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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 10

AJ Greer and Spencer Martin headed to AHL All-Star Classic

by Nicole Morris /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage has a 16-17-2 record on the season after going 1-2 in its games this past week. 

Wednesday night was the first of three road games for San Antonio. The team fell 4-2 against the San Jose Barracuda at the SAP Center. AJ Greer and Gabriel Bourque each scored a goal in the contest. Bourque's marker was his 150th professional point, while Jim O'Brien skated in his 400th professional game and had an assist. Mike Sislo, Rocco Grimaldi and Sergei Boikov also added helpers in the match. Sislo's assist was his 200th point of his AHL career. Rampage goalie Spencer Martin stopped 37 shots in the loss.

San Antonio then took on the San Diego Gulls on Friday night and came away with an exciting 5-4 victory. The victory was a whole team effort as 11 different skaters contributed at least a point in the game. Greer got the Rampage off to a good start when he found the back of the net at the 3:21 mark of the first period. Samuel Henley followed Greer's energy by increasing San Antonio's lead to two just 10 minutes later. The Gulls responded with 4:04 left before the first intermission with their first tally to cut the Rampage's edge to one.

O'Brien and Reid Petryk gave the Rampage a 4-2 advantage with markers during the second period, meanwhile San Diego's two-goal effort in the final stanza just wasn't enough as Joe Whitney found the back of the net early in the frame in what was the eventual game-winning score. Chris Bigras and Troy Bourke had two assists each, while Mat Clark, Julien Nantel, Grimaldi, Henley and Bourque also added helpers to the contest, with Henley's marking his second multi-point game of the 2016-17 campaign. Martin made 35 saves in the win.

On Saturday night, San Antonio fell 3-2 in its second game against the Gulls at Valley View Casino Center. Grimaldi and Bourque had the only goals in the match for San Antonio, both of which came in the second period. Sislo, Greer, O'Brien and Boikov picked up assists, with O'Brien's extending his point streak to seven games. Netminder Jeremy Smith was in between the pipes for the Rampage; he stopped 26 shots in the contest.

On Thursday, the American Hockey League announced that Greer and Martin were chosen to represent the Rampage at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. This is the first time that the franchise will have two rookies go to the all-star game and also the first time that San Antonio will have a goaltender represented. The event will be held Jan. 29-30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

After 36 contests, Greer and Grimaldi lead the team with 26 points each. Spencer Martin is the top goalie with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in his first 24 matches.

Upcoming Games:

Jan. 10 at Bakersfield Condors

Jan. 13 vs. Iowa Wild

Jan. 14 vs. Iowa Wild

Jan. 16 vs. Texas Stars

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles hosted Orlando Solar Bears for three contests this past week, going 2-1 in the thrilling series. 

Avalanche prospect Mason Geertson had two assists in the match on Friday night, but the Eagles lost the opening game of the weekend, 4-3.

Saturday night featured a 5-2 win for Colorado versus Orlando, one in which Geertson had another two-helper game.

On Sunday, the Eagles secured their second consecutive win to close out the three-game set, earning a 5-1 blowout victory over the Solar Bears.

The Eagles (21-10-1-3) are now tied for first in the Mountain Division with the Allen Americans with 46 points. Colorado now heads to Boise to face the Idaho Steelheads for a three-game away series, beginning Wednesday.


Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's went 1-1 in their games last week. On Saturday, they beat the Kingston Frontenacs 6-2. Travis Barron tallied a goal in the match for the 67's. Ottawa then played the North Bay Battalion on Sunday and lost 2-1. Barron has seen time in 33 games this season and has recorded 22 points (six goals, 16 assists).


JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies had a successful week after going 3-0. On Wednesday, the Huskies skated against the Quebec Remparts and picked up a 5-2 victory. Center JC Beaudin had a two-point game (one goal, one assist). On Friday night, Rouyn-Noranda competed once again against the Remparts and earned an 8-2 win. Beaudin had two assists for his fourth straight multi-point outing. On Sunday, the team played the Gatineau Olympiques and won a thrilling 4-3 contest. Beaudin didn't pick up any points in that contest, ending a run of nine straight outings with at least a goal or an assist. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are tied for second place in the QMJHL with 54 points, sporting a 24-10-1-5 record. Beaudin leads the team with 53 points (20 goals, 33 assists).

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): The Charlottetown Islanders went 0-2 last week. On Friday, the Islanders fell 4-2 against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Avs prospect Nicolas Meloche found the back of the net once in the match for his first goal with his new team since being traded from Gatineau on Dec. 22. On Saturday, Charlottetown came up short, losing 4-3 in overtime against the Screaming Eagles. Meloche has 23 points in 32 total QMJHL games (eight goals, 15 assists).


Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): Josh Anderson and the Prince George Cougars went 1-1 this past week. The Cougars just couldn't get things going in their first game as they lost 2-1 against the Victoria Royals on Friday night. On Saturday, the Cougars beat the Royals 4-2. Prince George continues to lead the B.C. Division with a 28-11-2 record. Anderson has five assists in 38 games this year.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The then No. 3-ranked University of Denver Pioneers went 2-0 in their two-game weekend series against Arizona State University. The Pioneers defeated the Sun Devils in an exciting 5-1 victory on Friday night. Will Butcher added a helper in the team's success. The Pioneers then defeated Arizona State 6-1 on Saturday night. Butcher is tied for first in assists on the team with 15 and has also added four goals in 22 contests. On Monday, it was announced that DU was named the No.1-ranked team in the country.

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): Tyson Jost represented Canada at the World Junior Championship this past week, earning a silver medal with the squad. In seven games at the tournament, Jost had four points (one goal, three assists). The University of North Dakota took on the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks on Friday night and earned a 9-1 win. Jost contributed with a goal and a helper in Friday's victory. The Fighting Hawks then played the Mavericks again on Saturday and picked up a 7-3 victory. Jost had two goals in Saturday's match. The Avs prospect now has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 19 NCAA games.

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): The University of Notre Dame is now 12-7-2 after splitting its two games last weekend against Michigan Tech. The Fighting Irish won 3-1 on Friday but lost 4-2 on Saturday. Morrison had a goal in Saturday's contest and now has 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in 21 games during his freshman campaign.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Ben Storm and St. Cloud State University competed in two games last week, falling twice to Miami Ohio. On Friday, the Huskies' effort just wasn't enough as they lost in overtime, 3-2. On Saturday, they struggled to find success and lost 4-1. Storm has two assists in 19 games.  


Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Rogle BK lost both of its games this past week. The club fell 2-1 to Farjestad on Saturday night, with Gustav Olhaver absent from the lineup. Olhaver returned to action for Rogle BK on Sunday and had two penalty minutes in a 4-2 loss to VIK Vasteras HK.

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Bjorkloven went 2-0 in its two games last week. The team skated against Vita Hasten on Wednesday and picked up a 6-0 shutout win. Bjorkloven then played MODO Hockey on Friday and won 6-3. Goaltender Adam Werner did not play in either game as he was returning from Canada after representing Team Sweden at the World Junior Championship. Despite going undefeated in preliminary play, Sweden did not go home with any hardware after losing to Russia in the bronze medal game. Werner was the third goalie for Team Sweden at the World Juniors and did not see any game action. Werner has a 9-8 record, 2.66 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and two shutouts in the Allsvenskan league this year.

Wilhelm Westlund (Almtuna IS, Allsvenskan): Almtuna IS won both of its games last week. Almtuna IS beat IK Oskarshamn 7-3 on Wednesday and then won 4-3 versus Tingsryds AIF on Friday. Wilhelm Westlund, who did not play in either contest, has six points (one goal, five assists) in 22 games in the Allsvenskan league this year.


Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): Maximilian Pajpach has split this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B in Slovakia's second-tier pro league. Pajpach has a 3.96 goals-against average and .878 save percentage in eight games for Poprad. He's recorded a 7.05 goals-against average and .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin B.


Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa): Denis Parshin and Salavat Yulaev Ufa competed in three games this past week. Ufa started the week on Tuesday with a 1-0 shootout loss to Neftekhimik on Tuesday. On Thursday, Parshin's team rebounded to defeat AK Bars in a 2-1 shootout. On Saturday, Salavat Yulaev lost 4-2 against Lada. Parshin has four points (one goal, three assists) in 13 games for Salavat Yulaev and 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 41 total KHL games this season.

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow played four games last week, and it started off with a 3-2 win over Avangard on Tuesday. Dynamo continued its winning ways on Thursday with a 5-2 win over Sibir and on Saturday with a 3-0 victory against Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Dynamo closed the week by defeating Kunlun Beijing 5-3 on Monday. Andrei Mironov remains out with an injury for Moscow. He has four points (one goal, three assists) in 11 games.

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Culver Academy did not compete in any games this past week. The team will return to play on Jan. 12 for the start of four games in the Northwood Showcase.

Central Interior Hockey League

Luke Walker (Terrace River Kings): Walker is currently playing for the Terrace River Kings in the Central Interior Hockey League in British Columbia. Colorado's fifth-round draft choice in 2010 spent the last three seasons in Europe.

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