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Avalanche Farm Report - Feb. 28

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com
San Antonio Rampage 

The San Antonio Rampage (21-29-5) dropped both games last week in a back-to-back series at the Manitoba Moose. 

On Saturday, the Rampage was overcome 4-2 in the first matchup at MTS Centre. A.J. Greer struck first, scoring his 14th goal of the season at the 4:07 mark in the opening frame.  

Tied 1-1 in the second period, Rampage defensemen Sergei Boikov hit netting on a power play to recapture the lead. 

San Antonio was unable to produce offensively for the remaining two periods, while Manitoba slipped two pucks past netminder Spencer Martin and eventually found an empty-netter to secure the game. 

Mike Sislo, Boikov, Anton Lindholm and Bourque, who recorded his 100th professional assist, all collected helpers in the match. Martin made 27 saves between the pipes and Boikov recorded his third multi-point night of the season. 

The Rampage closed out the Rodeo Road Trip with another 4-2 loss to the Moose. 

After a scoreless first period, Manitoba lit the lamp three times in the middle frame to control the tempo of the game.  

San Antonio narrowed the gap on the power play with a tally from Felix Girard with 16 seconds left in the second stanza. Grimaldi and Compher picked up assists on the play. 

Manitoba scored again in the third before Grimaldi collected a marker on the man advantage from Lindholm and Compher to finish out the match. 

Martin started in the crease and stopped 36 shots faced. 

Bourque and Sislo both skated in their 400th professional game, while Grimaldi recorded his team-high, eighth multi-point performance of the season. He leads the team with 21 goals and 39 points (18 assists) in 54 contests. Compher registered his sixth multi-point effort of the year.

Upcoming Games:
March 3 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins
March 5 vs. Texas Stars
March 7 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins

 

Colorado Eagles (ECHL) 

The Colorado Eagles made history last week after collecting three victories against the Utah Grizzlies. 

The Eagles recorded their 15th consecutive win on Sunday and are now tied for the franchise's longest winning streak, set during the 2006-07 season. The team is also tied with the Victoria Salmon Kings (2008-09) for the third longest winning streak in ECHL history.  

It all started on Wednesday in a game that came down to the wire, but the Eagles skated away with a 5-4 victory in overtime. 

The Grizzlies claimed an early 1-0 lead before Colorado answered with three first-period tallies. Utah rallied to tie the game 3-3 by the final stanza and then later scored on a power play to take the lead.

With two minutes remaining, Colorado found the equalizer and continued its momentum in the extra frame, scoring the game-winner on a 2-on-1 rush.

Colorado collected a 5-3 win on Friday with the help of two short-handed goals. 

The Eagles lead 1-0 after the first period but the Grizzlies fought back with a power-play goal to tie the match. Later, Colorado was awarded a penalty shot after Jackson Houck was pulled down from behind. He scored, and Colorado finished out the frame with two more tallies to secure the win. 

Matt Garbowsky registered an assist to extend his point streak to 14 contests. 

The Eagles' historic moment of the week came in their dominating 7-1 win on Sunday. 

Colorado potted two goals in the first period, but Utah cut the lead in half on a power play in the middle frame. The Eagles then went on a scoring frenzy, burying five markers to skate away with the win that etched their name in the record books. 

Eleven Eagles made their way onto the final scorecard and six skaters recorded a multi-point performance. Colorado capitalized on two of its six chances with the man-advantage and killed six of Utah's seven power plays.

Colorado continues its eight-game homestand on Wednesday and looks to improve upon its record-setting season. 

 

OHL 

Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's started strong last week with a 3-2 victory over the Oshawa Generals on Friday. The team followed it up with a nail-biting 5-4 overtime win against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday. Travis Barron recorded an assist on Friday and a goal on Saturday. Ottawa came up short on Sunday, falling 5-4 to the Niagara IceDogs. Barron has recorded 12 goals and 20 assists in 50 competitions. 

 

QMJHL

JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): JC Beaudin scored a goal in the Huskies 4-1 victory over the Québec Remparts on Thursday. Rouyn-Noranda skated away with a 5-2 win against the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Friday. The squad concluded the week with a 3-1 win versus the Baie-Comeau Drakkar on Sunday. Beaudin recorded a tally in the win and has registered 71 points (26 goals and 45 assists) in 56 outings this season. 

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): Nicolas Meloche picked up four points last week, contributing to the Charlottetown Islanders' perfect performance. Meloche registered a marker in the team's 3-0 shutout over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on Thursday. Meloche lit the lamp in the 5-2 victory over the Québec Remparts on Saturday, as well. On Sunday, the Islanders defeated the Rimouski Océanic 5-3 and Meloche recorded a tally and assist. He has collected 14 goals and 26 assists in 52 contests this year. 

 

WHL

Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars went 2-1 last week, starting with a heartbreaking 3-2 shootout loss against the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday. The Cougars returned to sweep the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 on Thursday and 5-2 on Friday. Anderson recorded his second goal of the season in the victory on Friday. He also has six assists in 61 contests this year.  

 

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): No. 1-ranked University of Denver defeated No.18 St. Cloud State 4-3 in overtime on Friday at Magness Arena. The Pioneers outscored St. Cloud 7-2 on Saturday. Butcher picked up a helper on Friday. He leads the team in assists (25), while adding six goals in 34 games this season.  

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): North Dakota (No. 15) split decisions with Omaha last week. The Fighting Hawks started with a 6-4 victory on Friday but were shutout 3-0 on Saturday. Jost scored two goals and picked up an assist in the team's win, contributing to his 13 goals and 15 assists in 26 competitions this year.

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): Notre Dame (No. 12) defeated Boston University (No. 6) 3-1 last Friday, and Cam Morrison recorded an apple in the match. The Fighting Irish fell 4-1 to Boston on Saturday. Cam Morrison has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 34 outings this year.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State University was overcome by the University of Denver 4-3 in overtime on Friday and 7-2 on Saturday. Ben Storm skated on Saturday for the first time since Feb. 4 against North Dakota. Storm has recorded a pair of helpers in 25 competitions. 

 

Sweden

Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Rogle BK kicked off the week with a dominating 9-3 win over Mora IK on Saturday but couldn't hold on and lost 3-2 against Skellefteå AIK in overtime on Sunday. Olhaver did not compete on Friday but recorded a helper on Sunday. Olhaver has registered 35 points (14 goals and 21 assists) in 34 games this year. 

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Adam Werner started between the pipes three times last week, include in the team's 4-2 win over Timra IK and fellow Avalanche Prospect Wilhelm Westlund on Wednesday. Werner stopped 29 shots in the contest. IF Björklöven lost 5-1 against Almtuna IS on Saturday and Werner made 22 saves in the contest. On Monday, Bjorkloven lost 4-3 in overtime against IK Pantern. Werner stopped 27 shots faced. He has now posted a 3.06 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage in 23 competitions. 

Wilhelm Westlund (Timra IK, Allsvenskan): Timra IK dropped a 4-2 decision to Bjorkloven on Wednesday but bounced back to defeat HC Vita Hasten 2-1 in the shootout on Friday. Westlund and the club fell 4-1 against Västerviks IK on Monday. Westlund has recorded one goal and 8 assists in 38 games this year while playing with Almtuna IS and Timrå IK.

 

Slovakia

Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): Maximilian Pajpach has split time this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B in Slovakia's second-tier pro league. Pajpach has a 4.22 goals-against average and a .872 save percentage in nine games for Poprad. He's recorded a 7.05 goals-against average and a .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin B.

 

KHL

Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa): Salavat Yulaev Ufa started its playoff run against Ak Bars Kazan in a seven game series for the East Conference Quarterfinals last week. Salavat came up short on Wednesday, falling 2-1. History repeated itself on Friday and the club was overcome 2-1 again. Denis Parshin and Salavat kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 win on Sunday. Parshin had two assists in the victory. Parshin finished the regular season with eight goals and 12 assists in 53 outings. 

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow began its playoff quest in the West Conference Quarterfinals last week with a seven game series against Torpedo Niznhy Novgorod. Moscow got off to a great start with overtime wins. Dynamo won 1-0 on Tuesday in the second bonus frame and 3-2 on Thursday before dropping a 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday. Mironov accrued a helper in the defeat. Dynamo recovered control of the series with a 3-2 overtime victory on Monday. Andrei Mironov finished the regular season with one goal and three helpers in 19 games.

 

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Culver Academy went 1-1 last week against the Fox Motors. Nate Clurman lit the lamp in the team's triumphant 6-0 victory on Saturday. Culver Academy couldn't continue the momentum and lost 5-4 in overtime on Sunday. 

 

Central Interior Hockey League

Luke Walker (Terrace River Kings): Walker is currently playing for the Terrace River Kings in the Central Interior Hockey League in British Columbia. Colorado's fifth-round draft choice in 2010 spent the last three seasons in Europe. 

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