Farm Report: Playoff Talk
NCAA in Conference Tournament Play, QMJHL, OHL Set to Start Postseason
Tuesday, 03.17.2009 / 10:08 AM MT / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Colby Cohen
The Boston University Terriers advanced to the Hockey East Semifinals after winning a best-of-three series against Maine, and Cohen was a big reason the team was able to do so.
Cohen first assisted on Kevin Shattenkirk’s goal before notching a tally of his own – a power-play marker with 2:56 remaining in the third period that proved to be the difference in a 2-1 BU victory. Shattenkirk returned the earlier favor by assisting on the tally.
The Black Bears came back to even the series on Saturday with a 6-3 win. Brandon Yip notched a goal for the Terriers.
Cohen again made his presence felt during Sunday’s rubber match, scoring his seventh goal of the season just 58 seconds into an eventual 6-2 BU victory. The defenseman finished with a game-best +4 plus/minus rating. Yip added a goal and an assist for the Terriers.
Colorado’s second choice (45th overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, Cohen has been a key contributor on the BU blue line during his sophomore campaign. The 19-year-old ranks second among team defensemen with 28 points (7g/21a).
The Terriers will face a Boston College squad (which includes Avalanche prospect Paul Carey) on Friday, with the winner gaining a berth in Saturday’s Hockey East Championship.
Rookie T.J. Galiardi notched Lake Erie’s lone marker in Friday’s 3-1 loss to Syracuse, extending his point streak to five games (3g/5a) in the process. Jason Bacashihua suffered the loss after turning aside 24-of-27 shots.
The Monsters took Toronto to overtime on Saturday, but fell 2-1. Randy Rowe lit the lamp for Lake Erie, giving him a five-game point streak (3g/3a) and 11 points (6g/5a) in 30 contests overall this season.
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate took home one victory over the weekend, beating Cincinnati before dropping a pair of contests to the Wheeling Nailers. Ian Keserich received his only start of the weekend during Sunday’s game – a 2-1 overtime loss to the Nailers.
Johnstown has now dropped to third place in the American North Division with 72 points (34-25-4-0).
-The Minnesota Gophers swept St. Cloud State in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs to earn a spot in the WCHA Final Five. Ryan Stoa recorded an empty-net goal and added an assist in Friday’s 4-2 win and then factored in on each of Minnesota’s goals in a 3-0 triumph on Saturday. Stoa netted the eventual game-winner in the first period, assisted on a Jay Barriball tally in the second frame and scored another empty netter to seal the game in the final stanza. The Gophers will face Minnesota Duluth on Thursday in the WCHA Final Five’s play-in game.
-North Dakota’s Brad Malone was held without a point during his club’s sweep of Michigan Tech in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs. Malone and his Fighting Sioux teammates will face the winner of the Minnesota/Minnesota Duluth play-in game in the WCHA Semifinals on Friday.
-The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (with forward Justin Mercier) and Northern Michigan Wildcats (led by center Mark Olver) squared off in the quarterfinals of the CCHA Playoffs. Mercier scored a goal in Miami’s 3-2 win on Friday, while Olver notched an assist for NMU. In Saturday’s contest Olver added another assist to lead the Wildcats to a 3-2 overtime victory. Sunday’s rubber match saw the NMU sophomore score an unassisted short-handed goal to propel his squad to a 3-1 victory and a berth in the CCHA Semifinals.
-University of Michigan netminder Billy Sauer saw 10:39 of relief action in his club’s 6-1 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines swept the Broncos and will face the Alaska Nanooks on Friday in the CCHA Semifinals.
-Lewiston’s Peter Delmas stopped 9-of-10 shots in a relief effort during Friday’s 6-2 loss to Baie-Comeau. Delmas then got the start on Sunday, dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to Chicoutimi despite making 37 saves. However, the point the MAINEiacs received by taking the game to a shootout helped the club clinch a berth in the QMJHL Playoffs. Lewiston will faced the Drummondville Voltiguers – the QMJHL’s regular season champions – to open the postseason.
-Joel Chouinard netted a goal on Friday in Victoriaville’s 8-5 win against Val-d’Or and then totaled three points (1g/2a) in a 6-2 triumph over Quebec on Sunday. The Tigres will face off with Shawinigan in the first round of the QMJHL Playoffs.
-Quebec dropped a 5-3 decision to Rimouski on Friday, with Kelsey Tessier notching a goal for the Remparts. Quebec will take on Baie-Comeau in the opening round of the QMJHL Playoffs.
-Cameron Gaunce netted the game-winner in overtime to propel Mississauga to a 2-1 win over Niagara on Friday. Gaunce closed out the regular season on Sunday by notching an assist in a 5-4 Majors triumph over Sudbury. He finished the season second on his team and fifth among OHL defensemen in scoring with 64 points (17g/47a) in 67 contests. Mississauga will open the OHL Playoffs on Friday, when the club kicks off a best-of-seven series with the Barrie Colts.
-Trevor Cann made 32 saves to earn his sixth shutout of the season as the London Knights blanked Saginaw on Friday, 3-0. Cann was given the night off Saturday when London played Sault Ste. Marie, but the Knights rolled to a 6-1 victory. Defenseman Kevin Montgomery contributed with an assist. As the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, London opens the OHL Playoffs on Friday against the Erie Otters.
-Fargo’s Nathan Condon scored his 11th goal of the season on Saturday in the Force’s 4-3 overtime loss at Waterloo. The expansion Force has already clinched a spot in the Clark Cup Playoffs.