Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 8
Prospect Spotlight On Lake Erie Forward Ryan Stoa
Tuesday, 12.08.2009 / 12:45 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Ryan Stoa
After a slow start to the season statistically, Ryan Stoa is starting to find the back of the net in Cleveland.
The University of Minnesota product – Colorado’s first selection (second round, 34th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft – made the jump to the professional ranks this season with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Stoa recorded goals in back-to-back games for the first time as a pro this past week, netting an even-strength tally during Tuesday’s victory over Grand Rapids and then adding a power-play goal on Friday in Chicago. The Bloomington, Minn., native totaled 11 shots on goal during the two contests.
Stoa has now totaled eight points (6g/2a) in 24 games this season.
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate began the week with a 6-2 home victory over Grand Rapids before dropping contests to Chicago and Rockford to close out the week.
Brock Bradford scored twice, while Brett Skinner and Darren Haydar each recorded a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s (Dec. 1) win over the Griffins. Tyler Weiman stopped 27 shots and Brandon Yip scored a goal in his first AHL game.
Lake Erie dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chicago Wolves on Friday. T.J. Hensick and Ryan Stoa notched a goal apiece in a losing cause. Saturday’s game against the IceHogs brought a similar result, as the Monsters fell, 4-2. Brett Skinner had a goal and an assist, Marty Sertich also scored and Billy Sauer made 25 saves for Lake Erie.
Colorado’s ECHL affiliate finished the week with a 1-2 record. The Checkers lost to Gwinnett by a 5-2 score on Wednesday and a 4-2 count on Sunday. In between those two games, the club picked up a 2-1 victory over Elmira on Friday evening.
-Four Avalanche prospects were on the ice together Saturday as Boston College topped Boston University, 4-1. Paul Carey had an assist for Boston College in the victory, while Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen were held off the score sheet for Boston University. Terriers’ netminder Kieran Millan made 23 saves in a losing effort.
-University of North Dakota forward Brad Malone scored his fourth goal of the season in the Fighting Sioux’s 3-2 overtime loss to Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. Malone now has 12 points (4g/8a) in 16 contests.
-Quebec goaltender Peter Delmas suffered a loss on Saturday, as the Remparts fell to Val-d’Or, 5-2. Delmas then saw 25 minutes of action in relief on Sunday and picked up the victory as Quebec skated past Rimouski, 6-5, following a shootout. Kelsey Tessier was one of the stars of Sunday’s game. The center scored a power-play goal and added two assists in regulation and then scored the shootout winner.
-Joel Chouinard picked up an assist Friday in Victoriaville’s 3-2 win over Val-d’Or. The defenseman then scored a goal and added an assist on Sunday as the Tigres blanked Chicoutimi, 3-0.
-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie extended his point streak to 18 games by notching an assist in each of the Rockets’ three contests this past week. During his streak, Barrie has totaled 27 points (5g/22a) and now sits sixth overall among WHL defensemen in scoring with 29 points (6g/23a) in 22 games.
-Stefan Elliott scored a power-play goal Wednesday in Saskatoon’s 7-2 loss to Brandon and then picked up an assist Friday in a 2-1 shootout win over Medicine Hat. With 28 points (10g/18a) in 30 contests, Elliott is tied for seventh among WHL defenders in scoring.
-Cameron Gaunce recorded one assist last week and now owns 23 points (4g/19a) in 29 games. Gaunce ranks third on Mississauga in points and second in penalty minutes (57).
-Kitchener netminder Brandon Maxwell earned a victory in his lone appearance last week, an 8-4 win against Peterborough. Maxwell stopped 32 shots in the contest to improve his record to 9-6-0-2 on the season.
-Fargo’s Nathan Condon extended his point streak to 11 games (10g/6a) and his goal-scoring streak to five contests by notching one goal in both games of Fargo’s weekend sweep over Sioux City. The forward now ranks second on the team with 21 points (12g/9a) in 20 games.