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Avalanche Farm Report: Jan. 17

by Heather Ward / ColoradoAvalanche.com
San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (16-19-4-0) concluded its six game roadie with a 5-2 loss to the Bakersfield Condors on Tuesday night at Rabobank Arena. 

Bakersfield took an early 2-0 lead before J.T. Compher responded with a marker 1:27 into the middle frame to narrow the gap. A.J. Greer picked up an assist. The Condors then countered with back-to-back goals to close out the second period.

Duncan Siemens and Reid Petryk both assisted on San Antonio's final tally. 

After 40 minutes of play, the Rampage replaced goaltender Spencer Martin (18 saves) with Jeremy Smith, who finished the final frame with 12 stops.

San Antonio started a 10-game homestand with back-to-back contests against the Iowa Wild, but was unable to generate a win in either, falling 4-1 on Friday and 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. 

On Friday, the Wild got off to a fast start, scoring three straight goals. Compher blasted a shot past goaltender Alex Stalock 14:46 into the second for San Antonio's lone goal. Greer and Rocco Grimaldi collected helpers on the play.  

Greer extended his point streak to eight games, a new season- and team-high mark. Smith made 17 saves in the match. 

The following night, the Rampage fought a long battle after having a goal disallowed in the opening frame, which was the deciding factor in the 2-1 defeat. Trailing 1-0, the Rampage capitalized on the man advantage when Joe Whitney hit the net at the 16:44 mark in the second period. Cody Corbett and Jim O'Brien picked up the assists. 

Regulation failed to produce a winner and Iowa scored 3:37 into the extra frame to take home the victory. Martin made 37 saves in the match.  

The Rampage then suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss against the Texas Stars on Monday. Petryk struck first to gain a 1-0 lead for the Rampage, finishing a back-door pass from Chris Bigras and O'Brien in the first period. Trailing 2-1 in the second frame, Grimaldi tied the game again with the help of Greer and Compher. 

Anton Lindholm followed that up by recording his first goal in North America to give the Rampage a 3-2 lead. Whitney and Sergei Boikov set up the play. The Stars found the equalizer minutes later and put away the game-winner nine seconds into the overtime frame. Martin posted 25 saves in the contest.

Tweet from @sarampage: Anton Lindholm gets his first goal in Silver & Black!#SARampage regain the lead 3-2. pic.twitter.com/HlHI2VZfWt

Upcoming games: 
Jan 20 vs Manitoba Moose
Jan 21 vs Manitoba Moose
Jan 22 vs Rockford IceHogs 

 

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles embarked on a three-game series against the Idaho Steelheads and dropped the first two contests fore managing to find a win late in the week. 

The Eagles fell 5-3 in the first matchup on Wednesday night as the Steelheads started with four unanswered markers to take an early lead. Mason Geertsen picked up an assist as the Eagles outshot Idaho 17-7 in the middle frame, but Idaho found another tally with 4:15 remaining to secure the game. 

On Friday, Colorado recorded a season high 53 shots on goal but was defeated 3-1. The Steelheads took another commanding 3-0 that the Eagles couldn't overcome.

Colorado bounced back with a huge 9-3 victory on Saturday. Matt Garbowsky stole the show with his second hat trick of the season and added two assists. Colorado recorded a season high nine goals with six players having a multi-point performance and 11 finding their way onto the final score sheet. The Eagles took an early 3-0 lead, outshooting the Steelheads 17 to six in the opening stanza and continued to find twine to protect the victory. 

 

OHL 

Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): Travis Barron and the Ottawa 67's completed the first half of a six game roadie last week. On Thursday, Ottawa lost 6-3 to the Niagara IceDogs and then was shutout 8-0 by the Erie Otters the following night. The 67's found some success late in the week when they defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-2 on Saturday. Barron has recorded six goals and 16 assists through 36 contest this season. 

 

QMJHL

JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies are ranked No. 1 overall (58 points) after going 2-0 last week. The Huskies defeated the Sherbrooke Phoenix 6-3 on Friday, and JC Beaudin scored one goal and tacked on a helper to earn Second Star of the Game honors. On Saturday, Beaudin had another big night, recording one tally and two assists in the team's 5-1 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes. The game was Beaudin's fourth multi-point performance in the month January and his sixth in the last seven contests. The five points brings the center's total to 58 (22 goals and 36 assists) in 39 outings this year. 

Nicolas Meloche (Charlottetown Islanders): The Charlottetown Islanders are ranked second in the Maritimes Division after going 2-1 last week. On Wednesday, the Islanders fell 4-1 to the Halifax Mooseheads. Meloche then posted a multi-point night with one goal and a pair of helpers in the club's 8-3 victory over the Moncton Wildcats on Friday. Charlottetown followed the win with a 5-3 triumph over the Victoriaville Tigres on Saturday. Skating in all three games this past week, he has now appeared in nine games for the Islanders and registered five points (two goals, three assists). Meloche began the year with Gatineau Olympiques, where he had seven goals and 14 assists in 26 games.

 

WHL

Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars went 3-1 last week, starting with a 4-1 loss to the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Cougars picked up a 4-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Cougars took on the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday and won 6-5 in a shootout. The team closed out the week with a 5-4 win versus the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. Anderson has five assists through 42 games this season.

 

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The Denver Pioneers are ranked No. 1 after they split decisions with No. 14 Western Michigan at Lawson Arena. Denver was shutout 3-0 on Friday but responded with a 7-2 victory on Saturday. Will Butcher, who had two helpers in the win, is ranked first on the team in assists (17) and has four goals in 24 games this season.  

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): No. 7 North Dakota hosted Miami University and lost 6-3 on Friday. The Fighting Hawks bounced back to win 3-1 on Saturday, where Jost picked up an apple. Jost ranks third in goals (10) and second in assists (13) after 21 contests. 

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): The University of Notre Dame (No. 13) went 1-1 against Merrimack last week. The Fighting Irish captured a 2-1 victory on Friday, but fell 4-2 on Saturday. Over 23 games this season, Morrison has collected six goals and seven assists. 

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State hit the road to face University of Minnesota Duluth last week. Ben Storm and the team recorded a 2-1 victory on Friday but came up short 4-3 on Saturday. He has two helpers over 20 contests. 

 

Sweden

Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Rogle BK competed in back-to-back matches last week. The outscored AIK 5-3 on Saturday and defeated Djurgårdens IF 5-1 the following night. Gustav Olhaver assisted on three markers in the first game and four in the second. He now has 21 points (six goals and 15 assists) over 23 competitions. 

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Bjorkloven struggled last week as the team lost 4-2 against BIK Karlskoga on Wednesday and 3-2 to Timra IK on Friday. Bjorkloven concluded the week with a 4-3 loss to Almtuna IS and fellow Colorado Avalanche prospect Wilhelm Westlund on Monday. Werner made 24 stops in Monday's loss. He now has a 2.74 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage in 18 competitions. 

Wilhelm Westlund (Almtuna IS, Allsvenskan): Almtuna IS fell to AIK 3-2 on Wednesday, but found the win column against Södertälje SK with a 6-4 victory on Friday. Almtuna then skated away with a 4-3 win over Bjorkloven on Monday. Westlund has registered one goal and five assists over 25 contests with the club. 

 

Slovakia

Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): Maximilian Pajpach has split this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B in Slovakia's second-tier pro league. Pajpach has a 3.96 goals-against average and .878 save percentage in eight games for Poprad. Playing with MHC Martin B, he's recorded a 7.05 goals-against average and .828 save percentage in five contests.

 

KHL

Denis Parshin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa): Salavat Yulaev went 1-2 last week and is in second place in the Chernyshev division with 78 points. Salavat defeated Spartak Moscow 5-3 on Tuesday, but couldn't maintain the success and fell 6-1 to Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday. On Monday night, the club lost 4-3 in overtime to Barys Astana. Parshin has four points (three goals, one assist) over 15 matches with Salavat and 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 28 games with Avangard.

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Dynamo Moscow was nearly undefeated last week, skating against three different teams. Dynamo started with a 4-0 shutout against Neftekhimik on Thursday and kept Lada Togliatti out of the net with a 5-0 victory on Saturday. Dynamo suffered a 2-1 loss to Ak Bars Kazan on Monday. Andrei Mironov remains out with an injury. He has four points (one goal, three assists) in 11 games.

 

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Culver Academy competed in the Northwood Showcase last week and came up short in the final game. Nate Clurman scored a goal in the team's 4-1 victory over St. Foy on Saturday. Culver was shutout 3-0 against Northwood 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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