Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 22
Prospect Spotlight On Portland Winterhawks Defenseman Troy Rutkowski
Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 4:14 PM MT / News
By David de Besche - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Troy Rutkowski
Defenseman Troy Rutkowski was a force for a Portland Winterhawks squad that recorded its sixth-straight win and 14th of the year last week. Rutkowski recorded two goals and an assist in a lopsided 7-3 victory over the Everett Silvertips. Troy’s two goals and three points were both season highs. The Edmonton native has 11 points (5g/6a) in 24 games this season.
The 6-2, 208-pound defenseman was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round (137th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Rutkowski appeared in all 72 games for the Winterhawks in the 2010-11 season and ranked first among team defensemen in goals (10) and finished second in points (47). He was a combined +24 and added 65 penalty minutes. Rutkowski played in 21 playoff games and tallied 13 points (4g/9a) as he helped Portland reach the WHL Championship Series.
DID YOU KNOW? Troy is just one of four Winterhawks to play in the CHL Top Prospects Game.
Lake Erie split a two-game homestand against the Peoria Rivermen. The first of two saw the Monsters (7-9-1-1) appear in their first shootout of the season, but Peoria prevailed 4-3.
Lake Erie rebounded two nights later in dramatic fashion, getting the go-ahead goal from Jake Newton in the final minutes of an eventual 3-2 win.
Looking ahead, two of their next three games are at home before embarking on a six-game road trip.
Cedrick Desjardins improved his record to 4-2-1 with the Monsters’ 3-2 victory over Peoria. The netminder turned away a Monsters season-high 38 shots in the game.
Jake Newton recorded his first goal of the year in Lake Erie’s 3-2 victory over Peoria. His goal, the game winner against the Rivermen, was a thing of beauty as Newton pinched from the far side and deposited a beautiful feed from David van der Gulik into the back of the net. The California native now has two points in 10 games with the Monsters.
David van der Gulik has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine games. van der Gulik leads the Monsters in goals (6), assists (11) and points (17), and has seven multi-point games this season.
Stefan Elliott had assists in back-to-back contests against the Rivermen. Elliott leads Monsters defensemen and ranks tied for third overall on the team with nine points (2g/7a).
Greg Mauldin is on a four-game point streak during which he has a goal and five assists. Mauldin is second on the team in scoring with 10 points (3g/7a).
Kent Patterson (Univ. of Minnesota) denied all 30 shots he faced in a 5-0 shutout victory over Saint Cloud State. It was Patterson’s NCAA-leading sixth shutout of the season and broke the all-time University of Minnesota record set by Robb Stauber in 1987-88.
Nate Condon (Univ. of Minnesota) recorded an assist in a 5-0 victory over Saint Cloud State. The sophomore forward has 11 points (5g/6a) in 14 games for the Golden Gophers.
Luke Moffatt (Univ. of Michigan) scored his second goal of the year in a 6-5 loss to Ohio State. The Arizona native has six points (2g/4a) in 13 games.
Kieran Millan (Boston University) blocked 33 of 34 shots in a 4-1 victory over New Hampshire. The Edmonton native is 4-4-1 this season with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
Calvin Pickard (Seattle) was spectacular stopping all 43 shots in a 3-0 shutout victory over the Tri-City Americans. “Pick” earned another victory two nights later in a 47-save performance to lead the Thunderbirds to a 6-3 win over the Portland Winterhawks. Pickard ranks fifth among league goaltenders with 573 saves and is currently 9-9-0 on the season with a 3.72 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon) has 14 points (4g/10a) and a +6 rating in 23 games with the Blades this season. Siemens’ 14 points rank second among Blades defensemen and his 49 penalty minutes are second highest on the squad.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) has earned nine points (4g/5a) in his last eight games and has amassed 21 points (8g/13a) and a +4 rating through 24 games this season.
Stephen Silas (Belleville) has earned four points (0g/4a) in his last five games and seven points (0g/7a) over his last seven contests. Silas leads Bulls defensemen with 12 points (1g/11a) in 21 appearances.
Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or) has three points (1g/2a) in 22 games this season.
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan) has three points (all assists) and a +7 rating in 26 games this season. Donnelly ranks tied for second on the team in penalty minutes (46).