Avalanche Farm Report: April 15
The season's of Avalanche prospects are coming to a close
Cody Corbett (Edmonton Oil Kings): Edmonton is awaiting their next opponent after taking out Brandon in five games. Corbett would pick up an assist in the Oil Kings' 5-2 win in Game 3 this past Tuesday. The defenseman scored a goal in both a 5-2 loss in Game 4 and a 5-1 series-clinching win in Game 5.
Corbett and the Oil Kings have a history of steady playoff success. This is their third consecutive year in which they have advanced to the WHL Eastern Conference Championship. The Avs prospect has contributed in major ways this postseason with nine points (five assists and four goals), a team-high plus-11 rating and only two penalty minutes in nine games.
He is also no stranger to success in the playoffs. In 20 postseason games last year, he tallied two power-play goals and eight assists with a plus-9 rating. The Oil Kings fell short last year, but at a point-per-game pace Corbett looks to lead the way to the 2014 WHL Finals.
Corbett signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Avalanche on March 5. The Edmonton defenseman appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Oil Kings this season and totaled 61 points (17 goals and 44 assists).
Lake Erie Monsters
Lake Erie will not earn a playoff spot in the AHL Western Conference. The team managed to pick up a point in each of their three games this week, however it was not enough to gain ground on the eighth seed.
The Monsters picked up a point in their 3-2 overtime loss to Utica on Thursday night. Sami Aittokallio was strong in net, stopping 29 of 32 shots. Brett Clark and Michael Schumacher were the two goal scorers for Lake Erie.
The teams would meet again on Friday, and again, they needed extra time. The Monsters were unable to get a win with Utica taking a 3-2 shootout victory. Calvin Pickard was in net for Lake Erie and stopped 34 of 36 shots. Schumacher and Guillaume Desbiens were both able to score in regulation for the Monsters.
On Sunday, the Monsters would again need a shootout to decide a victor. This time they came out on the right side of a 2-1 game with Rochester. The shootout lasted 10 rounds with Desbiens scoring the game-winner. Aittokallio was in net for Lake Erie, stopping 22 of 23 shots through overtime.
April 15 vs. Hamilton
April 18 at Grand Rapids
April 19 vs. Grand Rapids
The Cutthroats won 3-2 in a close overtime contest in Game 3 on Wednesday night of the Central Hockey League playoffs. Avalanche goaltending prospect Kent Patterson was huge in net for the Cutthroats, stopping 40 of 42 shots. Tulsa would even the series at 2-2 on Friday, taking a 6-2 victory. Denver put itself in position to wrap up the series after winning Game 5 with a 1-0 shutout on Saturday to take a 3-2 series lead. Patterson bounced back with a huge effort. He stopped all 52 shots he faced. The Fish will have two chances to advance to the next round this week.
Game 6: April 15 at Tulsa
Game 7: April 17 vs. Tulsa (if necessary)
Kieran Millan (Wheeling Nailers): The Nailers were looking to split their weekend series with Cincinnati after losing 6-3 on Friday. They salvaged a split on Saturday with a 5-0 shutout victory. On the season, Millan has appeared in five games for Wheeling and is 2-2-0 with one shutout.
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack): Bigras appeared in 55 games for the Attack and had 26 points (four goals and 22 assists) during the regular season. He was voted Best Defensive Defenseman in the Western Conference of the OHL by the coaches.
Joseph Blandisi (Barrie Colts): The Colts evened their series with North Bay at 2-2 with a 7-4 win on Thursday. North Bay bounced back with a 4-2 win on Friday and a 3-2 win on Sunday to close out the series in Game 6 and end the Colts' season. Blandisi appeared in 47 games this season with Ottawa and Barrie. He had 50 points on 24 goals and 26 assists.
Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes): The Petes were swept in their second-round matchup with Oshawa after falling 5-2 in Game 4 on Thursday. Clarke appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Petes this season, tallying 48 points on 21 goals and 27 assists.
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads): Martin and the Steelheads were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs. He was in net for 64 games for Mississauga during the regular season and had a 3.54 goals-against average. Martin was named the best puck-handling and second-best shootout goalie in the Eastern Conference by OHL coaches.
Troy Bourke (Prince George Cougars): Bourke's junior team's season is over after Prince George failed to qualify for the WHL playoffs. Bourke closed his season by appearing in 69 games for the Cougars and finishing with 85 points on 29 goals and 56 assists. He signed an amateur tryout contract with Lake Erie after the WHL season.
Mason Geertsen (Vancouver Giants): Geertsen appeared in 66 regular-season games for the Giants and had 23 points and 126 penalty minutes. He signed an amateur tryout contract with the Lake Erie Monsters after Vancouver lost in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher appeared in 37 games for the University of Denver in his freshman season and contributed 16 points (eight goals and eight assists). DU lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the inaugural National Collegiate Hockey Conference Tournament championship.
Nate Condon (University of Minnesota): Condon and the Gophers’ season came to a bittersweet end, as they earned a runner-up trophy at the NCAA Frozen Four. They lost the title game 7-4 to Union on Saturday with Condon adding an assist. The Gophers advanced by defeating North Dakota 2-1 in the semifinals on Friday. Condon has played in 41 games and has 25 points (nine goals and 16 assists).
Luke Moffatt (University of Michigan): Moffatt appeared in 34 games this season for Michigan, tallying 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists). After wrapping up his college career with the Wolverines, Moffatt signed an amateur tryout contract with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Storm appeared in 30 games during his freshman season and picked up an assist and 14 penalty minutes for St. Cloud State. The Huskies won the NCHC regular-season championship and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gus Young (Yale University): Young appeared in 33 games for Yale this season and had a plus-9 rating. The senior finished the regular season with 18 points, tallying seven goals and 11 assists. His college career is over as the Bulldogs failed to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Jonas Holos (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl): Holos and Lokomotiv were eliminated in the KHL West Finals after losing 3-2 to Lev on Thursday. Holos appeared in 52 regular-season games this season for Lokomotiv and scored 14 points (six goals and eight assists).
Denis Parshin (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod): Parshin and Torpedo's season is over after they lost in seven games to Salavat Yulaev in the first round of the KHL playoffs. Parshin appeared in 46 regular-season games for Torpedo. He had 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists).
Tomas Vincour (Ak Bars Kazan): Ak Bars’ season is finished after they lost their first-round playoff series, 4-2, to Sibir. Vincour appeared in 39 games this season for Ak Bars and had six goals and five assists.
Luke Walker (Medvescak Zagreb): Walker and Medvescak were eliminated in the first round of the KHL playoffs, losing in four games to Lev. Walker played 36 games this season with Medvescak and had three points (one goal, two assists), a minus-11 rating and 20 penalty minutes.
Wilhelm Westlund (Farjestads BK): Westlund and the Farjestads J20 team finished their season with a second-place finish in the national tournament. Westlund scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 semifinal win over Brynäsgatan. He would score the lone goal for Farjestads in their 5-1 loss to HV71 in the championship. Westlund finished the playoffs by appearing in six games and scoring seven points (two goals and five assists). He had 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 34 regular-season games with the J20 team. Westlund also appeared in 11 Swedish Hockey League contests with the professional team.