearing in 34 games with the club's J20 team and 12 games with its professional club. In J20 appearances Westlund had 17 points (two goals and 15 assists) and added 16 penalty minutes. He added an impressive seven points (two goals and five assists) in six playoff games.

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