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Avalanche Farm Report - Oct. 24

The San Antonio Rampage sweep a three-game series against Texas for the first time

by Taylor Hodapp /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage swept the Texas Stars in a three-game series this weekend to improve to 5-1-0 on the season. It marked the first time in the Rampage-Stars nine-year rivalry that one of the clubs had won each of the three games in a three-day span.

On Friday, the Rampage snagged a 3-2 win behind shootout tallies from Joe Colborne and Rocco Grimaldi. After giving up the lead in the middle stanza, A.J. Greer found Mason Geertsen for the defenseman's first-ever AHL goal to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the second intermission. After a scoreless third frame and overtime, the contest headed into a shootout. Spencer Martin turned away two of Texas' three attempts, allowing Colborne--who also had an assist in regulation--and Grimaldi to find the back of the net to land the Rampage the victory. Martin totaled 31 saves on 33 shots through overtime.

The next day, the teams took the ice again, and the Rampage ran away with a 6-2 victory with a five-goal second period. The Stars got on the scoreboard first 4:50 into middle stanza, but San Antonio quickly responded as Dominic Toninato registered his first pro goal at the 5:29 mark. The Rampage then took the lead a minute later when Andrei Mironov assisted on Tage Thompson's marker. Reid Petryk extended San Antonio's lead to 3-1 with an unassisted goal, and the club got its fourth marker of the stanza soon after when Mironov fed Toninato for a tally on a breakaway. San Antonio added another goal just over a minute later when Greer found Felix Girard for the fifth and final score of the frame at 11:54. The Stars found the back of the Rampage net once in the third, but the game was further sealed with an empty-net goal from Colborne with 80 second left in the contest.

San Antonio won 3-1 on Sunday to sweep the weekend series against its Texas rival. Rocco Grimaldi had an assist on Jordan Schmaltz's first-period goal to become the seventh player in Rampage history to tally 100 points. Entering the final 20 minutes up by one, San Antonio hit an empty net to clinch its fourth consecutive victory. Martin was between the posts for the Rampage and made 29 saves. The goalie is now 4-0-0 on the season with a 1.47 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. Andrew Agozzino and Colborne also had assists in the game.

On Sunday, the Avalanche recalled forwards A.J. Greer (two assists, two games) and Gabriel Bourque (five games, two goals) from the Rampage after Colorado suffered four injuries in its contest on Thursday against the St. Louis Blues.

The Avs also made one more recall, bringing up defenseman Andrei Mironov earlier today after he was reassigned to San Antonio on Thursday.

Upcoming Games:
Oct. 27 vs. San Jose Barracuda
Oct. 28 vs. San Diego Gulls
Nov. 2 vs. Iowa Wild

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles are still undefeated after beating the Norfolk Admirals in two games this past weekend and improving to 4-0-0 in the 2017-18 campaign.

The Eagles, who were beginning a four-game homestand, defeated the Admirals 6-3 in the first matchup of the weekend on Friday. After shutting out Norfolk in the opening frame, Colorado found the back of the net four times in the second stanza to give it a lead that would hold up for the rest of the game.

The Eagles and Admirals took the ice again on Saturday, and Colorado pulled away in the third period to earn a 6-4 win. Avalanche prospect J.C. Beaudin assisted on the first goal of the game for the Eagles, marking the fourth consecutive time Colorado has scored first this season. Beaudin also put up a marker of his own in the second for his first-ever professional goal.

The Eagles will have two more home games this week before taking to the road on Saturday for their second away game of the season.


Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's took on three different opponents in three days, finishing 2-1 on the weekend. On Friday, the squad faced the Oshawa Generals and Travis Barron had one assist and six shots in the 67's 2-1 overtime victory. On Saturday, Ottawa went into extra minutes once again and prevailed with a 1-0 OT win versus the Niagara IceDogs. In their last context of the week, the 67's fell 3-0 to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday. On the season, Barron is tied for fourth on the team with eight points (three goals and five assists) in 13 games played. He leads Ottawa with 51 shots so far this campaign, landing him eighth overall in league. The Ottawa 67's currently sit in second in the East Division with an overall record of 8-5-1.

Conor Timmins (Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds): The Sault. Ste. Marie Greyhounds had three contests this past week, and Conor Timmins recorded four total assists. After suffering a 4-2 loss to the Sudbury Wolves on Wednesday, the Greyhounds posted two wins to close out their week. On Friday, the squad outscored the Kingston Frontenacs 6-5 in a game that Timmins recorded three helpers, a season high for the blueliner. He snagged one more assist on Sunday in a 7-4 win over the Guelph Storm, putting him at nine assists on the season, tied for second most on the Greyhounds. Sault. Ste. Marie is currently 9-2-2 this campaign sitting in second in the West Division.


Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars went 1-2 last weekend after suffering two shootout losses. On Friday, the Cougars fell 5-4 in a shootout against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Prince George then came back with a 4-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday before coming up short, 2-1, in their second shootout loss to the Hitmen on Sunday. Anderson hasn't played since Oct. 6 due to suffering a separated shoulder during the Cougars' 7-6 overtime loss to the Kelowna Rockets. Before the injury, Anderson played in six games and had two assists on the season.

Nick Henry (Regina Pats): In a three-game week, the Regina Pats put up two victories. The Pats' week started on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings and then was followed up with another 5-3 triumph over the Victoria Royals on Friday. On Saturday, Regina fell 5-2 to the Vancouver Giants. Nick Henry has yet to hit the ice this season as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder surgery.


Cale Makar (UMass): The University of Massachusetts fell twice to Ohio State over the weekend, leaving the squad at 3-3-0 on the season. In UMass's 3-1 loss to the Buckeyes on Friday, Cale Makar fired a season-high four shots. He had three more shots and recorded two blocked shots on Saturday in the Minutemen's' 3-0 loss. Makar has played in all six games so far this campaign, putting up three helpers.

Cam Morrison (Notre Dame): Notre Dame faced Sacred Heart on Thursday and Friday last weekend and went 1-1 in those games to move its record to 3-2-1 on the season. After a 6-4 loss on Thursday, Notre Dame came back on Friday with a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart in an outing that the Irish fired 43 shots on goal. Morrison recorded a helper in Friday's game and has now tallied one goal and three assists in six contests this season. Notre Dame has yet to play a conference game this year and is tied for fifth in the Big Ten.

Denis Smirnov (Penn State): Penn State split last week's games with American International, marking up a victory and a loss. On Thursday, Penn State outscored American International 7-5 in a game that Denis Smirnov tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and notched the game-winning goal. He then added two more helpers in a 3-2 overtime loss on Friday. Smirnov currently leads the team in points with 10 (four goals, six assists) and in shots on goal with 20 (tied). Penn State is in a four-way tie for first place in the Big Ten with an overall record of 3-3 and a 1-1 mark in conference games.


Nate Clurman (Tri-City Storm): Nate Clurman hit the ice with the Tri-City Storm on Friday, and the team started its weekend with a 4-1 victory over the Omaha Lancers. The Storm then took on the Lincoln Stars on Saturday and won 3-0. Clurman didn't play in Tri-City's second contest. He has tallied one assist in four contests this season.


Nick Leivermann (Penticton Vees): After starting the week with a 2-1 loss to the Langley Rivermen on Wednesday, the Penticton Vees came back with a 4-2 win over the Merritt Centennials in which Nick Leivermann registered a helper in the Friday contest. The Vees then fell 4-2 to the Wenatchee Wild on Saturday. Leivermann put up his ninth point and seventh assist of the season in the contest against the Wild.


Igor Shvyrev (Mettallurg Magnitogorsk): On Wednesday, Mettallurg Magnitogorsk suffered its first of three losses of the week in a 7-2 defeat to CSKA Moscow. The squad then fell 4-0 to Ak Bars Kazan on Sunday and 3-1 to Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk on Tuesday. Though he didn't find the score sheet, Igor Shvyrev made an appearance in all three contests. He has played in 12 KHL games this season and has tallied one goal.

Sweden (Allsvenskan)

Gustav Olhaver (IK Oskarshamn): IK Oskarshamn had its first win of the week on Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over Karlskoga. The squad then took on Troy/Ljungby on Friday put up three markers in the first period en route to a 4-1 win. Oskarshamn fell 3-1 to Leksand in its last game of the week on Sunday. Gustav Olhaver tallied a helper on the only goal for Oskarshamn in the contest and now has three points (one goal, two assists) in 10 games this campaign.

Adam Werner (IF Bjorkloven): In the first of two losses this week for Bjorkloven, Adam Werner started between the posts in the game on Wednesday against AIK. Werner played the first 29:39 minutes of the outing and made 20 saves on 24 shots in the 5-1 loss. Werner started in goal again on Friday and stopped 23 shots, but Bjorkloven lost 2-0 to Vastervik. In 11 contests this season, the goaltender has posted a 6-5-0 record with a 2.66 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.

Czech Republic

Petr Kvaca (HC Ceske Budejovice): HC Ceske Budejovice fell to opponents twice this past week, starting with a 2-1 loss to HC Slavia Praha on Wednesday. Petr Kvaca started between the posts and made 26 saves on 28 shots in the contest. HC Ceske Budejovice fell again on Saturday, losing 4-1 to AZ Residomo Havirov in a game that Kvaca didn't take the ice in. On the season, the netminder has a 7-2 record, 1.69 goals-against average and .921 save average after playing in 10 contests.


Maximilian Pajpach (HK Michalovce): Pajpach has a 2.73 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in six games this season.

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