San Antonio Rampage
The San Antonio Rampage took on the Texas Stars in a home-and-home set over the weekend and split the series. The Rampage took the first contest by a score of 5-2 at home on Friday in the Pink in the Rink game. There were 12,324 fans in attendance to watch the Rampage play on pink ice and raise awareness for breast cancer.
After falling behind 2-0 in the outing, the Rampage scored four unanswered goals to earn the victory in front of the home crowd.
An abundance of Avalanche prospects found the scoresheet in the come-from-behind win.
David Warsofsky recorded his 10th helper of the year on the team's first goal and Duncan Siemens recorded his sixth assist of the season on Trent Vogelhuber's tally that tied the contest at 2-2. Felix Girard also assisted on Vogelhuber's marker and Nicolas Meloche registered a helper on the fourth and final goal of the night for the Rampage.
On Saturday, San Antonio fell 5-1 at Texas with Warsofsky assisting on the Rampage's lone tally. The contest was the start of the team's annual Rodeo Road Trip, which will have San Antonio play away from home for a month.
The Rampage will play 12 straight road games, with its next contest at AT&T Center not until March 2 versus Chicago.
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Andrew Hammond (Belleville Senators): After Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov was activated from the team's injured-reserve list on Thursday, Andrew Hammond was reassigned to the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League. He did not play in either of the Senators two contests over the weekend. In 18 games with Belleville this season, Hammond is 8-6-2 with a .900 save percentage and 3.34 goals-against average.
Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
After sweeping the Idaho Steelheads in a three-game series, the Colorado Eagles' win streak came to an end when the Kansas City Mavericks hosted and defeated them 3-1 on Tuesday.
That loss would be the start of a tough week for the Eagles, as they would also drop both outings of their two-game series at the Allen Americans on Thursday and Friday. Colorado lost 5-2 on Thursday and 5-1 on Friday.
Avalanche prospect J.C. Beaudin found the scoresheet on Friday, recording his 16th assist of the year. The winger has 23 points (seven goals) in 24 ECHL games this campaign.
Goaltender Joe Cannata remains out of the lineup for the Eagles after suffering a lower-body injury in the contest against the Idaho Steelheads on Jan. 26. Cannata is 16-2-1 on the season with a .934 save percentage and a 2.13 goals-against average.
Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's started their week off in a positive way, edging the Niagara IceDogs 6-5 on Friday. Travis Barron was 5-for-5 at the faceoff dot and had a plus-2 rating on the evening. On Sunday, the 67's extended their winning streak by defeating the Peterborough Petes 5-3. Barron, the 67's captain, now has 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) in 49 games this season.
Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds): The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds opened their week of play on Wednesday with a decisive 4-0 shutout victory over the Sudbury Wolves. The Greyhounds continued their winning ways on Friday by defeating the Saginaw Spirit 4-3 in overtime. On Sunday, the Greyhounds extended their streak to six consecutive wins with a 3-2 victory over the Erie Otters. Conor Timmins remains out of the lineup with a lower-body injury. Greyhounds head coach Drew Bannister told the Sault Star newspaper last week that Timmins had yet to practice with the team but has been skating on his own. Timmins missed his 10th straight game on Sunday.
Josh Anderson (Swift Current Broncos): The Swift Current Broncos and Josh Anderson opened up their week with a 4-0 shutout victory over the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday. Anderson potted his second goal of the season in the win and received the game's second-star honor in doing so. On Friday, the Broncos fell 5-2 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes but turned things around on Saturday by taking down the Kootenay Ice 5-3. The Broncos D-man has nine points (two goals, nine assists) in 37 WHL games this season split between Swift Current and Prince George.
Nick Henry (Regina Pats): The Regina Pats defeated the Prince George Cougars by a score of 4-1 on Wednesday. Nick Henry recorded his 14th helper of the year and went 2-for-3 at the faceoff dot in the victory. The Pats took down the Prince Albert Raiders 5-4 in overtime on Saturday Henry has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) through 35 contests with Regina.
Ty Lewis (Brandon Wheat Kings): The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped a 3-2 contest to the Prince George Cougars on Friday, extending their losing skid to nine games. Lewis had a team-high five shots in the loss. On Saturday, the Wheat Kings halted their losing streak by defeating the Red Deer Rebels 4-3 in overtime. Lewis recorded two helpers in the winning effort. The forward leads his squad in assists (49) and points (77) and is second in goals (28) through 52 games. He is also fifth in the WHL in assists and tied for seventh overall in points in the league.
Shane Bowers (Boston University): Shane Bowers and the Boston University Terriers took on fellow Avalanche prospect Cale Makar and the UMass Minutemen on Friday. The Terriers extended their winning streak to five games by winning of 3-2, and Bowers was a big factor in the game as he scored the game-winning goal and also added a helper. On Monday, BU took on Harvard in the Boston Beanpot and won 3-2 in overtime to advance to the championship game. The Terriers will face Northeastern next Monday in the Beanpot final. Bowers now has 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) through 28 contests and is currently second on the team in goals scored and tied for third in points. Bowers also leads the team in plus-minus rating (plus-14).
Cale Makar (UMass): The UMass Minutemen took on Boston University on Friday but lost 3-2 to the Terriers and fellow Colorado prospect Shane Bowers. It was Cale Makar's first game back in the lineup since missing the past three outings and had an assist versus BU. On Saturday, the Minutemen lost 3-1 to New Hampshire. Makar recorded a helper on the lone UMass goal and now has 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) through 23 games this year.
Cam Morrison (Notre Dame): No. 2 Notre Dame played a two-game series at Penn State over the weekend, winning the first matchup 5-3 and then tying the Nittany Lions 2-2 on Saturday. Notre Dame won the shootout 1-0 on Saturday to earn the extra point in the conference standings. Cam Morrison was held off the scoresheet in both games. The forward has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and has played in all 28 games for the Fighting Irish this season. Notre Dame was named the No. 1 team in the nation on Monday in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Denis Smirnov (Penn State): Penn State took on the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a two-game series in Pennsylvania over the weekend. The Nittany Lions dropped the first contest 5-3 on Friday but they were able to erase a two-goal deficit to tie the No. 2 Fighting Irish 2-2 on Saturday. PSU lost the shootout 1-0 after OT, allowing Notre Dame to pick up the extra conference point. Denis Smirnov was held off of the scoresheet both nights. The sophomore forward's 13 goals lead the club this year, and he is scoring at a point-per-game pace with 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) through 22 games.
Nate Clurman (Des Moines Buccaneers): The Des Moines Buccaneers took on the Sioux Falls Stampede in a two-game series in South Dakota. The Bucs were shutout by the Sioux Falls Stampede 2-0 on Friday in the first game of the series but turned things around with a 3-2 shootout victory on Saturday. Nate Clurman played in both games and had a plus-1 rating in the win on Saturday. The Boulder, Colorado-born defenseman has four assists through 33 games this season.
Nick Leivermann (Penticton Vees): The Penticton Vees edged the Merritt Centennials 3-2 on Friday. On Saturday, the Vees defeated the Salmon Army Silverbacks 5-1, making it seven wins in their last eight games. Penticton is 11-1-1 in its last 13 contests. Nick Leivermann remains out of the Vees lineup with an upper-body injury he suffered Jan. 6. Through 36 contests this season, the D-man has 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists), second among rookie blueliners in the BCHL.
Igor Shvyrev (Mettalurg Magnitogorsk): Mettalurg Magnitogorsk enters the KHL Olympic break with a record of 30-24-0, sixth in the East Conference. Igor Shvyrev has one goal in 30 KHL games this season. Mettalurg returns from the break on Feb. 27 against Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk. Shvyrev played two games with Magnitogorsk's junior club last week, picking up an assist in a 5-2 win vs. Kuznetskie Medvedi on Tuesday before his team lost 5-2 in a rematch on Thursday. He has five goals and 12 assists in 10 MHL junior games this season.
Gustav Olhaver (IK Oskarshamn): IK Oskarshamn dropped its second contest in a row on Wednesday, falling 4-1 to MODO Hockey. The skid continued for IK Oskarshamn on Friday by falling 3-1 to HC Vita Hasten, but it ended on Monday with a 5-4 overtime win versus Panther. Gustav Olhaver received a misconduct penalty late in the first period of Friday's contest after being called for a checking to the head infraction. The winger has 12 points (six goals, six assists) through 40 games this campaign.
Adam Werner (IF Bjorkloven): Adam Werner and IF Bjorkloven continued their recent winning ways this week and it began on Wednesday by beating BIK Karlskoga 3-1. Werner had a solid performance between the pipes, stopping 30 shots in the win. Werner continued their solid performance on Friday by making 39 saves as Bjorkloven defeated Leksands 4-2, extending their win streak to three games. The backstop now has a 21-17 record on the year with a 2.43 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and three shutouts through 38 games.
Petr Kvaca (HC Ceske Budejovice): Petr Kvaca did not start in either game for HC Ceske Budejovice this week. On Wednesday, Ceske Budejovice defeated Kadan 8-1 and then fell 4-3 to Frydek-Mistek on Saturday to finish off its week. Kvaca has 21-7 record and has posted a 1.57 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 28 games. The netminder also has five shutouts on the season.
Maximillian Pajpach (HK Spisska Nova Ves): HK Spisska Nova Ves took on HK Trnava on Wednesday and dropped a close contest, losing 4-3 in overtime. Maximillian Pajpach made 29 saves in the extended game. On Friday, Spisska Nova Ves was shutout 3-0 by Presov Penguins, extending Spisska Nova Ves' losing streak to nine contests. Maximillian Pajpach has a 6-10-3 record, 3.74 goals against average and .897 save percentage in 23 games with Spisska. He has also played in seven outings with HK Michalovce, posting a 2.73 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.