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Avalanche Farm Report: April 11

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com
San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage went 1-3 last week and now has only three games remaining in the regular season.

The Rampage started with a 3-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday night at Bojangles' Coliseum. Down by one, Brendan Ranford finished a loose puck for the Rampage 2:39 into the final stanza to tie the match. Mason Geertsen and Gabriel Bourque each collected assists on the play. The Checkers answered back at the 10:05 mark to regain the lead and found the back of the net one last time to skate away with the win. 

Spencer Martin started between the pipes and made 25 saves. 

The following night, Charlotte completed its series sweep over San Antonio with a 5-2 victory. 

The Checkers opened scoring with two goals in the middle frame. Reid Petryk then scored his sixth goal of the season at 13:17 in the period to cut the lead in half, but the Checkers collected back-to-back goals to claim a 4-1 edge. Ranford lit the lamp on a power play with 21 seconds left in regulation. 

Martin got his second start in net and made 28 stops. 

On Friday, San Antonio returned home and defeated the Bakersfield Condors 4-3. 

Eric Gelinas blasted a slap shot into the net 2:09 in the opening period on an early power play. Then Randord followed suit and found twine to grab a 2-0 lead early in the game. Bourque and Jim O'Brien collected helpers, respectively. 

Bakersfield slipped two pucks past netminder Joe Cannata to tie the game by the 10:12 mark in the second frame. Gelinas recorded his second tally of the night with the man advantage just 67 second into the third stanza to reclaim the lead. Petryk then gave the Rampage a little extra padding with the fourth marker of the game for good measure. Chris Bigras and O'Brien finished the match with two assists and Ranford tacked on a helper for a multi-point performance. 

Cannata made 29 saves in the victory.

San Antonio fell 5-2 on Sunday, splitting decisions with Bakersfield.

Petryk capitalized on the power play and tipped in a pass from Gelinas in the first, and then Felix Girard scored for the Rampage to gain a 2-0 lead in the middle frame. Geertsen and Ranford helped on the play. 

San Antonio could not hold onto the lead and the Condors scored five straight tallies, including two empty-netters to secure the win. 

Marin started in goal and made 28 saves. 

Rocco Grimaldi, Ducan Siemens and Anton Lindholm were reassigned from the Colorado Avalanche earlier that morning and rejoined the team for the contest.

Video: Grimaldi on his time with the Avs

Grimaldi leads the team in goals (29) and points (51) in 69 games this year. 

The Rampage will finish out the 2016-17 regular season with three contests against the Texas Stars. 

Upcoming games:
April 12 at Texas Stars
April 14 vs. Texas Stars
April 15 at Texas Stars 

 

Colorado Eagles (ECHL) 

The Colorado Eagles split decisions against the Rapid City Rush last week.

Colorado started with a 4-2 loss against the Rush on Friday, despite opening the game with a 1-0 lead. Rapid City tied it up 3:31 into the middle period and found netting a second time for a 2-1 edge. The Eagles responded in the final frame to tie the game 2-2 with just over 10 minutes remaining. The Rush went on to light the lamp twice and skate away with the win. 

Colorado bounced back the following night with a 3-1 victory. The Eagles made history with their 47th win and set a new franchise record for most wins in a single season.  

The Eagles got on the board first with a two-on-one rush just 1:08 into the match. Rapid City leveled the game at the end of the second, but Colorado answered with a marker 1:41 minutes later. 

With time winding down in the final frame, Rapid City pulled its goaltender and the Eagles capitalized on the empty net. 

The Eagles finished second in the Mountain Division with a 47-20-5 record and will face the Idaho Steelheads in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in a best-of-seven series on Friday. 

Upcoming games:
April 14 vs. Idaho
April 15 vs. Idaho
April 19 at Idaho

 

OHL 

Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's were knocked out of the OHL Playoffs after losing their first-round series 4-2 to the Mississauga Steelheads. Barron left Game 4 early with an upper-body injury after an incident with Mississauga's Nicolas Hague, who was suspended indefinitely by the league for the play. Barron did not compete in the final two playoff games. The forward scored one playoff goal in four contests. Ottawa finished the regular season seventh in the Eastern Conference (26-34-8), and Barron recorded 13 goals and 21 assists in 59 competitions.

 

QMJHL

J.C. Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Huskies advanced to the second round of QMJHL Playoffs and started a best-of-seven series against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. Beaudin scored two goals and recorded one assist in the Huskies' 6-2 victory on Thursday. His multi-point performance earned Second Star of the Game honors. The club then fell 5-2 on Saturday, and Beaudin picked up a helper. The forward has recorded 12 points (four goals and eight assists) in eight playoff games so far. He finished the regular season with 30 goals and 50 assists in 65 outings. The Huskies look to bounce back in Game 3 on Tuesday. 

Upcoming Games:
April 12 Game 4 at Chicoutimi
April 14 Game 5 at Chicoutimi
April 17 Game 6 vs. Chicoutimi

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): The Charlottetown Islanders lead the best-of-seven series against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2-0 in the second round of the QMJHL Playoffs. Nicolas Meloche recorded an assist in the Islanders' 4-1 victory on Thursday. The defenseman registered a tally in the team's 5-3 win on Saturday. Meloche has recorded two markers and two assists in six playoff games so far. He totaled 47 points (16 goals and 31 assists) in 61 regular-season matches. Charlottetown continues its playoff quest in Game 3 on Tuesday.  

Upcoming Games:
April 12 Game 4 at Cape Breton
April 14 Game 5 vs. Cape Breton
April 16 Game 6 vs. Cape Breton

 

WHL

Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars were eliminated from the WHL Playoffs after going 2-4 in the series against the Portland Winterhawks. Prince George finished third in the Western Conference with a 45-21-6 record. Anderson competed in all six playoff matches, recording a plus-1 rating and 12 penalty minutes. He scored three tallies and contributed eight assists in 69 contests during the 2016-17 regular campaign.  

 

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver Pioneers and Will Butcher won the 2017 NCAA National Championship last week. The team finished ranked No. 1 in the final USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll of the year. Butcher recorded an assist as Denver defeated Notre Dame 6-1 in the semifinals on Thursday. The Pioneers then defeated Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday to bring home Denver's eighth national championship. Butcher also won the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Friday, given to college hockey's top player, and received All-American honors for his senior year. The defenseman recorded seven goals and led the team with 30 assists in 43 outings this year.

Video: Will Butcher on winning the Hobey Baker Award

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): The University of North Dakota (21-16-3) concluded its season with a 4-3 double-overtime loss to Boston University in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tyson Jost finished second on the team in points (35), goals (16-tied) and assists (19) in 33 contests. Jost, who was selected 10th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado Avalanche. The forward made his NHL debut on March 31 and competed in the Avalanche's final six competitions. Jost scored his first NHL goal on April 6 against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. 

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): The University of Notre Dame lost 6-1 against the University of Denver in the Frozen Four at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday. Morrison scored the Fighting Irish's only goal in the semifinal match and collected 11 goals and 12 assists in 39 games.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State University finished the 2016-17 season 16-19-1 and lost in two games to North Dakota in the NCHC Quarterfinals. Ben Storm had one playoff assist and finished the season with a total of four helpers in 29 competitions. Storm signed an amateur tryout with the San Antonio Rampage on March 18 and made his professional debut on April 1. 

 

Sweden

Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Gustav Olhaver and Rogle BK concluded their season after losing their best-of-three playoff series 2-1 to HV71. Olhaver, who had one assist in the postseason, collected 15 goals and 23 assists in 38 contests during the regular season. He also played in 10 games with Rogle in the Swedish Hockey League, tallying an assist.

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Adam Werner and Bjorkloven did not make the playoffs after finishing the regular season in 11th place with a 20-26-6 record. Werner posted a 12-13 record and registered a 2.98 goals-against average, .892 save percentage and two shutouts in 25 matches this year. 

Wilhelm Westlund (Timra IK, Allsvenskan): Wilhelm Westlund and Timra IK wrapped up the 2016-17 season after being eliminated from the Meca Hockey Race by IK Pantern. The defenseman finished with one tally and eight helpers during the regular season and had three points (one goal and two assists) in five postseason outings.

 

Slovakia

Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): Maximilian Pajpach split time this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B in Slovakia's second-tier pro league. Pajpach had a 4.22 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage in nine games for Poprad. He added a shootout victory in one postseason appearance. Pajpach also recorded a 7.05 goals-against average and a .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin B and played in four games with Poprad's under-20 team, where he's registered a 3.41 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.

 

KHL

Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa): Denis Parshin and Salavat Yulaev Ufa finished the 2016-17 season with 88 points (27-20-13) and lost in five games against AK Bars in the East Conference Quarterfinals. Parshin had two assists in five postseason contests after recording 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) in 53 regular-season outings.

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Andrei Mironov and Dynamo Moscow concluded the regular season with 112 points (39-16-5) and finished third in the West Conference. The club was eliminated from the KHL playoffs in four games by SKA Saint Petersburg in the West Conference Semifinals. Mironov had three assists in nine playoff games and scored one goal and three helpers in 18 regular-season matches. 

 

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Culver Academy went 3-1 in USA Hockeys U-18 Tier I National Championship last week. Nate Clurman scored two goals in Culver Academy's 5-1 triumph against the Anaheim Jr. Ducks on Thursday. Culver then beat the Tampa Scorpions 4-2 on Friday and the North Jersey Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday. Clurman picked up an assist on Friday. The defenseman registered another helper in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Mid-Fairfield Chiefs in the semifinal on Sunday. Clurman recorded six goals and 22 assists in 36 competitions this season. 

 

Central Interior Hockey League

Luke Walker (Terrace River Kings): Luke Walker helped the Terrace River Kings win the Coy Cup in the Central Interior Hockey League in British Columbia. Walker led all players in postseason scoring with seven points (three goals and four assists) in five games after he recorded 24 points (12 goals and 12 assists) in 14 regular-season contests. In the best-of-three championship series against the Williams Lake Stampeders, Walker scored a goal in Game 1 but Terrace lost 4-2 on March 4. The River Kings rallied in the next two road contests, as Walker had a four-point night (goal and three assists) in a 5-4 overtime win on March 11 before the club took the series with a 2-1 victory the next night.

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