San Antonio Rampage
The San Antonio Rampage opened the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win at home against the Ontario Reign.
Samuel Blais and Jordan Schmaltz recorded goals for the Rampage, while Avalanche prospects Andrew Agozzino, Gabriel Bourque and Rocco Grimaldi picked up assists. Goaltender Spencer Martin finished with 18 saves on 19 shots.
The next contest for the Avalanche's AHL affiliate will be Thursday at the Bakersfield Condors. It is the start of four consecutive road games for the Rampage.
Oct. 12 at Bakersfield Condors
Oct. 14 at San Jose Barracuda
Oct. 20 at Texas Stars
Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
The Colorado Eagles announced Tuesday that beginning next season, they will no longer be the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche. Instead, the AHL will have a new expansion team as the Eagles will become its 31st competitor and will officially be the Avs' AHL affiliate.
The Eagles wrapped up preseason play last week with a 3-2 overtime win on Friday against the Rapid City Rush and a 5-3 win on Saturday in Rapid City.
On Friday, the Eagles received goals from Jake Marchment and Matt Garbowsky in regulation and a tally from Collin Bowman to win the outing in overtime. Colorado earned a 5-3 win on Saturday after scoring three straight third-period goals. Garbowsky had three points (two goals and an assist) and Michael Joly tallied twice.
The Eagles begin their regular season this Friday at home against the Utah Grizzlies.
Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The 67's had a pair of eventful home victories last weekend. On Friday, Ottawa won 4-3 in a shootout against the Peterborough Petes in which Travis Barron tallied one assist in the third period. The team as a whole finished with 41 shots on the Petes' netminder but went scoreless on 11 power-play opportunities. On Sunday, the 67's took on the Flint Firebirds and won in another 4-3 overtime fashion. Barron has five points on the season (two goals and three assists) in seven games played so far.
Conor Timmins (Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds): The Greyhounds set out for a couple road games last week, starting in Windsor to take on the Spitfires. After a 3-3 score at the end of regulation, Sault Ste. Marie scored 1:58 into overtime to pull out the 'W.' Conor Timmins had eight shots on goal in the win. The team then rolled over the London Knights in a 4-1 victory on Friday night. On the season, Timmins has four assists in five games played.
Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars had two nail-biters over the weekend, neither of which ended up falling in their favor. The Cougars hosted their rival, the Kelowna Rockets, on Friday and Saturday night. In the first of the two meetings, Prince George lost 7-6 in overtime. After five goals were scored between the two opponents in the second period, regulation time ran out with the score tied at six apiece. Just 2:38 into overtime, the Rockets scored the game-winner to end the match. Josh Anderson had three shots on goal. On Saturday, the home team lost in overtime once again, 4-3, despite putting up three tallies in the third frame in order to send the match into extra minutes. Anderson didn't play in the second game of the weekend but has two assists in six matches played this campaign.
Nick Henry (Regina Pats): The Regina Pats had a two-game weekend that started with a 4-2 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday. On Saturday, the Pats evened the score with a 7-3 win against the Saskatoon Blades. Nick Henry has yet to hit the ice this season as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery.
Cale Makar (University of Massachusetts): The UMass Minutemen opened the season with a doubleheader at Arizona State last weekend and came away with a 1-1 record. On Friday, Arizona State took home the first win, 5-3. Cale Makar tallied one assist on UMass' first goal that tied the game at 1-1 before the Sun Devils took over. On Saturday, UMass got its revenge in a 4-2 victory that Makar didn't tally any points but had three shots on goal.
Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): Notre Dame began the season by playing Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and Saturday and came away with two wins. On Friday, the first period was scoreless before both teams tallied three markers a piece in the second frame. The Fighting Irish pulled away in the third with two more goals to win by a final score of 5-3. Cam Morrison assisted on the first goal of the match which was his first point of the season. On Saturday, Notre Dame shutout its opponent by winning 4-0.
Denis Smirnov (Penn State University): Penn State took on two different opponents in two days last weekend to start the regular season. Play began on Friday with a 2-1 loss to Clarkson. On Saturday, the Nittany Lions took on St. Lawrence and came out victorious, 4-1. Denis Smirnov had a solid performance by tallying a goal and two assists in the win.
Nate Clurman (Tri-City Storm): The Tri-City Storm opened its season on Friday with a 2-1 victory against the Omaha Lancers. Omaha took an early lead by tallying in the opening frame, but the Storm came back by scoring in the second and third frames to take the win. Defenseman Nate Clurman recorded one shot during the match.
Nick Leivermann (Penticton Vees): The Penticton Vees had two games in two days against the Vernon Vipers this past weekend. On Friday, the Vees took a 3-2 victory with one marker per frame to outlast the Vipers. Nick Leivermann tallied a helper on the game-winning goal for his fifth assist of the season. On Saturday, the clubs each left with their first tie of the season, with the game ending at 2-2 after two scoreless, five-minute overtimes. Leivermann found the back of the net for the second time this season in the contest, and the defenseman currently has seven points in six games, averaging more than a point a game for this campaign. The Vees will have their next competition this Friday against Merritt.
Igor Shvyrev (Mettallurg Magnitogorsk): Shvyrev has one goal in eight KHL games this year and four points (two goals and two assists) in four contests with Magnitogorsk's junior club.
Gustav Olhaver (IK Oskarshamn): Olhaver helped Oskarshamn to a 2-1-0 week by recording his first two points of the season. He had an assist in a 3-1 win on Wednesday against Tingsryd and a goal in a 4-2 victory on Friday versus AIK. Oskarshamn closed the week on Monday with a 2-1 loss to Timra.
Adam Werner (IF Bjorkloven): Werner was in net for both of Bjorkloven's two games last week. He made 10 saves in a 3-2 win over MODO on Wednesday and stopped 25 of 29 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss on Monday to Vita Hasten. Werner has a 4-2-0 record, 2.50 goals-against average and .891 save percentage through six contests this season.
Czech Republic (WSW Liga)
Petr Kvaca (Ceske Budejovice): Kvaca made 16 saves in a 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday against Trebic. Ceske split its next two contests, falling 2-0 to Usti nad Labem on Saturday and winning 2-1 against Karlovy Vary on Monday. Kvaca didn't play in either game. He has a 1.48 goals-against average and .920 save percentage through six contests this season.
Maximilian Pajpach (HK Michalovce): Pajpach has a 2.73 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in six games this season.