Avalanche Farm Report: March 8
Prospect Spotlight On Saskatoon Defenseman Stefan Elliott
Tuesday, 03.8.2011 / 10:04 AM MT / Features
By Aaron Lopez - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Stefan Elliott
Saskatoon Blades defenseman Stefan Elliott has been putting up some significant numbers this season, some of which could end up in the record books.
Elliott scored twice and added an assist Wednesday in Saskatoon’s 8-5 win over Edmonton and then notched two power-play tallies on Friday as the Blades downed Kootenay, 9-2.
The goals on Friday were his 29th and 30th of the season, making him the first Western Hockey League defenseman to reach the 30-goal mark since the 2006-07 campaign. That year, Medicine Hat blueliner Kris Russell led the league with 32 tallies, while Avalanche prospect Ray Macias also netted 30 for Kamloops.
Elliott capped off the week by recording an assist and a +5 plus/minus rating Saturday in a 7-2 triumph over Moose Jaw, giving him 238 career points (81g/157a) in 276 WHL contests. He is now just one point shy of tying Pat Price’s (1970-73) franchise record for career points by a defenseman.
Colorado’s third selection (second round, 49th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Elliott leads all league defensemen with 30 goals and 78 points while ranking third overall in the WHL with a +52 plus/minus rating. The Blades have locked up a postseason spot and currently lead the entire league with 104 points (51-13-0-2).
The Monsters rank fourth in the North Division with 72 points (32-25-3-5) after splitting a pair of games last week.
Lake Erie pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory over Rockford on Friday after Matthew Ford scored a power-play goal just 11 seconds into the extra frame. Ford also scored in regulation, Mark Olver netted the game-tying power-play goal in the third period and Jason Bacashihua made 30 saves in the victory.
The Monsters then dropped a 3-2 decision during Saturday’s rematch with Rockford. Justin Mercier and David Van Der Gulik each recorded a goal, while Bacashihua made 26 saves in the loss.
Colorado’s Central Hockey League affiliate played four games last week, posting a 2-2 record. Trevor Cann made 38 saves and Tom Fritsche had an assist last Tuesday in a 4-2 win over Rapid City. Fritsche added an assist on Thursday, but Cann was saddled with a defeat after stopping 28 shots in an 8-2 loss to Dayton.
Tulsa then split a weekend set with Odessa, losing 7-5 on Friday (Cann had 23 saves and Fritsche notched a helper) and winning by a 7-6 count on Saturday (Cann recorded 40 stops and Fritsche picked up an assist for the fourth straight game).
The Oilers rank third in the Berry Conference with 64 points (31-24-2) with nine regular season games remaining.
-Boston University goalie Kieran Millan made 39 saves in a 3-2 victory over Northeastern on Friday and then turned aside 30 shots in a 4-3 loss during Saturday’s rematch. In 33 appearances this season, Millan has posted a 15-8-8 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.61 goals-against average. The Terriers hold the No. 3 seed in the Hockey East Tournament, where they will again face Northeastern in the quarterfinals this weekend.
-Paul Carey and Boston College take the No. 1 seed into the Hockey East Tournament, where they will go up against Massachusetts in the quarterfinal round. Carey picked up an assist in the Eagles’ regular season finale on Saturday, a 4-3 victory over New Hampshire. The junior forward has totaled 25 points (12g/13a) in 33 games this season.
-Luke Moffatt and the University of Michigan will take on Bowling Green State University this weekend in a best-of-three CCHA Quarterfinal series. The Wolverines claimed the CCHA crown this year by posting a 20-7-1 conference record (23-9-4 overall). Moffatt ranks second among Michigan freshmen with 12 points (4g/8a) in 28 games.
-Kent Patterson made 33 saves and Nathan Condon notched an assist as Minnesota tied Bemidji State, 3-3, on Friday. Patterson then stopped 29 shots in the Gophers’ 3-2 victory over the Beavers on Saturday. Minnesota, the No. 5 seed in the WCHA Tournament, will take on Alaska Anchorage this weekend in the tournament’s first round. Patterson has a 14-7-6 record with a 2.50 goals-against average in 28 appearances, while Condon has notched 17 points (8g/9a) in 33 games during his freshman campaign.
-Brad Malone had a goal and an assist on back-to-back nights as North Dakota routed Michigan Tech, 6-1 on Friday and 11-2 on Saturday. The Fighting Sioux won the WCHA crown with a 21-6-1 conference record (26-8-3 overall) and will again face Michigan Tech in the first round of the WCHA Tournament. Malone has posted 33 points (12g/21a) in 36 games during his senior season.
-Gus Young and Yale University will face St. Lawrence this weekend in a best-of-three ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series. Yale is the No. 2 seed in the tournament after notching a 17-4-1 conference mark (23-5-1 overall). Young has appeared in just four games during his freshman season, recording one assist.
-Tyson Barrie notched an assist Wednesday in Kelowna’s 6-2 victory against Kamloops before recording a three-point night (2g/1a) as the Rockets downed Lethbridge, 5-3, on Saturday. Barrie is sixth among WHL blueliners with 53 points (10g/43a) through 48 games. Kelowna leads the B.C. Division with 77 points (38-26-0-1) and has clinched a playoff berth.
-Portland’s Troy Rutkowski scored a power-play goal and added two assists Friday during a 9-1 victory over Seattle. Rutkowski also added an assist the following night in a 5-0 blanking of Vancouver, giving him 43 points (9g/34a) in 66 games.
-Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard posted a 2-1 record last week, making 31 saves last Tuesday in a 4-2 victory over Vancouver, stopping 37-of-42 shots before being relieved during a 9-1 loss to Portland on Friday, and then rounding out the week with a 31-save performance on Saturday as Seattle downed Everett in overtime, 3-2.
-Stephen Silas scored his second goal of the season Saturday to help Belleville earn a 3-0 victory over Kitchener. He then added an assist the following night as the Bulls fell to Oshawa, 5-4. Silas leads all team defensemen with 31 points (2g/29a) in 62 games.
-Brandon Maxwell made 36 saves to lead Kitchener to a 4-3 shootout win over Kingston on Friday, and then made 32 stops Sunday as the Rangers fell to Ottawa by a 2-1 score in overtime. Maxwell is 23-12-4-2 with a .904 save percentage in 43 games this season. Kitchener has locked up a playoff spot and currently owns the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference with 84 points (38-17-4-4).