Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 21
Prospect Spotlight On Belleville Bulls Defenseman Stephen Silas
Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 2:12 PM MT / News
By Kyle Shohara
Spotlight On: Stephen Silas
February has been a good month for Belleville Bulls defenseman Stephen Silas. Currently in his fourth season with Belleville (OHL), Silas is averaging a point-per-game this month, having earned 4g/5a = 9 points in nine games.
It’s also been his most productive month of the season (had eight points (0g/8a) in 12 games during November) in an otherwise disappointing 2011-12 campaign for the Bulls (27-28-1-0).
Silas has earned six points (3g/3a) in his last four games, including his second three-point effort of the season (2g/1a), February 18 vs. Mississauga.
Silas continues to pace team defense in scoring (6g/24a = 30) through 55 games, and his six goals are a career high (had four in 2009-10).
Colorado’s fourth selection (fourth round, 95th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Silas, a native of Brampton, Ontario, participated in the 2011 SUBWAY Super Series, on Team OHL. The SUBWAY Super Series is an annual six game exhibition tournament held between a select team of Russian junior players and all-star teams representing the three leagues of the Canadian Hockey League (OHL, WHL, QMJHL).
Silas appeared in one game for Team OHL, tallying an assist and finishing the game with a +5 rating. That +5 rating was tops on Team OHL.
2010-11: Was Belleville’s top-scoring defenseman with 36 points (2g/34a) in 68 games for the Bulls...Finished second on the entire team in assists and tied for third in points...Also dressed in all four playoff contests for Belleville.
2009-10: Recorded 49 points (4g/45a) in 66 games during his second season with the Belleville Bulls (OHL)...Led Belleville in assists and ranked second in points...Finished 12th among OHL defensemen in scoring... Represented Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, notching two assists in six contests...Suited up for Team OHL at the 2010 Subway Super Series and also participated in the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.
2008-09: Named Belleville’s Rookie of the Year after totaling 17 points (3g/14a) in 63 games... Skated in all 17 postseason games with the Bulls (no points)...Won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge...Led all team defensemen at the tournament with eight points (1g/7a) in six games...Played for Team Canada at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Last four: 2-2-0-0
Overall: 20-23-4-4 … 48 points … (14th in the Eastern Conference)
A brief look into the team’s last four games
February 15, 2012 – 4-3 win vs. Texas
Gerald Coleman started his ninth consecutive game (7-1-0-1 in that span) … has won 8-of-11 in a Monsters uniform.
Greg Mauldin had a two-point night (1g/1a) … has points in three straight games (1g/3a).
Patrick Rissmiller tallied his seventh goal of the season.
Mark Olver, Brad Malone, Luke Walker, and Stefan Elliott each had an assist.
Evan Brophey earned two assists.
Other: Approximately 7,000 school-aged kids were in attendance (8,933 total) at Quicken Loans Arena, for “Student Education Day”… game time was at 10:45 a.m.
February 17, 2012 – 6-3 loss at Rochester
Patrick Rissmiller netted his eighth goal of the season (now has goals in four straight contests) … also has points in his last six games (4g/2a).
Gerald Coleman started his 10th consecutive game (franchise-high).
Greg Mauldin increased his point streak to four games (1g/4a) … also has seven points (3g/4a) in his last seven contests.
Tyson Barrie earned his team-leading 25th assist of the season.
Stefan Elliott scored his third goal of the season.
Other: Lake Erie’s four-game winning streak came to an end … it was also the first regulation loss in the team’s last seven games.
February 18, 2012 – 3-1 win vs. Rochester
Stefan Elliott tallied two goals in the first 20 minutes of play … his second goal served as the game-winner … finished with three points (2g/1a) … had a career-high seven shots-on-goal … increased his point streak to three games (3g/2a) … a +2 over that span.
Luke Walker, Brad Malone, Cameron Gaunce, and Zach Cohen each had an assist.
Malone and Gaunce finished with a game-high +2 rating.
Other: 13,140 in attendance at Quicken Loans Arena.
February 20, 2012 – 4-1 loss at Toronto
Brad Malone (0g/1a) has three assists in his last four games … overall, the rookie has 24 points (7g/17a) in 45 games.
Cameron Gaunce has a team-best +15 rating (through 53 games) … his +15 rating rating also ranks tied for 11th in the AHL.
Tyson Barrie ranks tied for ninth among league defensemen in scoring (5g/25a = 30) … his 30 points also rank second among all rookies … His 18 power-play assists ranks sixth overall (tied for first among rookies).
2/23 vs. Hershey
2/24 at Grand Rapids
2/25 at Rochester
The No.7-ranked Gophers clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the WCHA playoffs with a sweep of Bemidji State.
University of Minnesota netminder Kent Patterson earned his Division 1-leading seventh shutout of the season in the first of two against Bemidji (3-0 score). Patterson followed up his 3-0 shutout with a 21-save performance in Minnesota’s 4-1 victory.
Patterson continues to pace Division 1 goaltenders in wins (21) and his .917 save percentage ranks ninth overall. His 1976:35 minutes played rank second overall.
Nathan Condon (University of Minnesota) earned his 15th assist (25th point) of the season in the 4-1 win.
Minnesota will travel to Nebraska-Omaha next weekend before concluding regular-season play against Wisconsin on March 2-3. The Gophers will host a first-round playoff series that begins on March 9.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan) went scoreless in his last two games (both wins). The Arizona native has 12 points (5g/7a) in 33 games. The Wolverines conclude regular-season play next Friday (Feb. 24) and Saturday (Feb. 25) at Bowling Green.
Troy Rutkowski (Portland Winterhawks) ranks eighth on the squad with 36 points (11g/25a) … has appeared in all 59 games for Portland … has eight multi-point games on the season (last: 1g/1a, Feb. 15 vs. Tri-City) … his 11 goals and +9 rating rank second among team defensemen.
Calvin Pickard (Seattle Thunderbirds) paces all WHL netminders with 1,726 saves, ranks tied for first in shootout victories (6), ranks tied for second in shutouts (4), fifth in minutes (2,968), 10th in save percentage (.908) and 12th in wins (20) … overall record is 20-31-1-1 in 53 appearances … became the WHL’s All-Time leader in career saves on January 22…the 19-year-old stopped 42-of-45 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants, giving him 6,959 career saves, eclipsing the previous record of 6,958 saves set by former Thunderbirds goaltender Danny Lorenz (1986-1990).
Duncan Siemens (Saskatoon Blades) has missed the last seven games after sustaining an injury during the first period on February 4. Overall, the defenseman has 26 points (6g/20a) in 51 games…also has a +11 rating and 77 penalty minutes.
Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) ranks eighth on the team in scoring (17g/29a = 46) through 56 games … has a +15 rating and 55 penalty minutes.
Gabriel Beaupre (Val-d’Or Foreurs) has 6g/14a = 20 points in 52 games … his 85 penalty minutes rank second on the team.
Dillon Donnelly (Shawinigan Cataractes) has 11 points (1g/10a) and a +11 rating in 54 games … his 118 penalty minutes rank tied for eighth in the league.