To start off a four-game road trip, the San Antonio Rampage dropped just its third game in regulation, falling 6-3 to the Milwaukee Admirals last Tuesday despite a two-goal effort from Borna Rendulic that pulled the team to within one score in the second period. Marc-Andre Cliche tallied a power-play marker in the opening frame to open the contest's scoring. Roman Will made an appearance in relief of goaltender Calvin Pickard in the third stanza. Maxim Noreau and Colin Smith both had two-point efforts with a pair of helpers each.
The Rampage fell 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday in the first meeting of the season versus the Rockford IceHogs and its second game in as many nights. San Antonio added another game-opening tally late in the first 20 minutes with Troy Bourke's second goal of the year. Patrick Bordeleau, Trevor Cheek, Rendulic and Smith all recorded one helper each in the contest. This was the Rampage’s ninth game that required additional time this season, the most in the AHL.
San Antonio went head-to-head against the Chicago Wolves on Saturday and Sunday and defeated the Pack in both games. Saturday’s contest ended 4-1 with tallies from Dennis Everberg, Noreau, Cheek and Smith (empty net). Noreau’s marker came on the man advantage and was his fourth power-play goal of the year. Nikita Zadorov picked up a pair of helpers to earn First Star of the Game honors while both Mat Clark and Cliche also had two assists each. Pickard made 24 saves in the win.
On Sunday, Mikko Rantanen, Hishon and Rendulic, all lit the lamp in a 3-1 win over Chicago. Rantanen finished the afternoon with a marker and two apples for his fourth multi-point effort of the year. He is tied for sixth in rookie scoring with 17 points (five goals and 12 assists).
With a helper on Sunday, Smith is now on a six-game point streak, totaling one goal and seven assists. Everberg and Hishon also recorded assists in the outing. Pickard had 24 saves for his eighth victory of the season, and the Rampage went a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill against the Wolves during the weekend.
Right wing Garrett Meurs was reassigned to the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL on Wednesday while Dennis Everberg cleared waivers and was assigned to San Antonio from the Avalanche on Friday. Also on Friday, Andrew Agozzino was recalled to Colorado and played in his second career NHL game on Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
San Antonio is second in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference with a points percentage of .700 (11-3-6). The team has points in its last three games after going 2-1-1 on its road trip last week. San Antonio returns to the ice for back-to-back home games on Friday and Sunday against the IceHogs. The Rampage is 4-1-3 at the AT&T Center this season.
Dec. 4 vs. Rockford IceHogs
Dec. 6 vs. Rockford IceHogs
Dec. 9 vs. Charlotte Checkers
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday, but the Cyclones came back to beat the Komets 5-1 on Thursday in a Thanksgiving contest. Fort Wayne finished the week with a 1-0 overtime-shutout victory of the Toledo Walleye on Saturday.
Cody Corbett notched both of the Komets' overtime-winners on Wednesday and Saturday. The defenseman's tally on Saturday came on the power play, and he now has nine points (four goals and five assists) in 16 contests.
Goaltender Spencer Martin played in all three games, stopping all but two of 29 shots on Wednesday, making 18 saves in Thursday's loss and was a perfect 16-for-16 on Saturday.
The Komets face the Evansville IceMen on the road Friday in their only game this week.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Kitchener faced the Erie Otters on Thursday, falling 3-2 before getting two wins on the weekend. The Rangers defeated the Barrie Colts 3-1 on Friday and got a 5-4 victory against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Sunday. In his fifth game back in action after missing seven weeks because on an injury, Magyar picked up an assist on the Rangers’ first goal of the game on Sunday. It was his first point since scoring on Oct. 1. Kitchener continues a five-game homestand with one game this weekend against the Ottawa 67’s on Friday.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): North Bay went 3-for-3 this week, defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 7-1 on Thursday, the Niagara IceDogs 6-1 on Friday and the Flint Firebirds 6-3 on Sunday. Wood scored on the power play on Thursday for his first goal of the season and had his first two-assist outing of the year on Sunday. The Battalion will play three games in as many days this weekend, starting with the Sarnia Sting on Friday and followed by contests against the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Sunday.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda achieved back-to-back wins against the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Thursday and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday. Beaudin had a pair of helpers in Friday’s 7-4 victory after his 11-game point streak came to an end in Rouyn-Noranda's 4-1 win on Thursday. He had totaled eight goals and 10 assists (18 points) during the streak. Beaudin is second on the club in scoring with 34 points (13 goals and 21 assists) in 25 games. The Huskies hit the road for a three-in-three starting with the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday before facing the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday and the Titan again on Sunday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Voltigeurs couldn’t escape the Huskies on Thursday, falling 4-1. On Friday, Boikov collected an assist on Drummondville’s first goal, but the club suffered a 9-2 loss to the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The Voltigeurs will next face the Victoriaville Tigres on Wednesday, the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday and the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday. Boikov has four goals and 10 assists in 26 games this year
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): Baie-Comeau couldn’t overcome Rimouski in a 2-1 shootout loss on Friday and then dropped a 5-3 decision to the Oceanic the following night. Meloche put the biscuit in the basket for the seventh time this season on Saturday. The Drakkar faces the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Tuesday and the Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday. Meloche has 14 points in the team's first 21 games.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Playing two games in two days, the Huskies were successful in both contests by beating Drummondville 4-1 on Thursday and defeating Acadie-Bathurst 7-4 on Friday. Nantel collected two assists in each game and has now tallied two-point games in each of his last three outings. Rouyn-Noranda hits the road for three meetings this weekend: Halifax on Friday, Moncton on Saturday and Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. Nantel has 10 goals and 14 assists in 25 contests this season.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Pepin scored twice, including once on the man advantage, to help Val-d’Or to a 9-2 home-ice win over Drummondville on Friday. The Foreurs shutout Acadie-Bathurst 4-0 on Saturday, with Pepin picking up an assist—his 13th point (eight goals and five assists) in 23 games this year. The Foreurs have a busy weekend with a three-in-three road trip. Pepin looks to continue his point streak against Acadie-Bathurst on Friday, Halifax on Saturday and Moncton on Sunday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): Red Deer had a four-game week, starting with a 3-2 loss to the Regina Pats on Tuesday but followed by a 5-2 win over the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday. Bleackley tallied against the Pats on Tuesday and had two helpers the following night versus the Ice. The Rebels were victorious against the Medicine Hat Tigers, winning 6-4 on Friday, and the Pats, 2-1 on Saturday. Bleackley lit the lamp in both Friday and Saturday’s games and extended his point streak to five games (three goals and three assists). Red Deer leads the Eastern Conference with 38 points and a record of 19-8-0. The Rebels play the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday and the Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday. Bleackley has five goals and 13 assists in 25 games this season, with four of his tallies coming in the month of November.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): Olhaver and Seattle fell 5-2 to the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday. They defeated the Vancouver Giants 5-3 on Friday but lost 3-2 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday. The Thunderbirds are third in the Western Conference with a 16-7-2 record. The team plays the Spokane Chiefs on Friday and the Tri-City Americans on Saturday. The Swedish Olhaver has two goals and two assists in 24 games during his first season in North America.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the University of Denver did not play any matches this past week. However, the team is still ranked in the top 10 in both major NCAA Division-I hockey polls. Butcher has three markers and nine helpers in 12 games during his junior season. The Pioneers will travel to take on North Dakota on Friday and Saturday.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan shutdown Dartmouth College by a score of 7-0 on Friday but tied Dartmouth 1-1 on Saturday. The Wolverines did go on to win the exhibition shootout after the overtime period on Saturday. Compher had a trio of assists on Friday, all coming on the first three goals of the contest and two during power plays. The forward has one marker and 10 helpers in 11 appearances during his junior season. The Wolverines host the University of Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday.
AJ Greer (Boston University): Boston University shutout Bentley University 3-0 last Tuesday as Greer put three shots on the cage. On Saturday, the Terriers scored with just four minutes left in regulation to force a 3-3 tie against Cornell in the fifth annual Red Hot Hockey matchup at Madison Square Garden. Greer had a two-point game, his first of the year, with a marker and a helper and now has four points (a goal and three assists) in his sophomore season. Boston University returns to Agganis Arena to battle Vermont University on Friday and Saturday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Ben Storm and St. Cloud State swept their weekend series at the University of Minnesota, winning 3-2 on Friday and 7-4 on Sunday (7-4). The weekend wins were the first time in school history that SCSU has earned a regular-season sweep at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis. The Huskies take on the University of Nebraska Omaha on home ice on Friday and Saturday night. Storm has two goals and three assists in 13 games this season.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea won all three of its last games last week, starting with a 3-2 victory over Husqvarna Vatterstad 1971 on Wednesday and followed by a 3-2 win against Brynas IF on Friday and a 4-0 shutout of Brynas the following night. Lindholm skated in the trio of matchups and now has 10 SHL contests under his belt for the season. The team has a pair of outings this week against the Frolunda HC on Thursday and against the Djurgarden Hockey on Saturday. On Tuesday, Lindholm and Skelleftea tied HC Davos 1-1 in the first leg of the Champions Hockey League quarterfinals. The second leg, with a semifinal berth on the line, is this coming Tuesday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten HC blanked the IK Oskarshamn 3-0 on Thursday but dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Tingsryd AIF on Sunday. Westlund, who skated in both outings, has played in 23 games this season with Vita Hasten and has a total of seven points (two goals and five assists).
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat lost 1-0 to TPS Turku on Wednesday and fell 5-1 on Friday to HIFK before getting a 5-2 win over Blues Hockey on Saturday. Aittokallio did not play in any of the three contests and only served as the backup netminder on Saturday. Karpat plays Ilves on Thursday and HIFK on Saturday in Liiga action. Aittokallio did not play in Karpat's Championship Hockey League quarterfinals matchup on Tuesday, a 2-0 loss to Espoo Blues. The second leg of the CHL quarters against Espoo in this coming Tuesday, with Karpat needing to have a better goal aggregate in the two games to advance to the semifinals. Aittokallio sports a .967 save percentage in seven CHL contests this season.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): The Tappara junior team fell 5-4 to Jokerit on Thursday and was defeated 2-1 by JYP on Sunday. Pajpach appeared in the crease for both matchups, making 26 saves on Thursday and 19 saves on Sunday. He now has a save percentage of .883. Tappara has back-to back games this week, starting with the Blues on Friday and against Assat on Saturday.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow dropped a 5-3 decision to the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on Wednesday but defeated the Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 4-1 on Friday. The Dynamo had a hard-fought game against the Avangard Omsk on Sunday but eventually fell 3-2 in a shootout. Andrei Mironov had seven shots in the three contests. The Dynamo plays Moscow rival CSKA on Saturday and Severstal Cherepovets on Monday. Mironov has two assists in 17 games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): In its only game of the week, Avangard Omsk captured a 3-2 win in a shootout on Sunday versus Dynamo Moscow. Parshin got his team on the board first by lighting the lamp in the second period. He totaled five shots in the contest. The forward now has 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists) in 36 games.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Walker recorded one shot in Kalgenfurt AC’s 6-1 loss to the HC Orli Znojmo last Tuesday and skated in both games on Friday and Sunday. Klagenfurt shutout the HDD Telematch Olimpija Ljubljana 1-0 on Friday but dropped its second decision of the week on Sunday, falling 7-4 to EC Red Bull Salzburg. Kalgenfurt will play at Znojmo on Friday before returning to home ice to face the Olimpija Ljubljana on Sunday. Walker has two goals and seven assists in 23 games.