San Antonio Rampage
The San Antonio Rampage opened its 15th training camp last week with a 31-man roster, but the team has since made 10 cuts as it prepares for the start of the regular season on Friday. The Rampage is coming off a weekend split against its Pacific Division rival, the Texas Stars, in its only preseason action of the 2016-17 campaign.
San Antonio fell short against Texas at the AT&T Center on Thursday, losing 3-2 in overtime. After falling behind 1-0, Rocco Grimaldi tied the game for the Rampage with a breakaway goal when he forced a Texas turnover in the neutral zone. The Stars retook the lead, but AJ Greer netted a 6-on-4 power-play goal with 58 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime.
However, that was all the scoring San Antonio could muster as Branden Troock won it for the Stars in the third minute of the extra period.
The Rampage went 1-for-4 on power-play opportunities and held the Stars scoreless on their three chances with the man advantage. Netminder Jeremy Smith finished the night with 12 saves in 32 minutes, while Kent Simpson ended with 11 saves in 30 minutes.
San Antonio bounced back on Saturday to defeat the Stars 3-1 in Cedar Park. Greer was once again the big name of the night, leading the team in scoring with two goals to earn First Star of the Game honors. Gary Nunn also found the net in the second period after getting a great cross-ice pass from JT Compher.
The Rampage's special teams had an impact in the contest as it tallied two power-play goals, with both scores occurring in the second period. Spencer Martin and Nathan Lieuwen shared time between the pipes to combine for 28 saves and shutout the Stars for the last 25 minutes of the competition.
The Rampage faces the Milwaukee Admirals at the AT&T Center on Friday and Saturday in its season-opening weekend.
Oct. 15 vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Oct. 16 vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Oct. 22 vs. Chicago Wolves
Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
The Colorado Eagles concluded their 2016 preseason with a perfect record and now head into the regular season this weekend.
The ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, the Eagles opened the preseason with an exciting 4-3 shootout victory over the Rapid City Rush on Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center. On Sunday, Colorado went to Rapid City and skated away with a 4-3 win in overtime.
The Eagles open the season with a home-and-home series against the same Rush squad. The teams play on Friday in Colorado before shifting to South Dakota on Saturday.
Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 5-4 in overtime on Sunday, with Barron contributing two assists in the 67's only win this past week. Ottawa fell by 2-1 scores to Kingston on Thursday and the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday. Barron now has six assists and seven points this season.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda skated away with two home victories in back-to-back matches against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Beaudin recorded one assist in Rouyn-Noranda's 3-1 win on Friday and then had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 6-2 victory. The Avs prospect now has six points (two goals and four assists) in four contests.
Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): Meloche started for Gatineau against the Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday, but the Olympiques fell 5-4 in overtime. Gatineau then lost 3-2 to the Moncton Wildcats on Friday, while Meloche didn't play in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Cape Breton on Sunday. In a hard-fought battle against the Halifax Mooseheads on Monday, the Olympiques fell short once again in overtime, losing 6-5. Meloche did record his first points of the season in the final game of the week, registering two goals and an assist.
Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars are off to a great start to the 2016-17 season and picked up two more wins this past weekend against the Vancouver Giants. Anderson and the Cougars defeated the Giants 5-2 on Friday and won 5-4 on Saturday. Anderson started both games and helped Prince George begin the year 8-0-0.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): DU won its first preseason game against Mount Royal, 4-1, on Oct. 1 but then went on to drop both of the first two contests of the 2016-17 regular season. In the opening match of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Magness Arena, Denver fell 3-2 to Ohio State on Friday. In the Consolation Final the following night, the Boston College Eagles conquered the Pioneers 3-1. Butcher led DU in the loss against the Eagles with seven shots and scored the only goal of the night in the second period. His weekend performance landed him on the All-Tournament Team.
Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): Jost made his college debut on Friday for the defending NCAA champions against Canisius. Jost contributed to North Dakota's 6-0 victory with one goal and one assist in the second period. The Fighting Hawks then went on to beat Canisius 4-1 the following night, which included outshooting their opponent 45-11. Jost recorded one assist and four shots on goal in his second collegiate contest.
Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): Notre Dame improved to 2-0-0 after dominating Arizona State 9-2 in its season-opening contest on Friday at their home rink. Morrison saw a meaningful amount of playing time in his collegiate debut and put up two points with a pair of assists. The freshmen from Aurora, Ontario, started the following night and helped the Fighting Irish sweep the weekend series versus the Sun Devils with a 4-2 win.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Senior forward Ben Storm and St. Cloud State blew past the University of Regina Cougars 6-2 in their lone exhibition match on Oct. 2. Last season, Storm finished with two goals and five assists in his 29 appearances. St. Cloud State opens the regular season Friday on the road against Minnesota State before facing the University of Minnesota in a home-and-home series the following week. The Huskies' home opener is Oct. 22 against the Gophers.
Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, SuperElit): Olhaver recorded points in both of Rogle's games this past weekend. He had an assist in a 5-1 loss to HV71 on Saturday and then scored a goal in a 6-5 defeat to Frolunda HC on Sunday.
Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Werner made 15 saves in Bjorkloven's 1-0 shutout win over BIK Karlskoga on Thursday. He did not play in last Tuesday's 5-3 loss to MODO. He has a 2.69 goals-against average and .896 save percentage in three contests this season.
Wilhelm Westlund (Djurgarden IF, SHL): On Thursday, Djurgarden defeated Skellefteå AIK 2-1 in close battle that came down to the very end. On Saturday, Djurgarden was unable to rally and fell 5-1 to HV71. Westlund recorded minutes in both games, his first of the season in the SHL.
Maximilian Pajpach (MHC Martin B, Slovakia 2 league): Pajpach has a 7.05 goals-against average and .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin in the Slovakia's second-tier professional league. He has played in one game with his hometown club, HK Poprad, in Slovak Extraliga.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Defenseman Andrei Mironov began this past week with an assist as Dynamo prevailed 2-1 against Jokerit Helsinki on Wednesday. Moscow was then shutout 2-0 to Dinamo Minsk on Saturday but bounced back on Monday against Medvescak Zagreb. Mironov scored in the 5-1 victory over Zagreb and now has three points (two goals and one assist) in six games this season.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Omsk put up two great wins this week, which started at home by beating Sibir 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday. On Sunday, Avangard once again needed extra time in a 2-1 OT victory versus CSKA Moscow on the road. Denis Parshin had an assist against CSKA and has three goals and six assists through 16 games this season.
Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Clurman's senior year will open on Oct. 28 when Culver begins the year with a series against the Omaha Hockey Club. Last season, Clurman played in 43 contests and scored nine goals and 34 assists to total 43 points.
Luke Walker: Walker is currently unsigned after playing the last three seasons in Europe. Colorado's fifth-round draft choice of 2010 tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 36 games last season for Klagenfurt AC in the Austrian Hockey League.