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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 5

by Samantha Poulos / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage fell to the San Diego Gulls on Friday, dropping a 3-1 decision at home. San Antonio’s lone goal came on the power play with Joey Hishon and Chris Bigras picking up an assist each. Spencer Martin made 32 stops and held the Gulls scoreless on four of their five man-advantage opportunities.

San Diego returned to the AT&T Center for a Sunday matinee and scored four unanswered markers on the Rampage to take a 4-3 victory. San Antonio took an early 3-0 lead with goals from Borna Rendulic and Bigras. Nikita Zadorov and Bigras also collected helpers in the match. Appearing in net for a second straight game, Martin stopped 28 shots in the loss.

Bigras has collected assists in three-straight games and now has 17 points (four goals and 13 assists) on the year. Colin Smith leads the Rampage in points (26) and goals (11) and is tied with Hishon second place in assists (15). Mikko Rantanen is ranked first with 16 helpers.

On Monday, the Rampage reassigned Gabriel Beaupre to the Fort Wayne Komets. Beaupre skated in one game and had six penalty minutes for the Silver and Black since being recalled on Dec. 27.

The Rampage’s recent struggles have dropped the club to sixth place in the Pacific Division with a .515 win percentage. The team looks to break a 0-3-1 losing streak as it begins a four-game California road trip with three contests in as many days, starting on Friday at the Bakersfield Condors. San Antonio then plays back-to-back contests against the San Jose Barracuda on Saturday and Sunday.

Mikko Rantanen remained absent from the Rampage’s lineup as he continued to represent host nation Finland as team captain at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Rantanen picked up assists on both of Finland’s goals in a 2-1 win over Sweden in the semifinals on Monday. The forward now has one marker and three helpers in six games played in the tournament. Finland faces Russia for the gold medal on Tuesday.

Upcoming Games:
Jan. 8 at Bakersfield
Jan. 9 at San Jose
Jan. 10 at San Jose


Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets shutout the Indy Fuel 7-0 on New Year’s Eve and captured another victory over the Fuel (2-1)

Meurs

on Friday. On Thursday, Garrett Meurs had a three-point game with two goals, one on the power play, and an assist. He added an apple in Friday’s contest on the game-winner.

The Komets defeated the Toledo Walleye 2-1 on Saturday and Meurs again had an outstanding performance, registering a marker and a helper. The forward now has 18 points (eight goals and 10 assists) in 21 games this season, including a six-game point streak dating back to Dec. 21. In that time, he’s collected 10 points (five goals and assists).

Fort Wayne looks to continue a three-game win streak as it hits the road for a weekend series against the Quad City Mallards on Friday and Sunday.


OHL

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers picked up a 5-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs on Thursday. The following night, the Rangers defeated the Guelph Storm 3-2 before wrapping up the weekend with a 7-3 loss to Guelph on Sunday. Magyar lit the lamp on New Year’s Eve and again on Sunday, bringing his season total to eight points (five goals and three assists) in 18 games. Kitchener returns to action on Friday against the Hamilton Bulldogs before facing the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Kyle Wood collected a man-advantage goal and an assist in North Bay’s 6-3 win over the Mississauga Steelheads on New Year’s Eve. On Saturday, the Barrie Colts dominated North Bay with a 12-2 final, but the Battalion bounced back for a 5-3 win over Barrie on Sunday. Wood again had a two-point outing, his fifth of the year, on Sunday, adding another power-play marker and a helper to bring his season total to 15 points (five goals and 10 assists) in 17 games. North Bay plays the Erie Otters on Thursday, the Sudbury Wolves on Friday and the Ottawa 67’s on Sunday.


QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies captured a 2-1 overtime win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Thursday. On Sunday, the Val-d’Or Foreurs doubled up the Huskies 4-2. AJ Greer and Julien Nantel appeared in both games but JC Beaudin was absent. The team remains in first place of the QMJHL with 62 points after going 7-3 in its last 10 matches. Next up for Rouyn-Noranda is matches against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday and the Foreurs again on Sunday.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): With Sergei Boikov still representing Russia at the 2016 World Junior Championship, Drummondville fell 2-1 in additional time to Rouyn-Noranda on New Year’s Eve and dropped a 3-2

Boikov

decision to the Rimouski Oceanic on Sunday. Boikov has 16 points (four goals and 12 assists) in 29 games played. The Voltigeurs play three games in as many days, taking on the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday and Sunday and the Quebec Remparts on Saturday.

In World Junior play, Russia defeated Belarus 4-1 last Tuesday. The team also captured a 2-1 win over Slovakia on Thursday and remained undefeated after a 4-3 overtime win over Denmark in the quarterfinal round on Saturday. In the semifinal round on Monday, Russia stopped the United States from advancing to the finals with a 2-1 victory. Russia and Rantanen’s Finland will play for gold on Tuesday. Boikov has skated in five games and has six penalty minutes.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques snuck out a 6-5 overtime win over the Victoriaville Tigres on Thursday. Nicolas Meloche had and assist and the game-winner. The Olympiques also defeated the Phoenix 7-2 on Sunday, and Meloche again found himself on the scoresheet with an apple. He now has 19 points (nine goals and 10 assists) in 29 games this year. Gatineau plays Tuesday night against Val-d’Or followed by three-straight matches against the Charlottetown Islanders on Friday, the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday and the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Val-d’Or blanked the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4-0 on Thursday and scored four goals to Rouyn-Noranda’s two on Sunday. Alexis Pepin recorded his 13th assist of the season on New Year’s Eve and has 28 points in 36 games this season. The Foreurs continue their campaign with a contest against Gatineau on Tuesday and a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday against Sherbrooke and Rouyn-Noranda.


WHL

Bleackley

Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels picked up a 6-4 win over the last place Kootenay Ice on Thursday and demolished the Brandon Wheat Kings by a score of 10-0 on Saturday. Conner Bleackley had a goal in Thursday’s contest and a two-point (one goal and one assist) outing on Saturday. The center has collected 29 points (11 goals and 18 assists) in 37 appearances. The Rebels have games against the Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday, Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday, Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday and Vancouver Giants on Saturday.

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): In his first full week of play with the Swift Current Broncos, after being picked up on waivers from the Seattle Thunderbirds, Gustav Olhaver skated in losses to the Regina Pats on Friday (4-3 in overtime) and to the Ice on Sunday (3-1). Olhaver has two goals and four helpers in 35 games played. Swift Current plays Lethbridge on Wednesday, Brandon on Saturday and the Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday.


NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): After a long winter break, the University of Denver Pioneers tied the University of Notre Dame in back-to-back games on Friday (1-1) and Saturday (2-2). Will Butcher picked up the secondary helper on the game-tying goal on Saturday and now has 13 points (three goals and 10 assists) in 17 games. He’s tied for first on the team in points. DU hits the road to take on the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Friday and Saturday night.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan won its 17th Great Lakes Invitational title after defeating Michigan Tech 4-2 on Wednesday. Compher assisted on a second-period power-play goal and now has 17 assists and three markers in 17 games played during his junior year. Michigan plays a home-and-home starting at Michigan State on Friday and back in front of the home crowd on Saturday.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State swept Arizona State University last weekend, starting with a 6-1 win on Friday and ending with a 7-0 shutout on Saturday. In an exhibition game against the US NTDP U18 team the following afternoon, St. Cloud State lost a hard-fought 7-6 decision in overtime. Storm did not appear in Friday’s lineup but made a return to the ice on Saturday and had an assist in Sunday’s game. The team next welcomes Colorado College for games on Friday and Saturday.


Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK defeated Farjestad BK 3-2 on Wednesday. Anton Lindholm has eight penalty minutes in 17 games this season. The team skates on Wednesday versus Brynas IF and again on Saturday against MODO Hockey.

Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden, SHL): Djurgarden grabbed a 3-1 victory over Brynas IF on Wednesday. Westlund has now participated in three matches with the club and has two penalty minutes. He has three goals and five assists in 30 games played with Vita Hasten. Djurgarden takes on Rogle BK on Thursday before a contest against Orebro on Saturday.


Finland

Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu defeated Iives 3-2 on Wednesday. Aittokallio posted a .925 save percentage in the contest and now has a 10-2-6 record, a .920 save percentage and a 1.84 goals-against average. Karpat ranks first in Liiga play. Karpat faces Lukko on Tuesday, SaiPa on Friday and HPK on Saturday.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara Junior returns to the ice after a long winter break for a game against Lock Tappara on Wednesday followed by a contest against Tappara-Lynx on Friday and a matchup against Lock on Saturday.


KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow held its opponent to one goal in a 5-1 win over SKA Saint Petersburg on Monday. Andrei Mironov gained a secondary assist on a man-advantage goal that tied the game early in the first period and now has eight points (one goal and seven assists) in 26 games. Dynamo Moscow drops the puck against Jokerit Helsinki on Friday and on Sunday against Dinamo Riga.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk has not played a game since last Tuesday when it shutout the Severstal Cherepovets 4-0. The team returns to the ice for a match against Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk on Tuesday. Avangard also plays Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg on Thursday and Lada Togliatti on Saturday, followed by a Monday contest against Ak Bars Kazan. Parshin has 22 points (nine goals and 13 assists) in 45 games during the 2015-16 season.


Austria

Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt came up victorious on Wednesday, shutting out HCB Sudtirol 4-0. The team also defeated HC TWK Innsbruck ‘Die Haie’ 4-3 on Friday before falling at UPC Vienna Capitals 6-1 on Sunday. Walker skated in all three contests for a combined six shots on goal. He now has three goals and eight assists in 36 games this year. Klagenfurt takes on EC Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday, HDD Telemach Olimpija Ljubljana on Friday and the Moser Medical Graz 99ers on Sunday.

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