Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 8
Prospect Spotlight On Belleville Defenseman Stephen Silas
Tuesday, 02.8.2011 / 10:20 AM MT / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Stephen Silas
It likely took a little longer than he expected, but Avalanche prospect and Belleville Bulls defenseman Stephen Silas netted his first goal of the season on Saturday when he scored a power-play goal during a 5-4 overtime loss to the London Knights.
The goal came during a breakout offensive game for Silas, who also recorded two assists in the contest to give him a single-game season-high three points.
Selected by the Avalanche in the fourth round (95th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Silas went into Saturday’s game leading all Bulls blueliners in both assists and points (18), but had yet to light the lamp during his first 48 contests.
A season ago, the Brampton, Ontario native finished 12th among OHL defensemen in scoring with 49 points (4g/45a) in 66 games. He also led the Bulls in assists and ranked second on the team in points in 2009-10.
The Monsters played three games in three nights this past weekend, marking the only time they’ll play a three-in-three set at home all season.
Lake Erie began the stretch with a 4-3 loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Friday night, during which John Grahame made 15 saves and Harrison Reed, Matthew Ford and Luke Walker scored goals. The Monsters then picked up a point following a 5-4 shootout loss to San Antonio on Saturday. Joel Chouinard, Patrick Bordeleau, Mark Olver and Matt Generous each recorded a goal, while Jason Bacashihua turned aside 27 shots.
Lake Erie concluded the weekend set by earning a 3-2 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. Ford, David Van Der Gulik and Kevin Montgomery tallied for the Monsters, while Grahame stopped 26 shots to earn the win between the pipes.
The Monsters currently rank third in the North Division with 58 points (25-22-3-5).
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate posted an overtime loss and a victory during a weekend series with Mississippi.
Trevor Cann stopped 47-of-51 shots on Friday night, but Tulsa fell to the Riverkings by a 4-3 score in overtime. The Oilers bounced back the following night, earning a 5-3 victory thanks in part to Cann’s 27 saves.
Tulsa sits in second place in the Berry Division with 50 points (24-19-2).
-Paul Carey scored his 11th goal of the season in Boston College’s lone contest last week, a 5-0 triumph over Massachusetts on Friday evening. Carey ranks third on the Eagles’ scoring chart with 23 points (11g/12a) through 25 contests.
-Kieran Millan turned aside 30 shots on Friday to help Boston University claim a 3-1 victory over UMass Lowell. With the win, Millan improved his record to 10-5-7 with a .919 save percentage and 2.69 goals-against average in 24 appearances.
-Kent Patterson made 40 saves and Nathan Condon recorded an assist as Minnesota skated to a 2-2 tie with Minnesota Duluth on Friday. On Saturday, Patterson turned away 34 shots and Condon scored a goal, but the Gophers fell to the Bulldogs, 6-4. Patterson has a 9-6-4 record with a .917 save percentage in 20 appearances, while Condon has posted 13 points (7g/6a) in 25 games.
-Luke Moffatt recorded an assist during Michigan’s 4-2 loss to Miami (Ohio) on Friday. The freshman forward now owns 11 points (3g/8a) in 24 games.
-Saskatoon defenseman Stefan Elliott continues to lead all WHL defensemen in scoring with 59 points (22g/37a) after totaling a goal and three assists last week. Elliott had two helpers in a 7-5 win over Red Deer last Tuesday, notched an assist Wednesday during a 6-2 win over Regina and then scored his 22nd goal of the season (also tops among league blueliners) during the Blades’ 5-0 win over Lethbridge on Saturday.
-Kelowna defenseman Tyson Barrie picked up three assists during his team’s 6-4 triumph over Chilliwack on Wednesday. Barrie is tied for sixth among WHL blueliners with 43 points (8g/35a) in 35 games.
-Troy Rutkowski recorded assists in back-to-back games last week. The defenseman had a helper on Friday as Portland downed Edmonton, 5-2, and then added another the following night in an 8-2 victory over Tri-City. Through 54 games, Rutkowski has totaled 32 points (7g/25a).
-Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard won one of his three starts last week. Pickard made 38 stops in a 4-2 loss to Edmonton last Tuesday, but then led the Thunderbirds to a 3-2 overtime victory against Everett on Friday by posting 32 saves. Pickard ended the week by stopping 54 shots in a 5-1 loss to Spokane on Saturday.
-Joey Hishon recorded three straight multi-point games last week, drawing a goal and an assist in each contest. Hishon had a power-play goal and a helper during Owen Sound’s 5-1 win over Peterborough on Thursday and then recorded an even-strength goal and an assist Saturday in a 5-1 triumph against Guelph. The forward capped off the week with another goal and assist on Sunday, as the Attack downed Saginaw, 5-4. He is now tied for sixth in the OHL with 72 points (31g/41a) in just 41 games.
-Kitchener goalie Brandon Maxwell won his lone start last week, posting 23 saves in a 4-2 victory over Sault Ste. Marie. In 34 appearances, Maxwell has posted a 19-10-3 record and a .905 save percentage.