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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 2

by Samantha Poulos / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage split decisions against the San Jose Barracuda with a 2-1 win on Friday and a 4-3 loss on Saturday before heading into the All-Star Break.

Dennis Everberg scored both goals on Friday, and Maxim Noreau and Mikko Rantanen each added an assist. Roman Will faced 30 shots in the win.

Defenseman Brandon Gormley picked up his first goal in a Rampage sweater as San Antonio fell just short of the Barracuda in Saturday’s contest. Center Marc-Andre Cliche also lit the lamp, while Duncan Siemens, Colin Smith, Borna Rendulic and Everberg all collected helpers.

San Jose capitalized on three of its four power-play opportunities and San Antonio could not convert on three man-advantage opportunities. Rantanen was unable to find the scoresheet on Saturday, ending a nine-game point streak.

The Finnish forward was named to the Pacific Division AHL All-Star Team for the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic held on Sunday and Monday in Syracuse, New York. The Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference in Sunday’s skills competition, and Rantanen competed in the Puck Control Relay, Pass and Score and Breakaway Relay events.

The Pacific Division fell 1-0 to the North Division and 2-1 to the Atlantic Division in the Classic before defeating the Central Division 6-4 on Monday. The right wing had one goal on two shots at the end of round-robin play.

Smith currently leads the Rampage team in points with 34 (13 goals and 21 assists) and is tied with Rantanen and Everberg for the team lead in goals. Rantanen has skated in 27 contests and ranks second in team points with 32 (13 goals and 19 assists) and is third in the AHL among rookie scorers.

Goaltender Roman Will was recalled by the Colorado Avalanche last Monday and made his first NHL appearance in Tuesday’s game at San Jose. He was reassigned back to San Antonio on Thursday. Mason Geertsen, Trevor Cheek and Cody Corbett were reassigned to the Fort Wayne Komets on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Rampage wraps up a nine-game homestand with its annual Pink in the Rink contest on Friday against the Texas Stars before traveling to face the Stars again on Saturday. San Antonio then continues down the road for a matchup with the Charlotte Checkers on Monday.

Upcoming Games:
Feb. 5 vs. Texas Stars
Feb. 6 at Texas Stars
Feb. 8 at Charlotte Checkers


Fort Wayne Komets

Geertsen

The Fort Wayne Komets won two of their three games this weekend, starting with a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday. They then fell 2-1 to the Toledo Walleye on Saturday before taking home a 6-2 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings on Sunday.

Cheek tallied Fort Wayne’s lone goal on Saturday and had a multi-point (one goal and one assist) outing on Sunday. Geertsen notched his first goal of the season on Sunday, the eventual game-winner.

The Midwest Division leading Komets play the Brampton Beast on the road Tuesday and return home to face the Quad City Mallards on Saturday.


OHL

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers started their three-in-three weekend with a 2-0 shutout of the Windsor Spitfires before defeating the Saginaw Spirit 2-1 on Saturday. Despite getting a goal from Nick Magyar, Kitchener dropped a 6-3 decision to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Sunday. Magyar now has 11 points (seven goals and four assists) in 29 games. The Rangers take on the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday, the Niagara IceDogs on Friday and the Flint Firebirds on Saturday.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion came up victorious in both of its games played. The team shutout the Guelph Storm 4-0 on Friday before doubling up the Sudbury Wolves 4-2 on Sunday. Kyle Wood had an assist in Friday’s outing and had the go-ahead goal on the man advantage on Sunday, bringing his season total to 24 points (six goals and 18 assists). North Bay takes the ice again on Thursday to battle Sault Ste. Marie followed by a contest against Niagara on Saturday.


QMJHL

Greer

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies blanked the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4-0 on both Saturday and Sunday. In Saturday’s game, AJ Greer and JC Beaudin each picked up helpers. On Sunday, Julien Nantel had a shorthanded goal and Greer and Beaudin each had assists again. The Huskies look to extend their four-game winning streak against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Thursday and Friday before taking on the Drakkar once more on Saturday. Val-d’Or has secured a playoff position with 78 points.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs dropped both games this week. They lost to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3-1 on Saturday before eventually falling 5-4 to the Shawinigan Cataractes in overtime on Sunday. Sergei Boikov only appeared in the lineup on Saturday. He has 20 points (five goals and 15 assists) in 35 games. The Voltigeurs take on the Quebec Remparts on Wednesday and the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques defeated Blainville-Boisbriand 2-1 on Friday but lost 4-1 to the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Saturday and 3-1 to Val-d’Or on Sunday. Nicolas Meloche picked up an assist on Gatineau’s lone marker in Saturday’s contest. The Olympiques play just one game this week, hosting Drummondville on Friday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or turned on the jets and defeated the Drakkar 11-2 on Friday. The Foreurs extended their win streak to seven games with a 3-1 triumph over Gatineau on Sunday and have also clinched a playoff position by leading the QMJHL with 79 points. Alexis Pepin registered a power-play goal in Sunday’s win and now has 35 points (17 goals and 18 assists) in 46 games this year. Val-d’Or s looks to continue its winning ways with games against Quebec on Friday and against Blainville-Boisbriand on Saturday.


WHL

Bleackley

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels brought the heat against the Kootenay Ice with an 8-2 win but fell 2-1 to the Brandon Wheat Kings. Conner Bleackley is reportedly out at least six weeks with a fractured kneecap suffered last weekend. He has 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) and a plus-12 rating through 47 games this season. Red Deer faces Kootenay again on Friday before taking on the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Swift Current Broncos won back-to-back games in overtime, defeating the Prince George Cougars 4-3 on Friday and the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 on Sunday. Olhaver is still recovering from an upper-body injury and did not appear in the lineup. Swift Current faces the Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday and Prince Albert again on Friday. The Broncos finish the week with a matchup against the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.


NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver split its weekend decisions at the University of Miami Ohio, falling 3-1 on Friday before mustering a 5-3 win on Saturday. Will Butcher assisted on two goals in Saturday’s contest, bringing his season total to 18 points (five goals and 13 assists). DU has a bye this weekend. The Pioneers host the University of North Dakota on Feb. 12 and 13.

Compher

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan Wolverines swept Penn State this week with a 7-4 win on Thursday and a 6-3 victory on Saturday. JT Compher had back-to-back multi-point games, with a goal and an assist each night. He now has points in 12 straight contests and sits second on the team with 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists). He also leads his club in helpers. Michigan plays another home-and-home series against rival Michigan State University on Friday and Saturday.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State played in the 2016 North Star Cup at Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, this past weekend. The Huskies defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 5-4 on Saturday and Bemidji State University 5-2 on Sunday. The victories secured the North Star Cup Championship for St. Cloud State’s second tournament win of the season. Defensemen Ben Storm did not skate in either game. The Huskies play at the University of Miami Ohio on Saturday and Sunday.


Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK defeated Rogle BK 4-1 last Tuesday and also came up victorious against HV71 5-2 on Thursday before falling in additional time 2-1 to the Malmo Redhawks. Anton Lindholm has been absent from the lineup in Skelleftea’s last four matchups. Skelleftea takes on the Vaxjo Lakers on Tuesday, Malmo on Thursday and Frolunda HC on Saturday.

Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Djurgarden fell 4-1 to MODO Hockey last Tuesday but picked up a 4-3 shootout win over Linkoping HC on Thursday before dropping a 3-2 decision to Frolunda HC. Wilhelm Westlund has also been absent from the team’s past five outings. Djurgarden plays another three games this week, starting with a matchup against Karlskrona HK on Tuesday and contests against Rogle BK on Thursday and HV71 on Saturday.


Finland

Pajpach

Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): In Liiga play, the team won 3-1 against JYP last Tuesday before falling 4-1 to JYP again on Wednesday. Sami Aittokallio minded the net for both games, stopping 27 shots on Tuesday and 24 on Wednesday. Karpat plays again on Tuesday against HPK, on Thursday against SaiPa and on Saturday against JYP.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara shutout TPS 3-0 on Friday but faltered against the Ilves Junior Team 7-4 the following night. Pajpach appeared in net for Saturday’s loss at the second annual Koulukatu Winter Classic outdoor game, replacing teammate Kimmo Rautiainen after the sixth marker. Tappara faces the Assat Junior Team on Friday before taking on Lukko on Sunday.


KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): On Wednesday, Dynamo Moscow won 4-1 over Metallurg NK. The team also defeated Amur Khabarovsk 5-2 on Friday and was victorious against Admiral Vladivostok by the same score on Sunday. Andrei Mironov had a helper on Friday and now has 11 points (two goals and nine assists) in 36 games. Dynamo Moscow hits the ice again on Wednesday against Vityaz Moscow followed by a contest against Jokerit Helsinki on Friday

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk fell 4-1 to Neftekhimik Nizhenkamsk on Wednesday in its only game of the week. Denis Parshin collected a helper on a man-advantage goal and now has 30 points (10 goals and 20 assists) in 54 games played. Avangard takes on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Wednesday before playing HC Sochi on Friday.


Austria

Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC won both games played this week with a 6-4 victory over Fehervar AV19 on Friday and a 3-2 win over Olimpija Ljubljana on Sunday. Luke Walker has 11 points (three goals and eight assists) through 36 games played. Klagenfurt takes on Villacher SV on Tuesday and Friday before playing Olimpija Ljubljana again on Sunday.

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