The San Antonio Rampage continued to struggle this week, dropping all three of its contests. The Rampage fell 3-2 to the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday, 3-2 to the Stockton Heat on Thursday and 3-2 to the Texas Stars on Sunday.
On Wednesday, forward Mikko Rantanen scored a shorthanded goal just 3:17 into the third period and found the back of the net again 11:29 later, with help from Joey Hishon and Maxim Noreau, to tie the game. But Charlotte scored with just eight seconds remaining in the game to defeat San Antonio. Goaltender Calvin Pickard was between the pipes and made 27 saves.
On Thursday, San Antonio struck first with a goal from Andrew Agozzino, but the Heat answered less than a minute later. Hishon and defenseman Chris Bigras picked up assists on Agozzino’s tally. Forward Borna Rendulic and blueliner Nikita Zadorov each scooped up assists on San Antonio’s second marker, scored by right wing Dennis Everberg. Pickard made 39 saves in the crease.
The Rampage also recalled defenseman Cody Corbett from the Fort Wayne Komets on Thursday. He played his first game with the club on Sunday and recorded a goal and an assist in the contest. Bigras and forward Samuel Henley each registered helpers on Corbett’s marker.
Bigras scored the first goal of the night with help from Rantanen and Corbett. Rantanen is now tied for third in rookie scoring with 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 18 games played.
The Rampage looks to bounce back this week with back-to-back games at the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday and Thursday and the Iowa Wild on Sunday and Monday.
Dec. 16 at Manitoba Moose
Dec. 17 at Manitoba Moose
Dec. 20 at Iowa Wild
Fort Wayne Komets
The Komets lost 3-2 in overtime on Friday and won 3-2 on Saturday in a home-and-home series against the Indy Fuel. They then fell 6-4 to the Evansville IceMen on Sunday. Friday’s contest was the Komets first overtime loss in four extra-frame games played this season.
Center Garrett Meurs tallied two helpers in Saturday’s contest and now has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 13 games played. Goalie Spencer Martin was in between the pipes on Saturday and stopped 31 shots.
Fort Wayne continues a seven-game home stand this week, hosting the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, the Brampton Beast on Saturday and the Atlanta Gladiators on Monday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers defeated the Owen Sound Attack 6-1 on Friday but fell 4-3 to the Windsor Spitfires on Sunday. Forward Nick Magyar did not find the scoresheet in either contest. The Rangers are ranked second in the Midwest Division with a 23-3-4-0 record. Magyar has four points (two goals, two assists) in 12 games played. Kitchener faces the London Knights on Wednesday before hosting the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Friday.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion won both of its contests this week, improving its record to 14-12-1-2. The Battalion defeated the Oshawa Generals 4-3 on Thursday and beat the London Knights 7-2 on Sunday. Wood tallied an assist in both contests and finished with a plus-3 rating on Sunday. He now has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 10 games played this season. North Bay hosts the Mississauga Steelheads on Thursday and the Niagara IceDogs on Friday before facing off against the Barrie Colts on Saturday.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies improved their winning streak to eight games this past week. On Friday, the Huskies defeated the Shawinigan Cataractes 5-4 in overtime and beat the Gatineau Olympiques 5-2 on Saturday. Beaudin lit the lamp and tallied an assist on Friday and found the back of the net again on Saturday. Rouyn-Noranda looks to continue its winning streak with a home-and-home series against the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Thursday and Friday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs fell 5-2 to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday and 5-1 to the Charlottetown Islanders on Friday before defeating the Halifax Mooseheads 3-2 on Sunday. Boikov did not skate in any of the team’s contests this week. Drummondville hosts the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): Baie-Comeau lost all three of its contest’s this week, falling 3-2 to Victoriaville Tigers on Thursday, 8-2 to Sherbrooke on Friday and 4-1 to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Sunday. The club next faces the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies continue to lead the league with a 26-3-3-1 record. The Huskies had a 5-4 overtime win against the Cataractes on Friday and outscored the Olympiques 5-2 on Saturday. Nantel registered a helper in Friday’s victory. The Huskies travel to Val-d’Or on Thursday before hosting the Foreurs on Friday.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs conquered Gatineau 4-1 on Friday and Shawinigan 5-4 in overtime on Saturday. Left wing Alexis Pepin scored and added an assist on Saturday. He now has 12 goals and 11 assists in 30 games played this season. Val-d’Or hosts the Huskies on Thursday before playing in Rouyn-Noranda on Friday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): Currently second in the Central Division with a 21-11-0 record, the Red Deer Rebels won two games and lost one this week. The Rebels defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 on Wednesday and 2-1 on Friday but lost 5-2 to the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday. Center Bleackley found the back of the net once and added two helpers in Wednesday’s victory and tallied another assist on Friday. He now has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 30 games. The Rebels travel to the Kootenay on Tuesday, and then host the Ice on Friday and the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): The Seattle Thunderbirds lost 4-2 to the Spokane Chiefs on Wednesday before defeating the Chiefs 5-1 on Friday. The Thunderbirds then lost 4-1 to the Everett Silvertips on Saturday. Olhaver did not skate on Friday but played on Wednesday and Saturday. Seattle is first in the U.S. Division with an 18-10-2 record this season. The Thunderbirds host the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday and the Tri-City Americans on Friday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver lost to the St. Cloud State Huskies on Friday (5-2) and Saturday (6-2). Friday marked the Pioneers’ first home loss of the season. Butcher registered an assist during Saturday’s contest, the University of Denver’s final game before heading into winter break. The Pioneers host Notre Dame on New Year’s Day.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan Wolverines defeated the Minnesota Gophers 8-3 on Friday but fell 3-2 to Minnesota on Saturday. Forward JT Compher tallied two assists on Friday and added another helper on Saturday. He now has a four-game point streak. Michigan plays in the 51st Annual Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 29 and 30.
AJ Greer (Boston University): The Boston University Terriers lost 3-2 to Yale on Friday before defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats 4-1 on Saturday. The Terriers were the first team this season to outscore Quinnipiac. Greer did not record points in either contest. Boston University will have a long winter break before returning to action at Harvard on Jan. 7.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): The Huskies outscored the University of Denver 5-2 on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday. The sweep marked St. Cloud State’s fifth of the season, and it was the first time the Huskies swept the Pioneers in Denver since Nov. 1997. Storm did not register points in either victory. St. Cloud State returns to action on New Year’s Day against Arizona State University.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Lindholm skated in both of Skelleftea’s victories this week but did not register any points. Skelleftea shutout Linkoping HC 2-0 on Thursday and defeated Orebro Hockey 3-2 on Saturday. The club will not play its next game until Dec. 26 at Djurgarden Hockey.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten defeated Sundsvall Hockey 4-2 on Wednesday, shutout Asploven HC 1-0 on Friday and outscored AIK 2-1 on Sunday. Westlund skated on the second defensive pairing in all three of the club’s victories. Vita Hasten hosts Leksands IF on Tuesday before travelling to Timra IK on Thursday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu defeated Sport 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday, lost 2-1 in a shootout to the Blues on Friday and beat KalPa 5-3 on Sunday. Aittokallio was in the crease during Friday’s loss and made 23 saves. Karpat Oulu has one contest this week, hosting Assat on Tuesday.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara defeated Ilves 2-1 in overtime on Friday and KalPa 7-2 on Saturday during the team’s final game of 2015. Pajpach did not play in either contest. Tappara will not return to action until Jan. 6.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow was shutout 2-0 on Wednesday by Ak Bars before losing 2-1 in a shootout on Friday at Lada Togliatti. Mironov did not find the scoresheet in either contest. The KHL will not have any games this week. Dynamo Moscow returns to action against Salavat Yulaev on Dec. 22.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk started the week with a 2-0 loss to Amur Khabarovsk on Thursday before defeating the club 4-2 on Friday. Parshin did not tally on Thursday or Friday but registered four penalty minutes on Friday. Avangard faces off against Sibir Novosibirsk on Dec. 22.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt defeated EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz 6-2 on Friday before losing 5-1 to the Vienna Capitals at home on Sunday. Walker scored for the third time this season with an unassisted goal on Friday. Klagenfurt faces off against Dornbirner EC on Friday and Villacher SV on Sunday.