World Junior Championship
Team Canada hit the ice twice this week for two pre-tournament games, and the squad outscored its opponents by a combined total of 17-1. Cale Makar had two assists in Canada's 9-0 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday, a game that featured a five-goal third period.
The squad took on Switzerland on Friday and prevailed with an 8-1 win. Makar registered another pair of helpers in the contest.
Conor Timmins appeared in both matches but didn't find the scoresheet.
San Antonio Rampage
The San Antonio Rampage fell twice to the Manitoba Moose this week as its penalty-kill unit surrendered four power-play goals over the two-game series. The Rampage is currently fourth in the Pacific Division of the AHL with a 16-12-2 record.
The Rampage was outscored 7-2 on Thursday by the Moose, though it was the first team to get on the scoreboard. Trent Vogelhuber opened the scoring of the game, as he found the back of the net with an assist from Andrei Mironov. Manitoba knotted the match before the first intermission and racked up four unanswered goals before the second period was over, including two power-play markers and a short-handed tally.
Rocco Grimaldi, with an assist from A.J. Greer, scored on the man advantage for San Antonio to begin the final 20 minutes, but the Moose put up two more markers to extend its lead before the final horn.
The two clubs took the ice again on Friday, and the Moose defeated the Rampage 3-1 in the second tilt. Manitoba took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, and the Rampage was never able to recover. San Antonio scored its lone tally in the second period to get the match within one, but despite its late push in the third frame, Manitoba tallied its fourth power-play goal of the series into an empty net to sweep the Rampage.
Dec. 27 at Texas Stars
Dec. 29 vs. Texas Stars
Dec. 31 vs. San Diego Gulls
Andrew Hammond (Belleview Senators): Andrew Hammond didn't start for the Belleview Senators on Wednesday in the club's 3-1 loss to the Rochester Americans, but the netminder was between the pipes on Friday in an 8-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch. Hammond played less than 32 minutes and made 13 saves in the crease. On the season, the goaltender is 6-4-2 and has earned a 3.46 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. The Senators are 11-16-3 and sit in sixth place in the North Division of the AHL.
Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
The Colorado Eagles took on the Utah Grizzlies three times in four days last week. In the first match, the Eagles defeated the Grizzlies 1-0 in a shootout after scoreless regulation and overtime periods. Goaltender Joe Cannata turned away all 30 pucks sent his direction through OT and made stops on both shootout attempts.
The clubs hit the ice again on Friday and Utah came back with a 5-4 win overtime win versus Colorado. The Eagles took the final meeting of the week with a 2-1 win Saturday.
Cannata is 9-1-1 on the season in the ECHL and has a 2.14 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.
Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's didn't hit the ice this week but have a 15-16-1-2 record that lands the club in third place in the East Division of the OHL. Left wing Travis Barron has registered 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 33 games this season for Ottawa.
Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds): The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds won't have a contest until Thursday as they are on the holiday break. The Greyhounds are in first place in the Western Conference with a 29-3-2-0 record. Conor Timmins is playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. The blueliner has 34 points (six goals, 28 assists) in 28 OHL games with Sault Ste. Marie.
Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars didn't compete this week, but they own a 12-17-3-2 record this campaign. Josh Anderson missed games from Oct. 6 to Nov. 17 after suffering a separated shoulder. The defenseman has put up six points (one goal, five assists) in 20 matches this season.
Nick Henry (Regina Pats): The Regina Pats didn't hit the ice this week and are seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 16-17-3-0 record. Nick Henry has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 17 games this campaign. The forward's season began on Nov. 10 after he missed the first part of the campaign while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Ty Lewis (Brandon Wheat Kings): The Wheat Kings remain in third place in the East Division with a record of 24-8-0-1, as the club didn't have any games this week. Ty Lewis leads the Wheat Kings in scoring as the forward has 55 points (17 goals, 38 assists) in 33 games this season.
Cale Makar (UMass): The University of Massachusetts didn't have any contests this week as the school is on a holiday break until Jan. 5. UMass has a 9-7-0 overall record and has gone 3-4-0 against Hockey East opponents. Cale Makar was named to Canada's World Junior Championship team and has been with the squad for the last two weeks. The blueliner has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 16 contests in NCAA play this season.
Cam Morrison (Notre Dame): Notre Dame didn't play any games this week and is off until Jan. 5. The club remains first in the Big Ten hockey standings with an overall record of 16-3-1 and 10-0-0 in conference. Left wing Cam Morrison has four goals and eight assists in 20 matches this campaign.
Denis Smirnov (Penn State): Penn State didn't have any matches as the school is on winter break until Jan. 5. Penn State is third in Big Ten hockey with an 11-7-2 overall record and is 4-4-2 in conference play. Denis Smirnov has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 12 contests this season. The right wing missed eight games earlier this year due to an undisclosed injury.
Shane Bowers (Boston University): Boston University didn't hit the ice this week as the NCAA is on a holiday break until Jan. 5. Boston University is 6-6-1 against Hockey East opponents and has an 8-10-1 overall record. Forward Shane Bowers has eight goals and six helpers for 14 points in 19 outings.
Nate Clurman (Tri-City Storm): The Tri-City Storm didn't compete this week and is second in the Western Conference with a 16-6-0 record (32 points). Defenseman Nate Clurman has three assists in 20 games this campaign.
Nick Leivermann (Penticton Vees): The Penticton Vees will return from a break in their schedule on Friday at Wenatchee. The Vees are 22-7-4 and are third in the Interior Division. In 32 contests this season, Nick Leivermann is tied for fifth among BCHL defensemen with 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists).
Igor Shvyrev (Mettallurg Magnitogorsk): Shvyrev has tallied one marker in 22 games this campaign. 24-13-7, fifth in the East Division. Mettallurg lost 20-1 to Vityaz Moscow last Tuesday and 4-0 to SKA Saint Petersburg on Monday. It won its game between the two defeats, picking up a 4-1 victory on Thursday versus CSKA Moscow.
Gustav Olhaver (IK Oskarshamn): IK Oskarshamn lost twice in three days last week. Gustav Olhaver tallied an assist on Wednesday as the club fell 4-3 to Vita Hasten before Oskarshamn was outscored 8-0 by IK Pantern on Friday. The squad has 46 points and is in sixth place this campaign. Olhaver has registered five goals and five assists in 27 matches this season.
Adam Werner (IF Bjorkloven): IF Bjorkloven didn't hit the ice this week and remains in eighth place with 42 points this season. Goaltender Adam Werner has a 13-12-0 record, 2.71 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in 25 outings this campaign.
Petr Kvaca (HC Ceske Budejovice): Petr Kvaca earned two wins this week to improve to 16-6-0 with HC Ceske Budejovice this campaign. The netminder made 31 saves in a 3-1 win over Kadan onWednesday and 20 saves as the club defeated Frydek-Mistek 4-1 on Friday. Kvaca has a 1.57 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. The goaltender has also played two matches with HC Sparta Praha this campaign in the top Czech league and finished the pair of contests with a 5.40 goals-against average and .833 save percentage.
Maximilian Pajpach (HK Spisska Nova Ves): Pajpach has played in 14 games for Spisska Nova Ves this campaign and has registered a 3.35 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. He also appeared in seven games for HK Michalovce, putting together a 2.73 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.