The San Antonio Rampage struggled in its first game of a Canadian road trip, falling 5-1 to the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday. Mikko Rantanen tallied San Antonio’s lone goal.
The following night, San Antonio dropped a 3-2 decision which saw opening markers from Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov followed by three unanswered tallies from Manitoba. Both of the Rampage’s goals came on the power play as the team went two-for-six on the evening. Chris Bigras and Borna Rendulic had assists and Colin Smith finished with two helpers.
The Rampage snapped its seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 comeback victory in Iowa on Sunday, moving the team back to third place in the Pacific Division with a .536 points percentage. Smith had a goal and an assist and Zadorov notched the contest winner. Mason Geertsen, Cody Corbett, Rendulic and Rantanen all added helpers. Roman Will minded the net for the first time since Nov. 13 and stopped 31 shots in the win.
San Antonio defeated the Wild 2-1 again on Monday with Smith and Everberg finding the scoresheet with a goal each. Patrick Bordeleau and Joey Hishon had the assists on Everberg’s game-tying tally and Rantanen had the lone helper on Smith’s short-handed game-winning marker. Goaltender Calvin Pickard stopped all but one of the 27 shots he faced.
Rantanen moved to the top of the team’s scoring list with 26 points (10 goals and 16 assists) in 22 games, and he’s currently riding a five-game point streak (two goals and two assists) dating back to Dec. 13. Rantanen has collected points in all but five games played this season with the Rampage. He’s ranked third in points among AHL rookies and is seventh overall in scoring. Smith is second on the team with 24 points (10 goals and 14 assists) in 29 games and has picked up five points (two goals and three assists) in his last three outings.
San Antonio recalled defenseman Gabriel Beaupre last Tuesday and then reassigned him back to the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday.
Rantanen is expected to represent host nation Finland at the World Junior Championship that begins on Saturday.
The Rampage concludes a five-game road trip on Saturday with a quick bout against its in-state rival, the Texas Stars, before hosting the Stars for a tilt on Sunday at the AT&T Center. San Antonio will make the drive back up to Cedar Park to take on Texas again next Tuesday.
Dec. 26 at Texas Stars
Dec. 27 vs. Texas Stars
Dec. 29 at Texas Stars
Fort Wayne Komets
The Komets played against the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, dropping a 5-3 final. Garrett Meurs tallied a goal in the game and Spencer Martin was in the crease. On Saturday, the club bounced back with a huge 5-1 win over the Brampton Beast.
On Monday, Fort Wayne shut out the Atlanta Gladiators 4-0. Gabriel Beaupre opened the scoring with the eventual game winner and Meurs finished with a goal and an assist.
Fort Wayne faces the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday in the team’s fifth contest of a seven-game homestand.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers fell short in two-straight contests starting with a 4-3 loss to the London Knights on Wednesday. The Rangers then dropped an 8-5 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Friday. Nick Magyar collected his third goal of the season in Wednesday’s meeting and finished with a plus-one rating on Friday. Magyar now has five points (three goals and two assists) on the year. The Rangers return to the ice next Tuesday against the London Knights.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Kyle Wood had a three-point week and the North Bay Battalion swept the trio of games played with a 2-1 win over the Mississauga Steelheads on Thursday, a 2-1 win over the Niagara IceDogs on Friday and a 5-2 win over the Barrie Colts on Saturday. Wood picked up two helpers and finished with eight shots in Friday’s contest, and he had a power-play goal and seven shots on Saturday. Wood now has 11 points (three goals and eight assists) after 11 games this season. The Battalion returns to action next Tuesday against the Owen Sound Attack.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): After collecting a marker and a helper this past week, JC Beaudin extended his point streak (four goals and three assists) to five games dating back to Dec. 6. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies came up short against the Val-d’Or Foreurs 4-3 on Thursday but defeated Val-d’Or 5-3 the following night. Beaudin is second on the team with 44 points (18 markers and 26 apples) in 32 games. The QMJHL-leading Huskies take on the Gatineau Olympiques on Monday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs defeated the Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-2 in their only game of the week. Sergei Boikov was absent from the lineup as he was attending camp with the Russian National Team in preparation for the World Junior Championship. Boikov has 16 points (four goals and 12 assists) in 29 outings. Drummondville hosts the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Monday.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): The Baie-Comeau Drakkar were doubled up 2-1 by Chicoutimi on Friday. On Saturday, the team traded Nicolas Meloche to Gatineau in exchange for first-round picks in 2017 and 2018 and forward D’Artagnan Joly. Meloche had 16 points (eight goals and assists) with Baie-Comeau. Meloche and the Olympiques will face Rouyn-Noranda on Monday.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Nantel has collected points in five of his last six games played, which includes an apple in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Val-d’Or and a man-advantage marker in Friday’s 5-3 win over the Foreurs. Nantel has 29 points (12 goals and 17 assists) this season. The Huskies play again on Monday against the Olympiques.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs defeated the Huskies 4-3 on Thursday but fell 5-3 to Rouyn-Noranda the following night. Alexis Pepin has now lit the lamp in three-straight outings, which includes the game-tying goal in Thursday’s matchup and one on the power play on Friday. The forward now has 25 points (14 goals and 11 assists) in 32 games. Val-d’Or takes on the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Monday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels defeated the Kootenay Ice 4-2 on Tuesday and 5-4 on Friday before falling to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-1 on Saturday. Conner Bleackley skated in the trio of matchups and picked up a tally in Friday’s win. The center has eight tallies and 16 helpers in 33 games this year. Red Deer faces the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday and Monday.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): The Seattle Thunderbirds dropped a 6-2 decision to the Prince George Cougars last Tuesday and fell in overtime 3-2 to the Tri-City Americans on Friday before landing a 6-3 win against Tri-City on Saturday. Gustav Olhaver has five points (two goals and three assists) in 31 games, which includes a helper in Saturday’s outing. Seattle plays the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Will Butcher and the University of Denver are still on winter break and won’t return to the ice until New Year’s Day for a contest with the University of Notre Dame. Butcher has 13 points (three goals and 10 assists) in 15 outings during his junior season.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan next drops the puck against Northern Michigan University on Dec. 29. JT Compher has three markers and 15 helpers in 15 games during his junior year.
AJ Greer (Boston University): AJ Greer has left Boston University to play for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Greer was selected but the Huskies in the 11th round (193 overall) in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft. With this move, Greer loses his NCAA eligibility. The forward had five points (one goal and four assists) in 18 contests with BU.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State also returns to action on New Year’s Day with a matchup against Arizona State University. In his junior year, Ben Storm has five points (two goals and three assists) in 16 showings.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK takes on Djurgarden Hockey on Saturday. Anton Lindholm has eight penalty minutes in 14 games this season.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten lost 3-1 to Leksands IF last Tuesday but got a 3-2 win in additional time over Timra IK on Thursday. Wilhelm Westlund skated in both outings. Westlund has eight points (three goals and five assists) in 30 games with Vita Hasten. The team plays the day after Christmas against Bjorkloven at home.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat outscored Assat 3-1 and Sami Aittokallio appeared in net for the win. Aittokallio has tended to the pipes in 16 bouts this season posting a 9-2-4 record. He has a 1.82 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage in that time. Karpat takes on the Blues on Saturday.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara will not return to action until the new year when it takes on Lock Tappara on Jan. 6. Maximilian Pajpach has made 15 starts this season and has a 3.73 goals-against average and an .868 save percentage.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow had a week off of games but returns to action on Tuesday night against Salavat Yulaev. Andrei Mironov has four points (one goal and three assists) in 21 contests.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk hits the ice on Tuesday against Sibir Novosibirsk. In 42 matches, Denis Parshin has collected nine markers and 13 helpers.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt dropped a 4-3 decision to Dornbirner EC on Friday and was doubled up by Villacher SV 6-3 on Sunday. Walker, who skated in both matchups, has 11 points (three goals and eight assists) in 30 matches. Klagenfurt takes on EHC Linz on Tuesday and EC Salzburg on Sunday.