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Avalanche Farm Report: March 1

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage lost 3-2 on Tuesday to the Bakersfield Condors and 5-1 to the San Diego Gulls on Friday. On Saturday, the Rampage defeated the Condors 4-3 in overtime before falling 3-2 to the Stockton Heat on Sunday.

Mikko Rantanen

On Tuesday, Mikko Rantanen scored his 19th goal of the season. Right wing Dennis Everberg and forward Samuel Henley collected assists on the night. Goaltender Reto Berra was between the pipes and finished the game with 35 saves. Before the match against the Condors, the Colorado Avalanche announced that forward Andreas Martinsen had been reassigned to the Rampage.

Forward Troy Bourke was recalled by the Rampage on Thursday. He played in 39 games with San Antonio at the beginning of the season, tallying two goals and six assists. The left wing did not dress for Friday’s contest.

On Friday, center Joey Hishon netted San Antonio’s lone goal. Rantanen had the assist. Berra played all 60 minutes and stopped 33 shots. The next morning, the Avalanche recalled Martinsen back to Colorado.

The Rampage won its fourth game of the Rodeo Road Trip on Saturday in overtime. Andrew Agozzino scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 20 seconds remaining in the extra frame. The forward also had two assists on the night.

Rantanen and Hishon also lit the lamp while Nate Guenin, Nikita Zadorov, Maxim Noreau and Borna Rendulic each collected assists. Rantanen, Noreau and Aggozino also ended the night with a plus-3 rating. Berra made 22 saves in the victory.

On Sunday, defenseman Zadorov registered a power-play goal, his ninth marker of the season. Agozzino and Noreau collected assists on the tally. Roman Will was in the crease and stopped 39 shots. Agozzino found the back of the net in the last minute of the game in a 6-on-5 situation as Will was pulled for the extra skater. Rantanen and Hishon assisted on the play.

The Avalanche reassigned Berra to San Antonio after he cleared waivers on Monday morning. The club also acquired forward Taylor Beck from the New York Islanders in exchange for Marc-Andre Cliché. Beck was assigned to San Antonio.

The Silver and Black faces off against the Manitoba Moose on Friday in its first home contest after the 11-game road trip. The team then hosts the Ontario Reign on Sunday.

Upcoming Games:
March 4 vs Manitoba Moose
March 6 vs Ontario Reign
March 9 vs Ontario Reign


Fort Wayne Komets

The Fort Wayne Komets lost to the Missouri Mavericks 4-3 on Wednesday before flipping the script to beat them 4-3 on Friday. The Komets also topped the Tulsa Oilers 2-1 on Saturday. 

On Wednesday, defenseman Gabriel Beaupre netted his second goal of the season, and blueliners Cody Corbett and Mason Geertsen and forward Bourke each collected assists in the loss. Netminder Spencer Martin was in the crease and made 16 saves.

In Friday’s victory, right wing Garrett Meurs scored Fort Wayne’s second goal of the night while Geertsen and Corbett registered helpers. Corbett and Meurs also recorded assists on Saturday.

The Komets hit the road to take on the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday, the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday and Colorado again on Sunday.


OHL

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Kitchener defeated the Guelph Storm 4-2 on Tuesday and 4-1 on Friday but was shutout by the Oshawa Generals 5-0 on Saturday. Magyar recorded his eighth assist of the season on Tuesday before lighting the lamp for the ninth time on Friday. The right wing has 17 points (nine goals, eight asissts) in 40 outings. The Rangers host the Erie Otters on Friday and play at the London Knights on Sunday.


QMJHL

JC Beaudin

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Huskies started the week with a 5-4 shootout win over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Tuesday. Rouyn-Noranda then beat the Moncton Wildcats 7-6 in overtime on Thursday and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5-2 on Friday. AJ Greer lit the lamp and had an assist on both Tuesday and Thursday, and he added another goal on Friday to extend his scoring streak to five games. He now has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 25 games. JC Beaudin found the back of the net and added a helper in all three games this week, improving his his total to 67 points (26 goals, 41 assists) in 50 games. Julien Nantel did not skate in any of the contests this week. He has 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 48 games. The Huskies go on a four-game road trip this week, playing at the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Tuesday, the Victoriaville Tigers on Friday, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Saturday and the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Sunday.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs are fighting for a playoff spot but dropped two contests last week. The Voltigeurs fell 3-1 to Sherbrooke on Thursday, defeated Victoriaville 3-2 on Friday and lost 5-3 to Baie-Comeau on Saturday. Boikov recorded his 20th helper of the season on Friday. The defenseman has 25 points (five goals, 20 assists) in 45 games played. Drummondville plays at the Saint John Sea Dogs on Thursday, Moncton on Friday and Cape Breton on Sunday.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau shutout Cape Breton 3-0 on Wednesday, defeated the Rimouski Oceanic 4-2 on Friday and then lost 2-1 to Moncton on Sunday. Meloche skated in all three games but did not find the scoresheet. He has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 27 games with the Olympiques this season. Gatineau faces off against Baie-Comeau on Wednesday, the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Thursday and Victoriaville on Saturday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs beat Moncton 5-3 on Friday and fell 8-1 to Cape Breton on Saturday. Pepin found the back of the net on Friday for the 20th time this season. He now has 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 54 games. Val-d’Or finishes a five-game homestand against Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday, plays at Baie-Comeau on Friday and Saturday and travels to Chicoutimi on Sunday.


WHL

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Broncos lost all three contests this week, falling 3-2 to the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday, 2-0 to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday and 4-3 to the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. Left wing Olhaver played on Wednesday and Friday but did not find the scoresheet. He has a total of eight points this season (three goals, five assists) in 50 games with the Broncos and the Seattle Thunderbirds. Swift Current hosts the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday before traveling to play the Regina Pats on Friday and Medicine Hat on Saturday. Swift Current then opens a three-game homestand on Monday against the Moose Jaw Warriors.


NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers are riding a seven-game winning streak after outscoring Western Michigan in both contests last weekend. The Pioneers defeated Western Michigan 5-1 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Butcher had an assist in both contests and improved to 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 31 contests this season. He leads team defensemen and is fourth overall in points. Denver closes out the season with games against the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday and Saturday.

Compher

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan defeated Minnesota 6-2 on Thursday but lost 3-2 in overtime on Friday. Compher recorded two helpers on Thursday, extending his point streak to 18 games (10 goals, 26 assists). However, the forward failed to register a point in Friday’s loss. His longest previous streak was five games, last occurring Feb. 27-March 13, 2015, when he tallied nine points (seven goals, two assists). Michigan plays a home-and-home series with Ohio State this weekend.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State University dropped both contests to the University of Minnesota Duluth this weekend, falling 4-1 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday. Storm skated on Friday and did not register any points. He has six points (two goals, four assists) in 24 games this season. St. Cloud State plays at Colorado College on Friday and Saturday.


Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK shutout MODO Hockey 5-0 on Tuesday and defeated MODO 5-2 on Thursday before falling 3-2 in a shootout to Farjestad BK on Saturday. Lindholm recorded his fourth assist of the season on Tuesday. In 29 outings, the defensemen has 18 penalty minutes, a plus-3 rating and 83 hits. Skelleftea AIK faces off against Karlskrona HK on Tuesday, Djargarden Hockey on Thursday and Orebro Hockey on Saturday.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten fell 5-3 to BIK Karlskoga on Wednesday but shutout IK Pantern 2-0 on Friday. There was a chance that Vita Hasten could make the playoffs with a win on Sunday, but the team’s season ended with a 4-2 loss to IK Oskarshamn. With two assists in Friday’s win, Westlund finished the year with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 42 games played.


Finland

Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu shutout TPS 1-0 on Friday but lost 1-0 to Lukko on Saturday. Aittokallio was not between the pipes for either contest. He has a 17-3-9 record and a .919 save percentage through 30 games this season. Karpat plays at Tappara on Wednesday, hosts HIFK on Friday and travels to TPS on Saturday.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara outscored Ilves 4-2 on Wednesday and KalPa 3-1 on Saturday but lost 6-3 to Karpat on Sunday. Netminder Pajpach did not play this week but has a .874 save percentage through 24 games. Tappara plays Lukko on Friday and HIFK on Sunday.


KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow swept the Western Conference Quarterfinals, winning the series against HC Sochi 4-0. Dynamo skated to a 3-2 victory on Tuesday, shutout Sochi 3-0 on Thursday and won 1-0 in overtime on Saturday. Mironov played in all three games and recorded his first point of the postseason with a helper on the winning goal on Saturday. He had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 40 regular-season contests. Dynamo will face the winner of Salavat Yulaev and Ak Bars in the next round.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk, the top ranked team in the East, won the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals this week, sweeping Neftekhimik 4-0. Avangard won 4-2 on Wednesday and 2-1 on Friday before winning 3-2 in triple overtime on Sunday in the longest postseason game in the KHL this season. Parshin had an assist in Wednesday’s victory and scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Sunday—his first goal of the playoffs. He had 31 points (10 goals, 21assists) in 57 regular-season matches. Avangard faces CSKA Moscow in the next round of playoff contests.


Austria

Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC lost the first two games of the quarterfinals against EC Salzburg, falling 4-1 on Friday and 3-2 on Sunday. Walker did not skate in either contest. Klagenfurt and Salzburg face off on Tuesday and again on Friday, if necessary.

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