The San Antonio Rampage started the week with a two-game road trip in Southern California and dropped both contests. The Rampage fell 6-2 to the San Diego Gulls on Wednesday and lost 5-3 to the Ontario Reign on Friday. The team returned home to start a four-game homestand, which opened with a 2-0 shutout over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday.
On Wednesday, forward Mikko Rantanen registered an assist to set a new rookie points record for the Rampage with his 51st of the season. Defenseman Cody Corbett scored a power-play goal in the third period, his third AHL marker this campaign. Maxim Noreau, Denis Everberg and Borna Redulic also recorded helpers.
Goaltender Reto Berra was between the pipes to start the game but suffered a lower-body injury and was replaced by Roman Will at the start of the second period. The Rampage recalled netminder Spencer Martin from the Fort Wayne Komets on Thursday.
On Friday, the Rampage got off to a strong start, leading the Reign 2-0 after the first period. Forwards Sam Henley and Rendulic each found the back of the net. Andrew Agozzino, Mason Geertsen and Rantanen each recorded a helper. The Finnish forward’s assist, his 31st in a Rampage sweater, marked a new franchise record for rookies.
Will started the game in the crease and made 27 saves before allowing three goals in three minutes and six seconds. Coach Dean Chynoweth then made a change in net, giving Martin some ice time.
The Colorado Avalanche recalled Rantanen on Saturday, and the Rampage recalled Trevor Cheek from the Fort Wayne Komets to fill his spot.
On Sunday, Martin recorded his second shutout this season for the Rampage. In addition to stopping all 31 shots he saw, the 20-year-old goalie registered his second point of the year with an assist early in the first period. Henley scored a shorthanded goal just over three minutes into the game after receiving a pass from the netminder.
The game remained 1-0 until early in the third, when Agozzino won a faceoff and sent the puck to rearguard Nikita Zadorov, who lit the lamp just 23 seconds into the period. The team had 19 shots on goal in the final frame, a new season high for shots in a single stanza.
On Monday, the Rampage announced that Corbett had been reassigned to the Komets. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 22 outings with San Antonio this season.
The Silver and Black finish the homestand this week, hosting the Griffins on Tuesday, the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday and the Texas Stars on Sunday.
March 22 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
March 26 vs. Bakersfield
March 27 vs. Texas Stars
Fort Wayne Komets
Fort Wayne started the week strong, shutting out the Evansville IceMen 4-0 on Thursday. After the contest, the Komets returned home for a five-game homestand but dropped the first two games in Fort Wayne to the Quad City Mallards.
Thursday’s contest was overflowing with penalties, as the Komets accrued 72 penalty minutes to Evansville’s 69. Trevor Cheek was one of three Komets that recorded 15 minutes. Conversely, defenseman Gabriel Beaupre registered two penalty minutes and had a plus-2 rating on the night.
On Friday, the Komets lost 2-1 to the Mallards despite outshooting Quad City 32-23. The lone goal for Fort Wayne came off the stick of Cheek.
The Komets outshot the Mallards again on Saturday, 29-26, but lost 4-3.
The Komets wrap up the homestand this week, facing the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday, the Toledo Walleye on Friday and Evansville on Saturday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers finished the regular season this week with a win and two losses. Kitchener fell 6-4 to the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday and 5-2 to the Sarnia Sting on Friday but defeated the Owen Sound Attack 7-3 on Saturday. Magyar skated in all three contests but did not find the scoresheet. The right wing ended the regular season with 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in 49 contests. The Rangers are ranked fourth in the Western Conference and play fifth place Windsor in the first round of the playoffs. The series starts at Kitchener on Thursday.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies finished the regular season with a 14-game win streak, defeating the Dummonville Voltigeurs 7-3 on Friday and shutting out the Gatineau Olympiques 4-0 on Saturday. JC Beaudin registered two assists on Friday and added two more helpers on Saturday to extend his point streak to 12 games. He recorded 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in March, his best month of the season. AJ Greer lit the lamp once on Friday and tallied twice on Saturday. He has scored at least one goal in the last three games. Nantel also found the scoresheet this week, recording a goal and an assist on Friday and a marker on Saturday. He’s currently riding a three-game point streak. Rouyn-Noranda is the regular season champion with 113 points and starts post-season play on Friday against the Voltigeurs.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Drummondville lost both of its contests this week, falling 7-3 to Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and 7-2 to the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Saturday. Boikov skated in both contests but did not find the scoresheet. He finished the season with 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 52 outings. On Monday, Boikov was named defensive player of the year. The Voltigeurs face the Huskies in the first round of the playoffs, which start on Friday.
Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): Gatineau defeated Val-d’Or 4-1 on Friday but was shutout 4-0 by Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday. Meloche returned to the lineup on Saturday for the first time since Feb. 28. He has 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) overall this season. He skated in 25 contests with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to start the season and played in 27 games for Gatineau. The Olympiques are ranked fifth for the playoffs and host the Quebec Remparts in the first round of the playoffs on Friday and Saturday.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs finished the regular season on the road, losing 4-1 at Gatineau on Friday and winning 7-2 at Drummondville on Saturday. Pepin registered three helpers on Saturday. He recorded 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists) in 62 games with Val-d’Or this season, a new career high. The Foreurs start the playoffs with a best-of-seven series against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Friday.
Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Broncos dropped all three contests this week to end the 2015-16 season. Swift Current fell 6-2 to the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday, 5-4 to the Regina Pats on Friday and 3-1 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday. Olhaver did not return to the lineup this week. He recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) this season in 51 contests, the first 31 coming with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Broncos finished the season with 58 points posting a 24-38-7 record.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Pioneers ended their 11-game winning streak with a 4-2 loss on Friday to the St. Cloud State Huskies in Game 1 of the 2016 NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The streak was the team’s longest run of uninterrupted victories since the 2000-01 campaign. Denver played in the NCHC Consolation Final on Saturday against North Dakota and the contest ended in a 1-1 tie. Butcher skated on Friday but did not participate in Saturday’s game as he was one of a handful of Pioneers rested for the match. He has 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 36 outings. The Pioneers face Boston University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday in the NCAA West Regional.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): Michigan earned its first-even Big Ten championship in hockey this weekend after defeating Penn State 7-2 on Friday and Minnesota 5-3 on Saturday. Compher registered five assists on Friday, the second time this season the forward recorded a five-point game this season. He had two goals and three helpers on Jan. 8 at Michigan. He also lit the lamp and added two more assists on Saturday and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. The junior has a career high 60 points (14 goals, 46 assists) in 36 outings this campaign. Michigan faces Notre Dame in the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State won the NCHC Frozen Faceoff this weekend, defeating the University of Denver 4-2 on Saturday and Minnesota Duluth 3-1 on Sunday. Storm skated in both contests but did not find the scoresheet. St. Cloud faces Ferris State University on Friday in a NCAA West Regional game.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK returned from its first round bye this week with victories in the first three contests of its quarterfinals series against HV71. Skelleftea defeated HV71 6-1 on Wednesday, 4-3 in overtime on Friday and 5-4 in overtime on Sunday. Lindholm skated in all three contests and did not register any points. Skelleftea looks to close out the best-of-seven series with a sweep of HV71 on Tuesday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden Hockey, SHL): Djuargarden Hockey is trailing Frolunda HC 2-1 in the quarterfinals round of the SHL playoffs. Djargarden dropped the first game 4-2 on Wednesday, defeated Frolunda 3-1 on Friday and fell 5-2 on Sunday. Westlund did not skate in any of the contests this week. He played in three games of the first round of the playoffs and 11 regular-season contests with Djurgarden. The series will play out every other day through March 28, if necessary.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat started a best-of-seven quarterfinals against TPS with a 2-1 loss on Friday but bounced back with a 6-1 win on Sunday. Aittokallio was not in the crease for either contest. He had a .920 save percentage and 1.97 goals against average in 33 regular season contests. Karpat faces TPS on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Monday, if necessary.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara played KalPa in the wild-card playoffs, a best-of-two series. Tappara fell 4-3 on Tuesday in the first game but rallied back to win 3-2 on Thursday. To decipher the winner of the series, the two teams played a shootout, which Tappara lost 2-1. Pajpach was not in the crease for either contest. He finished the season with a .874 save percentage in 22 outings.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow entered the week tied in the semifinal round of the playoffs 2-2 with SKA Saint Petersburg but dropped two contests in a row to end its 2015-16 season. Dynamo fell 4-1 on Tuesday and 2-0 on Thursday. Mironov registered two points (one goal, one assist) in nine playoff games and recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 40 regular season contests this campaign.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk was behind 3-1 to Salavat Yulaev in the Eastern Conference semifinals at the beginning of the week and won two must-win games, defeating Salavat 3-2 on Wednesday and 3-1 on Friday to force Game 7. They lost 2-1 on Sunday to end the year. Parshin did not skate on Wednesday or Friday but scored Avanagard’s lone goal on Sunday. He notched four points (two goals, two assists) in eight playoff contests after registering 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 57 regular season games this season.