Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 6
Prospect Spotlight On Lake Erie Forward Ryan Stoa
Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 3:39 PM / News
By David de Besche - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Spotlight On: Ryan Stoa
Ryan Stoa netted the equalizing goal in the Monsters’ 3-1 comeback victory over Charlotte and added two more goals in Lake Erie’s 4-1 win at Rockford. The forward currently ranks fifth on the Monsters with 13 points (5g/8a) and leads the team with 68 shots on goal.
Stoa’s eight points (3g/5a) over his last six games have propelled the Monsters to victories in four of those contests.
The Minnesota native was Colorado's first selection (second round, 34th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with the Avalanche on December 13, 2009 against the Calgary Flames. Stoa went on to collect three points (2g/1a) in 12 games with Colorado that season. In 2010-11, Stoa split time between Lake Erie and Colorado, earning four points (2g/2a) in 25 appearances with the Avalanche.
Before turning pro, Stoa played for the University of Minnesota from 2005-09 amassing 47 goals and 97 points in 120 games. In the 2008-09 season, Stoa led the Golden Gophers in scoring with 46 points (24g/22a) in 36 games while serving as the team captain during his junior season. Stoa ranked third in the nation in goals-per-game (0.67) and sixth in points-per-game (1.28). Stoa was tied for second among all NCAA players with four short-handed goals and earned spots on the AHCA All-American West First Team and the College Hockey News All-American First Team.
DID YOU KNOW? Stoa helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championship, held in the Czech Republic. Stoa earned three points (all assists) in six games.
Lake Erie lost at home 2-1 to the Houston Aeros to close out November before winning two of three on the road to start the month of December. The Monsters (11-11-1-1) earned a 4-1 victory at Rockford before splitting a two-game set against the Charlotte Checkers. The Monsters lost their first of two against the Checkers, 4-3, but rebounded with a comeback win on Monday night, 3-1. The latest win pushed Lake Erie above the Rochester Americans for second place in the North Division.
The Monsters have three contests remaining on their season long six-game road trip as they travel to Abbotsford for two games (December 9, 10) before finishing with a matchup in Hamilton on December 14.
Greg Mauldin is riding a five-game point streak and has scored goals in three of his last four contests including the game winner in Lake Erie’s 3-1 victory over Charlotte. The Boston native is second on the team with 15 points (6g/9a).
Tyson Barrie had three points (1g/2a) in the third period of the Monsters’ 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Charlotte. Barrie earned assists on the tying and game-winning goals before adding an empty net goal from his own blue line at 19:27 of the third period. The rookie defenseman is tied for third on the team in assists (11) and points (14). Barrie currently ranks second among AHL rookie defensemen in scoring, trailing Milwaukee’s Ryan Ellis by just one point.
Brad Malone is riding a three-game assist streak and has four assists in his last three games. Malone ranks tied for fourth on the team with nine assists and has 13 total points in 24 games.
Trevor Cann has started five straight games in net for the Monsters, who are 3-2-0-0 during that time. On the season Cann is 5-2-1-1 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage.
Kent Patterson (Univ. of Minnesota) stopped 26 of 28 shots in both of the Golden Gophers’ victories over Minnesota State. Patterson earned 4-2 and 3-2 victories, respectively, which improved his record to 13-4-1 on the year. Nationally, Patterson ranks first in shutouts (6), second in minutes (1083:44) and 10th in goals-against average (1.99).
Kieran Millan (Boston University) turned aside 42 of 45 shots in a 5-3 win over Boston College. The Edmonton native is 6-5-1 with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage on the year.
Paul Carey (Boston College) netted a goal in a 6-1 rout over Boston University. It was the senior’s fourth goal of the year and ninth point in 16 games.
Gus Young (Yale) earned an assist in a 6-4 loss to Brown. Young has three points in his last four games (all assists).
Nate Condon (Univ. of Minnesota) dished out assists in back-to-back wins over Minnesota State. The sophomore has 13 points (5g/8a) in 18 games.
Calvin Pickard (Seattle) made 42 saves en route to a 4-2 victory over Swift Current for his 11th win of the season. The netminder improved his record to 11-11-0-1 with a 3.60 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 23 games played.
Troy Rutkowski (Portland) had an assist in a 7-1 blowout win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Rutkowski has earned 17 points (5g/12a) in 30 games this season.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth) had two goals and an assist in the Whalers’ 4-3 victory over the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. Meurs followed up his three-point performance with a goal in his next game, a 7-1 victory over the Guelph Storm. In 29 games this season the Ontario native has 27 points (13g/14a) and a +8 rating. Meurs currently ranks fourth on the team in goals and tied for fourth in points.
Stephen Silas (Belleville) is riding a three-game point streak (0g/3a). Silas’ 15 points (1g/14a) lead Bulls defensemen and his +11 rating is third best on the squad.
Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or) has five points (2g/3a) in 26 games this season.