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Avalanche Farm Report: March 7

Colorado signed two prospects

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San Antonio Rampage 

The San Antonio Rampage (21-31-5) dropped both games last week against the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Texas Stars. 

On Friday, the Rampage fell 4-2 to the Griffins at the AT&T Center. Rocco Grimaldi recorded his ninth multiple-point game of the season with one goal and an assist in the team's loss. Brendan Ranford also had a multi-point game (goal and assist) in his Rampage debut, and Chris Bigras also had a helper in the contest. Spencer Martin started between the pipes for the Silver and Black and stopped 27 shots.

On Sunday, the Rampage fell 6-2 against the Texas Stars at the AT&T Center. A.J. Greer and Grimaldi scored the team's only goals, while Jim O'Brien, Sergei Boikov, Anton Lindholm and Ranford had the assists. Martin made 25 saves on the night for San Antonio.

The team will continue its four-game homestand this week with another contest against the Griffins before taking on the defending Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters.

Upcoming Games:
March 7 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
March 12 vs. Cleveland Monsters
March 13 at Texas Stars
March 14 vs. Cleveland Monsters

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles went 2-1 this past week after facing the South Carolina Stingrays for three games at the Budweiser Events Center.

On Wednesday, the Eagles skated past the Stingrays 7-2 after overcoming a two-goal deficit. Colorado responded with seven straight goals versus South Carolina to close out the victory.

The Eagles found success again on Friday night as they defeated the Stingrays 5-4.

On Saturday, Colorado struggled to find success and fell 4-1, ending its franchise-long 17-game winning streak. It was the Eagles' first loss since Jan. 22 at Rapid City, and the streak was the second longest in ECHL history.

The Eagles continue to lead the Mountain Division with 84 points (40-15-4). The team will play the Alaska Aces next with a two-game series at home on March 8 and 12.


Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's are now 24-32-6 after going 2-1 last week. The team started off with a 4-0 loss against the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday. Ottawa then rallied to pull off wins in its next two games, which started by defeating the Frontenacs 4-3 on Saturday. On Sunday, the team got its second win of the week as it beat the Barrie Colts 3-1. Barron has 12 goals and 20 assists in 53 contests this season. The 67's are ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League.


J.C. Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies played three games this last week and won all three. Rouyn-Noranda began the week with a 5-2 victory over Drummondville on Tuesday, with Avs prospect J.C. Beaudin scoring a goal. On Friday, Beaudin had two points (goal, assist) as the Huskies trampled the Val-d'Or Foreurs 7-0. On Saturday, the Huskies beat the Victoriaville Tigres 2-0 to improve the team's record to 40-15-7 on the year. Rouyn-Noranda currently ranks first in the West Division and second overall in the QMJHL with 87 points. Beaudin has registered 74 points (28 goals, 46 assists) in 59 matches this season. On Monday, Beaudin signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Avalanche.

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): The Charlottetown Islanders had a perfect week after going 3-0. The Islanders are now 43-16-3 with 89 points and are second in the Maritimes Division and fourth overall in the QMJHL with 89 points. On Thursday, the team skated past the Rimouski Oceanic 3-0 and continued its dominating performance on Saturday with a 3-0 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Nicolas Meloche contributed an assist in Saturday's victory. On Sunday, Charlottetown won 3-1 over the Halifax Mooseheads, where Meloche added another helper. Meloche has 14 goals and 28 assists in 55 contests and signed his three-year, entry-level contract with the Avs on Monday.


Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars continue to lead the B.C. Division with 89 points and a 42-20-5 record. The Cougars went 2-1 last week after beginning the week with a 4-1 loss to the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday. Over the weekend against the Kamloops Blazers, Prince George won 8-4 on Friday and 6-1 on Saturday. Avalanche prospect Josh Anderson has registered two goals and six assists in 64 contests this year.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): The No. 1-ranked University of Denver (26-6-4) swept Nebraska Omaha last weekend, winning 4-2 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. Butcher recorded a pair of helpers on Friday and added another on Saturday. He leads the team in assists with 28, while having also added six goals in 36 games this season. Denver will host in-state rival Colorado College for a best-of-three series in the NCHC Quarterfinals starting on Friday.

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): No. 13 North Dakota won both of its games last week. The Fighting Hawks beat the Miami University RedHawks 3-2 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. Tyson Jost had a goal in Friday's win and is now second on the club in scoring with 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) in 28 competitions this year. North Dakota, which finished the regular season with an 18-14-3 record, will host St. Cloud State University this weekend for a best-of-three series in the NCHC Quarterfinals.

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): No. 12 Notre Dame did not have any games this past week after finishing the regular season on Feb. 25. The Fighting Irish (19-10-5) will take on No. 10 Providence in the Hockey East Quarterfinals beginning on Friday. Morrison has eight goals and 19 assists in 34 games this season.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): The St. Cloud State University Huskies went 1-1 last week against Colorado College. They won 5-2 on Friday but then fell 2-1 on Saturday. Ben Storm had an assist in the team's victory and now has three assists in 28 competitions this year. St. Cloud, which finished the regular season 16-17-1, plays North Dakota in a best-of-three series this weekend in the NCHC Quarterfinals.


Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Gustav Olhaver and Rogle BK started off the week on Saturday with a 5-4 loss to Linkoping HC, and Olhaver added a helper in the defeat. On Sunday, Rogle beat Sodertalje SK 4-2, where Olhaver had a goal and assist. Olhaver has registered 38 points (15 goals, and 23 assists) in 38 games this year.

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Bjorkloven was undefeated last week with a 3-2 win over Mora IK on Wednesday and a 3-2 win over VIK Hockey on Friday. Werner played in both contests, making 28 saves against Mora and 13 versus VIK. Bjorkloven failed to qualify for the MECA Hockey Race. Werner's stat line includes a 12-13 record, 2.98 goals-against average, .892 save percentage and two shutouts.

Wilhelm Westlund (Timra IK, Allsvenskan): Wilhelm Westlund and Timra IK split its games last week. Timra won 3-2 against MODO Hockey on Wednesday but lost 3-2 on Friday against BIK Karlskoga. Westlund has one goal and eight assists in 40 regular season games this year while playing with Almtuna IS and Timra IK. In the first game of the MECA Hockey Race on Monday, Timra lost 4-3 to AIK.


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's season is over after they lost in five games to Ak Bars Kazan in the East Conference Quarterfinals. Salavat lost 2-1 on Tuesday in Game 4 of the series before falling 2-1 in overtime in the series-clinching Game 5. Parshin had two assists in five postseason contests after posting 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 54 regular season games.

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow and Andrei Mironov advanced to the West Conference Semifinals after they defeated Torpedo Nizhny Norgorod in five contests last week. Dynamo clinched the first-round series with a 3-1 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday. Mironov has two assists in five playoff games. He registered four points (goal and three assists) in 18 regular season contests.

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Nate Clurman and Culver Academy competed in two games against Milwaukee Jr. Admirals this past week, going 1-0-1. Culver Academy tied 1-1 on Saturday and won 1-0 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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