Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 15
Several Colorado prospects had big games over the past week
Lake Erie Monsters
The Lake Erie Monsters came out even last weekend in two games against the Rockford IceHogs. The Monsters began the weekend with a 5-2 loss against the IceHogs on Friday. Lake Erie was down 5-0 until early in the third period when Bryan Lerg scored his third goal of the season. Paul Carey also scored for the Monsters and Lee Moffie finished with two assists in the contest. Both Calvin Pickard and Sami Aittokallio saw action in goal for Lake Erie, with Pickard playing most of the game and finishing with 19 saves. Aittokallio stopped eight pucks.
The Monsters returned with a vengeance on Saturday, though, with a 5-1 win over the IceHogs.
"It was almost two different teams, the way we played,'' said Lake Erie captain Bryan Lerg. "Friday was completely not our game. Obviously, coach wasn't happy, and he had every right to be. We didn't deserve to be in that game.''
Karl Stollery was the first to score at 3:17 of the first period. Andrew Agozzino capitalized on a Monsters power play to make it a 2-0 game, with an assist coming from Lerg. The Monsters tallied another two goals in the second period: one from JT Wyman and another on the power play, this time from Mark Olver. The Monsters went into the third period up 4-0, but the shutout bid of Aittokallio, who ended with 30 saves, didn't last as Rockford scored on the power play in the stanza. Lerg finished the game with a shorthanded empty-net goal to close out the scoring.
The Monsters (2-3-0-0) return to action on Friday against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Oct. 18 vs. Hamilton
Oct. 25 at Abbotsford
Oct. 26 at Abbotsford
The Denver Cutthroats began their preseason with a two-game series against the Rapid City Rush this past weekend. The Cutthroats began the weekend with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Rush on Friday night, with goalies Kieran Millan and Kent Patterson making 13 saves each in the contest.
Denver fell again on Saturday in its second game of the series with Rapid City. The Fish lost 4-2 with Millan playing the majority of the contest and making 24 saves.
The Cutthroats begin their regular season on Friday and Saturday at home against the Tulsa Oilers.
Oct. 18 vs. Tulsa
Oct. 19 vs. Tulsa
Oct. 25 vs. Wichita
Chris Bigras (Owen Sounds Attack): Bigras and the Attack fell in a close 3-2 game last Wednesday against the Erie Otters. Bigras posted a goal late in the game to get Owen Sound to within one score, but the Attack was unable to tie the contest after several good scoring opportunities. The Attack next took on the Niagara IceDogs on Thursday but lost 7-2. Owen Sound was able to clinch a win against the North Bay Battalion on Saturday with the contest ending 1-0.
Joseph Blandisi (Ottawa 67’s): Blandisi scored three goals during Ottawa's two victories the past week. Blandisi helped the 67's overtake the Mississauga Steelheads 6-3 last Tuesday with two goals. The 67’s fell 5-1 to the Guelph Storm on Friday but rallied for a close 5-4 win on Sunday against the Sudbury Wolves. Blandisi had a goal and an assist against the Wolves.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): Clarke and the Petes picked up a pair of victories in back-to-back games, winning 4-3 over the Sudbury Wolves and 2-1 against the North Bay Battalion. Clarke posted two assists on Thursday in a close game against the Wolves. On Friday, he followed up with a goal, aiding in the Petes' 2-1 victory over the Battalion. Peterborough goes up against the Mississauga Steelheads this Thursday.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): The Steelheads took on the Ottawa 67’s last Tuesday, falling 6-3. Martin made 45 saves in the contest. After facing an onslaught of shots in the previous game, Martin got a game off on Friday, but Mississauga suffered another loss, 5-3, to the Saginaw Spirit. Martin and the Steelheads came away victorious on Saturday, 2-1, against the Barrie Colts, with Martin making 36 saves. However, Mississauga was shutout 7-0 by the Erie Otters on Monday night, with Martin making six saves in the contest.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): The Cougars began their weekend on Friday with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Everett Silvertips but rallied the next night to beat the Silvertips 4-3. Bourke had one assist in the Cougars' win. On Monday night, Prince George was shutout, 3-0, by the Victoria Royals.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): The Giants had a rough week as they suffered four straight losses. The week started with Geertsen and the Giants losing 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday to the Prince Albert Raiders and 9-1 to the Saskatoon Blades the next day. Vancouver went up against the Regina Pats on Friday night but fell short, losing 5-4. On Saturday, the Giants finished out the week with a 5-2 loss to the Swift Current Broncos in a game that saw Geertsen serve 10-minute misconduct penalty. The Giants hope to end their losing streak when they take on the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher and the Denver Pioneers hold a 2-0 record after beginning their regular season with back-to-back shutout wins against the Merrimack Warriors over the weekend. Butcher scored his first collegiate goal in Saturday's 4-0 victory. The Pioneers won 1-0 on Friday night.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): The Gophers began their season with a 6-0 shutout win over Mercyhurst on Friday. Condon aided in the victory with an assist. On Saturday, the Gophers went on to beat the University of New Hampshire Wildcats 3-2.
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt led the Wolverines to a 3-1 upset victory over Boston College on Thursday. Moffatt posted two goals and ended the contest with five shots on net. Bolstered by their season-opening victory, the Wolverines went on to beat RIT 7-4 on Saturday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Storm and the Huskies began their season with back-to-back games Friday and Saturday against Bemidji State. They split the weekend with a 3-2 win on Friday and a 3-2 shootout loss on Saturday.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young and the Bulldogs take on Ontario Tech in an exhibition game this Saturday.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos and Lokomotiv shutout Admiral Vladivostok 4-0 on Wednesday night before losing to Amur, 1-0, on Friday in a shootout. On Sunday, Holos tied up the game against Sibir, but Lokomotiv came up short, 2-1, in another shootout loss.
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Torpedo came out victorious last Tuesday against Avtomobilist. The contest ended 4-2 with Parshin credited with an assist. Torpedo fell 4-3 on Thursday to Ugra and then again on Saturday to Avandgard, 5-1. On Monday, Torpedo attempted to end its losing streak, with Parshin posting another assist, but the club ultimately lost 4-2.
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Vincour and Ak Bars lost 4-3 in overtime to Ugra last Tuesday. On Thursday, Vincour sat out the contest against Avtomobilist, in which Ak Bars lost 3-2 in a shootout. Vincour aided in Ak Bars 5-0 victory over Barys on Saturday with a goal. Ak Bars also won in overtime, 3-2, against Avangard on Monday night.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Medvescak pulled out a 3-2 overtime victory on Wednesday night against Dinamo. Medvescak then went on to beat Donbass 5-3 on Friday before falling to Spartak, 3-2, in a shootout on Sunday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund's Farjestads club suffered three losses last week; 5-3 to Brynas on Tuesday, 2-1 to Lulea 2-1 on Thursday and 4-3 to Modo on Saturday.