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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 8

Prospect Spotlight On Plymouth Whalers Forward Garrett Meurs

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 4:49 PM / News
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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 8
 
Spotlight On: Garrett Meurs
Despite only recording one point through his first four games of the season, Garrett Meurs has since tallied 13 points (4g/9a) in his last 14 contests.  The 5-11, 169-pound forward from Ripley, Ontario, most recently factored into both of the Whalers’ two goals in a 3-2 loss to Windsor on November 5.

Meurs currently ranks tied for fifth on the Whalers in points and has two power play goals on the season.  

2010-11: Meurs completed his second season with the Whalers, where he finished seventh on the team’s scoring chart with 41 points (10g/31a) in 68 games.  He also posted a +7 rating and ranked fourth on the team in assists. 

He was Colorado’s fourth selection (fifth round, 123rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

DID YOU KNOW?  Meurs joins David Liffiton as the only Plymouth Whalers to ever be drafted by the Avalanche.

WATCH: Meurs shares his thoughts on his first Avalanche rookie camp.

Lake Erie Monsters
It was a tough week for the Lake Erie Monsters (4-9-1), who have lost their last three contests.  The Monsters were shutout in two of the three games (both on the road), against Grand Rapids and Hamilton, respectively. 

Lake Erie will look to end the skid with back-to-back home games on Nov. 11 and 12 against the San Antonio Rampage (4-6-0).

With his assist in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Houston, Stefan Elliott moved into a tie for rookie defensemen scoring with seven points (2g/5a).  Elliott also ranks tied for second overall in team scoring with the Monsters.

Jake Newton, acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for Kyle Cumiskey on October 8, currently sports a team-best +6 rating through six games with the Monsters.  The 23-year-old has one point (assist) thus far.

Tyson Barrie recorded an assist in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Houston and currently ranks third in team defense with five points (2g/3a).

Greg Mauldin leads the Monsters with 35 shots on goal.  He also ranks tied for sixth on the team with four points (2g/2a).

NCAA
Kent Patterson (Univ. of Minnesota) stays red hot, notching back-to-back wins over North Dakota.  The Gophers are now the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for the first time since Nov. 29, 2008.  Patterson recorded his NCAA-leading fifth shutout of the season in the first of two victories over the Fighting Sioux.  The shutout tied an all-time University of Minnesota record set by Robb Stauber in 1987-88.  Stauber won the Hobey Baker Award that season.  Among NCAA leaders, Patterson ranks third in the nation in save percentage (.942) and minutes played (601:49), and fourth in goals-against average (1.59).

Paul Carey (Boston College) tallied his fifth assist of the season in a 4-2 loss at UMASS on Saturday.  Carey currently leads the No. 2-ranked Eagles in shots (37) and ranks tied for ninth in points with seven (2g/5a).

Luke Moffatt (Univ. of Michigan) went scoreless in the Wolverines’ two games last week.  The Arizona native currently ranks third on the team in penalty minutes (15).

Kieran Millan (Boston University) stopped 24 of 30 shots before being relieved in an eventual 7-1 loss to UMASS on November 5.

WHL
Calvin Pickard (Seattle) stopped 40 of 44 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings on November 5.  Pickard currently ranks ninth in the league in saves (410).

Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon) recorded his third multi-point game of the season on November 5.  Siemens tallied two assists in Saskatoon’s lopsided 7-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes and currently leads team defense with 13 points (4g/9a).

Troy Rutkowski (Portland) currently ranks tied for first among team defensemen in power play goals (3).

OHL
Stephen Silas (Belleville) has three points (0g/3a) in his last three games.  Silas leads Bulls defensemen with eight points (1g/7a).  The Brampton, Ontario native has been selected to play for Team OHL in the 2011 Subway Super Series. Team OHL will compete against Team Russia in a six-game tournament beginning November 10.

QMJHL
Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or) earned his second assist (and third point) of the season in a 6-3 defeat to Halifax on November 6.  
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