Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 18
Prospect Spotlight On Lake Erie Forward Mike Carman
Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 9:29 AM MT / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Mike Carman
While some of Mike Carman’s statistics might not jump off the page, one specific category certainly will.
The Lake Erie forward currently leads the entire American Hockey League in short-handed goals.
Carman, who is playing his first full professional season after finishing up a four-year career at the University of Minnesota, has found a niche on the Monsters’ penalty-killing unit in 2010-11.
The forward picked up his sixth short-handed tally of the year during the Monsters’ 3-1 victory over the Rochester Americans on Friday night.
Prior to Friday night’s contest, Carman shared the league lead in shorties with Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton’s Dustin Jeffrey, a fourth-year pro who has 19 games of NHL experience with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Overall, the Augusta, Ga., native has posted 12 points (8g/4a) in 44 games during the 2010-11 campaign, tying him for fifth on the Monsters in goals and 10th in points.
Despite opening the week with a loss, the Lake Erie Monsters went on to win all three of their contests during a three-day weekend stretch.
Lake Erie’s lone loss of the week came Wednesday against Hamilton. Cameron Gaunce scored his first professional goal, Ben Walter also tallied and Jason Bacashihua made 21 saves, but the Monsters fell to the Bulldogs by a 3-2 count.
Lake Erie began its three-game winning streak with a 3-1 triumph over Rochester on Friday. Mark Olver, Luke Walker and Mike Carman each had a goal and John Grahame picked up the win after making 31 saves.
Grahame was again in net Saturday and made 32 saves to lead the Monsters to a 3-2 shootout victory over the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears. Olver and Ben Walter scored in regulation for Lake Erie.
Finally, the Monsters earned their third straight victory (tying a season-best winning streak) by topping Rochester, 6-4, on Sunday. Olver scored twice – giving him a team-leading 15 goals on the season – while Justin Mercier, Harrison Reed, Patrick Rissmiller and Walter also tallied. Grahame turned aside 20 shots to improve his record to 8-7-2 in 18 appearances this season.
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate won both of its games last week in impressive fashion.
First, Tulsa topped Arizona by a 9-3 score on Friday night. Trevor Cann made 40 saves and Tom Fritsche recorded an assist for the Oilers. The following night Tulsa downed Bossier-Shreveport by a 7-3 count. Cann turned away 37 shots and now has a 6-2-0 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in nine games.
-Three Avalanche prospects were on the ice when Minnesota (Kent Patterson & Nathan Condon) hosted North Dakota (Brad Malone) for a weekend set. Patterson helped lead the Gophers to a 3-2 win on Friday by making 35 saves, although a Malone power-play goal was one of the two shots that eluded him on the evening. During Saturday’s rematch, Malone scored the game-winning power-play tally and also added an assist, giving the Fighting Sioux a 4-1 victory over the Gophers. Patterson made 22 saves in the loss.
-Boston University goalie Kieran Millan won his only start last week, posting 31 saves to help lead the Terriers to a 5-2 win over Harvard on Saturday. In 18 appearances this season Millan has posted a 7-3-6 record with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
-Saskatoon’s Stefan Elliott recorded a goal and an assist Wednesday as the Blades dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to Regina. The blueliner then scored another goal on Saturday, but Saskatoon fell to Swift Current, 3-2. Elliott leads all WHL defensemen in goals (20) and points (49) through 44 games and is also tied for the league lead with a +35 plus/minus rating.
-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie put up three assists in the Rockets’ 5-3 victory over Portland on Friday and then scored his sixth goal of the season Saturday during a 5-2 loss to Medicine Hat. Barrie currently ranks ninth among WHL defensemen with 32 points (6g/26a) in 26 games.
-Troy Rutkowski recorded a point in each of Portland’s three games last week. The defenseman had an assist in a 4-3 loss to Spokane on Wednesday, scored a power-play goal Friday in a 5-3 loss to Kelowna and then recorded a helper on Saturday as the Winterhawks defeated Kamloops, 5-2. Rutkowski is tied for 13th among WHL blueliners with 29 points (7g/22a) in 45 games.
-Seattle netminder Calvin Pickard posted a 1-3 record last week. Pickard made 45 saves in a 7-1 loss to Tri-City last Tuesday, but followed up that performance with a 35-save effort during a 3-1 Seattle victory over Everett on Friday. The goaltender was then saddled with consecutive losses as the Thunderbirds fell to Everett (6-5) on Saturday and Vancouver (4-3) on Sunday. In 42 appearances, Pickard is 18-17-3-4 with a .918 save percentage.
-Joey Hishon extended his point streak to four games by recording at least one point in each of Owen Sound’s three games last week. The center netted two points (1g/1a) Friday, but the Attack fell to Guelph, 4-3. After netting a power-play goal during Owen Sound’s rematch with Guelph on Saturday (a 3-1 Attack victory), Hishon would then post a two-point effort (1g/1a) Sunday in a 4-1 win over Brampton. He now ranks fifth in the Ontario Hockey League with 64 points (28g/36a) in 33 games.
-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell suffered losses in both of his starts last week. Maxwell made 21 saves in a 4-3 loss to Peterborough on Friday and then turned aside 30 shots on Saturday as Kitchener was defeated by Saginaw, 4-1.