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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 23

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage played back-to-back games this week at the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday and Saturday. The Rampage fell 4-3 in overtime on Friday but defeated the Monsters 3-2 on Saturday in a shootout.

On Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche reassigned netminder Reto Berra and defenseman Nate Guenin to the Rampage. Berra was reassigned for a conditioning stint that is scheduled to last for two weeks. The Rampage also subsequently announced that blueliner Cody Corbett and goaltender Spencer Martin were reassigned to the Fort Wayne Komets.

On Friday, the Rampage scored two power-play goals in the first period and had a 3-1 lead late in the second before giving up three unanswered goals to the Monsters, including the overtime-winner. Left wing Andrew Agozzino led the team with a goal and an assist, earning third star honors. Forward Mikko Rantanen recorded two helpers in the contest. Joey Hishon and Borna Rendulic each registered an assist.

Guenin, who was paired with Brandon Gormley, recorded a helper in his first Rampage game on Friday. The contest also marked Patrick Bordeleau’s 500th professional hockey game. Roman Will was in the crease and ended the night with 22 saves.

Berra made his first start in a Rampage sweater on Saturday and stopped 39 shots while leading the team to a shootout win.

All four regulation goals scored on Saturday came in the last 1:45 of the game. Rantanen recorded his 18th goal of the season, a power-play goal to split the 2-0 lead in half. Defenseman Maxim Noreau assisted on the marker and then found the back of the net just 37 seconds later to force overtime. Nikita Zadorov and Agozzino each picked up a helper on Noreau's equalizer.

After a scoreless extra frame, San Antonio went to a shootout for just the second time this season. After seven rounds of shooting, Noreau lit the lamp to bring victory to the Rampage.

The Silver and Black wraps up its Rodeo Road Trip, an 11-game stretch away from the AT&T center, this week. The Rampage faces the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday, the San Diego Gulls on Friday, Bakersfield again on Saturday and the Stockton Heat on Sunday.

Upcoming Games:

Feb. 23 at Bakersfield Condors
Feb. 26 at San Diego Gulls
Feb. 27 at Bakersfield Condors
Feb. 28 at Stockton Heat

Fort Wayne Komets

Troy Bourke

Fort Wayne finished a three-game series with the Toledo Walleye this week, taking home a 5-2 victory on Friday and a 4-3 loss on Saturday. On Sunday, the Komets fell 5-4 to the Colorado Eagles in overtime.

Left wing Troy Bourke lit the lamp twice on Friday, earning first star honors. Forward Trevor Cheek and blueliners Gabriel Beaupre, Cody Corbett, and Mason Geertsen all registered an assists.

Goaltender Spencer Martin was in net on Saturday and recorded 27 saves. Bourke scored again, his fifth of the season, and Corbett added another helper.

On Sunday, Meurs scored twice in four seconds, netting his 11th and 12th goals of the season. Bourke picked up an assist to extend his point streak to four games.

The Komets host the Missouri Mavericks on Wednesday and Friday and the Tulsa Oilers on Saturday.


Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Kitchener lost to the Owen Sound Attack 4-2 on Wednesday and shutout the Oshawa Generals 5-0 on Friday before falling 6-5 in a shootout to the Erie Otters on Sunday. Magyar registered an assist on Wednesday and added another helper on Friday before netting his eighth goal of the season on Sunday. He has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) through 37 contests this season. The Rangers play the Guelph Storm on Tuesday and Friday and Oshawa on Saturday.


Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion won all three contests this week, defeating the Sudbury Wolves 9-1 on Thursday, the Mississauga Steelheads 5-1 on Friday and the Peterborough Petes 9-3 on Sunday. Wood had three assists on Thursday, one on Friday and added two more on Sunday. He finished the week with a plus-11 rating as well. The Battalion looks to continue its success as it faces the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday, Erie on Friday and Hamilton again on Saturday.


Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies started the week off with a 5-4 loss to the Val-d’Or Foreurs but bounced back with a 4-1 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday and a 3-1 victory over the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday. JC Beaudin scored on Wednesday and tallied again and added a helper on Friday. AJ Greer also lit the lamp on Friday and added another marker on Saturday. The Huskies play at the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Tuesday and host the Moncton Wildcats on Thursday and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Voltigeurs lost 5-2 to the Gatineau Olympiques on Wednesday and defeated the Victoriaville Tigers 4-1 on Friday before falling 7-2 to Shawinigan on Sunday. Boikov registered two assists on Wednesday and added another in Sunday’s loss. Drummondville plays at Sherbrooke on Thursday before hosting Victoriaville on Friday and Baie-Comeau on Saturday.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau started out the week strong with a 5-2 win over Drummondville on Thursday and another 5-2 win over Val-d’Or on Friday before falling 3-1 to the Huskies on Saturday. Meloche netted his 13th goal of the season, an empty netter, on Wednesday. The Olympiques host Cape Breton on Wednesday, the Rimouski Oceanic on Friday and Moncton on Sunday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs won their second game in a row on Wednesday, defeating the Huskies 5-4. They fell 5-2 to Gatineau on Friday before beating the Saint John Sea Dogs 6-2 on Saturday. Pepin did not skate on Wednesday or Friday but returned to the lineup on Saturday. Val-d’Or finishes a five-game homestand this week, hosting Moncton on Friday, Cape Breton on Saturday and Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday.


Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels had a busy week on the ice, playing in four contests. The Rebels started with a 3-1 loss to the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday, fell 5-3 to the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, lost 3-1 to the Prince George Cougars on Friday and then defeated Prince George 2-1 on Saturday. Bleackley did not play as he is still recovering from a broken kneecap. Red Deer hosts the Portland Winterhawks on Friday and the Victoria Royals on Saturday before traveling to the Regina Pats on Monday.

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): Swift Current fell 4-3 to the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday and 12-6 on Friday. The Broncos defeated the Kootenay Ice 4-2 on Saturday but fell 5-1 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday. Left wing Olhaver skated in all four contests. Swift Current plays at the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday before hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday and the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers defeated Colorado College 4-1 on Thursday at the Broadmoor World Arena and 4-1 on Saturday at Coors Field in the Battle on Blake. The outdoor game was played in front of 35,144 fans, a new record for any DU sporting event. Butcher registered two assists in each outing and now has 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 29 games played. He was named NCHC Player of the Week for his efforts. The Pioneers play at Western Michigan on Friday and Saturday.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan defeated Ferris State 5-2 on Friday in the team’s only contest this week. Compher recorded two helpers in the contest to extend his point-streak to 17 games. He became the 84th player to join the 100-point club at Michigan. Michigan plays at Minnesota on Thursday and Friday.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State traveled to the University of Nebraska Omaha last week and swept the series, defeating Nebraska 4-1 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday. Storm did not play on Friday and had one shot on goal on Saturday. He has six points (two goals, four assists) in 23 contests this season. St. Cloud hosts the University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday and Saturday.


Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK won two of its three contests this week, falling 5-2 to Linkoping HC on Tuesday before winning 2-1 against Lulea Hockey on Thursday and 4-1 against Rogle BK on Saturday. Lindholm skated in all three contests and registered two helpers on Saturday. Skelleftea faces off against MODO Hockey on Tuesday and Thursday and Farjestad BK on Saturday.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten fell 2-1 to Bjorkloven on Thursday and 3-2 to Almtuna Is on Monday. Westlund skated in both contests but did not register any points. He has 12 points with Vita Hasten this season (three goals, nine assists). Vita Hasten finishes the regular season this week with games against BIK Karlskoga on Wednesday, IK Pantern on Friday and IK Oskarshamn on Sunday.



Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Aittokallio was in the crease for all three of Karpat Oulu’s victories this week. Karpat defeated KooKoo 3-2 on Tuesday, outscored Assat 4-2 on Thursday and defeated JYP 5-2 on Saturday. The netminder made 16 saves on Tuesday, 28 on Thursday and stopped 31 shots on Saturday. Karpat hosts TPS on Friday and Lukko on Saturday.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara returned from a two-week break and lost its only contest this week 6-2 to the Assat junior team on Sunday. Pajpach was not in the crease for the loss. Tappara faces off against Ilves on Wednesday before hosting KalPa on Saturday and Karpat on Sunday. He has a .874 save percentage through 24 games this season.


Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow started the week with a 1-0 shutout loss to Dinamo Riga but finished the regular season with a 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on Thursday. Mironov scored a power-play goal on Thursday to finish the campaign with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 40 contests. The KHL started the Conference Quarterfinal round of the playoffs on Sunday. Dynamo faced HC Sochi and won its first game of the 4-1 on Sunday. Dynamo hosts HC Sochi on Tuesday and faces them on the road on Thursday and Saturday.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk fell 3-2 in a shootout to Sibir Novosibirsk on Tuesday and 3-2 in a shootout to Barys Astana on Thursday to end the regular season. Parshin finished the regular season with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 57 outings. Avangard is facing Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the first round of the playoffs and won the first game 2-1 on Monday. Avangard plays at Neftekhimik again on Wednesday before hosting them on Friday and Sunday.


Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC defeated Febervar AV19 5-4 on Tuesday, lost 4-3 to HC Innsbruck on Friday and outscored the Graz 99ers 7-3 on Sunday. Walker did not play again this week and has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 36 contests this season. Klagenfurt faces EC Salzburg in the quarterfinals, which begin on Friday.

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