Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 25
Prospect Spotlight On Kitchener Goalie Brandon Maxwell
Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 11:36 AM / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Brandon Maxwell
For the second consecutive year, the Kitchener Rangers are fighting for the OHL’s Midwest Division crown, and Avalanche prospect Brandon Maxwell has been a big part of that push.
The Rangers (27-12-3-1, 58 points), who finished second in the division a season ago, currently sit just two points behind Owen Sound (29-15-0-2, 60 points).
Maxwell , who has received the lion’s share of the minutes between the pipes for Kitchener, won his lone start last week by stopping 32-of-34 shots in a 6-2 triumph over Oshawa.
That victory moved his record to 17-9-3-0 in 30 appearances this season.
Maxwell, who was Colorado’s sixth selection (sixth round, 154th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, ranks among the OHL’s top-10 netminders in many key statistical categories.
The Winter Park, Fla., native is tied for eighth in the league in victories, ranks ninth in save percentage (.909) and sits tenth in both goals-against average (3.13) and minutes (1724).
The Monsters kicked off the week with two victories, extending their winning streak to a franchise-record-tying five straight.
First, Lake Erie came out on top against Oklahoma City, 3-1, last Tuesday. Mark Olver, Ryan Stoa and Mike Carman scored for the Monsters, while John Grahame turned aside 24 shots. Lake Erie’s winning streak then hit five games following a 2-1 overtime triumph over Rochester on Thursday. David Van Der Gulik scored late in the third period and Mark Olver added the winner 2:34 into the extra session.
The streak came to an end on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Houston. Van Der Gulik scored the Monsters’ lone goal and Grahame made 19 saves in a losing cause. Lake Erie then rounded out the week with a 3-1 loss to Peoria on Sunday, with Justin Mercier scoring the team’s only goal and Jason Bacashihua turning aside 26 shots.
Due in part to their winning streak, the Monsters now rank fourth in the North Division with 49 points (21-21-3-4).
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate won both of its games this past week, topping Laredo by a 6-1 score on Saturday and then earning a 2-1 shootout victory over Texas on Saturday. The Oilers currently rank fourth in the Berry Conference with 43 points (21-18-1).
-Paul Carey had a three-point weekend as Boston College earned victories over Boston University (3-2) on Friday and UMass-Lowell (5-3) on Saturday. Carey had assists on each of Boston College’s first two goals as Eagles downed their arch-rival, Boston University, to begin the weekend. The senior forward then added a goal during Saturday night’s victory and currently ranks third on the Eagles’ scoring chart with 21 points (10g/11a) in 23 games.
-Boston University netminder Kieran Millan turned aside 24 shots in his team’s 3-2 loss to Boston College on Friday and then made 38 saves as the Terriers topped New Hampshire, 2-1, on Saturday. In 21 appearances this season, Millan has posted an 8-5-6 record with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.
-Brad Malone picked up an assist Friday in North Dakota’s 8-4 loss to Nebraska-Omaha. Malone is tied for fourth on the Fighting Sioux with 24 points (9g/15a) in 26 contests.
-Kelowna blueliner Tyson Barrie recorded two helpers Wednesday in a 6-2 win over Prince George and then totaled three points (2g/1a) on Friday as Kelowna downed Seattle, 6-3. Both of Barrie’s tallies were empty-net, short-handed goals. He currently ranks eighth among WHL defensemen with 37 points (8g/29a) in 30 games.
-Stefan Elliott notched an assist in his only game last week – a 5-1 win over Calgary on Saturday – and is now tied for the league lead among defensemen in scoring with 50 points (20g/30a) in 45 games.
-Seattle’s Calvin Pickard appeared in three games last week, suffering a shootout loss followed by a pair of regulation defeats. Pickard stopped 55 shots last Tuesday but the Thunderbirds fell to Kamloops by a 4-3 score following a shootout. On Friday, the netminder made 32 saves in a 6-3 loss to Kelowna. Pickard suffered another loss on Saturday (despite stopping 44 shots) as Seattle fell to Portland, 5-1. In 45 appearances this season, Pickard has an 18-19-3-5 record and ranks second in the WHL with a .918 save percentage.