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Avalanche Farm Report: Feb. 9

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage finished its season-long nine-game homestand with a 5-2 win over the Texas Stars on Friday, the clubs first game back from the AHL All-Star Break. On Saturday, the Rampage lost 4-3 to Texas to start a stretch where the team plays 11 games on the road. San Antonio wrapped up the week with a 5-2 victory over the Charlotte Checkers.

Right wing Mikko Rantanen found the back of the net once and added three helpers to lead the team to the win on Friday. Maxim Noreau tallied his seventh power-play goal of the season and registered an assist. Marc-Andre Cliche, Joey Hishon and Nikita Zadorov each had a helper and Dennis Everberg had two assists to finish the night.

Goaltender Roman Will was between the pipes and held the Stars to one power-play goal in six opportunities with the man advantage. He finished the game with 32 saves.

On Saturday, forward Borna Rendulic lit the lamp twice to pick up his third multi-goal game of the season, tying Rantanen for the team lead. Noreau also had a tally and an assist on the night. Defenseman Mat Clark and Rantanen also collected assists.

Five guys had multi-point games in Monday’s victory. Rantanen scored twice while Rendulic netted his 11th of the season and his 14th assist. Dennis Everberg also had a goal and a helper, while Joey Hishon registered four assists and Maxim Noreau ended the night with three of his own.

Noreau’s three-point night tied his season high, and the defenseman now has nine multi-point games this year. Cliche also collected a helper.

Will was in the crease and only allowed two power-play goals on 11 chances for the Checkers. Blueliner Duncan Siemens left the game with a head injury.

Rantanen’s seven-point week (three goals, four assists) brought his season total to 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 30 outings. The forward is eighth in the league in scoring and first among rookies.

The Rampage continues the Rodeo Road Trip with a contest at Charlotte on Wednesday, the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday and the Stockton Heat on Sunday.

Upcoming Games:
Feb. 10 at Charlotte Checkers
Feb. 13 at San Jose Barracuda
Feb. 14 at Stockton Heat

Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets defeated the Brampton Beast 5-2 on Tuesday and the Quad City Mallards 3-1 on Saturday.

Forward Trevor Cheek scored the first goal of Tuesday’s contest just 2:06 into the first period. Defenseman Cody Corbett collected an assist on the marker.

On Friday, left wing Troy Bourke was reassigned to Fort Wayne. Saturday’s contest was his first with the Komets this season, and the forward scored once and added a helper a little less than two minutes later. Cheek also had an assist on the night.

The Komets have a four-game road trip this week, playing at the Evansville IceMen on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday, the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday and the Toledo Walleye on Sunday.

OHL

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers fell 3-2 to the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday but outscored the Niagara IceDogs 4-1 on Friday and shutout the Flint Firebirds 2-0 on Saturday. Magyar did not register any points this week but has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 32 contests this campaign. Kitchener will host Flint on Friday and travel to the Erie Otters on Saturday and the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion lost 5-2 to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Thursday and 3-2 to Niagara on Saturday. Wood recorded a helper on Thursday and lit the lamp on Saturday, extending his point streak to four games (two goals, two assists). North Bay takes on the Ottawa 67’s on Tuesday, the Saginaw Spirit on Thursday, the Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday and Ottawa again on Monday.

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Huskies defeated the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2-1 in overtime on Thursday and 5-1 on Friday. JC Beaudin recorded one assist on Thursday and added two more helpers on Friday. Left wing AJ Greer lit the lamp on Friday and has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 16 outings with the Huskies. Assistant captain Julien Nantel did not find the scoresheet in either contest. Rouyn-Noranda was supposed to take on the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday but the contest was postponed. The Huskies will play the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Thursday and the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Drummondville beat the Quebec Remparts 5-1 on Wednesday but lost 3-1 to the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday. Defenseman Sergei Boikov skated in Friday’s loss but did not register any points. The Voltigeurs wrap up a four-game road trip at the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday and host the Huskies on Friday and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Saturday.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Olympiques were victorious in their only game this week, defeating Drummondville 3-1 on Friday. Meloche notched his 12th goal of the season in the second period, which was the eventual game-winning tally. The blueliner has 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 43 contests with Gatineau and Baie-Comeau this season. Gatineau will host the Halifax Mooseheads on Wednesday and Quebec on Friday before playing at Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Val-d’Or Foreurs won both of their contests this week, outscoring Quebec 4-1 on Friday and Blainville-Boisbriand 5-4 on Saturday. Pepin had two multi-point games, registering a goal and an assist in each contest. The left wing has recorded 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 48 outings. The Foreurs take on the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday and the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Saturday.

WHL

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): Red Deer won both of its contests this week, outscoring the Kootenay Ice 5-2 on Friday and the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 on Saturday. Bleackley has not played since suffering a fractured kneecap at the end of January. Red Deer hosts the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday and travels to the Calgary Hitmen on Friday before returning home to play the Tri-City Americans on Saturday.

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Swift Current Broncos defeated Medicine Hat 2-1 on Tuesday but fell 2-1 to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday. However, the Broncos bounced back from the loss with a 4-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday. Olhaver returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. He recorded an assist in the contest, his fifth of the season. Swift Current plays at Moose Jaw on Friday before hosting Medicine Hat on Saturday and the Regina Pats on Monday.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers had a bye but return to action against North Dakota at home on Friday and Saturday. Butcher has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 25 outings this season.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): University of Michigan lost a contest for the first time since Dec. 12 this week, falling 3-in in overtime against Michigan State on Friday. The Wolverines were victorious on Saturday with a 4-1 win against the MSU Spartans. Compher recorded an assist on Friday and a goal on Saturday, extending his point streak to 14 straight games. He looks to continue this streak at Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State split the weekend series with the University of Miami Ohio, winning 5-1 on Friday but losing 3-2 on Saturday. Storm did not reach the scoresheet on Friday and did not skate on Saturday. He has six points (two goals, four assists) so far this season. St. Cloud has a bye this week and returns to action at the University of Nebraska Omaha on Feb. 19.

Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK won all three of its contests this week, defeating the Vaxjo Lakers 5-2 on Tuesday, the Malmo Redhawks 3-0 on Thursday and Frolunda HC 4-1 on Saturday. Lindholm did not skate on Thursday or Saturday but recorded his first point of the season with an assist on Tuesday. Skelleftea AIK returns to action on Feb. 16 when it hosts Linkoping HC.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten, Allsvenskan): Westlund had a big week for Vita hasten, recording four assists in two games. He had a helper in Vita Hasten's 3-2 loss to Sundsvall on Thursday before picking up three assists and two penalty minutes on Saturday in a 5-3 win over Asploven.

Finland

Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat conquered HPK 5-1 on Tuesday and SaiPa 1-0 on Thursday but fell 2-1 in overtime to JYP on Saturday. Aittokallio was between the pipes on Saturday and made 21 saves. Karpat takes on the Frolunda on Tuesday in the CHL Finals and returns to Liiga play against Sport on Thursday and Friday.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara fell 5-4 in overtime to the Assat Junior Team on Friday and lost 4-3 to Lukko on Sunday. Pajpach made a brief appearance in the crease on Friday and saw one shot. Tappara is now on a two-week break and plays its next game at Assat on Feb. 21.

KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo defeated Vityaz Moscow 2-1 on Wednesday and Jokerit Helsinki 5-2 on Friday. Mironov registered his 10th assist in Friday’s victory. The KHL will take the next week off, with games resuming on Feb. 16. Dynamo hosts Dinamo Riga in its next contest.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk fell 3-2 to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Wednesday and 2-1 to HC Sochi in a shootout on Friday. Parshin recorded his 21st helper of the season on Wednesday. Avangard plays at Sibir Novosibirsk on Feb. 16 in the first game after the break.

Austria

Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC lost 5-1 to Villacher on the road on Tuesday, but the team defeated Villacher 3-2 in overtime at home on Friday and Olimpija Ljubljana 7-3 on Sunday. Walker did not appear in these contests but has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 36 outings. Klagenfurt hosts Fehervar AV19 on Feb. 16.

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