San Antonio started the week with a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Gulls on Tuesday but rebounded to defeat the Bakersfield Condors 6-1 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. The Rampage ended the week with a 6-1 loss to the Texas Stars on Sunday.
Netminder Roman Will was between the pipes on Tuesday; he made 20 saves and did not allow a power-play goal in five opportunities for the Gulls. Right wing Denis Everberg and blueliner Maxim Noreau each recorded assists. The Rampage finished the night with 41 shots on goal, a season high.
Forwards Mikko Rantanen, Joey Hishon and Marc-Andre Cliche all returned to the lineup from injuries on Friday night. Everberg scored the first goal of the contest, a power-play goal 7:23 into the second. Center Colin Smith and Noreau each ended the night with two helpers. Cliche, Rantanen and forward Borna Rendulic also collected assists.
Will did not allow a goal during five man-advantage opportunities for the Condors in the first game of the series. He finished the night with 29 saves.
Defenseman Nikita Zadorov was reassigned to the Rampage on Saturday night after a brief stint with Colorado. He skated with Noreau as the top defensive pair and finished the night with two apples. Will was in the crease and had 37 saves on the night, not allowing a goal during five Bakersfield power-play chances.
Rantanen recorded his first professional hat trick to lead San Antonio to the victory. His second and third goals were scored just two minutes apart.
Noreau found the back of the net for the seventh time this season at 14:09 of the second period. Smith finished the night with two points, recording an assist on Noreau’s tally and registering an empty-net goal. Everberg and Cliche collected assists as well.
Forward Sam Henley lit the lamp for the third time this season during Sunday’s contest. Goaltender Spencer Martin started between the pipes and stopped 15 shots but allowed three goals before being replaced with Will. Will saw 16 shots and also allowed three goals.
Rantanen registered an assist in Sunday’s loss, extending his point streak to eight games (five goals, five assists). The streak tied Smith for the longest point streak of the season for the Silver and Black.
San Antonio continues its nine-game homestand this week when it hosts San Jose on Friday and Saturday. Rantanen will represent the Rampage at the AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday.
Jan. 29 vs San Jose Barracuda
Jan. 30 vs San Jose Barracuda
Feb. 5 vs Texas Stars
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets are first in the Midwest Division of the ECHL with 48 points after 38 games played.
The Komets defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 5-1 on Friday, fell 6-4 to the Cyclones on Saturday and lost 3-1 to the Indy Fuel on Sunday.
Right wing Garrett Meurs and defenseman Gabriel Beaupre each tallied an assist during Friday’s win. Beaupre did not skate on Sunday.
The Komets host the Cyclones on Friday and travel to play the Toledo Walleye on Saturday and the Kalamazoo Wings on Sunday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Kitchener fell 5-4 to the London Knights on Tuesday and 5-3 to the Erie Otters on Friday before defeating the Owen Sound Attack 5-2 on Saturday. The Rangers then outscored the Flint Firebirds 5-3 on Sunday. Magyar did not register any points this week but has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 26 contests. Kitchener hosts the Windsor Spitfires on Friday and travels to play the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Sunday.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The Battalion went to overtime in all three of its games this week. North Bay beat the Guelph Storm 4-3 in the extra frame on Thursday and the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-3 on Friday, but it lost 2-1 to the Kingston Frontenacs in a shootout on Sunday. Wood assisted on the game-tying goal to force bonus hockey in Thursday’s victory. North Bay plays at Guelph on Friday and hosts the Sudbury Wolves on Sunday.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Huskies lost 6-2 to the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Tuesday but bounced back at home, defeating the Halifax Mooseheads 8-4 on Thursday and the Victoriaville Tigers 4-1 on Friday. Forward JC Beaudin did not skate on Tuesday but found the back of the net and added an assist on Thursday. Center Julien Nantel lit the lamp on Friday and now has 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) through 44 games. Left wing AJ Greer did not register points this week but has five points (one goal, four assists) through 12 contests with the Huskies. Rouyn-Noranda hosts the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday and Sunday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Drummondville fell 4-3 to Gatineau on Tuesday before picking up a 3-2 overtime victory against the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday and 5-4 overtime win against the Moncton Wildcats on Saturday. Boikov did not participate in Tuesday’s loss but had as assist on Friday. The defenseman found the back of the net and added two more helpers on Saturday. The Voltigeurs host the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Saturday before traveling to face the Shawinigan Cataractes on Sunday.
Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Olympiques defeated Drummondville 4-3 on Tuesday, fell 4-3 to the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday and picked up a 3-1 win against the Quebec Remparts on Saturday. Meloche did not find the scoresheet on Tuesday or Friday, but the defenseman registered two assists on Saturday. Gatineau hosts Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday, travels to play the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Saturday and returns home on Sunday to play Val-d’Or.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or is on a five-game winning streak after being victorious in three contests this week. The Foreurs started the week with a 6-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday and then defeated Halifax 4-3 on Friday and Victoriaville 6-2 on Saturday. Pepin had an apple on Tuesday and added two more helpers on Saturday. The forward has 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 44 games this season. Val-d’Or hosts Baie-Comeau on Friday and travels to face off against Gatineau on Sunday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Rebels started a five-game homestand this week with a 6-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday. Red Deer lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Swift Current Broncos on Friday but defeated the Everett Silvertips 4-1 on Saturday. Bleackley registered three assists in Wednesday’s win and found the back of the net and added a helper on Friday. He suffered an injury on Saturday, a broken kneecap, and will be out for an extended period of time. The center has 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) in 47 contests.
Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Swift Current Broncos defeated the Red Deer Rebels 5-4 in a shootout on Friday but fell 6-2 to the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. Olhaver did not play in either contest as he is recovering from an upper-body injury. Swift Current will host the Prince George Cougars on Friday and the Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver swept the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. DU defeated Duluth 3-2 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday. Butcher tallied an assist on Saturday. He has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 23 outings, sitting fourth on the team in points and first among blueliners. Denver will play in a two-game series at the University of Miami Ohio on Friday and Saturday.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan Wolverines defeated the U.S. NTDP Under-18 team 5-2 in an exhibition game on Thursday. Compher recorded three helpers on the night. The Wolverines play at the Penn State Nittany Lions on Thursday and face the Nittany Lions again on Saturday in New York City.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State beat Western Michigan University 8-2 on Friday and 7-3 on Saturday. Defenseman Ben Storm skated on Friday but did not find the scoresheet. He has six points (two goals, four assists) in 21 outings. St. Cloud State plays in the 2016 North Star Cup this weekend, facing Minnesota State Mankato on Saturday.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK lost 5-2 to Linkoping HC on Thursday and 4-3 in overtime to Karlskrona HK on Saturday. Lindholm played in Thursday’s contest and has skated in 22 games this season. Skelleftea hosts HV71 on Thursday and plays at the Malmo Redhawks on Saturday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Djurgarden won both games of a home-and-home series against the Malmo Redhawks on Friday and Saturday. Djurgarden shutout Malmo 3-0 on Friday and defeated the Redhawks 5-2 on Saturday. Westlund did not skate in either contest but has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 32 contests with HC Vita Hasten and has played in 11 games with Djurgarden. The club hosts MODO Hockey on Tuesday, travels to play Linkoping HC on Thursday and returns home to face Frolunda HC on Saturday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu started the week with a CHL game against Lukko Rauma. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, which qualified Karpat to move on to the CHL Finals due to goal aggregate after the two-game series (5-4). Aittokallio was in net and stopped 20 shots. Karpat will face Frolunda Gothenburg on Feb. 9 to determine the winner of the CHL. The club returned to Liiga play on Friday and won both games of a home-and-home series against KalPa, winning 5-1 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Aittokallio was between the pipes for both contests, stopping 12 shots on Friday and making 25 saves on Saturday. Karpat participates in another home-and-home series on Tuesday and Wednesday against JYP.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara dropped both contests this week, losing 8-2 to Karpat on Saturday and 6-3 to the Pelicans on Sunday. Pajpach started Saturday’s game but was pulled after 1:52 of the first period after allowing two goals. He was in the crease on Sunday and made 27 saves. Tappara faces TPS on Friday and Ilves on Saturday.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow lost 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday to CSKA Moscow but defeated Sibir Novosibirsk 3-2 in a shootout on Monday. Mironov did not find the scoresheet in either contest. The defenseman has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 33 games. Dynamo plays Metallurg Novokuznetsk on Wednesday, Amur Khabarovsk on Friday and Admiral Vladivostok on Sunday.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk conquered Barys Astana 7-2 at home on Thursday and fell 2-1 to Traktor Chelyabinsk on the road on Monday. Parshin registered an assist on Thursday and has 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 51 outings.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt was shutout 4-0 by HC Innsbruck on Friday but defeated the Graz 99ers 8-1 on Sunday. Klagenfurt takes on Fehervar AV19 on Friday and Olimpija Ljubljana on Sunday.