Farm Report: Lake Erie's Long Trip
Monsters in the Midst of a Nine-Game Road Swing
Tuesday, 02.10.2009 / 2:23 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Kevin Montgomery
After getting a taste of professional hockey, Kevin Montgomery is once again making his mark on the junior level.
Montgomery spent the 2007-08 campaign with the OHL’s London Knights before appearing in five games with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters on an Amateur Tryout Contract to wrap up the season.
The defenseman started the 2008-09 campaign with Lake Erie, tallying one assist in five contests before returning to London. Since then, Montgomery has provided a steady hand on the Knights’ blue line.
Montgomery notched an assist Friday in London’s 4-3 loss to Windsor and then added another the following night. He ranks second among team defensemen with 31 points (2g/29a) despite playing in only 34 of London’s 54 games.
Montgomery also owns a +15 plus/minus rating, ranking him among the team’s leaders.
The Monsters bounced back with a 3-2 home victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night. T.J. Galiardi, Darcy Campbell and Chris Durno notched a goal apiece, while Tyler Weiman (25 saves) picked up the win between the pipes.
Matt Hendricks and Philippe Dupuis each totaled a goal and an assist on Saturday, leading Lake Erie to a 4-1 triumph over the Grand Rapids Griffins. Galiardi and Durno also scored in the win, which kicked off a 16-day, nine-game road trip for the Monsters.
Sunday’s contest saw a goaltending battle between the Monsters and the Hamilton Bulldogs, which Hamilton won by a 1-0 count. Bacashihua was saddled with the loss despite turning aside 23-of-24 shots.
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate lost two of its three games last week, dropping contests to Elmira (1-0) and Dayton (8-3) to start the weekend before earning a 2-1 win over Dayton on Sunday.
Ian Keserich, an Avalanche draft pick, started all three games for the Chiefs. He stopped 20-of-21 shots on Friday, made 37 saves in Saturday’s loss and then picked up a victory with a 44-save performance on Sunday.
-Kevin Shattenkirk tallied two assists and Brandon Yip added a helper of his own as Boston University earned a 5-3 win over Hockey East foe UMass-Lowell on Friday.
The Terriers were then crowned champions of the 57th Beanpot after beating Northeastern, 5-2, on Monday. Colby Cohen scored his fourth goal of the season in the win, while Shattenkirk and Yip each recorded two assists.
-Mark Olver tallied an assist on Friday in Northern Michigan’s 3-0 win over Bowling Green State and added a short-handed goal in Saturday’s rematch – a 4-1 NMU triumph. Olver currently paces the Wildcats in goals (10) and is tied for the team lead with 23 points.
-Mike Carman had a goal and an assist in Minnesota’s 3-2 loss to Wisconsin on Friday night, while Ryan Stoa notched a goal and a helper of his own as the Gophers dropped a 5-4 decision to the Badgers on Saturday. Stoa leads Minnesota with 32 points (16g/16a), while Carman ranks fifth with 16 points (8g/8a).
-Joel Chouinard notched his ninth goal of the season – a power-play marker – in Victoriaville’s 6-5 loss to Shawinigan on Saturday.
-Lewiston netminder Peter Delmas allowed five goals on 20 shots in a relief effort Saturday during the MAINEiacs’ 10-1 loss to Drummondville.
-Mississauga blueliner Cameron Gaunce netted a short-handed goal and added two assists in a 4-2 win over Peterborough on Friday. Gaunce ranks fifth among league defensemen with 49 points (15g/34a) in 52 contests.
Last Wednesday, Gaunce represented the Eastern Conference at the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic. The defenseman went pointless as his club earned an 11-6 victory over the Western Conference All-Stars.
-Nathan Condon scored the game-winning goal as the Fargo Force slipped past the Green Bay Gambers, 2-1, on Saturday. Condon ranks fifth on Fargo’s scoring chart with 22 points (9g/13a) in 40 games.