The San Antonio Rampage came out victorious in two of its first three games of its California road trip this past week. On Friday, the club defeated the Bakersfield Condors 3-1, and in back-to-back meetings at the San Jose Barracuda, the Rampage fell 6-4 on Saturday before getting a 1-0 overtime win on Sunday.
Chris Bigras, Borna Rendulic and Joey Hishon all scored in Friday’s contest, with Bakersfield’s lone goal coming on the power play. Nikita Zadorov, Colin Smith and Dennis Everberg added an assist each and goaltender Roman Will faced a season-low 17 shots.
Lots of scoring occurred in Saturday’s contest in San Jose with Bigras, Zadorov, Samuel Henley and Mat Clark lighting the lamp in the 6-4 loss. Marc-Andre Cliche, Smith and Everberg all collected assists. Will started the game in the crease but was relieved by Spencer Martin after allowing five goals through two periods.
Sunday’s win in additional time was the Silver and Black’s first overtime victory in six games. San Antonio sealed the deal 3:12 into the extra frame with Cliche and Maxim Noreau setting up Reid Petryk for the game-winner. Netminder Spencer Martin achieved his first AHL shutout, making 21 saves. For Petryk, he finished the weekend with a goal and five helpers. Bigras saw his five-game point streak end on Sunday.
Smith continues to lead the team in goals (11), assists (17) and points with 28. Mikko Rantanen is just two points behind the team lead with 10 markers and 16 helpers, and Hishon is just one point behind Rantanen with 10 goals and 15 assists. Rantanen has only played in 22 games this season as he missed more than three weeks recently while with Finland at the World Juniors.
After capturing a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Rantanen rejoined the Rampage in California on Saturday. However, the forward did not appear in the lineup due to an upper-body injury.
San Antonio plays a final contest at the Stockton Heat before returning to home ice for matches against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday and Saturday.
Jan. 13 at Stockton
Jan. 15 at Milwaukee
Jan. 16 at Milwaukee
Jan. 19 vs. San Diego
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets split their weekend decisions against the Quad City Mallards with a 7-4 win on Friday before dropping a 2-0 game on Sunday.
Gabriel Beaupre appeared in both contests while Garrett Meurs skated in Friday’s game but was absent from the lineup on Sunday. Meurs now has 18 points (eight goals and 10 assists) in 22 showings, and Gabriel Beaupre has one goal in 20 outings.
The Komets face the Cincinnati Cyclones on Wednesday before beginning a three-game homestand against the Orlando Solar Bears on Friday and the Rapid City Rush on Saturday and Sunday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 on Friday before coming up victorious over the Kingston Fronenacs, 3-1, on Sunday. Nick Magyar has an assist in Friday’s contest and now has nine points (five goals and four assists) through 20 games. The Rangers' game against the Owen Sound Attack on Tuesday was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for Feb. 17. The Attack faces the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday and the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion picked up a 3-2 win over the Erie Otters on Thursday but fell in another one-goal game on Friday in a 3-2 overtime decision against the Sudbury Wolves. North Bay faltered 8-2 to the Ottawa 67’s on Sunday. Kyle Wood had a two-point week with helpers on Thursday and Sunday and now totals 17 points (five goals and 12 assists) in 20 contests. The Battalion plays again on Thursday against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and against the Barrie Colts on Saturday before another match against Sudbury on Sunday.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies outscored the Sherbrooke Phoenix 6-1 on Friday, and Avalanche prospect Julien Nantel led the Huskies to a 7-4 victory over the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Sunday with two tallies and an assist. Nantel also collected a pair of helpers on Friday and now has 37 points (16 goals and 21 assists) in 38 contests. JC Beaudin is second on the team in scoring with 45 points (18 goals and 27 assists) but has not appeared in the lineup since Dec. 30. AJ Greer added an assist on Friday and a power-play marker on Sunday. The Huskies face the Phoenix on the road on Wednesday and play at the Rimouski Oceanic in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Sergei Boikov returned to the Drummondville Voltigeurs with a silver medal from Russia’s IIHF World Junior Championship performance and appeared back in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 6 on Sunday in a 5-2 loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes. Prior to Sunday, Drummondville dropped a 6-2 decision to the Cataractes on Friday but defeated the Quebec Remparts 7-4 on Saturday. In 30 showings, Boikov has 16 points (four goals and 12 assists). The Voltigeurs take on the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Thursday and Sherbrooke on Sunday.
Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques fell to the Val-d’Or Foreurs 4-1 last Tuesday but won their next three matchups. They defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 7-5 on Friday, the Halifax Mooseheads 8-4 on Saturday and the Moncton Wildcats 4-3 in overtime on Sunday. Meloche lit the lamp on Friday and Sunday, including scoring the game-winner in additional time, and added helpers last Tuesday and on Saturday. In just eight matches with Gatineau, the defenseman has seven points (three goals and four assists) and is currently on a six-game point streak that dates back to Dec. 31. The Olympiques face the Shawinigan Cataractes on Thursday, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Sunday.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): In the Val-d’Or Foreurs' 4-1 win last Tuesday over Gatineau, Alexis Pepin had an assist. He also scored in the first period of Val-d’Or's 7-4 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Sunday. The Foreurs also took the ice on Saturday, defeating the Phoenix 4-2. In 39 games this season, Pepin has 30 points (16 goals and 14 assists). Val-d’Or takes on the Victoriaville Tigres on Friday and Sherbrooke on Saturday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels picked up a 4-3 win over the Prince Albert Raiders last Tuesday and shutout the Saskatoon Blades 5-0 on Wednesday. The Rebels then dropped two extra-time decisions on Friday and Saturday, falling 4-3 in a shootout to the Lethbridge Hurricanes and 6-5 in overtime to the Vancouver Giants. Conner Bleackley is fourth on the team in points with 35 (12 goals and 23 assists) in 41 contests and has registered nine points (three goals and six assists) in his last six outings. He had the game-tying tally last Tuesday, two helpers on both Wednesday and Saturday and the secondary assist on the goal that forced additional time on Friday. The Rebels play against the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday, the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday and the Swift Current Broncos the following night.
Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Swift Current Broncos dropped three outings this week, starting with a 5-2 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday and followed by a 4-3 decision to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday and a 4-3 defeat by Moose Jaw on Sunday. With a power-play goal in Wednesday’s contest, Gustav Olhaver now has two points (goal and an assist) in seven games with Swift Current. The Broncos look to get back to their winning ways with bouts against Lethbridge on Wednesday, the Calgary Hitmen on Friday and against Red Deer on Saturday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver had a strong weekend showing that began with a two-goal appearance from Will Butcher in a 3-0 shutout at the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday. Denver also captured a 4-3 win on Saturday in Omaha for the school’s first road sweep in almost three years. Butcher has 16 points (five goals and 11 assists) in 19 contests during his junior season. DU begins a four-game homestand on Friday and Saturday versus the University of Western Michigan.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan swept Michigan State University over the weekend with a 9-2 victory on Friday and a 6-3 win at home on Saturday. Compher now has an eight-game point streak (four goals and 12 assists since Nov. 28) after a big weekend against Michigan's in-sate rival. He had a career-high five-point outing (two goals and three assists) at Michigan State on Friday and added two helpers at home the following night versus the Spartans. Compher has 27 points (five goals and 22 assists) in 19 games during his junior season, and he was named the Big Ten's first star of the week earlier Tuesday. Michigan plays a home-and-home against the Ohio State University on Friday and Sunday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State University split decisions against Colorado College with a 2-1 win on Friday and a 5-2 loss on Saturday. Ben Storm only skated in Saturday’s contest and has five points (two goals and three assists) in 18 outings this year. St. Cloud State travels to the University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday for the start of two games in as many days.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK played its first game since Dec. 30 on Wednesday and blanked Brynas IF 3-0. The team followed that win with another 3-0 shutout victory, this time versus MODO Hockey on Saturday. Anton Lindholm has participated in 19 SHL games and has a plus-1 rating in his last two outings. The club is currently tied with Frolunda for first place in the SHL with 73 points. Skelleftea AIK plays another two contests this week, Thursday versus Lulea Hockey and on Saturday against Vaxjo Lakers.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Wilhelm Westlund remains on the Djurgarden roster and has skated in five games for the club. Also returning to the ice for the first time since Dec. 30, Djurgarden defeated Rogle BK 5-3 on Thursday before falling 5-3 to Orebro Hockey on Saturday. The team holds contests against Karlskrona HK on Thursday and HV71 on Saturday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu slipped by Lukko 5-4 in overtime last Tuesday, doubled up SaiPa 2-1 on Friday in another contest that required additional time and was victorious against HPK, 4-3, on Saturday to extend the team's win streak to four games. Sami Aittokallio defended the net last Tuesday and on Saturday, making 16 and 26 saves respectively. Karpat takes on Tappara on Thursday and the Pelicans on Saturday.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Maximilian Pajpach did not appear in net for the Tappara junior club this week. The team defeated Lukko 4-1 on Wednesday, dropped a 3-2 decision in additional time to Ilves on Friday and beat Lukko again, 6-2, on Saturday. Tappara U20 faces Karpat on Thursday, JYP on Friday and Sport on Saturday.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow slipped by Jokerit Helsinki 3-2 in a shootout on Friday, and Andrei Mironov had the primary helper on a man-advantage marker in the second period. Dynamo Moscow again got the win on Sunday against Dinamo Riga, 2-1, with Mironov lighting the lamp for the first goal of the contest. He now has 10 points (two goals and eight assists) in 28 outings. The club faces Jokerit again on Tuesday before playing Medvescak Zagreb on Saturday and Slovan Bratislava on Monday.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk shutout its opponents in three-straight contests this past week, starting with a 3-0 blanking of Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg on Thursday and followed up by a 2-0 win over Lada Togliatti on Saturday and a 3-0 victory in Monday's contest against Ak Bars Kazan. In Thursday’s game, Denis Parshin scored and added a primary assist to bring his season total to 24 points (10 goals and 14 assists) in 48 games. Avangard Omsk drops the puck against Dinamo Riga on Wednesday and against Dinamo Minsk on Sunday.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): In Klagenfurt’s matchups this week, the club was shutout 7-0 by EC Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday before blanking HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana 4-0 on Friday. On Sunday, Klagenfurt achieved a 4-3 overtime win over Moser Medical Graz 99ers. Luke Walker was absent from Klagenfurt AC’s lineup this week. In 36 outings this year, Walker has 11 points (three goals and eight assists). The team plays contests versus EC VSV on Friday and again against the Moser Medical Graz 99ers on Sunday.