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Avalanche Farm Report: Dec. 30

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

On Saturday, the San Antonio Rampage defeated the Texas Stars 5-4 to extend its winning streak to three games.

Defenseman Nikita Zadorov found the back of the net early in the first period and later tallied two helpers, recording his third multiple-point game this season. Just two minutes after Zadorov’s marker, right wing Denis Everberg lit the lamp.

Joey Hishon scored twice, including the game-winning goal with just 22 seconds left in regulation to earn first star of the game honors. Forward Colin Smith registered his 11th goal of the season in the middle of the third period. Borna Rendulic and Troy Bourke got the assists.

Roman Will made his sixth start in the crease this season for the Rampage and had 44 saves on the night. Before San Antonio returned from the holiday break, the club announced that netminder Spencer Martin was recalled from the Fort Wayne Komets. Martin replaces Calvin Pickard, who was recalled to the Avalanche on Christmas Day.

Martin was between the pipes on Sunday and made 32 saves, but the Rampage fell 3-2 to Texas. Texas began the game by scoring three straight goals before Everberg notched his eighth of the season at 15:21 of the second period. Hishon and defenseman Cody Corbett registered assists on the goal. Hishon lit the lamp 25 seconds into the third period, but San Antonio could not find a way to tie the game.

The Rampage announced on Sunday that defenseman Gabriel Beaupre was recalled from the Komets. He has played 18 games with Fort Wayne, tallying one marker and 26 penalty minutes.

San Antonio faced Texas again on Tuesday and lost 5-4.

Right wing Mikko Rantanen did not skate in any of the contests because he is representing Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Finland started the tournament on Saturday with a 6-0 shutout victory over Belarus. Rantanen, the captain of the team, scored an empty-net goal for Finland’s final marker in the win.

Finland took on Russia on Monday but lost 6-4. Finland gave up three power-play goals and allowed Russia to come back from a 3-1 deficit. Rantanen did not find the scoresheet in the loss. He picked up an assist on Wednesday in an 8-3 win versus Slovakia. Finland closes group play on Thursday against the Czech Republic.

Upcoming Games:
Jan. 1 vs. San Diego
Jan. 3 vs. San Diego
Jan. 8 at Bakersfield

Fort Wayne Komets

The Komets defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 5-2 on Saturday. Fort Wayne outshot the Wings 42-23 and went 1-for-5 on the power play for the night.

Right wing Garrett Meurs recorded a helper on the man-advantage marker, as well as five penalty minutes for fighting.

Fort Wayne lost 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday against Brampton and closes out a seven-game homestand on Thursday versus the Indy Fuel. The Komets then travel to Indy on Friday and to Toledo on Saturday.


Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers returned from a long holiday break on Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over the London Knights. Magyar had an assist in the contest and now has six points (three goals, three assists) in 15 games this season. The Rangers are in third place in the Midwest Division and the Western Conference with a 24-5-4-0 record.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion dropped the puck on Tuesday against the Owen Sound Attack, losing 4-2. The club next plays on New Year’s Eve against the Mississauga Steelheads. Wood missed the first part of the season while recovering from wrist surgery but has tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 14 contests since his return.


Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies fell 4-1 to the Gatineau Olympiques on Monday after the holiday break. Julien Nantel scored the Huskies lone goal with an assist from center JC Beaudin. Left wing AJ Greer did not find the scoresheet in his first game with his new team. Last week, Boston University announced that Greer would leave the school to play for Rouyn-Noranda.

Sergei Boikov

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Drummondville lost 3-2 to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Monday. Boikov did not skate in the game because he is representing Russia at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Russia began tournament play on Saturday with a 2-1 shootout win over the Czech Republic. On Monday, Russia defeated host country Finland 6-4 to remain undefeated. Boikov did not register any points in either contest, but he did record four penalty minutes in Saturday’s win. Russia defeated Belarus 4-1 on Tuesday. The team plays Slovakia on Thursday to finish group play.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): Last week, Meloche was traded from the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to Gatineau. The Olympiques defeated the Huskies 4-1 on Monday in Meloche’s debut in a Gatineau sweater. He did not find the scoresheet in the contests but has 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) so far this season.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs returned from the holiday break with a 3-1 victory over Blainville-Boisbriand on Monday. Left wing Pepin lit the lamp and registered a helper. Pepin has recorded 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 33 contests this season. Val-d’Or is on a three-game homestand this week.


Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels split a home-and-home series with the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday and Monday. The Rebels defeated Edmonton 5-4 in overtime on Sunday but fell 3-1 on Monday. Bleackley scored the overtime-winning goal and added an assist in Sunday's victory. Red Deer faces the Kootenay Ice on New Year’s Eve and the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Seattle Thunderbirds released Olhaver on Sunday to get down to the league-mandated two import players per team after a new acquisition this past weekend. Olhaver was picked up on waivers by the Swift Current Broncos on Monday and made his debut with his new club on Tuesday versus Prince Albert. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 3-2 in overtime. The forward has two goals and three assists in 32 WHL games this season.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers return from winter break on Friday with a matchup against the University of Notre Dame. The Pioneers are 7-7-2 and rank sixth in the NCHC. Butcher leads the team in scoring with 13 points, registering three goals and 10 assists in 15 contests this season.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan Wolverines began play in the 51st Annual Great Lakes Invitational against Northern Michigan University on Tuesday, winning 3-2. Compher had an assist on the game-winning goal. The Avs prospect has 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) through 16 games this season.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State returns to the ice on New Year’s Day for a contest with Arizona State University. Storm has two goals and three assists in 16 games so far this season.


Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK outscored Djurgarden Hockey 5-2 on Saturday but lost 3-2 to Frolunda HC on Monday. Lindholm did not register any points in either contest.

Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Westlund joined Djurgarden of the Swedish Hockey League in middle December after beginning the year with Vita Hasten of the Allsvenskan league. He did not record any points in Djurgarden's 5-2 loss to Skelleftea on Saturday and 3-1 loss to Farjestad on Monday.


Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu defeated the Blues 4-2 on Saturday. Aittokallio was in the crease and made 20 saves. Karpat hosted KooKoo this past Tuesday and lost 3-2. Aittokallio made 16 saves in the defeat.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara is in the middle of a three-and-a-half week break and returns to action on Jan. 6 when it hosts Lukko. Pajpach has a 3.73 goals-against average and a .868 save percentage in 15 contests this year.


Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Mironov recorded his first three-point game on Saturday with three helpers in Dynamo Moscow’s 5-2 victory over Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk.

Earlier in the week, Dynamo Moscow was shutout 2-0 by Salavat Yulaev last Tuesday, lost 4-3 in overtime to Traktor Chelyabinsk on Thursday and fell 2-1 to Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Monday.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk shutout Sibir Novosibirsk 3-2 on Tuesday, defeated Metallurg Novokuznetsk 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday but lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow on Sunday. Parshin did not skate Tuesday or Sunday and did not register any points in 15:20 of ice time on Thursday.


Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC fell 3-2 to EHC Linz in a shootout on Tuesday, 5-2 to EC Salzburg on Sunday and 3-2 to EHC Linz on Monday. Walker did not find the scoresheet in any of the three games.

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