The San Antonio Rampage dropped all three contests this week. The club lost 6-2 to the Stockton Heat on Wednesday to finish a four-game road trip. On Friday, the Rampage started a nine-game home stand by being shutout by the Milwaukee Admirals 3-0 and the club then lost to Milwaukee 6-3 on Saturday.
Prior to Wednesday’s game, defensemen Chris Bigras and Nikita Zadorov were recalled by the Colorado Avalanche while blueliner Brandon Gormley was reassigned to the Rampage.
Spencer Martin was between the pipes on Wednesday and made 27 saves. Right wing Dennis Everberg scored his 10th goal of the season. He now has 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 25 games. Forwards Marc-Andre Cliche and Samuel Henley and defenseman Cody Corbett all collected assists. Gormley finished with five shots.
Friday’s loss marked the first time the Rampage was shut out this season. Netminder Roman Will was in the crease and stopped 31 shots.
On Saturday, Martin started in net but Will replaced him 12:41 in after the former allowed three goals on six shots. Maxim Noreau scored a power-play goal and center Colin Smith potted his 12th tally of the season. Gormley assisted on Smith’s goal, picking up his first point in a Rampage sweater, and Mat Clark added an assist as well.
San Antonio continues its long homestand this week when it hosts the San Diego Gulls and the Bakersfield Condors. It is the third-longest such stretch in franchise history.
Jan. 19 vs San Diego Gulls
Jan. 22 vs Bakersfield Condors
Jan. 23 vs Bakersfield Condors
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets tied their season-high winning streak of four games with four victories this week.
Fort Wayne defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-1 on Wednesday, the Orlando Solar Bears 5-2 on Friday, shutout the Rapid City Rush 1-0 on Saturday and outscored the Rush 3-1 on Sunday.
Defenseman Gabriel Beaupre had an assist in Wednesday’s win and finished with a plus-2 rating in Sunday’s contest. Forward Garrett Meurs scored on Friday and now has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 26 outings.
The Komets hit the road to face the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday and Saturday and the Indy Fuel on Sunday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers picked up a 5-3 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads on Friday and a 7-4 win against the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday. Magyar did not find the scoresheet on Friday but found the back of the net on Saturday. The right wing has 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists) in 22 games. The Rangers host the London Knights on Tuesday and the Erie Otters on Friday before traveling to the Owen Sound Attack on Saturday. Kitchener then returns home to host the Flint Firebirds on Sunday.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion fell 5-4 to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Thursday and 5-4 to the Barrie Colts on Saturday before defeating the Sudbury Wolves 5-3 on Sunday. Defenseman Kyle Wood tallied two helpers on Saturday and added two more on Sunday. Wood has recorded 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 23 contests. The Battalion takes on the Guelph Storm on Thursday, the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday and the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies continue to lead the QMJHL with 70 points in 44 contests (33-7-3-1). On Wednesday, the Huskies outscored the Sherbrooke Phoenix 2-1 on the road. Center Julien Nantel and left wing AJ Greer each recorded an assist. Forward JC Beaudin returned to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 30 in Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Rimouski Oceanic. Greer and Nantel again tallied helpers in the contest. On Saturday, the Huskies fell 4-1 to the Oceanic. It was Rouyn-Noranda’s first loss since Jan. 3. Nantel netted the lone goal with an assist from Greer. Both players are in the midst of five-game point streaks. The Huskies travel to face the Val-d’Or Foreurs Tuesday before hosting the Halifax Mooseheads and the Victoriaville Tigers on Thursday and Friday respectively.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs picked up a 4-1 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Thursday then dropped a 3-1 decision to Sherbrooke on Sunday. Boikov did not find the scoresheet in either contest but has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 32 outings this season. The Voltigeurs start a four-game homestand this week, facing the Gatineau Olympiques on Tuesday, the Quebec Remparts on Friday and the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday.
Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau fell 2-1 to the Shawinigan Cataractes on Thursday and 7-2 to Baie-Comeau on Saturday but defeated the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6-2 on Sunday. Blueliner Nicolas Meloche registered an assist on both Saturday and Sunday. The defenseman has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 11 contests with Gatineau this season, bringing his total to 25 points (11 goals, 14 assist) on the year. The Olympiques travel to Drummondville on Tuesday and face the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday before hosting Quebec on Saturday.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or won both contests this week, defeating Victoriaville 2-1 on Friday and Sherbrooke 4-3 on Saturday. Left wing Pepin recorded an assist Saturday and now has 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 41 contests. The Foreurs are home for their next four games, hosting the Huskies on Tuesday, Halifax on Friday and Victoriaville on Saturday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Rebels shutout the Moose Jaw Warriors 1-0 in overtime on Wednesday before falling 4-0 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday and 2-1 to the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday. Bleackley tallied an assist on Saturday. The Rebels are in second place of the Central Division with 60 points in 46 contests. Red Deer starts a five-game homestand this week, hosting Moose Jaw on Wednesday, Swift Current on Friday and the Everett Silvertips on Saturday.
Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Broncos dropped Wednesday’s contest 5-2 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes before beating the Calgary Hitmen 7-4 on Friday and Red Deer 2-1 on Saturday. Olhaver did not register any points on Wednesday or Friday and did not skate on Saturday. The Broncos have a two-game road trip this weekend, travelling to Red Deer on Friday before facing Calgary on Saturday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers defeated the Western Michigan University Broncos 5-3 on Friday and ended Saturday’s contest against the Broncos in a 2-2 draw. Butcher skated in both games but did not tally any points. He sits third on the team in scoring and leads defensemen with five goals and 11 assists. The University of Denver will host Minnesota Duluth in a two-game series on Friday and Saturday.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan Wolverines tied the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-5 on the road on Friday and outscored the Buckeyes 8-6 at home on Sunday. JT Compher lit the lamp and added a helper on Friday and tallied two assists and found the back of the net again on Sunday. The left wing extended his point streak to 10 games (six goals and 15 assists). Michigan faces the USNTDP Under-18 team in an exhibition game on Thursday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State University visited the University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday and Saturday. St. Cloud beat Minnesota 3-1 on Friday and Saturday’s game ended in a 1-1 tie. Storm had an assist on Friday, improving to six points (two goals, four assists) in 20 outings. St. Cloud hosts Western Michigan University on Friday and Saturday.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK lost 5-2 to Lulea Hockey on Thursday before defeating the Vaxjo Lakers 4-1 on Saturday. Skelleftea is tied for first in the SHL with 76 points, sharing the lead with Frolunda HC. Skelleftea travels to play Linkoping HC on Thursday and hosts Karlskrona HK on Saturday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Djuargarden Hockey conquered Karlskrona HK 4-3 on Thursday but fell 4-2 to HV71 on Saturday. Westlund did not register points in either contest. The club sits in eighth place in the SHL with 54 points. Djurgarden plays a home-and-home series with the Malmo Redhawks on Friday and Saturday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu fell 3-2 to Tappara Kenttapelaajat on Thursday before losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Pelicans on Saturday. Aittokallio did not skate on Thursday but stopped 18 shots between the pipes on Saturday. Karpat faces Rauman Lukko on Tuesday, hosts KalPa on Friday and travels to KalPa on Saturday.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara extended its winning streak to four games, tying its season-high. Tappara defeated Karpat 3-2 in overtime on Thursday, outscored JYP 3-1 on Friday and was victorious on Saturday with a 6-2 win over Sport. Pajpach went into Thursday’s game with 3:05 remaining in the second period. He stopped nine shots in the third and three in overtime. Pajpach was in the crease on Friday and Saturday as well, making 30 saves on Friday and 34 on Saturday. Tappara looks to prolong its winning streak this week as it faces Karpat on Saturday and the Pelicans on Sunday.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow defeated Jokerit Helsinki 3-2 on Tuesday but fell 2-1 to Medvescak Zagreb on Saturday. On Monday, Dynamo had a 4-3 victory over Slovan Bratislava. Mironov did not register points this week but has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 31 outings. Dynamo plays CSKA Moscow on Wednesday and Sibir Novosibirsk on Monday.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk outscored Dinamo Riiga 2-1 on Wednesday and defeated Dinamo Minsk 8-1 on Sunday. Parshin recorded his 15th and 16th assists in Wednesday’s win and added another one on Sunday. He has now registered 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 50 contests this season. Avangard hosts Barys Astana on Thursday and faces Traktor Chelyabinsk on Monday.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt had a 4-1 victory over EC VSV on Friday before falling 4-2 to the Graz 99ers on Sunday. Walker did not skate in either contest. Klagenfurt faces HC Innsbruck on Friday and the Graz 99ers again on Sunday.