Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 30
Prospect Spotlight On Lake Erie Forward Ryan Stoa
Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 3:18 PM MT / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Ryan Stoa
Lake Erie Monsters forward Ryan Stoa didn’t have a fast start to the season offensively, but he’s quickly making up for it with his recent production.
Stoa is currently tied for sixth on the team with 10 points (6g/4a) through 22 games, but most of his damage has come over his past six games. During that span, the forward has totaled six goals, including a pair of two-goal efforts this past week.
Stoa recorded two even-strength goals and fired a game-high six shots on net during Wednesday’s win over Rockford. He then notched a pair of power-play tallies Saturday against Oklahoma City on a team-high four shots.
The Bloomington, Minn., native is tied for third on the team in goals while also ranking fourth in penalty minutes (26) and third in shots on goal (57).
In 76 career AHL games, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward has registered 50 points (29g/21a).
The Monsters are certainly hoping that Stoa continues his recent hot streak. Lake Erie has posted a 6-0-1-1 record this season when he records a point, which includes a perfect 4-0 mark when he scores a goal.
Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate earned five of a possible eight points last week.
The Monsters began the week with a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Wolves last Tuesday. Matthew Ford scored twice and Mike Carman also tallied, while Trevor Cann made 40 saves in a losing cause.
Lake Erie got back into the win column on Wednesday, topping the Rockford IceHogs by a 4-2 count behind two goals from Ryan Stoa. Carman and Patrick Rissmiller also tallied and Jason Bacashihua stopped 28 shots to pick up his seventh victory of the season.
Friday’s contest against the Oklahoma City Barons ended in a 3-2 overtime loss for the Monsters. Mark Olver and Luke Walker were the goal scorers for Lake Erie, while John Grahame helped the club pick up a point by making 33 saves.
The Monsters ended the week on a high note, topping Oklahoma City, 5-3, in Saturday’s rematch. Stoa scored twice, while Olver, Ben Walter and Kevin Montgomery also netted goals. Cann turned away 28 shots to improve his record to 2-3 on the season.
The Avalanche’s Central Hockey League affiliate had a big week, winning three of its four games.
Harrison Reed scored a goal as Tulsa blanked Quad City, 3-0, last Tuesday. The Oilers also picked up a victory on Thursday, topping Mississippi by a 7-2 count behind three points (1g/2a) from Tom Fritsche. Reed also earned an assist in the win.
Tulsa suffered its lone setback of the week on Friday, dropping a 6-2 decision to Bossier-Shreveport. However, the Oilers closed out the week with a 6-3 triumph against Evansville on Saturday. Reed led the way, posting two goals and two assists.
-Paul Carey notched a goal and an assist as Boston College downed Vermont, 6-0, on Sunday. The junior forward is now tied for third on the Eagles’ scoring chart with 12 points (5g/7a) through 14 games.
-Kieran Millan made 19 saves as Boston University skated to a 4-4 tie with Brown on Saturday. The Terriers have now tied half of the games Millan has played, as the goaltender has a 4-1-5 record with a 2.41 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 10 appearances.
-Luke Moffatt opened the scoring with his second goal of the season in Michigan’s 4-4 tie with Wisconsin on Friday, giving the freshman forward eight points (2g/6a) in 12 games.
-Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson suffered his first loss of the season Friday in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Michigan State. Patterson was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots against the Spartans. With the loss, Patterson fell to 6-1-1 on the season.
Patterson didn’t play during Minnesota’s 3-1 win over Michigan on Sunday, but teammate and fellow Avalanche prospect Nathan Condon scored a goal in the victory. Condon now has eight points (5g/3a) in 13 games during his freshman campaign.
-Appearing in his second NCAA game, Yale freshman Gus Young recorded his first career assist/point during the Bulldogs’ 5-1 triumph over Sacred Heart last Tuesday.
-Brad Malone picked up an assist on Friday as North Dakota topped Notre Dame, 6-3. Malone has totaled eight points (2g/6a) in 15 contests.
-Tyson Barrie notched a pair of assists in both of Kelowna’s games last week, as the Rockets beat Regina by a 6-1 count on Wednesday before topping Spokane, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday. Barrie is tied for sixth among WHL defensemen in scoring with 22 points (4g/18a) in 18 games.
-Saskatoon blueliner Stefan Elliott recorded his eighth goal of the season and held a +5 plus/minus rating last Tuesday as the Blades downed Swift Current, 6-2. Elliott is tied for third among league defensemen in goals and tied for eighth in points (21). In addition, he is tied for fifth among all WHL players with a +19 plus/minus rating.
-Portland’s Troy Rutkowski registered a pair of assists last week, picking up a helper in losses to Chilliwack (7-2 on Friday) and Medicine Hat (3-2 in a shootout on Sunday). Rutkowski is pacing all team defensemen with 19 points (4g/15a) through 29 contests.
-Calvin Pickard made an eye-popping 55 saves Wednesday, but Seattle fell to Tri-City by a 5-4 count in a shootout. Pickard picked up a win on Saturday after stopping 30 shots in a 4-1 triumph over Seattle, but was on the losing end Saturday after making 18 stops in a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Kootenay. In 23 appearances, Pickard is 11-6-2-4 with a .930 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average.
-Owen Sound’s Joey Hishon extended his point streak to nine games by totaling five assists last week. The forward had one helper Wednesday in a 4-3 loss to Sarnia and then notched a pair of assists against both Sudbury (a 6-0 win on Saturday) and Mississauga (a 6-3 loss on Sunday). Hishon is tied for 12th in the OHL with 36 points (14g/22a) in 17 games.
-Belleville defenseman Stephen Silas recorded an assist during his club’s 4-1 win against Guelph on Friday. Silas leads all team defensemen in assists and points (0g/11a).
-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell split a pair of decisions last week. The netminder pitched a 34-save shutout on Friday, leading the Rangers to a 1-0 triumph over Sarnia. Maxwell was then saddled with a loss despite making 44 stops on Saturday, as Kitchener fell to Erie by a 7-3 score.