This Week in Avalanche Prospects

DENVER CO - NOVEMBER 6: David Van Der Gulik #7 of the Colorado Avalanche is hauled down by Nicklas Grossman #2 of the Dallas Stars during the first period of their game at the Pepsi Center on November 6 2010 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

The Lake Erie Monsters were not very welcoming to the San Antonio Rampage this past week. Stephen Silas represented the Ontario Hockey League in the Subway Super Series. The Gophers faced a tough challenge in Madison and came up with a split. More news and notes in this week's edition of TWIAP.

The Monsters played host to the San Antonio Rampage this past week and took the two game set with 5-2 and 4-1 wins. In Thursday's 5-2 game, the Monsters had five different goal scorers in Justin Mercier, Ryan Stoa, Mike Carman, David Van der Gulik, and Brad Malone. Evan Brophey was the offensive hero in Friday's win; recording the first hat trick of the season for the Monsters.

Cedrick Desjardins started both games and thus far has a 3-2 record with the Monsters and a goals against average of 1.41 and save percentage of 0.953. Good news is that the team is slowly starting to get healthy. Mike Carman has returned to the lineup and Patrick Rissmiller is expected to be in the lineup sometime in December. Perhaps the most encouraging news is that Joey Hishon took to the ice prior to the Monsters game on Friday. The Monsters continue their five game home stand this week against Peoria

After the QMJHL fell victim to the Russians in the first two games of the Subway Super Series, it was the OHL's turn this past Thursday. Team OHL earned a 10-7 victory, in which defenseman Stephen Silas had an assist in the first period. The two squads will face each other on Monday evening before the Russians face Duncan Siemens, Calvin Pickard, and the rest of Team WHL later in the week.

Speaking of Duncan Siemens, his Saskatoon Blades are on a five game winning streak and the club has won eight of their last 10 games. The captain's 14 points is 18th among league defensemen. Troy Rutkowski has struggled offensively; posting only eight points in 22 contests. He recorded his first point in seven games on Saturday in a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs. Like Saskatoon, the Winterhawks are also currently enjoying a five game winning streak.

In college hockey, top ranked Minnesota paid a visit to rival Wisconsin this past weekend. The two teams split the series with the Badgers winning on Friday evening and the Gophers using three third period goals to earn the split on Saturday night. Kent Patterson is now 10-2 on the season and his team mate, Nate Condon, scored one of the three third period goals to help secure the win on Saturday. The Gophers will play a home and home with St. Cloud State this weekend.

Rivals Boston University and Boston College played each other for the first time this season. The Terriers striked first; taking the game 5-0. Kieran Millan stopped 21 shots in the win. The rivalry will resume in early December.

A short, but still sweet edition. Next week, a recap of the Subway Super Series. We will find out if the Lake Erie Monsters extend their home winning streak against Peoria. More news and notes from college hockey and the Canadian Hockey League. Until next week!

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