The San Antonio Rampage defeated the Stockton Heat 5-1 on Saturday night in the club’s home opener and only game played at the newly renovated AT&T Center in the month of October.
San Antonio collected two markers in the opening frame and three in the second stanza. Overall, nine Rampage players appeared on the scoresheet. Both Chris Bigras and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Bordeleau registered two helpers. Goaltender Calvin Pickard made 25 saves in the win.
The 18-year-old Rantanen, in his first career AHL appearance, became the youngest player to ever skate for the Rampage and recorded his first North American professional goal in the victory. Bigras also lit the lamp for the first time in his pro career, while Colin Smith, Samuel Henley and Marc-Andre Cliche all notched their first tallies of the season. Mason Geertsen picked up his first professional point with the secondary assist on Rantanen’s marker.
Ben Street is tied for third in the AHL with seven helpers and Dennis Everberg is tied for fifth in the AHL with two tallies on the power play. Andrew Agozzino, who missed the home opener because of an upper-body injury, currently has a three-game goal streak, and Street is on a four-game assist/point streak.
In recent transactions, the Colorado Avalanche assigned rookie forward Rantanen to San Antonio last Thursday and recalled forward Everberg the same day. Defenseman Gabriel Beaupre was reassigned to the Fort Wayne Komets on Monday.
Prior to the home opener, the Rampage named Street team captain for the 2015-16 season. Agozzino and Maxim Noreau will serve as alternate captains during all home games and Cliche and Mat Clark will serve as alternates while the team is on the road.
San Antonio is currently on a three-game win streak and has collected points in every contest this season, going 3-0-1. The Silver and Black is ranked second in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference, trailing only the Ontario Reign. The Rampage plays the Reign for the first time in franchise history on Friday and Saturday.
Oct. 30 at Ontario
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Fort Wayne Komets
The Komets shutout the Indy Fuel 3-0 on Friday and picked up a 6-5 win in overtime over the Fuel on Saturday. In Friday’s game, goaltender Spencer Martin recorded his first career shutout in his professional debut, making 21 saves and earning First Star of the Game honors. Trevor Cheek also had a two-point night with a goal and an assist. On Saturday, the Komets outshot the Fuel 53-27, and Cheek continued his point streak with two goals and an assist. One of Cheek's tallies came when the team was shorthanded. Cheek has now picked up points in all four outings, totaling seven points (five goals and two assists) this season.
The Komets are on a four-game win streak and rank second in the Western Conference. They play at Indy on Friday before heading back home to face the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Magyar is still recovering from a broken ankle, sustained in a game on Oct. 2 at Sudbury, but the Kitchener Rangers remain in the top spot of the Ontario Hockey League standings with 21 points (9-0-3). On Thursday, the Rangers beat the Sarnia Sting 6-3. The team then defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-1 on Friday and won its third game in four days on Sunday in a 4-3 victory over the Saginaw Spirit. Kitchener plays Peterborough on Thursday before heading home for games on Friday against the North Bay Battalion and Sunday against the Guelph Storm.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Wood has yet to appear in a game with North Bay this season due to offseason wrist surgery. The Battalion dropped all three of its matchups last week with losses to the Windsor Spitfires on Thursday (5-2), the London Knights in overtime on Saturday (4-3) and the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday (4-2). The Battalion has upcoming contests against the Ottawa 67’s on Thursday, the Kitchener Rangers on Friday and the Niagara IceDogs on Sunday.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Val-d’Or Foreurs 6-5 in overtime on Friday but fell to Val-d’Or, 4-3, in additional time on Sunday afternoon. Beaudin had a two-point night (a goal and an assist) on Friday for a plus-2 rating and picked up another marker on Sunday. He now has 17 points (seven goals and 10 assists) in 14 contests with the Huskies. The team is on the road for its next three contests, playing the Charlottetown Islanders on Thursday, the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday and the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Sunday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Boikov had goals in both Wednesday and Friday’s games, as the Drummondville Voltigeurs dropped a close 6-5 decision to the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday before falling 5-3 to the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday. The Voltigeurs also lost to Sherbrooke by a 7-3 score on Sunday. Boikov now has seven points (three goals and four assists) this year. Drummondville faces the Quebec Remparts on Wednesday, the Victoriaville Tigres on Friday and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Sunday.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): The Baie-Comeau Drakkar fell 12-1 to the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Friday and was shutout 6-0 by Chicoutimi on Sunday. Meloche did not appear in either contest due to a two-game suspension as a result of a fight in Baie-Comeau’s game against Charlottetown on Oct. 17. The Drakkar has contests against the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday and the Shawinigan Cataractes on Saturday.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies beat Val-d’Or 6-5 in overtime on Friday but lost 4-3 in additional time to the Foreurs on Sunday. Nantel had two tallies, including the game-winner, in Friday’s OT win and two hits in Sunday’s contest. The Huskies alternate captain now has 16 points (eight goals and eight assists) in 14 games. Rouyn-Noranda remains in the top spot of the QMJHL standing with a record of 12-1-4 for 28 points. The Huskies hit the ice again on Thursday in Charlottetown, on Friday in Saint John and on Sunday at Cape Breton.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The Foreurs last three game decisions all came in overtime, starting with a 3-2 loss to Blainville-Boisbriand last Tuesday before being followed up by a 6-5 defeat to the Rouyn-Noranda on Friday. They finally picked a 4-3 victory over the Huskies on Sunday in extra time. Pepin registered a goal in Friday’s game. Val-d’Or will play a trio of contests in three days this weekend, facing Cape Breton on Friday, Saint John on Saturday and Charlottetown on Sunday.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): The Red Deer Rebels had a successful three-win week, and Conner Bleackley now has six assists in four outings dating back to Oct. 17 and eight helpers in 12 games this year. Red Deer recorded a 7-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday, and Bleackley picked up a pair of helpers in the second period to earn Second Star of the Game honors. The Rebels then went on to beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1 on Friday. Bleackley again appeared on the scoresheet in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Kootenay Ice with a primary assist on a second period power-play goal. The Rebels are second in the Eastern Conference and in the WHL standings with 20 points (10-4-0), just one point behind the Prince Albert Raiders for the top spot. Red Deer has matchups against the Spokane Chiefs on Friday and versus Medicine Hat on Sunday.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): The Seattle Thunderbirds picked up wins against the Tri-City Americans (3-2) on Wednesday and against the Vancouver Giants (3-1) on Friday but fell 2-0 to the Everett Silvertips on Saturday. Gustav Olhaver did not appear in Wednesday’s lineup but played in both Friday and Saturday’s games. The forward has skated in nine of Seattle’s 10 contests this year and has three points (one goal and two assists).
Will Butcher (University of Denver Pioneers): Butcher and the University of Denver had a bye week and return to the ice playing at Boston College on Friday and at Boston University on Saturday afternoon. Butcher has two assists in four games this year.
JT Compher (University of Michigan Wolverines): The University of Michigan tied Union College 5-5 on Friday with JT Compher recording three assists, including one on the game-tying goal with 30 seconds left in the third period. The trio of helpers in Friday’s game set a new collegiate high for the forward. The Wolverines then defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5-2 on Saturday with Compher winning 11-of-19 faceoffs for his team. Michigan heads home to play Robert Morris University on Friday and Saturday.
AJ Greer (Boston University Terriers): Greer and Boston University doubled up the University of Connecticut 4-2 on Saturday in the team's Hockey East opener. The Terriers played the UConn Huskies again on Tuesday, losing 5-2. BU's next games are at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, on Friday and at home versus the University of Denver on Saturday.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State Huskies): Ben Storm scored the lone marker in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Quinnipiac University for St. Cloud State. The Huskies also fell 5-2 to Quinnipiac on Friday. The tally was Storm’s first of the season, and the junior forward now has three points (one goal and two assists) in six games. The Huskies return to home ice to face Miami University on Friday and Saturday.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Skelleftea AIK fell 4-3 in overtime to the Vaxjo Lakers on Tuesday but got the victory in additional time, 3-2, over Brynas IF on Thursday. The club also defeated MODO Hockey 5-3 on Saturday in the teams’ first meeting of the season. Lindholm has been absent from the Skelleftea AIK lineup since Sept. 30 because of an injury. Skelleftea AIK plays Rogle on Wednesday before facing the Malmo Redhawks in back-to-back contests, the first away on Friday before a home matchup on Saturday. Skelleftea has two CHL games coming up, on Tuesday and on Nov. 10 against Eisbaren Berlin.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC, Allsvenskan): Vita Hasten HC was shutout 1-0 by VIK Hockey on Tuesday but lit the lamp three times to shutout Mora IK 3-0 on Saturday. Westlund skated on the second line in both outings and has played in 13 contests, registering six points (two goals and four assists). Vita Hasten faces off against Sundsvall Hockey next Thursday before by a matchup on Saturday at Asploven HC.
Sami Aittokallio (Oulun Karpat): Oulun Karpat defeated JYP 2-1 on Tuesday but lost 4-1 to Lukko 4-1 on Saturday. Sami Aittokallio made 27 saves versus JYP and did not play against Lukko. He has minded the net 11 times this year, posting a 1.95 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. Karpat has 31 points in 17 games and is third in Liiga standings. The club plays on Thursday against Ilves and on Saturday against Tappara before the league will then take a break for the Champions Hockey League playoffs. Karpat Oulun is in the CHL playoffs and plays in the Round of 16 next Tuesday and on Nov. 10 against Sparta Prague. Karpat's next Liiga game is against HPK on Nov. 14.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara U20): Maximilian Pajpach and the Tappara U20 team lost both games this week. Pajpach made 23 saves, but the club fell 5-1 to Sport on Friday. The Avs goalie prospect did not play in Tappara's 6-4 loss on Saturday against Lukko.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): The Dynamo Moscow was defeated 4-2 by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Friday and again by the same score on Sunday versus HC Sochi. Andrei Mironov did not appear in either outing as he is recovering from an injury. Mironov has two assists in eight games with Dynamo. The team's next contests are against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, Severstal Cherepovets on Friday and Spartak Moscow on Sunday.
Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk shutout Medvescak Zagreb 1-0 on Wednesday and Slovan Bratislava 3-0 on Friday before falling 4-1 to SKA Saint Petersburg on Monday. Denis Parshin tallied in the second stanza of Friday’s game and now totals 13 points (four goals and nine assists) in 27 games. Omsk faces Spartak on Wednesday in its last contest for two weeks. The team returns to the ice on Nov. 10 for a game against Jokerit Helsinki.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): Klagenfurt AC fell 4-1 to Dornbirner EC last Tuesday but beat the Vienna Capitals 2-0 on Friday. The club then picked up a 4-2 win against Fehervar AV19 on Monday. Walker has skated in 13 games and has one goal and four assists for the Klagenfurt (9-4-3) this season. KAC has its final game of October on Friday against Orli Znojmo. The team plays EHC Linz on Sunday.