San Antonio Rampage
San Antonio Rampage fans are excited to see what the former Lake Erie Monster players have in store for hockey in South Texas as the club signed a new, five-year affiliation agreement with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Rampage will play as part of the newly created Pacific Division in the Western Conference of the American Hockey League. Also in the division are the San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks), San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks), Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings), Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames), Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers) and in-state rival Texas Stars (Dallas Stars).
San Antonio will will skate in 76 games again this season while the five California-based clubs will only play 68. San Antonio will travel the most miles in franchise history this year as well, racking up 33,404 miles covered by plane and bus.
Last season, the Lake Erie Monsters went 35-29-8-4, accumulating 82 points in 76 games. The club finished ninth in the Western Conference, just one spot away from making the Calder Cup playoffs, and fourth in the Midwest Division. Andrew Agozzino led the Monsters in points (64), goals (30) and assists (340. He was also finished fourth in the league in goals and seventh in points. Ben Street was third on the team with 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists).
The San Antonio Rampage opened its 2015-16 season with training camp Monday. This is the organization’s 14th camp and all sessions are taking place at the team’s practice rink, Northwoods Ice Center. The Rampage will play two preseason games on Oct. 2 and 4. Both contests will be on the road against Texas. This season, the Rampage and Stars will meet a series-high 14 times, nine of which come during the first three months of play.
San Antonio’s roster began to take shape on Monday, Sept. 21, when Colorado sent Troy Bourke, Trevor Cheek, Cody Corbett, Justin Hamonic, Samuel Henley, Hubert Labrie, Daniel Maggio, Spencer Martin, Garrett Meurs, Reid Petryk and Michael Schumacher to the Rampage.
The second group came on Thursday, Sept. 24 when Mat Clark, Mason Geertsen, Freddie Hamilton and Duncan Siemens were all reassigned by the Avalanche. On Sunday, Street, Colin Smith and Roman Will were sent to the silver and black as well.
Playing in a newly renovated arena in front of an average of 6,579 fans each game, San Antonio is ready to have a productive season with hopes of setting even more franchise records in 2015-16.
The Rampage is coming off its best season in team history. The club raised its first banner to the rafters of the AT&T Center as AHL West Division Champions last year.
JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Beaudin is in his third season playing for Rouyn-Noranda and already has six points (two goals, four assists) in the first four games. Beaudin skated in 68 contests last year and racked up 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists). He finished ranked seventh amongst rookie skaters in points.
The Huskies are currently leading the QMJHL with a record of 5-1-1. Their next games are both at home on Friday and Saturday.
Julien Nantel (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Nantel has been with the Huskies for four seasons, and has played in four games in the 2015-16 campaign, registering one goal and four assists so far. In 2014-15, Nantel played in 64 games and accrued 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists). Rouyn-Noranda finished 11th in the QMJHL last year with 33-30-4-1 record, totaling 71 points in 68 games.
Sergei Boikov (Drummondville Voltigeurs): Boikov is playing with the Voltigeurs for his third season and has one goal and three assists so far this year. After six games, the team is 5-1 and ranked fifth in the league. Boikov is tied for fifth on the team in points.
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar): During the 2014-15 campaign, Meloche finished with 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 44 games. So far this season, the defensemen has scored a team-high three goals in four contests. The Drakkar are 1-5 to date, good for fifth in the division.
Alexis Pepin (Val-d’Or Foreurs): The 19-year-old left wing has scored twice in his first three games this season with the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Pepin had 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 23 games with the Foreurs last year after being traded from the Gatineau Olympiques.
Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion): Wood is playing in his third season with the Battalion but has yet to appear due to injury. North Bay has played two games and is 0-2 after dropping one decision at home and one on the road. The Battalion will play both Thursday and Friday on home ice. Last season, Wood recorded 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 67 games.
Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers): The Rangers opened their season on Friday, Sept. 25, and dropped their first contest 5-4 to the Owen Sound Attack in overtime. Magyar picked up an assist on Adam Mascherin’s goal and also had two penalty minutes. This is Magyar’s third season with Kitchener. He finished the 2014-15 campaign with 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games. Their next game is Thursday on the road at North Bay.
Gustav Olhaver (Seattle Thunderbirds): The Swedish center is in his first season with the Thunderbirds, who lost their first game of the WHL season by a 3-2 margin at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia. Olhaver finished the night with a minus-2 rating. The Thunderbirds play again on Saturday and Sunday at home and away, respectively.
JT Compher (University of Michigan): The 6-foot, 182-pound forward is entering his junior season as captain at Michigan. In his sophomore year, Compher played in 34 games, recording 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists). In his freshman season, he played in 35 games and led Michigan with 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists). His collegiate highlights include recording two hat tricks and notching 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in the final eight games of last season and leading the team with 20 assists, a plus-13 rating and three shorthanded goals his freshman year.
Will Butcher (University of Denver): Butcher is entering his junior season at the University of Denver. During his sophomore year, he played in 38 games and finished with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists), good for third place among team defenseman in scoring. In his freshman campaign, Butcher played in 38 games and totaled 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).
A.J. Greer (Boston University): Greer is entering his sophomore season at Boston University. Last year, Greer ranked third among freshman forwards on the team in points with seven (three goals, four assists).
Sami Aittokallio (Karpat Oulu): Aittokallio is playing in Liiga in Finland and participating in the Champions Hockey League, both with Karpat Oulu. He owns a 4-2-1 record, a 1.46 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in Liiga play. He has also played five games in the CHL—all wins—while posting a 0.20 goals-against average and a .991 save percentage. He has posted four shutouts in the competition and, in 112 shots on goal, Aittokallio has only allowed one to find the back of the net. The Oulu will face off against IFK Helsinki on Saturday.
Maximilian Pajpach (Tappara): Pajpach has played in two games for Tappara, and the junior team is 2-0 when he is in the crease. Tappara topped KooKoo 3-2 on Saturday and SaiPa 5-3 on Sunday. The team will return to action on wednesday.
Anton Lindholm (Skelleftea AIK): The defenseman is playing in the Champions Hockey League with Skelleftea AIK. Lindholm has played in four of five contests so far this season and has one assist and a plus-4 rating. Skelleftea’s next game is on Oct. 6. The team is also ranked fourth in the Swedish Hockey League with a 4-1 record.
Wilhelm Westlund (Vita Hasten HC): Westlund is in his second campaign with Vita Hasten HC in HockeyAllsvenskan and the defenseman has one assist after four games so far this season. Vita Hasten has a 3-4 record and its next contest is on Wednesday.
Luke Walker (Klagenfurt AC): So far this season, Walker has two assists in four games after being traded from the Grazz99ers on Sept. 12. Klagenfurt is 3-2-1 to date and plays its next game on Friday.
Denis Parshin (Omsk Avangard): The 2015-16 campaign marks Parshin’s second with Avangard Omsk. He has played in 13 games with the club this season and has recorded nine points (one goal, eight assists). Avangard is 8-3-4.
Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Mironov, injured, has only played in eight games with Dynamo Moscow this season, recording two assists. Moscow is 9-3-1 so far.