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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 16

by Samantha Poulos / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage continued its annual Rodeo Road Trip, an 11-game stretch away from the AT&T Center. The team defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2 on Wednesday but dropped back-to-back contests on Saturday and Sunday in Northern California.

The Rampage collected goals from Mikko Rantanen, Joey Hishon and Marc-Andre Cliche in Wednesday’s matchup, and it had eight different players land on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win. Samuel Henley, Maxim Noreau, Borna Rendulic and Rantanen also picked up assists. Goaltender Roman Will stopped 21 of 23 shots, only allowing one power-play tally in four opportunities for Charlotte.

San Antonio was shutout 5-0 at the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday, ending a four-game point streak for Rantanen (four goals and five assists). Andrew Agozzino appeared back in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 20 after being out with an injury and skated on the fourth line.

Despite a scoreless first period, the Rampage dropped a 5-1 decision to the Stockton Heat on Sunday. Spencer Martin, in his first start since Jan. 24, made a career-high 50 saves on 54 shots.

Rantanen continues to lead the team in points with 41 and goals with 17. He leads all rookies in points, while ranking tied for ninth in the entire AHL in the category. Maxim Noreau leads the team in assists with 25 and power-play goals with seven. In recent transactions, San Antonio recalled defenseman Mason Geertsen from the Fort Wayne Komets on Wednesday but reassigned him the following day.

Beginning the second half of the trip, the Rampage faces the Lake Erie Monsters for the first time this season in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. The club then heads back out to California to play the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday.

Upcoming Games:
Feb. 19 at Lake Erie Monsters
Feb. 20 at Lake Erie Monsters
Feb. 23 at Bakersfield Condors

Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets had a busy week with four games on the road, starting with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Evansville IceMen last Tuesday. Trevor Cheek had the tying goal in the game during the second period, with Troy Bourke assisting.

On Friday, Fort Wayne was defeated by the Cincinnati Cyclones 6-5. Bourke had two helpers, and Cheek collected a man-advantage goal and an assist.

In their lone win of the week, the Komets defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 4-3 on Saturday. Garrett Meurs scored the game-winning goal and added a helper. Cheek also had an assist and extended his ECHL point streak to eight games (five goals and five assists).

On Sunday, the club fell 3-2 in a shootout against the Toledo Walleye. Bourke had the lone power-play goal of the game, while Meurs had an assist.

Fort Wayne leads the Midwest Division with 60 points (28-15-4) and is second in the Western Conference. The team plays a home-and-home against Toledo on Friday and Saturday. The Komets then return home for a game against the Colorado Eagles on Sunday.

OHL

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Flint Firebirds on Friday, with Nick Magyar absent from the lineup. He returned to play the following night and helped the club collect a 5-4 win over the Erie Otters. Kitchener fell 5-4 to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday, but Magyar did pick up an assist in the contest. He now has seven goals and five assists in 34 games this season. The Rangers return to the ice on Wednesday with a game against the Owen Sound Attack. They also play the Oshawa Generals on Friday and Erie on Sunday.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion fell 4-3 in overtime to the Ottawa 67’s last Tuesday, but the squad defeated the Saginaw Spirit 4-1 on Thursday. The team then dropped a 6-5 decision on Saturday against the Kingston Frontenacs, but it captured a 3-2 win against the 67’s on Monday. Kyle Wood collected an assist last Tuesday and in Monday’s game. The defenseman now has 28 points (seven goals and 21 assists) in 34 games. North Bay faces the Sudbury Wolves on Thursday, the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday and the Peterborough Petes on Sunday.

QMJHL

  JC Beaudin of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2-1 on Thursday. AJ Greer tallied both of Rouyn-Noranda’s goals, all which came on the man advantage, while JC Beaudin had two assists. The Huskies took on the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday but fell 5-4 in a shootout. Beaudin picked up another helper and now has eight points (all assists) in his last six outings. He has 19 goals and 36 assists in 43 games and ranks second on the team in points (55). Greer has four goals and six assists in 18 games with the Huskies. Julien Nantel, who was absent from the lineup for both games last week, has 42 points (19 goals and 23 assists) in 48 games. Rouyn-Noranda hosts the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Wednesday, the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday and the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday. The Huskies are tied for first with Val-d'Or in the QMJHL standings with 85 points.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Voltigeurs dropped a 5-2 decision to the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday, but they picked up a 5-4 shootout win over Rouyn-Noranda on Friday. The Voltigeurs fell 3-2 to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday. Sergei Boikov had an assist on Friday versus Rouyn-Noranda and has collected 21 points (five goals and 16 assists) in 39 outings. Drummondville faces Gatineau on Wednesday, the Victoriaville Tigres on Friday and the Shawinigan Cataractes on Sunday.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Olympiques had a great week on the ice, which began by shutting out the Halifax Mooseheads 6-0 on Wednesday. They followed that win with a 6-1 defeat of the Quebec Remparts on Friday and a 5-3 win over Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday. Nicholas Meloche picked up a pair of assists in Wednesday’s contest and had a helper on Sunday. The three points brings the defenseman's total to 16 (four goals and 12 assists) after 21 games this year with Gatineau. Meloche has 12 goals and 20 assists overall after beginning the season with Baie-Comeau. Gatineau plays Drummondville on Wednesday, Val-d’Or on Friday and Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs were shutout 2-0 by Shawinigan on Friday, but they bounced back with a 6-3 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix the next night. Alexis Pepin has played in 50 games this season, recording 39 points (19 goals and 20 assists). Val-d’Or has a game against Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday, followed by contests against Gatineau on Friday and Saint John on Saturday. The Foreurs are tied for first with Rouyn-Noranda in the QMJHL standings with 85 points.

WHL

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels came up victorious over the Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-1, on Wednesday. The club then dropped its next two matches on Friday and Saturday, with a 4-1 decision against the Calgary Hitmen and a 5-2 defeat to the Tri-City Americans. Conner Bleackley continues to heal from his fractured kneecap, which he suffered on Jan. 23. Red Deer plays its next four matches on the road with contests against the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday, the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday and two games at the Prince George Cougars on Friday and Saturday.

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Swift Current Broncos fell to the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-4 on Friday, but they found the win column against Medicine Hat with a 4-1 victory on Saturday. The Broncos lost 4-2 in a shootout to the Regina Pats on Monday. Skating in all three games this past week, Gustav Olhaver has now appeared in 13 games for the Broncos and has three points (one goal and two assists). He began the year with Seattle and had two goals and three assists in 31 games. Swift Current travels to the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday and returns home for back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against Saskatoon and the Kootenay Ice.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers swept the University of North Dakota at home with a 6-4 win on Friday and a 4-1 win on Saturday. Will Butcher, who had an assist on Saturday, is fourth on the team in scoring (20 points) with five goals and 15 assists in 27 games. DU plays at in-state rival Colorado College on Thursday before hosting the school outdoors at Coors Field in the Battle on Blake on Saturday.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan Wolverines defeated the University of Wisconsin 4-1 on the road on Friday. The clubs tied 4-4 on Saturday, but Michigan took the win in the exhibition shootout. JT Compher had an outstanding outing on Friday with three assists and had a two-point showing (one goal and one assist) on Saturday. Compher is second on the team in points with 43 (11 goals and 32 assists) in 27 games. The Wolverines welcome Ferris State on Friday in the school’s lone contest of the week.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State University and defenseman Ben Storm had a bye week. The school returns to action at the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday and Saturday. Storm has two goals and four assists in 22 games this year.

Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK has not played since its 4-1 win versus Frolunda on Feb. 6 but travels to Linkoping HC for its next contest on Tuesday. The club returns home for a game against Lulea Hockey on Thursday but hits the road again for a contest against Rogle BK on Saturday. Lindholm has skated in 23 contests with Skelleftea this season.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten did not play this past week, as its last game was a 5-3 loss to Asploven on Feb. 6. The team returns to action on Thursday with a game against Bjorkloven before it concludes a four-game road trip on Monday at Almtuna Is. In 37 games with Vita Hasten, Wilhelm Westlund has 12 points (three goals and nine assists).

Finland

Aittokallio

Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): In the CHL Final, Karpat Oulu fell 2-1 to the Frolunda Indians. Sami Aittokallio was in net for the championship game, making 21 saves on 23 shots. Karpat also returned to Liiga play this past week and split its decisions in its two contests against Sport. Aittokallio was given a rest in Karpat’s 3-2 win on Thursday and the club’s 2-1 loss on Friday. The goaltender has a 1.96 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage with a record of 14-3-9 in Liiga games this year. Karpat faces KooKoo on Tuesday, Assat on Thursday and JYP on Saturday.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara is on a two-week break and plays again on Sunday against the Assat junior team. Pajpach has a .874 save percentage in 22 games this season.

KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow and the KHL had the week off. Andrei Mironov has 12 points (two goals and 10 assists) in 38 games this year. The team resumes play on Tuesday against Dinamo Riga. Dynamo Moscow has its final game of the regular season on Thursday against CSKA Moscow. Dynamo is tied for fourth in the Western Conference with 102 points.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk also had the week off and returns from the break on Tuesday with a game against Sibir Novosibirsk. In 56 games, Denis Parshin has put up 31 points (10 goals and 21 assists). Avangard concludes its regular season with a game against Barys Astana on Thursday. Avangard is in first place in the Eastern Conference with 105 points.

Austria

Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC did not play this past week. Its next qualifying round games are Tuesday against Fehervar AV19 and Thursday at the HC TWK Innsbruck. The club's last scheduled contest is Sunday against the Moser Medical Graz 99ers at home. Luke Walker has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 36 outings.

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