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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 29

Prospect Spotlight On Lake Erie Forward Brad Malone

Tuesday, 11.29.2011 / 6:00 PM / News
By David de Besche  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 29
 
Spotlight On: Brad Malone
In a matter of two games, Brad Malone doubled his goal output for the season. Malone was instrumental in Lake Erie’s back-to-back wins as both of his goals served as game winners. 

The 22-year-old had a career best three-point night (1g/2a) in Lake Erie’s 5-1 win over Hamilton on Friday night and delivered his second game-winning goal in as many contests on Saturday against Hershey.  With the game tied at four apiece, Malone found a way to beat Bears goaltender Dany Sabourin with 21 seconds remaining in the contest.  Malone has earned five points (2g/3a) and a combined +4 rating in his last two games.

The Miramichi, NB, native is currently tied for fourth overall in team scoring with nine points (4g/5a) and has a +2 rating through 20 games.

Malone was Colorado’s fifth selection (fourth round, 105th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.  Before joining the Monsters during the team’s 2010-11 playoff run, Malone spent four years at the University of North Dakota where he collected 85 points (33g/52a) and became one of only four players in the school’s history to amass over 75 career points and 275 career PIM. In 2010-11 he helped the Fighting Sioux to the WCHA regular season championship, the WCHA playoff title and a berth in the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four during his senior campaign.

DID YOU KNOW? Hockey is in Brad’s blood.  His father, Jim, was a first-round pick (14th overall) of the New York Rangers in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Brad’s uncle, Greg Malone, played 11 seasons in the NHL from 1976-87. Brad’s cousin, Ryan Malone (Greg’s son), is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie picked up two wins over Hamilton and Hershey last weekend, respectively, to improve its overall record to 9-9-1-1 on the year. The Monsters cruised to a 5-1 victory at home against Hamilton in the first of back-to-backs, then departed for Hershey where they earned a gritty 5-4 win over the Bears the next night. 

The Monsters are now winners of five of their last six games and currently sit in third place in the North Division with 20 points, seven behind the division-leading Toronto Marlies. Next up for Lake Erie is a home tilt against Houston on November 30 before embarking on a six-game road trip.

Evan Brophey continues to ride the hot hand as he has scored a goal in each of the Monsters’ last two wins. Brophey is currently tied for the team lead in goals (7) and tied for fourth in points (10). The Monsters are 5-0-0 when he scores a goal.

Defenseman Tyson Barrie currently ranks tied for third among rookies in power play points (7).

Ryan Stoa earned three assists in Saturday’s 5-4 victory over Hershey, a Monsters’ season high. 

David van der Gulik’s team-high five-game point streak (all assists) came to an end on Saturday night.  The forward continues to pace the Monsters in assists (12) and points (18).

Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins has started six of the last seven and eight of the last 10 games for the Monsters.

NCAA
Kent Patterson (University of Minnesota) currently leads the nation in shutouts (6), ranks tied for 11th in goals-against average (1.99) and second overall in minutes played (963:44).  Patterson went 0-1-1 against Michigan State on November 25 and 26.

Kieran Millan (Boston University) turned aside 23 of 24 shots in a 2-1 victory over Cornell. The Terrier netminder is 5-4-1 on the season with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

Paul Carey (Boston College) tallied a goal for the Golden Eagles as Boston College beat Yale, 3-2. The Boston native has eight points (3g/5a) in 14 games this season.

Gus Young (Yale) recorded assists in back-to-back contests for the Bulldogs – his first points of the season.

WHL
Calvin Pickard (Seattle) denied 34 of 36 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Regina Pats. Pickard ranks sixth among league goaltenders with 633 saves and is currently 10-9-0-1 with a 3.52 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

OHL
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) has 11 points (6g/5a) in his last 11 games. The 18-year-old has 23 points (10g/13a) and a +7 rating through 27 games this season.
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