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Avalanche Farm Report: March 14

San Antonio went 2-1 and the QMJHL guys were rolling last week

by Heather Ward /
San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (22-32-5) split decisions with the Grand Rapids Griffins and picked up a shootout win over the Texas Stars last week. 

San Antonio struggled to start the week and was shutout 3-0 against Grand Rapids on Tuesday at the AT&T Center. The Rampage's penalty kill was successful in all five situations but could not produce offensively while the Griffins went on to score three goals in the middle frame alone. Goaltender Joe Cannata started in the crease, making 20 saves in his Rampage debut.

San Antonio broke its twelve-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory against the Cleveland Monsters on Sunday. The Rampage struck first with goals from Gabriel Bourque and Rocco Grimaldi to gain a 2-0 lead in the first period. Sergei Boikov, Brendan Ranford, and Chirs Bigras all collected helpers.

Cleveland answered with a marker in the second frame to cut the lead in half. The Rampage countered with a shorthanded goal 16:24 into the second period with the help of Reid Petryk.  

The Monsters again rallied to bring the game within one score, but San Antonio found twine on the power play to regain a 4-2 edge. Ranford and Bigras recorded their second assists of the night on the play. The club outshot Cleveland 33-19 and converted on two of its chances with the man advantage. Cannata started between the pipes again and earned his first win in the silver and black sweater with 16 saves. 

On Monday, the Rampage picked up its second victory of the week in a thrilling 2-1 shootout at the Texas Stars. After a scoreless first period, Texas found netting in the middle frame to claim a 1-0 lead. It wasn't until 16:03 in the final period that the Rampage found the equalizer on Rocco Grimaldi's 25th goal of the season. Ranford recorded an assist on the play. 

The extra frame failed to produce a winner but Ranford lit the lamp in the shootout, beating netminder Justin Peters to bring home the victory. Goaltender Spencer Martin got the nod between the pipes for San Antonio and stopped 22 shots and all three shootout attempts.

Grimaldi leads the team in points (44) and goals (25) and is second in assists (19). Defenseman Anton Lindholm was recalled by the Colorado Avalanche early on Monday and was absent from the lineup. He's competed in 59 games with the Rampage, picking up two goals and 10 assists.

Upcoming Games:
March 14 vs. Cleveland Monsters 
March 17 vs. San Diego Gulls
March 18 vs. San Diego Gulls 


Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles (41-15-5) sit atop the Mountain Division with 87 points after going 1-1 with the Alaska Aces last week. 

The Eagles fell in a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime loss against Alaska on Wednesday. Rookie Julien Nantel scored two goals in his debut with the Eagles after being reassigned earlier that day, and Matt Register and Sam Jardine each picked up a marker and an assist in the contest. 

Nantel made it a 2-1 game in the second period, pushing Colorado's comeback bid within a lone tally. He later completed the rally, deflecting a pass into the net for the 3-2 lead. Alaska pulled its goalie and the move paid off as the team found the equalizer with 1.2 seconds remaining. The Aces went on to score the game-winner on a 2-on-1 rush in overtime.

Colorado returned on Sunday to defeat the Aces 3-2 in overtime, claiming the second most points in the ECHL. Alaska got on the scoreboard in the opening frame, but the Eagles countered to tie it up 1-1 in the second period.  

After exchanging scoring opportunities, the game was tied 2-2 in the final stanza and went to overtime. Colorado took advantage of a 2-on-1 rush and hit netting to skate home with the win.  



Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): Barron recorded a helper in Ottawa's 5-4 overtime loss versus the Peterborough Petes on Thursday. The 67's responded the following night with a dominating 7-0 performance against the Oshawa Generals. Barron picked up a marker in the win. On Sunday, the club was overcome 3-2 in overtime by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Barron has recorded 34 points (13 goals and 21 assists) in 56 games this year. 



J.C. Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies started last week with a triumphant 7-2 victory against the Gatineau Olympiques on Wednesday. J.C. Beaudin picked up a helper in the win. The Huskies had another barnburner on Friday, defeating the Val-d'Or Foreurs 6-2. Beaudin registered another assist in the win. On Sunday, Rouyn-Noranda completed its sweep of the Foreurs with a 9-3 win. Beaudin collected a tally and an assist. The forward has registered 78 points (29 goals and 49 assists) in 62 games this season. The Huskies have 93 points and are now in second place in the QMJHL. 

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): The Charlottetown Islanders conquered the Moncton Wildcats 12-3 on Wednesday, and Meloche recorded a pair of helpers in the win. The Islanders fell 5-1 to the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday. Team bounced back to defeat the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-3 on Saturday, and Meloche picked up a goal and an assist in the triumph. Meloche has recorded 15 tallies and 31 helpers in 58 contests. The Islanders have 93 points and are now in fourth place in the QMJHL.



Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars dropped a 5-4 loss to the Portland Winterhawks last Wednesday. The club returned to beat the Tri-City Americans 6-1 on Friday. Anderson scored a goal in the Cougars 4-3 victory over the Spokane Chiefs on Monday. Anderson has collected three markers and six assists in 67 games. Prince George leads the B.C Division with 93 points and has clinched a playoff spot. 



Will Butcher (University of Denver): The No. 1-ranked University of Denver swept in-state rival Colorado College last week in the NCHC Quarterfinals. Butcher recorded an assist in the 4-1 victory on Friday. The Pioneers then shutout the Tigers 4-0 on Sunday. Denver advances to the Frozen Faceoff on Friday and will take on North Dakota and fellow Avs prospect Tyson Jost in the Semifinal match. Butcher was named to the All-NCHC First Team and leads all conference defensemen with 35 points (six goals and 29 assists) in 38 competitions. 

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): North Dakota hosted St. Cloud State University in the NCHC Quarterfinals last week and opened with a 5-2 victory on Friday. Jost recorded a tally and assist in the Fighting Hawks' 6-5 win on Saturday. Jost was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team and is second among conference rookies with 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 30 contests. 

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): The University of Notre Dame dominated Providence College last week in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. The Fighting Irish started with a 5-0 shutout on Friday, and Morrison recorded a helper in the win. Morrison then contributed a marker and an assist in the team's 5-2 win on Saturday. He has nine goals and 11 assists in 36 outings this season. 

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State University's playoff run fell short after losing the first two matches to the University of North Dakota in the NCHC Quarterfinals. St. Cloud was overcome 5-0 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. Senior Ben Storm recorded his fourth assist of the season in the match on Saturday. The forward has collected four assists in 29 games this year. 



Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Rogle BK concluded its regular season and will compete against HV 71 in a three-game series to begin its playoff hunt on Wednesday. Gustav Olhaver has 15 goals and 23 assists in 36 outings this year.  

Adam Werner (IF Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Bjorkloven wrapped up its 2016-17 season last week in eleventh place with a 20-26-6 record. Adam Werner posted a 2.98 goals-against average and a .892 save-percentage in 25 games this year. 

Wilhelm Westlund (Timra IK, Allsvenskan): Timra IK competed in the MECA Hockey Race last week and lost 8-4 to Tingsryds AIF on Wednesday and 5-2 against Västerviks IK on Friday. Westlund recorded a pair of helpers in the team's 3-2 shootout victory over Almtuna IS on Sunday. The defenseman has registered one tally and eight assists in 40 competitions this season while playing with Almtuna IS and Timra IK.



Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): Maximilian Pajpach has split time this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B in Slovakia's second-tier pro league. Pajpach has a 4.22 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage in nine games for Poprad. He's recorded a 7.05 goals-against average and a .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin B.



Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa): Denis Parshin and Salavat Yulaev Ufa concluded the 2016-17 season with a 27-20-13 record. Parshin had two assists in five postseason contests and recorded 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) in 53 regular-season games.

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow and Andrei Mironov competed in the West Conference Semifinals last week. In Game 1, Mironov recorded an apple to help the squad defeat Saint Petersburg 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday. Dynamo unfortunately lost 2-1 on Friday and 4-2 on Sunday. Dynamo continues its postseason quest with two more games against Saint Petersburg next week. Mironov has two helpers in seven playoff games and registered four points (one goal and three assists) in 18 regular-season contests this year.


High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Nate Clurman and Culver Academy swept St. Louis with a 4-2 win on Saturday and a 5-0 shutout on Sunday.  


Central Interior Hockey League

Luke Walker (Terrace River Kings): Walker played this season for the Terrace River Kings in the Central Interior Hockey League in British Columbia. Colorado's fifth-round draft choice in 2010 spent the last three seasons in Europe.

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