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Avalanche Farm Report: April 5

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The Rampage extended its win streak to five games with a 5-2 victory over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday but fell 2-1 at the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday.

On Friday, Rockford held a 2-1 lead halfway through the contest but San Antonio scored four unanswered goals to skate to the win. Left wing Trevor Cheek lit the lamp for the fourth time this season and added an assist to earn first star honors.

Maxim Noreau netted his 12th goal of the season and Borna Redulic found the back of the net for the 13th time. Mikko Rantanen registered two helpers and Mat Clark, Denis Everberg, Mason Geertsen, Nate Guenin and Ben Street each added an assist. Reto Berra was in net and had 26 saves on the night.

On Saturday, the Rampage’s penalty-kill unit kept the Admirals scoreless through six power-play opportunities and has now killed off its last 25 penalties. Rendulic recorded his 14th goal of the season at the end of the third period in a 6-on-5 situation with assists from Rantanen and Everberg. Berra made 27 saves in the contest.

At the beginning of the week, the Rampage announced that Ben Street was named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for this outstanding contributions to the San Antonio community during the 2015-16 campaign. He was engaged in the Rampage’s Face Off Against Kids Cancer program throughout the season and actively found out when and where events were taking place so he could contribute.

On Monday, San Antonio announced that Avs prospect Sergei Boikov had been signed to an amateur tryout following the conclusion of his season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The Rampage return home for three games this week, facing the San Jose Barracuda on Wednesday and the Iowa Wild on Friday and Saturday.

Upcoming Games:
April 6 vs. San Jose Barracuda
April 8 vs. Iowa Wild
April 9 vs. Iowa Wild


Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets clinched the Midwest Division with 87 points in 69 games played.

The Komets started the week with a 5-3 win at the Cincinnati Cyclones on Tuesday and returned home to defeat the Indy Fuel 5-2 on Saturday. On Sunday, Fort Wayne dropped a contest to the Evansville IceMen 5-4 in overtime.

Garrett Meurs

Forward Garrett Meurs found the back of the net twice on Tuesday, scoring on two of his three shots on goal. He picked up two points (one goal, one assist) again on Saturday and added another helper on Sunday. He has collected 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) in 49 outings this season.

On Saturday, defenseman Cody Corbett registered an assist and ended the night with a plus-3 rating. Goaltender Spencer Martin was in between the pipes and made 29 saves in the contest.

The netminder started in the crease on Sunday and made 13 saves before being relieved by the backup goalie.

The Komets wrap up a three-game homestand on Wednesday against the Quad City Mallards before finishing the regular-season with a home-and-home series against Indy on Friday and Saturday.


OHL

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Rangers defeated the Windsor Spitfires in five games in the first round of the OHL playoffs. The Rangers were leading the series three games to none and almost swept the series, but they lost Game 4 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday. On Friday, Kitchener defeated Windsor 5-2 to win the series. Magyar has registered one goal in five playoff contests this postseason. He collected 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 49 regular-season outings and ended the campaign with a plus-6 rating. Kitchener faces the London Knights in the Quarterfinal Round, which starts on Friday.


QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies continued their winning streak this week as the team finished a sweep of the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the first round of the QMJHL Playoffs. The No. 1-seeded Huskies defeated the Voltigeurs 10-1 on Tuesday and 7-3 on Wednesday.

Beaudin

Forward JC Beaudin found the back of the net twice on Tuesday and added two helpers on Wednesday to extend his current point streak to 16 games (15 goals, 19 assists). He has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in four playoff games. Beaudin had 82 points (33 goals, 49 assists) in 58 regular-season contests.

AJ Greer also lit the lamp on Tuesday and added two helpers on Wednesday. He has recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in the Huskies’ first four playoff games. The left wing collected 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 33 regular-season outings with the Huskies.

Julien Nantel registered two assists on Tuesday and has four points (one goals, three assists) this postseason. He had 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 52 contests in the regular season.

Rouyn-Noranda begins its quarterfinals series against the No. 13-seed Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday.

Boikov

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Huskies on Wednesday. Boikov played in all four playoff contests for the Voltigeurs, registering six penalty minutes and finishing with a minus-3 rating despite weathering a 33-4 goal differential in the series. The defenseman totaled 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 52 regular-season outings. In addition to playing for Drummondville this year, Boikov represented Russia in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland, where he helped his home country win the silver medal. At the tournament, he skated in all seven outings and collected six penalty minutes and five shots on goal. On Monday, Boikov signed an amateur tryout with the Rampage.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques defeated the Quebec Remparts 9-3 on Tuesday and 4-2 on Wednesday to complete a sweep of the series. Meloche skated in both games this week and did not register any points, but he finished Tuesday’s contest with a plus-4 rating. He split the season with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Olympiques, collecting 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 53 games. The No. 5-seed Olympiques face the No. 6-seed Moncton Wildcats in the Quarterfinal Round, starting on Friday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Val-d’Or Foreurs' season ended this week as the team fell to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the first round of the playoffs. The Foreurs dropped Game 3 on Tuesday 3-1 and Game 4 on Wednesday 3-2 but won Game 5 on Friday 6-5 to force Game 6, which was played on Sunday. Val-d’Or tied the contest in third period to force overtime but ultimately lost 3-2 in the third overtime frame. Left wing Pepin scored on Tuesday and recorded an assist on Friday. He finished the postseason with three points (two goals, one assist) in six playoff contests. He put up 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists) and a plus-4 rating in 62 regular-season outings.


WHL

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): Forward Olhaver finished his first season in North America with eight points (three goals, five assists) in 51 outings. He 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. Olhaver skated in 20 games with the Broncos, tallying one goal and two helpers. Swift Current finished the regular season ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference with 58 points and did not make the playoffs.


NCAA

Butcher

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers spent the week preparing to go to Tampa, Florida, to face the North Dakota Fighting Hawks in the National Semifinals. The trip is DU’s first to the Frozen Four since 2005 and the school’s 14th overall, giving the Pioneers the sixth most in NCAA history. The semifinal game takes place on Thursday and the National Championship game is on Saturday. Both matches will be played at Amalie Arena. Butcher played in 38 regular-season games with the Pioneers and recorded 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) and a plus-22 rating. He has two assists through two NCAA tournament contests.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan fell 5-2 to the University of North Dakota in the NCAA Regional Final to end the 2015-16 campaign. Compher had two goals in the final game of the season to close the year 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) and a plus-35 rating in 38 outings, 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).

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): NCHC champion St. Cloud State’s season ended in the semifinals of the NCAA West Regional at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a 5-4 loss to Ferris State in overtime. Storm registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in 29 games this season.


Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK began the best-of-seven semifinal series against the Vaxjo Lakers on Friday with a 2-0 win. On Sunday, Skelleftea fell 3-2 to the Lakers in overtime to even the series at one game apiece. Lindholm played in both outings but did not register any points. He has skated in six playoff games, totaling 14 hits, 6 blocked shots and a plus-3 rating. In 30 regular-season contests, the defenseman registered four helpers. The series continues with Game 3 on Tuesday.

Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Westlund skated in 42 contests with HC Vita Hasten to start the season 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 register any points.


Finland

Aittokallio

Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu is facing Tappara in the Liiga semifinals and the club dropped the first two games of the series. Karpat fell 3-1 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Aittokallio made his post-season debut between the pipes on Saturday in relief of the starting goalie. He made three saves in 14:46 of ice time and did not allow a goal. In 33 regular-season contests, the netminder had an 18-4-9 record, 1.97 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. The clubs play Game 3 on Tuesday.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara lost to KalPa in the Liiga Junior-A wild-card series of the playoffs to end its season. Netminder Pajpach was between the pipes in 22 games this season and finished with a .874 save percentage and 3.77 goals-against average.


KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): The 2015-16 season marked defenseman Mironov’s fourth campaign with Dynamo Moscow. He registered 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 40 games and finished the year with 21 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating. Dynamo swept HC Sochi in the Western Conference quarterfinals but fell in the semifinals to SKA Saint Petersburg. Mironov tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in nine post-season 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 2-1 to Salavat Yulaev in Game 7 of the semifinals. Parshin accrued 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 57 regular-season games. The forward also recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in eight playoff contests.


AUSTRIA

Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): The right wing finished the season with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 36 regular-season outings and recorded one goal in three playoff contests. Klagenfurt AC ended the 2015-16 campaign with 68 points, finishing in eighth place. The club faced EC Red Bull Salzburg in the quarterfinals, pushing the series to Game 7 before falling 5-2 to end the season.

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