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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 17

by Callie Parmele / Colorado Avalanche

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage fell 6-3 to the Texas Stars on Wednesday before beating the Stockton Heat 5-4 in a shootout on Friday. The Rampage then defeated the Stars 3-1 on Sunday after playing the Stars for the second time in three games.

The Rampage recalled Spencer Martin from the Fort Wayne Komets on Wednesday after the Colorado Avalanche called up Calvin Pickard. Martin went 2-2-0 in four starts with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage with the Komets before joining San Antonio. Pickard went 6-0-3 with the Rampage before joining Colorado, posting a 2.27 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and making a league-leading 303 saves.

Wednesday’s contest was the Silver and Black’s first regulation loss of the season. The Stars had a 4-0 lead at the first intermission before center Joey Hishon tallied his second goal of the season in the middle frame. Maxim Noreau and Andrew Agozzino assisted on the play. The helper was Noreau’s 200th professional point.

The Rampage wasn’t content to let Texas run away with the game. Agozzino found the back of the net just 24 seconds into the third period and Nikita Zadorov lit the lamp 4:22 into the final stanza, but the comeback bid fell short. Roman Will made 35 saves in his second start of the season for the Rampage.

The Avalanche announced on Thursday that defenseman Zach Redmond had been recalled from San Antonio. Redmond had three goals and four assists in 11 games with the Rampage.

On Friday, Colin Smith registered his first multi-point game of the season, scoring two goals in the shootout victory. Agozzino also recorded two helpers on the night.

Smith and center Marc-Andre Cliche both lit the lamp in the opening frame to give the Rampage a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. In the second period, Mikko Rantanen netted his fourth goal in eight contests to make the score 3-2. With the game tied 3-3, Smith netted his second of the match, a power-play marker, at 11:54 of the final stanza. As it had done throughout the night, Stockton again found the back of the net, this time forcing overtime.

The extra stanza ended scoreless and led to the Rampage’s first shootout this season. Smith, Rantanen and Hishon scored the in the skills competition while Will stopped 1-of-3 Stockton attempts and finished the night with 34 saves.

Martin made his first start of the season for the Rampage on Sunday, making 46 saves—a season high for San Antonio—in the 3-1 win.

Noreau scored an early power-play goal and fellow blueliner Chris Bigras lit the lamp with a blast from the point to give the Rampage a 2-1 lead just over five minutes into the game. Late in the final frame, Michael Schumacher tallied an insurance marker to make the score 3-1. Cliche assisted on both of the first-period tallies.

Left wing Patrick Bordeleau missed all three of the Rampage’s contests this week after being suspended by the American Hockey League for a boarding incident during the Nov. 7 game at Texas.

The Silver and Black announced on Monday that Garret Meurs was reassigned to Fort Wayne. The forward skated in two contests with San Antonio this season.

Upcoming Games
Nov. 17 vs. Texas
Nov. 20 vs. Ontario
Nov. 22 vs. Charlotte

Fort Wayne Komets

The Komets lost 3-1 at the Cincinnati Cyclones on Wednesday and fell 2-1 at the Quad City Mallards on Sunday. Cody Corbett recorded six shots on Wednesday and two shots and two penalty minutes on Sunday.

The Komets return home to face off against the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday.


Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers defeated the Sarnia Sting 3-2 on Tuesday, beat the Saginaw Spirit 6-2 on Friday and outscored the Owen Sound Attack 2-1 on Saturday before losing 5-2 to the Erie Otters on Sunday. Magyar has not returned to the lineup as he is still recovering from a broken ankle sustained on Oct. 2. The Rangers play the London Knights on Friday and the Guelph Storm on Saturday.

Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Wood has still not returned to action since having offseason wrist surgery, but North Bay defeated the Sudbury Wolves 5-2 on Friday and won 7-3 over the Barrie Colts on Sunday. The Battalion hosts the Kingston Frontenacs on Thursday.



JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are first in the league with an 18-2-3-1 record after 24 games played. The Huskies lost the first of two contests against the Rimouski Oceanic 2-1 on Wednesday but outscored the Oceanic 3-1 on Friday. Beaudin lit the lamp to score Rouyn-Noranda’s lone goal on Wednesday and found the back of the net again on Friday to help the Huskies win.

Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs lost 6-3 to the Victoriaville Tigres on Wednesday before defeating the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3-1 on Friday. The Voltigeurs lost at the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5-1 on Saturday. Boikov had an assist against Victoriaville and added another helper against Baie-Comeau. Drummondville has a 13-12-0-0 record and is in fourth place in the West Division. The Voltigeurs return to action with games against the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday and the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Saturday.

Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): The Drakkar lost both of its contests this week, falling 3-1 to the Voltigeurs on Friday and 6-2 to the Quebec Remparts on Saturday. Meloche tallied six penalty minutes on Friday and a helper on Saturday. Baie-Comeau hosts the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday and the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday.

Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Huskies lost the first of two games against Rimouski 2-1 on Wednesday but defeated the Oceanic 3-1 on Friday. Nantel skated in both contests but did not find the scoresheet. The Huskies face the Remparts on Friday before playing the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Saturday.

Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Val-d’Or Foreurs played the Oceanic twice this week, winning 7-3 on Tuesday and 5-4 on Saturday. Pepin potted the puck once and recorded two assists and a plus-3 rating during Tuesdays contest before finding the back of the net again on Saturday. The Foreurs are in second place of the West Division with a 15-7-2-1 record in 25 contests. Val-d’Or next faces Drummondville on Saturday and Quebec on Sunday.


Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): Red Deer finished a five-game road trip this week with a 4-0 shutout at the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday, a 5-8 loss at the Regina Pats on Friday and a 4-1 win at the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday. Bleackley recorded 2 penalty minutes against the Wheat Kings and an assist in Regina. The Rebels return home to host the Saskatoon Blades on Friday.

Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): Seattle faced the Victoria Royals on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Thunderbirds found the back of the net four times in the third period to overcome the Royals 4-2 and they recorded a 3-1 victory on Saturday as well. Olhaver registered one shot on goal on Friday. He has four points (two goals, two assists) and 11 penalty minutes in 18 games played so far this season. Seattle plays at the Kamloops Blazers on Friday and then returns home to take on the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday.



Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers shutout the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 3-0 on Friday night and ended Saturday’s contest against Minnesota in a 1-1 tie. Butcher did not tally any points but had four shots on Friday and one shot on Saturday. He has a team high 10 points in 10 games this season for the Pioneers. DU travels to Wisconsin this weekend to play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.

JT Compher (University of Michigan): The University of Michigan returned to action after a bye week with a 7-3 win over Niagara on Friday. Compher finished the night with four shots, one blocked shot and one assist. The Wolverines have back-to-back games at Boston University this weekend.

AJ Greer (Boston University): The Terriers traveled to Providence College on Friday and hosted Providence on Saturday. Friday’s contest was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and Saturday’s game was 3-3 when the final horn sounded. Both games were declared ties at the end of the overtime periods, as neither team found the back of the net in the extra frames. Greer played in both contests and record a shot in each. The Terriers host the Wolverines on Friday and Saturday this weekend.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State): The Huskies won both of their contests against Western Michigan University this weekend, with a 5-2 victory on Friday and an 11-1 win on Saturday. Storm recorded two penalty minutes and one shot on goal on Friday night and a marker and an assist in Saturday’s contest. St. Cloud State hosts the University of North Dakota in two games this weekend.


Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK defeated Eisbaren Berlin 2-1 in a CHL game on Tuesday. The team returned to SHL play with a 3-2 overtime win against Orbero Hockey on Thursday before falling 5-1 to Farjestad BK on Saturday. Lindholm did not skate in the games because of an injury. Skelleftea hosts the Vaxjo Lakers on Thursday before traveling to play Karlskrona HK on Saturday.

Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten HC lost 2-1 at Leksands IF on Tuesday and 3-0 to Bjorkloven on Thursday before outscoring Timra IK 3-1 on Saturday. Westlund skated on the second line in all three contests to help Vita Hasten improve its record to 7-7-8. The defenseman has seven points (two goals, five assists) and a plus-3 rating in 18 games played.



Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu continued CHL play on Tuesday with a 4-1 victory over Sparta Prague. Karpat returned to Liiga play on Saturday with a 5-3 win over HPK and then continued winning by defeating SaiPa 3-1 on Monday. Aittokallio did not skate on Tuesday or Saturday but stopped 19 shots in Monday’s contest. Karpat Oulu hosts Lock on Thursday and Assat on Friday before traveling to face Jyvaskyla Oy on Sunday.

Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Tappara U20 got back on the ice on Friday after not playing a game since Oct. 31. Tappara lost 5-4 on Friday against Assat and 7-1 on Saturday to SaiPa. Pajpach did not skate on Saturday but was in the crease on Friday and blocked 30 shots.


Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow lost 3-2 to SKA Saint Petersburg on Tuesday before a taking home a 3-0 shutout win over Spartak Moscow on Thursday, outscoring Dinamo Minsk 2-1 on Saturday and beating Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 3-2 in a shootout on Monday. Mironov did not tally any points last week but has two assists in 12 games this season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk was shutout 1-0 at Jokerit Helsinki on Tuesday and lost 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday against Dinamo Riga before beating Amur Khabarovsk 3-0 on Saturday. Parshin skated in all three contests but did not tally any points. Avangard Omsk starts a four-game home stand on Tuesday against SKA Saint Petersburg.


Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC had not played a game since Nov. 1 and lost both of its contests last week. The team fell 6-5 to Innsbruck HC on Friday and 4-3 on Sunday against Dornbirner EC. Walker tallied a goal and two assists on Friday and a helper on Sunday.

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