The San Antonio Rampage (6-0-4) remains the only team unbeaten in regulation in the AHL after requiring overtime for a final decision in five of its last six contests. The club is ranked third in the Western Conference and second in the Pacific Division with 16 points, and goaltender Calvin Pickard sits first in the AHL with 303 saves and third with 555:55 minutes played.
The Rampage dropped two straight games last week, starting with a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Diego Gulls last Tuesday and then a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chicago Wolves at home on Friday. The team then picked up a 4-3 win in regulation against the Texas Stars on Saturday at the Cedar Park Center before falling to the Wolves 4-3 in overtime on Sunday.
In Tuesday’s matchup against the Gulls, the Rampage rallied back from a two-goal deficit in the final frame to force additional time. Andreas Martinsen scored the game-tying goal and earned Third Star honors, and Colin Smith picked up the helper on the tally. Troy Bourke also found himself on the scoresheet with an assist, and Pickard made 34 saves in the effort.
Friday’s contest saw Borna Rendulic nab his first marker of the season, and he finished the night with two points (one goal and one assist). Maxim Noreau and Smith also lit the lamp and Martinsen picked up a point (an assist) for the second game in a row. Chris Bigras, Mat Clark and Mikko Rantanen also added a helper a piece. Pickard, in his eighth straight start for the Rampage, had 30 saves.
San Antonio’s fourth win in regulation came on Saturday, and Joey Hishon had three-points (one power-play goal and two assists) while Rantanen had an explosive evening, tallying a career-high four points (two goals and two assists) and earning First Star honors. Rantanen’s efforts were just one point short of tying a franchise record for points in a singe last last met by Rocco Grimaldi, also against Texas, on Dec. 26, 2015. Trevor Cheek, who was recalled from the Fort Wayne Comets on Friday, recorded a marker and Bigras and Zach Redmond both added assists in the match. Pickard earned Third Star honors for stopping 45 shots faced.
On Sunday, the Wolves scored just 0:53 seconds into overtime to end the bout despite San Antonio tallies from recently reassigned defenseman Nikita Zadorov, Bourke, who tallied his first of the season less than a minute into the contest, and Smith. The Rampage received assists from Redmond, who now has a pair of helpers in his last two appearances, Noreau, Rendulic and Samuel Henley.
San Antonio also recalled right wing Garrett Meurs from Fort Wayne Komets on Friday. On Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche assigned Zadorov to the Rampage. Zadorov skated in 11 contests with the Avs this season and recorded two helpers. On Sunday, the Avalanche recalled left wing Martinsen as Alex Tanguay is out due to a lower-body injury.
Read more about Rantanen's impact here.
The Silver and Black face the Stars in three of the next four matchups, and the Stockton Heat pays a visit to the Alamo City on Friday.
Nov. 11 at Texas
Nov. 13 vs. Stockton
Nov. 15 vs. Texas
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets (6-3-0) lead the Midwest Division with 12 points after a three-in-three weekend.
|Cody Corbett |
The Komets captured a 4-1 victory on Friday night over the Toledo Walleye. Spencer Martin stopped all but one of 29 shots, the lone tally coming from a penalty shot, and Cody Corbett finished with an assist.
The Kalamazoo Wings lit the lamp three times in the final 20 minutes to defeat Fort Wayne 6-4 on Saturday. Corbett recorded two more assists, one coming on the power play.
Fort Wayne avenged its Saturday loss on Sunday by defeating Kalamazoo 5-2 in the second game of the home-and-home series. Corbett notched another helper in the victory.
The Komets have a mid-week matchup against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Wednesday and face the Quad City Mallards on Sunday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Magyar has yet to appear in the lineup for the Kitchener Rangers (13-1-3) since he broke his ankle on Oct. 2, but his team split its weekend’s meetings to remain in first place of the Western Conference with 29 points. The team has gone 9-1 in its last 10 contests. In Friday’s matchup, Kitchener beat the Ottawa 67’s 3-1 and on Saturday lost 5-3 to the Kingston Frontenacs. The Rangers have a busy week with games Tuesday against the Sarnia Sting, Friday versus the Saginaw Spirit, Saturday against the Owen Sound Attack and Sunday when they face the Erie Otters.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Kyle Wood is still sidelined after offseason wrist surgery, but the North Bay Battalion defeated the Peterborough Petes 5-3 on Thursday before dropping a 4-1 decision to Kingston on Friday. The Battalion returns to action next Friday against the Sudbury Wolves and finishes the week with a Sunday matinee versus the Barrie Colts.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Beaudin had a marker and two helpers in the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies’ 4-2 victory over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Saturday. He matched a season-high three points for the fifth time this year and earned First Star honors in the win. The forward has recorded 13 points (six goals and seven assists) in his last seven outings, but saw his six-game goal streak end in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Charlottetown Islanders. Beaudin did pick up an apple on the game-tying goal that forced additional time. The Huskies have two home contests this week against the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday and Friday. Beaudin was will represent the QMJHL in the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series on Nov. 17 and Nov. 19
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Boikov had points in both of the Drummondville Voltigeurs’ meetings, with a marker in their 3-2 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday and an assist in the 6-3 loss to the Gatineau Olympiques on Saturday. The Voltigeurs play the Victoriaville Tigres on Wednesday, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Saturday and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Saturday. Boikov is representing the Russian team at the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia series.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): Meloche had two multi-point efforts in a row on Friday and Saturday despite the Baie-Comeau Drakkar dropping three-straight matchups. The Acadie-Bathurst Titan beat Drakkar 6-4 on Friday, and the defenseman had a goal and an assist in the contest. On Saturday, the Halifax Mooseheads beat Baie-Comeau 5-4 in overtime, and Meloche had assists on back-to-back tallies. The Moncton Wildcats beat the Drakkar 4-1 on Sunday. Meloche will also represent the QMJHL at the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The top ranked Huskies (17-1-4) doubled up the Armada 4-2 on Saturday and needed additional time but came out victorious over the Islanders 4-3 on Sunday. Nantel picked up a helper in Sunday’s outing. The Huskies play the Oceanic on Wednesday and Friday at home. The center will join his fellow prospects at the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Val-d’Or Foreurs (13-7-3) had a huge 8-1 victory over the Islanders on Saturday, outshooting their opponent 39-22. They also shutout the Armada 4-0 on Sunday and are now ranked fourth in the QMJHL and are currently on a three-game win streak. Pepin has nine points (four goals and five assists) and 40 penalty minutes through 19 games. Val-d’Or plays at home on Tuesday and Saturday against Rimouski, a team that will play four matches in five days this week.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): Bleackley had a two-point appearance (one goal and one assist) as Red Deer (13-6-0) defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 last Tuesday. The Rebels also shutout the Prince Albert Raiders 4-0 on Friday but fell to the Saskatoon Blades 4-2 the following night. The assistant captain now has 11 points (two goals and nine assists) after 17 games this season for the Eastern Conference leading Rebels. Red Deer plays its next three contests on the road, starting with a matchup against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday before playing a back-to-back against the Regina Pats on Friday and the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday. Bleackley played in the first game of the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series on Monday, as a member of the WHL team, and registered a goal in the 7-2 victory.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): Seattle dropped decisions to Red Deer (4-3) on Tuesday, the Edmonton Oil Kings (4-2) on Wednesday and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-2) on Friday before getting a win against the Medicine Hat Tigers (5-2) on Saturday. Olhaver notched his second marker of the season in Tuesday’s loss. He now has four points (two goals and two assists) in 16 games. The Thunderbirds hit the road for two games in two days against the Victoria Royals on Friday and Saturday.
|Will Butcher |
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Defenseman of the Week for the second week in a row and the third time in his career after registering four points (one goal and three assists) in the University of Denver’s victories over the Colorado College Tigers on Friday (3-1) and Saturday (5-3). Butcher put the puck between the pipes while shorthanded and added an assist on Friday, and had two assists, including one on the game-winner, on Saturday. He currently leads DU in scoring with 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in eight games played. Butcher also ranks first in the NCHC in defenseman scoring and is second in the nation in the same category. The junior blueliner was also named as an alternate captain on Wednesday. DU plays its next six-straight away from Magness Arena, starting with back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday at Minnesota Duluth.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan (4-1-1) had a bye week. The Wolverines host their next meeting on Friday against Niagara University. Compher has five points (one goal and four assists) through six games this season.
AJ Greer (Boston University): Boston (5-3-0) swept Northeastern University, slipping by the Huskies 5-4 on Friday before firing on all cylinders for a 4-1 win on Saturday night. The Terriers take on Providence College on Friday and Saturday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): St. Cloud State (6-2) also had an off week but returns to the ice on Friday and Saturday to face Western Michigan University. Storm, now in his junior year, has three points (one goal and two assists) in eight games.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Due to injury, Lindholm has not appeared in the lineup for Skelleftea AIK since Sept. 30. The team has also not played since Oct. 31. Skelleftea hosts its next SHL meeting against Orebro Hockey on Thursday and at Farjestad BK on Saturday. The Champions Hockey League picked back up and Skelleftea managed a 5-2 win over Eisbaren Berlin last Tuesday. Lindholm has one assist in four CHL appearances.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten HC fell in 3-2 overtime to AIK last Tuesday and faces Leksands IF on Tuesday, Bjorkloven on Thursday and Timra IK on Saturday. Westlund was called up by Djurgarden Stockholm to play in the Champions Hockey League. Djurgarden dropped a 2-1 decision to Lukko Rauma last Tuesday. The defenseman has now appeared in four total CHL games. In 15 contests with Vita Hasten, the 20-year-old has two markers and five assists.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat dropped its Champions Hockey League contest against Sparta Prague 4-2 last Tuesday. Sami Aittokallio made 13 saves in the crease. The goaltender is 6-2-3 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a.923 save percentage.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): The Tappara junior team has its first contest since Oct. 31 on Friday against the Aces-Tappara and plays again Saturday versus SAIPA-Tappara. Pajpach has a 3.17 goals-against average and a.885 save percentage after five games played.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Mironov and Dynamo Moscow get back on the ice on Tuesday, facing Saint Speterbsurg SKA after having more than a week off. The blueliner has two helpers in eight outings and Dynamo Moscow is ranked fifth in the West with 43 points in 27 games. Dynamo plays Moscow Spartak on Thursday, Dinamo Minsk on Saturday and Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo on Monday.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard also had a break in the schedule with its last meeting having been Oct. 28. The club has a busy week ahead with matches against Jokerit Helsinki on Tuesday, Dinamo Riga on Thursday and Amur Khabarovsk on Saturday. Parshin has 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in 28 games this season. Avangard is ranked fourth in the East with 46 points.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Walker has five points (one goal and four assists) in 15 bouts with Klagenfurt, which won its last contest 6-3 on Nov. 1 against EHC Linz. Klangenfurt faces TWK Innsbruck ‘on Friday and Dornbirn Hockey Club on Sunday.