The Rampage finished the 2015-16 campaign with nine wins in its last 11 outings. San Antonio defeated the Texas Stars 6-5 in overtime on Wednesday, but closed its season with a 5-2 loss to the Manitoba Moose on Friday.
On Wednesday, the Rampage had five multi-point scorers, including Dennis Everberg, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime and also assisted on the first goal of the night. Mikko Rantanen scored his 24th marker of the season, to extend his point streak to nine games. Taylor Beck also found the back of the net for his 17th of the season but first in a Rampage sweater.
Defenseman Brandon Gormley also lit the lamp in the second period and added a helper in the contest. Blueliners Mason Geertsen and Maxim Noreau each collected two assists as well. Joey Hishon, Borna Rendulic, Duncan Siemens and Ben Street each registered assists. Reto Berra was in the crease for the contest. He stopped 33 shots and recorded his first AHL point of the season with an assist on Rantanen’s goal.
On Friday, Ben Street opened the scoring on a breakaway to tally his fourth goal and ninth point since returning to the lineup on March 26. He finished the season with 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 15 games played. Samuel Henley also found the back of the net for his eighth of the year. Siemens collected an assist on the night. Berra made his seventh straight start and finished the season with a 7-7-0 record and a .901 save percentage.
Rantanen was named the AHL’s Outstanding Rookie for the 2015-16 season on Thursday. He shared the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award with Providence’s Austin Czarnik after there was a tie in the voting among AHL coaches, players and media. Rantanen finished second to Czarnik (20 goals, 41 assists) in rookie scoring and ended the season ranked ninth in the AHL with 60 points (24 goals, 36 assists). The Finnish forward is also only the seventh teenager in AHL history to reach the 60-point mark in a single campaign.
In his first year playing the North American style of hockey, Rantanen recorded at least one point in 42 of his 52 AHL games and led all Rampage skaters in goals (24), assists (36), points (60) and plus/minus (+20).
The Rampage concluded it’s season ranked seventh in the Pacific Division after posting a 33-35-8 record.
Fort Wayne Komets
The Komets are facing the Cincinnati Cyclones in the first round of the ECHL playoffs, and they dropped Game 1 on Friday and Game 2 on Saturday, both by a 3-2 margin at home.
On Friday, forwards Troy Bourke and Trevor Cheek lit the lamp for Fort Wayne. Cody Corbett and Garrett Meurs each collected an assist on Cheek’s power-play marker.
On Saturday, Mason Geertsen was reassigned to Fort Wayne. He played in 42 games with the San Antonio Rampage this season, recording eight assists. He tallied one goal and three helpers in 21 regular-season contests with the Komets. Geertsen did not skate in Saturday’s loss.
The Komets outshot the Cyclones in both games, registering 35 shots on net on Friday and 33 on Saturday. Goaltender Spencer Martin was not between the pipes for either match.
The Komets go to Cincinnati for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday. If necessary, Game 5 will be held in Fort Wayne on Saturday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers dropped Games 3 and 4 to the London Knights last week, falling in the quarterfinal round after being swept in the series. Kitchener lost 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday and 6-4 on Thursday. Magyar skated in both contests but did not find the scoresheet. The forward collected 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 49 games played in the regular season, and he lit the lamp once in nine playoff contests.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies continued their winning ways last week with three victories over the Blainville-Boisbriand Aramada in the quarterfinals. The Huskies defeated the Armada 1-0 in overtime on Tuesday, 3-0 on Wednesday and 5-1 on Friday to win the series 4-1.
Forward JC Beaudin found the back of the net twice on Wednesday and added two assists on Friday. He has registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in nine postseason outings after finishing the regular season with 82 points (33 goals, 49 assists) in 58 games. Left wing AJ Greer assisted on all three of Rouyn-Noranda’s goals on Wednesday and now has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in nine playoff games. He collected 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 33 regular-season contests. Alternate captain Julien Nantel lit the lamp on Friday for the third time this postseason. He recorded 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 52 outings in the regular season and has six points (three goals, three assists) in nine playoff games.
The Huskies do not yet know who they will face in the semifinals, as two more series are still being played.
Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques and the Moncton Wildcats each led the best-of-seven quarterfinal series at some point last week. Gatineau defeated Moncton 7-1 in Game 3 on Tuesday but fell 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday. Moncton then won Game 5 on Friday, defeating Gatineau 6-4 before taking the series with a 7-2 victory on Monday in Game 6. Meloche registered assists on Tuesday and Friday after not appearing in Game 2. He finished the regular season with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 28 games.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Val-d’Or Foreurs fell to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in six games in the opening round of the playoffs to end the 2015-16 campaign. Pepin finished the postseason with two goals and one helper in six playoff games. The forward collected 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists) in 62 regular-season outings.
Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): Olhaver finished his first season in North America with eight points (three goals, five assists) in 51 outings. The forward started the campaign with the Seattle Thunderbirds, recording five points (two goals, three assists) in 31 games before being claimed off waivers by the Swift Current Broncos in late December. He skated in 20 games with the Broncos, tallying one goal and two helpers. Swift Current finished the regular season in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 58 points. The club did not make the playoffs.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers lost to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in the Frozen Four to end the season. The trip to the National Championship Semifinals was DU’s first since 2005 and the schools 14th overall, giving it the sixth most in NCAA history. Butcher recorded 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in 39 outings this year, ranking him third in the nation in defenseman scoring. He was named a 2016 Second Team All-American (West) by the American Hockey Coaches Association and earned First Team All-NCHC honors in March.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan ended the 2015-16 campaign with a loss to the University of North Dakota in the NCAA Regional Final. Compher finished the season with an eight-game point streak in which he registered 16 points (five goals, 11 assists). The junior had a career year, collecting 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) in 38 games, more than doubling his previous high of 31 points in 2013-14. The forward finished second in scoring in the Big Ten and first in assists (47), assists per game (1.24), power-play assists (19) and points (24) and plus/minus rating (+35). He was also named to the United States Men’s National Team for the 2016 IIHF World Championship, which starts on May 6 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): NCHC champion St. Cloud State’s season ended with a loss in overtime to Ferris State on March 26 in the semifinals of the NCAA West Regional at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Storm registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in 29 outings this season.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK defeated the Vaxjo Lakers 3-2 in overtime in Game 7 of the SHL semifinals on Wednesday to move on to the final round of the playoffs. Lindholm recorded his first point of the postseason with an assist in the win. Skelleftea is facing Frolunda HC in the finals and the best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece. Skelleftea lost 4-3 on Saturday but defeated Frolunda 4-1 on Sunday. Lindholm skated in both contests but did not register any points. He finished the regular season with four assists in 30 games. The series continues with Game 3 on Tuesday, Game 4 on Thursday and Game 5 on Sunday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Westlund skated in 42 contests with HC Vita Hasten in the Allsvenskan league before playing in 11 SHL games with Djurgarden. He had 14 regular-season points (three goals, 11 assists), all of which came with Vita Hasten. Djurgarden lost its best-of-seven quarterfinal series against Frolunda HC in five games to end the season. Westlund played in three of the team’s postseason matches but did not find the scoresheet.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat fell 2-0 to Tappara in Game 7 of the Liiga semifinals on Tuesday. Aittokallio was in net for the contest and made 22 saves. The club won the bronze medal game 3-2 against JYP on Friday. Aittokallio was not between the pipes in the victory. The goaltender finished the season with a 1.97 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 33 Liiga outings. He also appeared in 13 CHL games, finishing with a 1.09 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Netminder Pajpach was between the pipes in 22 games this season and finished with a .874 save percentage and 3.77 goals-against average. Tappara lost to KalPa in the Liiga Junior-A wild-card series of the playoffs to end its season.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): In his fourth campaign with Dynamo Moscow, defenseman Mironov registered 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 40 games and finished the year with 21 penalty minutes. Dynamo swept HC Sochi in the Western Conference Quarterfinals but fell in six games in the semifinals to SKA Saint Petersburg. Mironov tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in nine postseason contests.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk finished the regular season in first place in the East with 106 points. The club swept Neftekhimik in four contests in the quarterfinals but lost in Game 7 of the semifinals to Salavat Yulaev. Parshin registered 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 57 regular-season outings. The forward also recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in eight playoff contests.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): The right wing finished the season with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 36 games and found the back of the net once in three playoff contests. Klagenfurt AC ended the 2015-16 campaign in eighth place with 68 points. The club faced EC Red Bull Salzburg in the quarterfinals, pushing the series to Game 7 before falling 5-2 to end its postseason run.