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Avalanche Farm Report: March 8

by Samantha Poulos / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage returned home from the Rodeo Road Trip and was shutout 3-0 by the Manitoba Moose on Friday. The club then dropped a 5-1 decision on Sunday against the Ontario Reign.

On Friday, Manitoba scored a goal in each period and fired 35 shots at goaltender Roman Will. The Rampage, which was unable to capitalize on six power-play opportunities, totaled 26 shots, with Joey Hishon leading the team with five. Taylor Beck made his debut with the Silver and Black after being acquired on Feb. 29 from Bridgeport, skating on the Rampage’s top line with Andrew Agozzino and Hishon. Dennis Everberg also returned from a three-game absence due to an injury.

Cody Corbett tallied San Antonio’s lone goal in the third period of Sunday’s contest, with Everberg picking up an assist on the marker. The tally was Corbett’s second of the season, as he’s split time between the Rampage and the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. Everberg has 30 points (14 goals and 16 assists) in 40 games. Will was relieved of his duties in net Sunday after allowing three goals against on six shots. He was replaced by Reto Berra, who stopped 21 of 23 shots.

In recent Rampage transactions, defenseman Cody Corbett was recalled from the Komets on Saturday. Defenseman Mason Geertsen was also recalled from Fort Wayne on Monday.

San Antonio continues a five-game homestand on Wednesday versus the Reign before playing a two-game set against the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday and Sunday.

Upcoming Games:
March 9 vs Ontario Reign
March 11 vs Lake Erie Monsters
March 13 vs Lake Erie Monsters

Fort Wayne Komets

The Komets started an eight-game road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday and dropped another decision at the Rapid City Rush, 8-6, on Friday. They faced the Rush again on Saturday and picked up a 3-2 win in overtime before traveling back to Colorado to take a 4-3 shootout win on Sunday.

Spencer Martin minded the net and made 22 saves in Wednesday’s contest and came in for a relief effort on Friday (stopped one of two shots against). Also on Friday, Trevor Cheek picked up a power-play goal and Garrett Meurs collected a helper.

Martin made 19 saves in Saturday's overtime win, which also saw Cheek score his 12th marker of the year. On Sunday, Martin made 23 saves and Cheek extended his goal streak to three games. Cheek now has 21 points (13 goals and eight assists) in 20 outings.

The Midwest Division-leading Komets next journey up north to play the Alaska Aces on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

OHL

Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Erie Otters at home on Friday and lost 4-1 at the London Knights on Sunday. Nick Magyar, who skated in both contests, has 17 points (nine goals and eight assists) in 42 outings. The Rangers play two games at home next week, welcoming the Knights on Tuesday and the Owen Sound Attack on Friday. The club then travels to play the Flint Firebirds on Saturday and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Sunday.

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies: The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies won all four matches on the road this past week, starting with a 6-5 overtime defeat of the Val-d’Or Foreurs last Tuesday. The team, which had three more games in as many nights, captured a 7-1 win over the Victoriaville Tigres on Friday, took a 4-3 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in additional time on Saturday and had another 7-1 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Sunday. JC Beaudin had a four-point game (two goals and two assists) on Tuesday and a pair of apples on both Friday and Saturday. He again collected two markers on Sunday and now ranks third on the team in points with 73 (28 goals and 45 assists). Beaudin has recorded at least two points in his last seven outings, totaling seven markers and nine helpers in that time. AJ Greer had a two-point night (one goal and one assist) on Friday and lit the lamp twice on Saturday to give him 21 points (12 goals and nine assists) through 28 games. Julien Nantel was not in the lineup this past week; he has 12 goals and 23 assists in 48 games this year. The Huskies look to continue a nine-game win streak with meetings against Val-d’Or on Wednesday, Victoriaville on Thursday and Shawinigan on Sunday. Rouyn-Noranda currently leads the QMJHL with 103 points.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs dropped all three contests last week with a 4-1 loss to the Saint John Sea Dogs on Thursday, a 6-0 shutout by the Moncton Wildcats on Friday and a 4-1 loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday. Sergei Boikov has 25 points (five goals, 20 assists) in 48 games played but did not register a point this week. Drummondville has matchups at Blainville-Boisbriand on Friday before returning home for another matchup with the Armada on Saturday.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques were victorious on three occasions with a 7-2 victory over the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Wednesday, an 8-2 triumph against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Thursday and a 4-1 win over Victoriaville on Friday. Nicolas Meloche did not play in any of the contests. His last game was Feb. 28 versus Moncton. In 27 games with Gatineau this season, he has totaled 17 points (five goals, 12 assists). The Olympiques face the Quebec Remparts on Friday and the Rimouski Oceanic on Saturday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs had a busy week with four games. They fell 6-5 at home in overtime to Rouyn-Noranda last Tuesday, but they took the last three decisions with 4-1 defeat of Baie-Comeau on Friday, a 4-0 shutout of the Drakkar on Saturday and a 2-1 win against Chicoutimi on Sunday. Alexis Pepin now has a three-game point streak from the weekend’s contests in which he collected two markers and a helper. He scored on Friday and Sunday, while assisting on a tally on Saturday. In 57 games this season, the forward has totaled 43 points (22 goals and 21 assists). Val-d’Or plays another three contests this week, facing Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday, Victoriaville on Friday and Shawinigan on Saturday.

WHL

Gustav Olhaver (Swift Current Broncos): The Swift Current Broncos fell 5-2 to the Red Deer Rebels at home last Tuesday, but they bounced back with two wins later in the week. They defeated the Regina Pats 3-2 on Friday in a shootout and beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-3 on Saturday before falling 6-4 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Monday. Gustav Olhaver did not play in any of the four contests. In 19 games with Swift Current since being picked up on waivers, Olhaver has three points (one goal and two assists). The Broncos look for additional victories against Regina on Wednesday before playing the Prince Albert Raiders on both Friday and Saturday.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The No.6-ranked University of Denver Pioneers extended their win streak to nine games after sweeping the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday and Saturday. The Pioneers shutout the Mavericks 3-0 on Friday and came up with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Both contests were played on home ice. Will Butcher extended his point streak to six outings (a goal and seven assists) when he lit the lamp on Friday, but he wasn't able to find the scoresheet in Saturday’s contest. The junior defenseman now has 27 points (six goals and 21 assists) through 33 games. Denver welcomes back Nebraska Omaha to Magness Arena in the opening round of the NCHC playoffs this weekend, with a best-of-three series beginning on Friday and running through Sunday, if necessary.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan lost both games to the Ohio State University this past weekend, falling 7-4 on Friday at home and dropping a 6-5 overtime decision on Sunday. JT Compher scored a man-advantage marker in Friday’s game and picked up an assist on Sunday, bringing his season total to 49 points (12 goals and 37 assists) in 32 games. The forward ranks second on the Wolverines in points and leads the team in assists. Michigan welcomes Penn State University on Friday and Saturday in the final two regular-season matchups before the Big Ten Tournament.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State University swept Colorado College this past weekend, defeating the Tigers 5-2 on Friday and 9-3 on Saturday. Ben Storm registered his fifth assist of the year on Saturday and now has seven points in 25 games. He did not play in Friday’s contest. St. Cloud State opens the NCHC Quarterfinals with a best-of-three series against Western Michigan University at home on Friday and Saturday. If necessary, Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday.

Sweden

Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK took home a 3-2 overtime win against Karlskrona HK last Tuesday and shutout Djurgarden 3-0 on Thursday but fell 2-1 to Orebro on Saturday. Anton Lindholm appeared in last Tuesday’s matchup but was not in the lineup for the other two contests. Skelleftea lost 2-1 to HV71 in the season finale on Tuesday, but the team was still able to finish first in the SHL with 111 points. Lindholm finished the regular season with four assists in 30 games. Skelleftea has a first-round playoff bye and will open the postseason next Wednesday.

Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden Hockey, SHL): Wilhelm Westlund was called up to Djurgarden Hockey of the SHL and played in all three of the club’s contests this week. Djurgarden defeated MODO Hockey 5-4 last Tuesday but was shutout 3-0 by Skelleftea AIK on Thursday. They also fell 4-1 to Lulea Hockey on Saturday before finishing the regular season with a 4-2 win over Farjestad on Tuesday in the final contest of the regular season. Westlund skated in 11 contests in the SHL this year after spending the majority of the season with Vita Hasten of the Allsvenskan league, where he had 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 42 games played. He was recalled to Djurgarden after Vita Hasten's regular season finale on Feb. 28.

Finland

Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu won two of its three contests this week. Aittokallio didn't play in Karpat's 4-0 shutout victory of Tappara on Wednesday, but he did make 11 saves in a relief appearance on Friday in a 3-1 loss to HIFK on Friday before stopping 24 shots and helping Karpat defeat TPS 8-2 on Saturday. The netminder’s record is now 18-4-9 with a .920 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average. Karpat finishes up the regular season with games on Tuesday against JYP and Thursday against the Pelicans.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara won both of its contests last week, shutting out Lukko 3-0 on Friday and defeating HIFK 2-1 on Sunday. Maximilian Pajpach did not mind the net in either game. He has a .874 save percentage through 22 appearances this season. Tappara takes on Ilves on Friday and Blues on Saturday in the team’s final two contests of the regular season.

KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow fell 3-2 to SKA Saint Petersburg on Monday in Game 1 of the conference semifinals. In this year’s playoffs, Andrei Mironov has skated in five contests and picked up two points (one goal and one assist). He played in 40 games during the regular season and registered 13 points (three goals and 10 assists). Continuing the club’s postseason run, Dynamo Moscow takes the ice again on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday versus SKA.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Parshin lit the lamp for Avangard in Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Salavat Yulaev in the first game of the conference semifinals. The forward has skated in four playoff contests and has collected three points (two goals and one assist). He played in 57 games during the regular season and had 31 points (10 goals and 21 assists). Avangard Omsk faces Salavat Yulaev again on Thursday in Game 2, followed by games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday.

Austria

Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC is currently facing EC Salzburg in the quarterfinals. It took a 6-3 win last Tuesday, a 4-2 win on Friday and a 4-3 win in overtime on Sunday before dropping Game 6 by a 3-2 score on Tuesday. Luke Walker returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 3 in Sunday’s Game 5 OT victory and scored on Tuesday. This season, Walker has skated in 37 games and collected 11 points (three goals and eight assists). Game 7 of the series is on Friday.

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