The San Antonio Rampage faced in-state rival Texas Friday and Sunday as part of a two-game preseason slate. Going 1-0-1 in those contests, the Rampage's quality offensive opportunities and speed were evident in both matchups. With the 2015-16 regular season just around the corner, excitement is building in South Texas to see what’s in store for the Rampage roster.
The silver and black took the first decision of the weekend at the Cedar Park Center by a score of 4-3. Tallies by Troy Bourke, Andreas Martinsen, Brock Montgromery and Ben Street and goaltending efforts by both Roman Will and Spencer Martin led the Rampage to its first preseason victory over the Stars. San Antonio finished 1-for-3 with the man advantage and held the Stars scoreless on five power-play opportunities.
Additional time was needed for a final decision in Sunday afternoon's game, with the Stars taking the 5-4 victory over the Rampage with a goal from Julius Honka with 1.9 seconds left in overtime. San Antonio registered goals from Mason Geertsen and Brett Perlini, while Colin Smith and Chris Bigras both lit the lamp on the power play. Calvin Pickard, in his first appearance with the Rampage, made 25 saves on 30 shots. The AHL has adjusted its overtime procedures this season, keeping 3-on-3 play but with the extra frame lasting only five minutes instead of the split 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 in seven minutes that was experimented with last year.
Smith and Alex Belzile led San Antonio in preseason points as both registered three points in two games.
With the preseason matchups completed for the Rampage, the team will again travel to the Cedar Park Center, outside of Austin, Texas, to face the Stars in its season opener on Saturday at 6 p.m. MT.
Oct. 10 at Texas
Oct. 16 at Grand Rapids
Oct. 17 at Grand Rapids
Fort Wayne Komets
San Antonio reassigned five players on Monday to Fort Wayne, including Avalanche forward prospects Trevor Cheek and Garrett Meurs.
The Komets will play two preseason games this weekend, on Friday and Saturday against the Evansville IceMen. They begin the regular season on Oct. 16 at Kalamazoo.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): Kitchener defeated North Bay 4-2 on the road on Thursday, and Magyar tallied the first goal of the game just 2:03 into the opening period. He finished the contest with plus-1 rating and four shots. The Rangers also came up victorious again on the road at Sudbury on Friday, winning 4-2, but it wasn't all good news for the visitors. Magyar suffered a broken ankle after falling awkwardly into the board and will miss six weeks. Magyar has two points (one goal and one assist) with two penalty minutes in three games this season. The Rangers are 2-0-1, fourth in the Western Conference Midwest Division. The Rangers have a busy schedule next weekend, playing at home on Friday against Windsor, at Mississauga on Sunday and back in Kitchener on Monday against Sudbury.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): The Battalion dropped its first game of a back-to-back schedule, losing 4-2 to Kitchener at home on Thursday, but the team defeated Sarnia 5-4 in front of 3,319 at North Bay Memorial Garden on Friday. Wood has still not made an appearance this season after having offseason wrist surgery. North Bay is now 1-3, ranking third in the Eastern Conference Central Division. North Bay will play its second road game of the season on Saturday against Sault Ste. Marie before returning home to face Mississauga on Monday.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Beaudin had a huge game Saturday, scoring a hat trick and helping lead the Huskies to an 8-4 win over Chicoutimi Sagueneens. He is tied for first on the team with nine points (five goals and four assists) and has a plus-8 rating in six games. Beaudin helped Rouyn-Noranda defeat Drummondville 6-2 last Friday.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Boikov has four points (one goal and three assists) in six games, and he is tied for second on the club in penalty minutes with 12. Drumondville has won two of its last three games. The team won 6-3 on Thursday against Val-d’Or, lost 6-2 to Rouyn-Noranda on Friday and picked up a 5-4 win against Halifax on Sunday in front of the home crowd. Drummondville will play its next two games on home ice, Thursday and Saturday against Acadie-Bathurst and Rouyn-Noranda, before going to Gatineau on Sunday. The Voltigeurs are fourth in the QMJHL standings with a record of 7-2-0-0 (14 points).
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): Meloche leads the team in goals this season with three after six games. He is tied for third on the team in points (three goals) and is also second on in penalty minutes with 22. Baie-Comeau is 17th in the league with a record of 1-7-0-0 and looks to break a two-game losing streak after falling to both Rimouski and Victoriaville by 6-2 scores last Friday and Sunday. Baie-Comeau looks toward potential back-to-back home ice wins against Moncton and Cape Breton this weekend.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): joining teammate JC Beaudin, Nantel also put up three points (two goals and one assist) on Saturday against the Sagueneens, which helped Rouyn-Noranda to a 7-1-1 record to begin the year. Nantel also had an assist in the team's 6-2 win on Friday over Drummondville. He is tied for the team lead with Beaudin and Mathieu Boucher with nine points (three goals and six assists) and has a plus-4 rating after six games.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): Pepin has five points (two goals and three assists) in six games, with one goal coming on the man advantage. He is sixth on the team in penalty minutes with nine. Val-d’Or is seventh in the QMJHL with a record of 5-3-0-1 and 11 points. The club is currently on a two-game win streak after defeating Chicoutimi 4-1 on Friday and 6-3 on Sunday. The Foreurs opened the week with a 6-3 loss to Drummondville last Thursday. Pepin picked up an assist in each game.
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels): After playing in the Avalanche's preseason game last Tuesday in Calgary, Bleackley stayed in Alberta as he was reassigned to his junior club in Red Deer the following day. Bleackley scored one goal in three preseason contests for the Avs. He made his season debut with the Rebels on Friday and tallied in the 5-1 win over Swift Current. On Saturday, he helped Red Deer defeat Kelowna 7-4.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): The Thunderbirds split their two weekend games, beating Prince George 4-1 on Saturday at home but falling 6-5 to Tri-City in overtime on Sunday. The T-Birds are now 1-1-1-0 on the season. On Saturday, Olhaver had a plus-1 rating and picked up two penalty minutes for roughing in the second stanza. He tallied his first goal and point of the season on Sunday, which was one of five straight that Seattle scored in a huge comeback rally that forced the game into additional time. Seattle plays back-to-back games again next weekend, facing Prince Albert on home ice on Saturday before traveling to Portland on Sunday.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher and the Denver Pioneers defeated the University of Calgary 4-0 in an exhibition game on Sunday. Playing in front of the home crowd at Magness Arena, three goals in the second period highlighted the shutout victory. DU opens its 2015-16 season this week with a home-and-home series against Air Force. The teams open the series on the road at Clune Arena on Friday before the Pioneers host the Falcons in their home opener the following night.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): Compher had a huge showing by scoring twice for Michigan and helping the Wolverines to an 8-1 win over the University of Toronto in an exhibition game at Yost Ice Arena on Sunday. The Wolverines outshot Toronto 54-12 and three different goaltenders made appearances in the contest. Both of Compher’s goals came on the man advantage, and the team finished 3-for-8 on the power play for the night. The University of Michigan will open its regular season schedule on Friday, Oct. 16, at home against Mercyhurst.
A.J. Greer (Boston University): Boston University came up victorious over Acadia by a score of 4-2 on Saturday in its exhibition game at Agganis Arena. The third-ranked team held Acadia scoreless on four man-advantage opportunities. Greer registered a helper on Jakob Forsbacka Karl’s third-period goal, the team’s third even-strength tally of the afternoon. The Terriers start the season on the road on Saturday in Schenectady, New York, against Union College.
Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): Storm scored and St. Cloud State defeated the University of Alberta 6-2 in an exhibition contest on Saturday. The Huskies open their season this weekend with two games in Alaska. They take on Fairbanks on Friday and Anchorage on Saturday.
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): In Liiga, Aittokallio has a 4-1-3 record with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. He has made 167 saves in 470 minutes in net, allowing 13 goals against. Karpat faced IFK Helsinki on Saturday, falling 3-2 in overtime with Aittokallio making nine saves. The netminder picked up a victory earlier in the week with a 29-save shutout in a 3-0 win against Assat. In the Champions Hockey League, Karpat Oulu advanced to the next round after defeating Dusseldorfer EG 3-0 on Tuesday 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 made 27 saves in a 6-3 loss last Thursday against Ilves. He didn't play in Saturday's game, a 4-0 win for Tappara versus JYP. Pajpach owns a .873 save percentage after eight games.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK, SHL): Lindholm has played in five games and picked up four penalty minutes with a minus-1 rating in the Swedish Hockey League. Skelleftea dropped both SHL games last week, falling 4-3 to Orebro on Wednesday and 6-2 to Frolunda on Saturday. Lindholm was injured in Wednesday's loss. The team took part in the second leg of its Champions Hockey League series against HC Kosice on Tuesday, winning 3-0. The club 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 played in six games and has registered a goal, two assists, two penalty minutes and has a plus-4 rating. Westlund notched a goal and added two assists against Timra IK on Saturday night in a 6-1 win. Vita Hasten defeated IF Bjorkloven 3-1 on Wednesday.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): With Klagenfurt AC, Walker has skated in six games and picked up three assists and two penalty minutes. In its first two games of the week, KAC defeated HC Innsbruck 3-1 on Friday at home and HCB Sudtirol 3-1 on the road on Sunday. Walker picked up the primary assist on Manuel Ganahl’s goal in Sunday's victory. Klagenfurt will play Olimpija Ljubljana on Friday and Villacher SV on Saturday, both away from home ice.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Mironov remains injured and only has two assists after appearing in eight games this season. Dynamo is in the Tarasov Divison in the West and are ranked fourth with a record of 9-4-0-2 (31 points). Dynamo dropped its game on Saturday night, 3-2 in overtime against Lokomotiv on the road. Also last week, the club defeated Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2-1 on Wednesday. Moscow began three-game road trip on Monday with a 4-3 loss at HC Sochi.
Denis Parshin (Omsk Avangard): Parshin has skated in 17 games, totaling nine points (one goal and eight assists) and six penalty minutes for Omsk. In the Chernyshev Division of the East, Avangard is first with 32 points and a record of 9-4-1-4. Avangard fell 4-2 to Dinamo Minsk on Saturday, but came up victorious earlier in the week against Severstal, 4-3, on Thursday. On Monday, Avangard fell 3-2 in a shootout to Torpedo.