The San Antonio Rampage struggled on home ice this past weekend after dropping back-to-back outings against the Rockford IceHogs. The Rampage fell 4-2 on Friday after allowing three second-period goals. San Antonio scored twice on the power play to open the contest with markers from Andrew Agozzino and Joey Hishon. Mikko Rantanen, Borna Rendulic, Colin Smith and Nikita Zadorov all collected helpers.
Despite a tie game at the end of the first period against the IceHogs on Sunday, the Rampage gave up three unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss. Rantanen collected a point for the second straight contest with a goal on the man advantage. Smith scored the equalizer toward the end of the first frame to tie the game 2-2. Maxim Noreau recorded two assists, and Agozzino and Duncan Siemens had an apple each as well. Head coach Dean Chynoweth also coached in his 250th AHL game.
Agozzino was reassigned to San Antonio last Wednesday from Colorado while Garrett Meurs was reassigned to the Fort Wayne Komets the same day. Smith had an impressive eight-game point streak, which he collected two goals and eight assists since Nov. 20. With 19 points (six goals and 13 assists) after the weekend, Rantanen cracked the league’s top 20 scorers list and was tied for fifth in rookie scoring.
San Antonio (11-5-6) sits in second place of the Pacific Division and fifth in the Western Conference. The Charlotte Checkers pay a visit to the AT&T Center on Wednesday night, followed by a visit from the Stockton Heat on Thursday. The Rampage finish the week with a match against the Texas Stars on Sunday.
Dec. 9 vs. Charlotte Checkers
Dec. 10 vs. Stockton Heat
Dec. 13 vs. Texas Stars
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets defeated the Evansville IceMen 7-5 on Friday in the club's only bout of the week. The Komets lit the lamp three times in both the middle and final frames. Cody Corbett collected two points with a goal and a helper, and netminder Spencer Martin faced 32 shots from Evansville. Fort Wayne held the IceMen to only one power-play goal on six opportunities.
The Komets look toward a busy weekend with a home-and-home series against the Indy Fuel on Friday and Saturday, followed by a home-ice contest against the IceMen on Sunday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Magyar and the Kitchener Rangers had a strong showing against the Ottawa 67’s with a 5-1 win on Friday. Kitchener faced the Guelph Storm on Tuesday and won 5-2, with Magyar tallying. The Rangers face the Owen Sound Attack on Friday and play at the Windsor Spitfires on Sunday.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): North Bay dropped a trio of outings in a row last week, starting with a 5-2 loss on Friday at the Sarnia Sting and followed by a 5-2 defeat on Saturday at the Saginaw Spirit and a 5-4 loss on Sunday at the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Kyle Wood picked up a helper in Saturday’s contest on the only tally of the third period and had a two-point game (power-play goal and assist) for the second time this season on Sunday. The Battalion returns home to face Oshawa on Thursday and the London Knights on Sunday.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Huskies won all three contests on their road trip last week with a 5-2 win over the Halifax Mooseheads on Friday, a 4-3 victory over the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday and a 6-3 win against the Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. JC Beaudin had a goal and two assists on Friday and another multi-point contest on Sunday (goal and assist). The forward is second on the team with 39 points (15 goals and 24 assists). Rouyn-Noranda has two home contests in as many days this weekend, beginning on Friday against the Shawinigan Cataractes before playing on Saturday against the Gatineau Olympiques.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Drummondville played a trio of games on home ice and got a 4-3 overtime win against the Victoriaville Tigres last Wednesday, was shutout 6-0 by Gatineau on Friday and doubled up the Rimouski Oceanic by a 4-2 score on Sunday. Sergei Boikov added an assist in Wednesday and Sunday’s matchups. The Voltigeurs hit the road for a three-in-three starting on Friday against Acadie-Bathurst before playing on Saturday versus the Charlottetown and on Sunday at Halifax.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): Baie-Comeau fell 2-1 to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens last Tuesday and 4-2 to Victoriaville on Saturday. Meloche did not find the score sheet in either matchup. On Tuesday against Quebec, Meloche had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 loss. He is tied for second on the team in goals (eight) and points (16). The Drakkar continues its four-game week on Thursday against Victoriaville Tigres before playing on Friday against the Sherbrooke Phoenix and on Sunday against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Nantel helped the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies win three games in as many days last week. Rouyn-Noranda started the weekend off with a 5-2 victory over Halifax on Friday. Nantel had a goal in a 4-3 win over Moncton on Saturday and finished the weekend with an assist in a 6-3 victory over Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. Nantel’s three-game multi-point streak ended on Friday (two goals and four assists) Rouyn-Noranda plays two bouts at home this week, beginning on Friday against the Cataractes and on Saturday against the Olympiques.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Pepin led the team on Friday with a hat trick, and the Val-d’Or Foreurs got three wins in three days. The Foreurs beat Acadie-Bathurst 7-5 on Friday and Halifax 6-1 on Saturday before additional time was needed in a 6-5 decision at Moncton on Sunday. The forward also picked up an assist in Sunday’s contest. The Foreurs play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against Gatineau and Shawinigan.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Rebels dropped two decisions on Saturday and on Sunday, falling 6-2 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first outing and 3-1 to the Prince Albert Raiders in the second one. Conner Bleackley got his team on the board with a power-play tally in the first period of Saturday’s meeting and now has six goals on the year. Red Deer takes on the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday and Friday in a barn-and-barn series and finishes the week with a matchup against the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): Olhaver and the Seattle Thunderbirds dropped their first contest of the week to the Spokane Chiefs on Friday, losing 7-1. However, they came up victorious over the Tri-City Americans the following night, winning 3-2. Seattle faces Spokane again on Wednesday and Friday and has a game against the Everett Silvertips on Saturday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers dropped back-to-back contests against the University of North Dakota on Friday and Saturday. Will Butcher did not play in Friday’s 5-1 loss due to a suspension as the result of a checking-from-behind penalty late in a Nov. 21 game against Wisconsin. He returned to the lineup in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat. Denver returns home to take on St. Cloud State University and fellow prospect Ben Storm on Friday and Saturday.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan swept the University of Wisconsin with a 6-4 comeback victory on Friday and a shootout win on Saturday. The Wolverines won the tiebreaker 2-0 to take a 7-6 win over the Badgers. JT Compher had a goal and an assist in the first contest and had another two-point outing (a goal that tied the game 5-5 and an assist) the following night to help Michigan comeback from a 5-3 deficit. He also scored in the shootout. Michigan takes on the University of Minnesota on Friday and Saturday.
AJ Greer (Boston University): Boston University split the weekend’s decisions against the University of Vermont, dropping a 4-2 decision on Friday but claiming a 5-3 win on Saturday. AJ Greer picked up an assist on a score in the second period on Saturday night that tied the contest 2-2. BU heads to Connecticut this weekend to face Yale University on Friday and Quinnipiac University on Saturday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): Taking on the University of Nebraska Omaha, St. Cloud State picked up a 4-1 win in front of the home crowd on Friday. Ben Storm did not play in the first contest. Storm was back in the lineup for Saturday's rematch, but the Huskies dropped a 7-2 decision to the Mavericks. The Huskies pay a visit to the Mile High City to play DU on Friday and Saturday.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Lindholm skated in both Thursday and Saturday’s Skelleftea AIK losses, 6-3 against Frolunda and 2-1 versus Djurgarden. Skelleftea prepares for SHL matches against Linkoping HC on Thursday and Orebro Hockey on Saturday. In the Champions Hockey League, Skelleftea was defeated 4-1 by HC Davos in the second leg of the tournament on Tuesday and is eliminated from the competition. The club tied Davos 1-1 last Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Both of Vita Hasten HC’s game decisions were decided in a shootout as it grabbed a 3-2 win against VIK Hockey last Tuesday but was defeated 5-4 to Mora IK on Monday. Wilhelm Westlund scored in the third period of Monday’s outing while skating on the second defensive pairing. The club plays Sundsvall Hockey on Wednesday, followed with contests against Asploven HC on Friday and AIK on Sunday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat achieved two wins in a row, 2-1 on Thursday against Ilves and 8-2 on Saturday against HIFK. However, goaltender Sami Aittokallio did not play in either matchup. Karpat has a busy week ahead with meetings against Sport on Wednesday, the Blues on Friday and KalPa on Saturday. In Champions Hockey League action, Karpat was shutout 2-0 by Blues Espoo last Tuesday. Aittokallio returned to the crease this past Tuesday, making 14 saves in a 5-1 win over the Blues in the second leg of the quarterfinal matchup. Karpat advances to CHL semifinals where it will play Lukko Rauma in mid-January.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Despite 25 saves from Pajpach, the Tappara U20 team dropped a 7-5 decision to the Blues on Friday. Tappara faltered 9-4 to Assat on Saturday with Pajpach making 18 saves after entering the game in the first period. The junior team takes on the Ilves on Friday and JYP Jyvaskyla on Saturday.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow fell 2-1 to the Barys Astana in a shootout last Tuesday but defeated in-city rivals CSKA 2-1 on Saturday in another skills competition tiebreaker. The club also doubled up Severstal Cherepovets 4-2 on Monday. In Saturday’s matchup, Andrei Mironov added an assist, and the defenseman secured the win for Dynamo on Monday with the final goal of the game.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Parshin notched a tally and Avangard Omsk defeated Vityaz Moscow 3-1 last Tuesday. The forward had an assist in Thursday’s 6-3 win over Medvescak Zagreb. Parshin had a two-point showing (one goal and one assist), and Avangard was victorious against Slovan Bratislava with a 5-3 win on Saturday. Parshin again had points on Tuesday with a helper as the team shutout Admiral Vladivostok 1-0. Avangard looks to continue its win streak and Parshin his points streak, against the Amur Khabarovsk on Thursday and Friday.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt beat Orli Znojmo 4-1 on Friday and had a 6-3 victory over the Olimpija Ljubljana on Sunday. Luke Walker recorded an assist in Sunday’s contest. Walker had another helper on Tuesday but Klagenfurt suffered a 4-3 overtime loss at the Vienna Capitals. The team plays at EHC Liwest Black Wings Linz on Friday and returns home to face Vienna again on Sunday.