The 2015-16 campaign began for the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night with an overtime loss to in-state rival, the Texas Stars.
San Antonio’s starting line consisted of forwards Ben Street, Andrew Agozzino and Dennis Everberg, with the defensive pairing of Chris Bigras and Mat Clark. Calvin Pickard started in the crease for the Rampage and finished the night with 23 saves on 28 shots.
Less than four minutes into the contest, Agozzino found the back of the net, tallying the first goal of the season for the Rampage. The 24-year-old left wing then recorded his 100th professional assist as Maxim Noreau scored a power-play goal on San Antonio’s first man advantage this season. Noreau and Everberg each finished with a goal and an assist.
Texas scored just 25 seconds into the second period to get the Stars on the board, but the Rampage once again utilized a power play when Everberg lit the lamp at 17:54 of the second period.
Texas then scored three unanswered goals in the third period before Street tallied the equalizer with 1:08 remaining in the contest. The Stars sealed the win when Devin Shore found the back of the net less than two minutes into the overtime period.
Center Joey Hishon had two assists while Street led the Rampage with a goal and two assists. Bigras added an assist as well.
The Rampage will return to action this weekend with back-to-back games against the Grand Rapids Griffins. San Antonio's home opener in the newly renovated AT&T Center is Oct. 24 against Stockton.
Oct. 16 at Grand Rapids
Oct. 17 at Grand Rapids
Oct. 24 vs. Stockton
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets participated in three exhibition games last week. The Komets lost 3-1 against the Indy Fuel on Wednesday before picking up wins against the Evansville Icemen on Friday and Saturday.
Spencer Martin played in the first contest against Evansville and stopped 29 of 34 shots. Trevor Cheek led the team with two goals and one assist, while Alex Belzile had a goal and an assist and Garrett Meurs tallied a goal. The Komets won the game 6-5.
During Saturday’s exhibition game, Meurs scored twice while Cheek found the back of the net once to help Fort Wayne win 6-2.
The Komets will begin the regular season on Friday at the Kalamazoo Wings.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Rangers are 2-0-3-0 so far this season. They lost two contests in a row this past week, losing 3-2 against Windsor on Friday and 3-2 against Mississauga on Sunday. On Monday, the Rangers picked up their first win at home this season with an 8-2 victory over the Sudbury Wolves. Magyar did not play in any of the three contests as he's recovering from a broken ankle that happened on Oct. 2. The Rangers will be busy again this weekend, hosting Owen Sound on Friday and then traveling to Barrie and Guelph on Saturday and Sunday, respectfully.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 5-3 on Monday afternoon. The Battalion won 3-1 against Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday. North Bay has won three consecutive contests, improving its record to 3-3-0. Wood, who is coming off offseason wrist surgery, has not made an appearance this season for the Troops.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are second in the West Division with an 8-1-2-1 record. This past week, the Huskies outscored Sherbrooke 6-3 on Wednesday but lost 8-7 in overtime to Shawinigan on Friday and 4-3 in a shootout to Drummondville on Saturday. Beaudin earned an assist during Wednesday and Friday's contests. He was also named to the Team QMJHL on Tuesday for the Subway Super Series against Russia on Nov. 17 and 19.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs are first in the West Division with a 10-2-0-0 record. The Voltigeurs went 3-0 this past week, defeating Acadie-Bathurst 4-2 on Thursday, Rouyn-Noranda 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday and Gatineau 3-1 on Sunday. Boikov started in the contest against Acadie-Bathurst.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): Meloche has participated in eight games this campaign for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and has a total of four points (three goals, one assist). He tallied his assist on Friday when Baie-Comeau lost 4-2 to the Moncton Wildcats The Drakkar beat Cape Breton 3-2 on Saturday. Baie-Comeau is ranked sixth in the East Division with a 2-8-0-0 record. Baie-Comeau will play Sherbrooke on Wednesday. He was also named to the Team QMJHL on Tuesday for the Subway Super Series against Russia on Nov. 17 and 19.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Nantel has played in nine regular-season games so far and has 13 points (five goals, eight assists). He gained three points during Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Sherbrook, finding the back of the net twice and earning an assist. Nantel also had one assist in an 8-7 OT loss to Shawinigan on Friday. The Huskies lost 4-3 in a shootout to Drummondville on Saturday. Rouyn-Noranda will return to action this weekend, hosting Quebec on Saturday and Sunday. He was also named to the Team QMJHL on Tuesday for the Subway Super Series against Russia on Nov. 17 and 19.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Val-d’Or Foreurs have earned 15 points in 12 games, going 7-4-0-1. Pepin has six points (two goals, four assists) in nine games this campaign. After the team lost to Shawinigan 5-2 on Saturday, the forward earned an assist when the Foreurs defeated the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Sunday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels faced off against the Calgary Hitmen on Friday and Saturday. The Hitmen defeated the Rebels 4-1 on Friday while the Rebels won 5-4 in a shootout on Saturday. Bleackley had an assist in Red Deer's 5-2 loss last Tuesday to Lethbridge.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): Olhaver has played in all five Seattle Thunderbirds contests of the 2015-16 campaign. The Thunderbirds were victorious in both of their games this past week, beating Prince Albert 3-2 in overtime on Saturday and outscoring Portland 3-2 on Sunday. In Sunday’s contest, the left wing Olhaver recorded an assist on Alexander True’s winning goal in the third period. The Thunderbirds will face off against the Blazers at home on Friday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers started their season on Friday night with a 5-4 overtime loss at the Air Force Academy, but the Pioneers rebounded and defeated Air Force 3-1 when the teams met again on Saturday at DU. Butcher registered two assists in Friday's contest in Colorado Springs.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): University of Michigan is preparing to open its season at home on Friday against Mercyhurst. Compher scored twice in Michigan’s exhibition outing on Oct. 4 against Toronto.
AJ Greer (Boston University): Boston University opened it season at Union on Saturday with a 5-3 loss. Greer had two penalty minutes in the first period for slashing and took one shot during the third period. BU will play an exhibition game on Friday against the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 squad before returning to regular-season play on Sunday against Wisconsin.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): The Huskies traveled to Alaska this past weekend to compete in the 2015 Kendall Hockey Classic. St. Cloud State beat Fairbanks 3-0 on Friday before defeating Anchorage 6-2 on Saturday. Storm had one assist during Saturday’s contest. The Huskies will host Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpat Oulu played two Liiga games this past week, falling 6-5 to Tappara on Thursday and defeating Kouvola 3-0. Aittokallio did not play in Saturday’s contest, however he had 26 minutes of ice time in Thursday’s game. He allowed four goals on 18 shots. Karpat also defeated the Blues 4-2 on Thursday. Last Tuesday in the Champions Hockey League, Karpat Oulu advanced to the next round after defeating Dusseldorfer EG 3-0 in the second leg of the Round of 32. Aittokallio posted a 22-save shutout as his club won the goal aggregate, 5-0. Karpat's next CHL games will be against Sparta Prague on Nov. 3 and 10.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Pajpach has played in nine games this season and made 24 saves in a 4-3 win for Tappara's junior club on Saturday. Pajpach did not play in the U-20 team's 3-2 loss to HIFK on Sunday.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK is seventh in the overall in the SHL standings with 14 points in eight games played. Lindholm played in five games before being injured Sept. 30. Skelleftea picked up two wins this week by 3-2 scores, first on Thursday against Karlskrona and then on Saturday in a shootout against Linkoping. The team took part in the second leg of its Champions Hockey League series against HC Kosice last Tuesday and won 3-0. Skelleftea advances to the Round of 16 after a 6-4 goal-aggregate win. Lindholm has skated in four CHL contests and has one assist and six penalty minutes.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Westlund has two goals and three assists after nine games of the 2015-16 campaign for Vita Hasten HC. Westlund scored his second goal of the year in Vita Hasten's 3-2 overtime loss against BIK Karlskoga on Saturday. The club then went down 3-2 in regulation on Monday versus IK Pantern. Westlund also added an assist in a 3-2 loss by Vita Hasten to Almtuna IS last Thursday. The team will play Oskarshamn on Thursday.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC is 6-3-2 after their first 11 games of the 2015-16 campaign. Walker has tallied one goal and three assists in eight games. This past week, KAC won 4-1 against Olimpija on Friday but lost 5-1 to Villach on Sunday. Klagenfurt played Alba Volán on Tuesday but fell 2-1 in a shootout. Walker scored in Friday's win.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Mironov has not returned to the ice since becoming injured earlier this season. Dynamo is in fifth place in the West Conference with a 12-5-2 record. The club lost 3-2 last Wednesday to Ak Bars, but it won 5-0 on Friday against Lada and 3-2 against Avtomobilist earlier today.
Denis Parshin (Omsk Avangard): Parshin has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 21 contests this season. Parshin had one assist in Avangard’s 2-1 shootout victory against Amur on Monday. The team defeated Sibir 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday but lost 4-1 on Saturday to Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Avangard will face off against Admiral on Wednesday.