The San Antonio Rampage picked up back-to-back wins against the Grand Rapid Griffins on Friday and Saturday. The Rampage is now 2-0-1 and has collected points in every game played so far this season.
The silver and black tallied two goals in the third period to propel them to a 3-2 victory over the Griffins on Friday night. Andrew Agozzino led the team with a pair of goals—one on the power play—and Ben Street collected a pair of assists. Defenseman Zach Redmond potted his first marker of the season with the game-winning tally. Calvin Pickard stopped 39 shots in San Antonio’s first win of the 2015-16 season.
Goaltender Pickard then shut out Grand Rapids on Saturday as the team tallied three goals—including one on the power play—in the first frame and an empty-net goal with a minute left in regulation to account for the 4-0 final. Agozzino again led the team in points with a goal and two assists and Street picked up two more helpers in the win. Dennis Everberg had a team-high two goals including the game-winner. Pickard stopped all 35 shots faced and Griffins’ goaltender Tom McCollum allowed three tallies on nine shots in seven minutes before being he was replaced in net.
Andrew Agozzino (four goals, three assists) and Ben Street (one goal, six assists) are among players tied for second in the league with seven points in three games. Agozzino also has a three-game goal streak going and Street has picked up two assists in each of his first three contests of the season.
Other Rampage players with hot hands include Everberg, who has a three-game point streak, and Colin Smith, Zach Redmond and Marc-Andre Cliche, who each have points in their last two games.
The Rampage hosts the Stockton Heat for the first time in franchise history for the club’s home opener at the AT&T Center on Saturday. The contest marks San Antonio’s only home game during the month of October for the Rampage.
Oct. 24 vs. Stockton
Oct. 30 at Ontario
Oct. 31 at Ontario
Fort Wayne Komets
The Fort Wayne Komets opened their season with a weekend sweep of the Kalamazoo Wings, winning 5-3 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. Five different Komets scored on Friday night, with three goals coming in the final frame. Trevor Cheek tallied on the power play to tie the game in the third before the Komets put the game away.
On Saturday, Fort Wayne put up three unanswered goals, two of which came in the opening 20 minutes. Cody Corbett and Garrett Meurs each assisted on the first marker of the night and Cheek scored his second—the game-winner—in as many games to seal the victory.
The Komets take on the Indy Fuel in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday on home ice.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies won both matchups against the Québec Remparts on Saturday and Sunday at home and are currently first overall (10-1-3) in the QMJHL with 23 points. On Saturday, JC Beaudin was named First Star of the Game as the Huskies beat Québec 6-3, going 4-for-9 on the man advantage. Beaudin had three assists and now has 14 points (five goals and nine assists) in 11 games. On Sunday, Rouyn-Noranda won 4-1 over the Remparts. The Huskies will face the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Wednesday and the Val-d’Or Foreurs on Friday and Sunday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): The Drummondville Voltigeurs dropped decisions to the Charlottetown Islanders (4-2) on Wednesday and the Shawinigan Cataractes (5-3) on Friday. Sergei Boikov picked up a helper on a second-period goal in Friday’s game and now has five points (one goal and four assists) in 11 games. The fourth-ranked Voltigeurs play again Wednesday against the Rimouski Océanic and on Friday and Sunday against the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): The Baie-Comeau Drakkar took a 3-1 victory over the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Wednesday but fell to the Charlottetown Islanders 5-1 on Saturday. Nicolas Meloche scored the game-winning goal on the power play against the Phoenix on Wednesday and now has four goals and one assist through 10 games. The Drakkar plays twice this week with games against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens on Friday and Sunday.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Norandan Huskies won both games against Québec Saturday and Sunday and Julien Nantel notched the opening goal in Sunday’s 4-1 victory. He now has six goals and eight assists in six games. The Huskies return to action on Wednesday against Blainville-Boisbriand and again on Friday and Sunday against Val-d’Or.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs won two of their three games, starting with a 5-2 victory over Québec on Wednesday. They fell 6-3 to Québec on Friday and added a 3-1 win against Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday. Alexis Pepin picked up an assist on Wednesday and had a combined six penalty minutes on Friday and Sunday. Pepin has collected seven points (two goals and five assists) in 12 games. Val-d’Or is ranked fifth in the QMJHL and plays again on Tuesday night against Blainville-Boisbriand and on Friday and Saturday against Avalanche prospects Beaudin and Nantel and the Huskies.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Kitchener Rangers had a busy but successful weekend, playing the Owen Sound Attack at home on Friday and against the Barrie Colts and the Guelph Storm on on the road on Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, the Rangers won 3-2 and they beat Barrie 3-1 on Saturday. Kitchener finished the weekend with a 2-0 shutout against Guelph on Sunday. Nick Magyar has not played in a game since Oct. 2 as he is still recovering from a broken ankle. The Rangers stay on the road to face the Sarnia Sting on Thursday and return to home ice for games against the Peterborough Petes and the Saginaw Spirit on Friday and Sunday.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The North Bay Battalion came out victorious in its three- game week, beating the Oshawa Generals 5-1 at home on Thursday, getting a 3-1 win at the Sudbury Wolves on Friday and slipping by the Niagara IceDogs 4-3 on Sunday. Wood is still recovering from offseason wrist surgery and has yet to appear in a game with North Bay this season. The Battalion plays the Windsor Spitfires at home on Thursday before traveling to play the London Knights on Saturday and the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday.
|Conner Bleackley |
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels won two of their last four games after falling to the Kamloops Blazers 3-1 last Tuesday and dropping a 5-4 decision to the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday. They collected wins against the Victoria Royals 3-1 on Friday and over the Vancouver Giants 6-4 on Saturday. Conner Bleackley had a helper in Wednesday’s game and a season-high three assists and a plus-six rating on Saturday against Vancouver, which earned him First Star of the Game honors.
Bleackley has collected six points (one goal and five assists) in nine games and is plus-four this year. The Rebels lead the Central Division of the Eastern Conference with 14 points. Red Deer plays the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday, the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday and the Kootenay Ice on Saturday.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): The Seattle Thunderbirds gave the home crowd a lot to cheer about with back-to-back wins last weekend thanks to a 7-2 triumph over the Kamloops Blazers on Friday and a 4-2 victory against Victoria on Saturday. Gustav Olhaver added a helper on the game-winning goal in Friday’s contest, making his season total three points (one goal and two assists) through seven games. The Thunderbirds, ranked first in the U.S. Division of the Western Conference, play the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday at home before traveling to Vancouver on Friday and Everett to face the Silvertips on Saturday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Denver swept Michigan State in back-to-back games at Magness Arena, pulling out a 4-2 win on Friday and shutting out the Spartans 3-0 on Saturday. Will Butcher had five shots on goal in the first game and had two shots and was a plus-one rating in the second. He hasg two assists through four games during his junior season. The Pioneers have a bye week before traveling to play Boston College on Oct. 30 and Boston University on Oct. 31.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): Michigan had a weekend sweep of Mercyhurst in front of a home crowd, with a 6-4 victory on Friday and a 3-2 win on Sunday. JT Compher jumpstarted his junior season with an assist in the season opener on Friday and he registered five shots in each game. The Wolverines travel to New York to play at Union on Friday and at Rensselaer on Saturday.
AJ Greer (Boston University): Boston University played the U.S. Under-18 Team on Friday and dropped a 7-4 decision at home. The club ended the weekend on a high note with a 4-1 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. AJ Greer appeared in both games to start his sophomore season with the Terriers. The number eight ranked Boston University will play University of Connecticut on home ice on Saturday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State shutout Minnesota State University in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday in front of a home crowd and is now 4-0 this year. Junior Ben Storm had an assist in Friday’s 4-0 shutout and put two shots on net while playing forward. The Huskies will travel to Hamden, Connecticut, to play Quinnipiac University on Friday and Saturday.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK moved up to fifth in the SHL standings with 20 points after 10 games and had wins on both Wednesday, 4-0 over Rogle Bandyklubb, and Saturday, 3-1 over Farjestad Bollklubb. Anton Lindholm has played in five games, recording 18 hits, six shots on goal and four penalty minutes. Skelleftea plays the Vaxjo Lakers on Tuesday, Brynas IF on Thursday and MODO Hockey on Saturday.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten HC fell 1-0 to IK Oskarshamn on Thursday but pulled out a 4-3 overtime victory against Tingsryd AIF on Saturday. Wilhelm Westlund had an assist on the third-period equalizer that sent the game to additional time. The team is eighth in HockeyAllsenskan with 20 points in 14 games. They play VIK Hockey on Thursday and Mora IK on Saturday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Karpart Oulu fell to Hämeenlinnan Pallokerho on Friday (2-1) and 4-1 to Sport on Sunday. Sami Aittokallio has played in 10 games, going 4-2-3 while posting a 2.05 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. The Oulu will face JYP Jyväskylä on Tuesday and Lock on Saturday.
Karpat Oulu is also in the playoffs for the Champions Hockey League and will play on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 against Sparta Prague. Aittokallio has allowed only one goal on 134 shots in six games, posting a .9925 save percentage.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Maximilan Pajpach has played in five games with Tappara U20 this season and has a 3.17 goals against average and a .885 save percentage. Tappara U20 is currently ranked seventh in the Jr. A SM-Liiga standings.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow beat Ugra Khanty-Mansiysk 2-0 on Thursday, got an overtime 2-1 win against Avangard Omsk on Saturday and fell to Barys Astana 2-1 on Monday. Andrei Mironov has two helpers in eight games with Dynamo Moscow. The team is currently fifth in the West Conference with 41 points in 22 games. Dynamo Moscow plays Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Friday and faces HC Sochi on Sunday.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk had a 6-5 shootout win over Admiral Vladivostok on Wednesday, a 2-1 overtime loss to Dynamo Moscow on Saturday and another loss 3-1 to Vityaz Moscow on Monday. Denis Parshin has 12 points (three goals and nine assists) in 24 games with Omsk this year. The third-place Avangard play Medvescak Zagreb on Wednesday, Slovan Bratislava on Friday and SKA Saint Petersburg on Monday.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC got a 3-2 win over Orli Zanojmo on Friday but lost to HCB Sudtirol 5-4 on Sunday. Luke Walker had an assist in Friday’s game and now totals one goal and four assists in 11 games with the team. Klagenfurt returns to action on Tuesday against Dornbirner EC and plays the Vienna Capitals on Friday and Fehérvár AV19 on Monday.