Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 25
Prospect Spotlight On Lake Erie Monsters Forward David van der Gulik
Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 1:35 PM MT / News
By David de Besche - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: David van der Gulik
After starting the season 0-4, the Lake Erie Monsters have won two of their last three on the shoulders of left wing David van der Gulik. The Abbotsford, B.C., native has notched five points in his last three games to help propel the Monsters to their first two victories of the year.
The highlight of the week was his three point performance (1-2=3) in an overtime win at Toronto on October 23rd. The 5-foot-10, 173-pound center currently leads Lake Erie with seven points (2g/5a).
Signed by the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent on July 2nd, 2010, van der Gulik tallied 1-2=3 points in six games with the Avs last season.
Selected in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, van der Gulik played four years of college hockey with Boston University (Hockey East).
DID YOU KNOW? van der Gulik was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2003 after tallying 10 goals and 20 points in 40 games as a freshman.
It was a big turnaround for the Lake Erie Monsters on the road. After a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss on October 21st in Syracuse, the Monsters responded by notching their first two victories of the season, both in overtime. Lake Erie beat Syracuse 3-2 on October 22nd, earning them three of a possible four points in back-to-back games against the Crunch. The Monsters went into overtime the next night and got their second win of the season in Toronto, 5-4.
Stefan Elliott had the game-winning goal in the overtime victory over Syracuse. The goal gave the Monsters their first win of the season and was Elliott’s first goal as a professional. The Vancouver native is currently ranked tied for fifth among AHL defensemen in scoring with five points (1g/4a).
Tyson Barrie netted his first career AHL goal and recorded his first career multi-point contest on Sunday night in Toronto. His goal also served as the game winner. Barrie is currently tied for third overall on the Monsters with four points (1g/3a).
Goaltender Trevor Cann currently leads all AHL goaltenders with 419:11 minutes played. Cann earned his first two victories of the year after starting 0-5. The Ontario native has 2.86 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.
Paul Carey (Boston College) recorded his fourth assist of the season in a 4-3 victory over Northeastern. The Boston native stands tied for fourth on the team in assists (4).
Nate Condon (Univ. of Minnesota) earned his fourth assist of the year in a 6-0 victory over Vermont. The sophomore is tied for fourth on the Golden Gophers in assists (4).
Kieran Millan (Boston University) stopped 26-of-31 shots in a 5-4 loss to Holy Cross.
Kent Patterson (Univ. of Minnesota) stopped 17 shots in a 6-0 victory over Vermont. The win gave Patterson his third shutout of the season, the most in the NCAA. The Minnesota native is currently 5-1-0. His only loss of the season came against Vermont in a 5-4 contest.
Calvin Pickard (Seattle) stopped 27 shots in a 3-2 win over Everett Friday night. Calvin is currently 4-4-0 with a 3.46 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon) recorded his sixth assist on the season in a 7-6 loss to Portland. Siemens is currently tied for fourth on the team in assists (6) and tied for seventh in overall scoring with 2-6=8 points.
Troy Rutkowksi (Portland) netted a goal in the Winterhawks’ 7-6 win over Saskatoon. Three nights later he had a multi-point night recording a goal and an assist in a losing effort as Portland fell to Edmonton 8-4. In 13 games played, the Edmonton native has 3-2=5 points.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) recorded a multi-point effort (1g/1a) in a 5-1 victory against Erie last Friday. The Ontario native is eighth on the Whalers in scoring with 3-5=8 points.
Stephen Silas (Belleville) had an assist in a 4-3 victory over Sarnia. Silas has five points (1-4=5) in 10 games played this season.