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Avalanche Farm Report: Nov. 15

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San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage went 2-1 this past week in California, skating against the Ontario Reign and the Stockton Heat.

On Wednesday, the Rampage topped the Reign 5-1, giving Ontario its first home loss of the season.

Troy Bourke found the back of the net late in the opening period, scoring his first goal of the year with an assist from Mike Sislo. Center Sam Henley had his first two-point game of the season with two helpers. AJ Greer had his own success on the night, scoring a goal and was awarded the second star of the game. JT Compher and Cody Corbett both had an assist in the contest as well.

Goaltender Spencer Martin played the entire contest, saving 20 shots and was named the first star of the game.

San Antonio then faced the Stockton Heat on Friday for the first of a two-game series. The Rampage found success yet again, winning 4-1 and recording its first road victory over the Heat since 2014.

Greer had two assists in the game, placing him back at the top of the AHL rookie scoring leaderboard with 14 points in 13 games. Grimaldi recorded his fourth multi-point game with a goal and an assist. Bourke and Duncan Siemens each netted markers in the victory and Julien Nantel tallied his first assist of the year. Joe Whitney finished the game with a pair of helpers and Martin also had an assist to go along with 30 saves on the night.

The Rampage fell 3-0 to the Heat in its second game of the series on Saturday. San Antonio finished its West Coast trip 3-3-0 and is now 6-3-0 on the road this season. Tuner Elson, Jim O'Brien, Reid Petryk, Trent Vogelhuber, Jeremy Smith and Chris Bigras did not skate this past week due to injuries.

Greer was called up to the Avalanche on Saturday and made his NHL debut on Sunday night in a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins.

After being on the road for most of the past three weeks, the Rampage will now play six of its next seven contests at AT&T Center.

Upcoming Games:
Nov. 15 vs San Jose Barracuda
Nov. 18 vs Charlotte Checkers
Nov. 19 vs Charlotte Checkers     

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles saw two teams in three matches this past week. They faced the Allen Americans on Wednesday and then competed in a back-to-back, home-and-homes series against the Rapid City Rush on Friday and Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Eagles had success against the Americans, winning 4-3. Eagles forward Jesse Mychan tallied two goals in the win and Cole Sanford added a goal and an assist.

The Eagles competed against the rival Rush and picked up their second win of the week in a 4-2 victory. Colorado rallied with four unanswered goals after being down by two. Forwards Shawn St-Amant and Matt Garbowsky each tallied a goal and two assists in the match.

On Saturday in Rapid City, the Eagles just couldn't complete the sweep as they fell 2-1. Colorado had a season-high 41 shots on goal, but it could only find the back of the net once. The Eagles will continue their five-game road trip on Thursday as they begin a three-game series at South Carolina.

In off-ice news, Colorado defenseman Jake Marto has volunteered to be a "Therapy Human" for MoDo, the Colorado Eagles' therapy dog. MoDo is not just an ordinary therapy dog as she was also a competitor in the Doggy Olympics. She won 10 medals last year, and Marto has taken on the challenge to support and improve the life of MoDo as she battles cancer. Together, their goal is to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pet animals and to inform pet owners about their pet's diagnosis and treatment options. You can follow their journey at or follow MoDo on Twitter (@modothelab).


Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's went 3-0 in their games this week. On Friday, they won 3-2 against Guelph Storm. Ottawa was able to find another win on Saturday against the Owen Sound Attack, a 2-1 victory in overtime. Their third win of the week came versus Mississauga Steelheads, 5-4 in OT on Sunday. Travis Barron did not compete in the last two games as he was out with an injury. Barron has played in 17 games this season and has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists).


JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies only found success in one of their three competitions last week. JC Beaudin skated in all three games and contributed to their lone win with an assist. In Wednesday's game, Rouyn-Noranda lost a tough battle against the Moncton Wildcats, falling 4-3. Beaudin was 16-for-29 on faceoffs in the contest. Rouyn-Noranda's effort on Saturday just wasn't enough as the Huskies lost 4-3 in overtime to the Quebec Remparts. Beaudin won 11 of the 23 faceoffs that he took. Sunday's game was a step to get the Huskies back on track, as they beat the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4-0. The Huskies are in first place in the QMJHL with a 14-4-1-2 record after 21 games. Beaudin now has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) after 18 games.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques went 3-0 this past week, playing the Shawinigan Cataractes, Drummondville Voltigeurs and Val-d'Or Foreurs. The Olympiques beat the Cataractes 4-3 on Wednesday with Nicolas Meloche having an assist on the night. Gatineau then faced the Voltigeurs, defeating them 8-4 on Friday. Sunday was a tough matchup for the Olympiques, but they topped the Foreurs 3-2 to get their third win of the week. Meloche has played in 13 games and has seven points (three goals and three assists). Gatineau has played 21 contests this season and is 8-11-2.



Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars went 1-1 on their weekend matches. On Thursday, they faced the Vancouver Giants and lost 4-2. On Sunday, they shutout the Kamloops Blazers 7-0. Josh Anderson skated in both games and had an assist against the Blazers--his first point of the year. The Prince George Cougars are 15-4-2-0 and lead the B.C. Division.


Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): University of North Dakota took on the University of Denver in a back-to-back series this past weekend. On Friday, the Fighting Hawks put up a tough fight and tied the Pioneers 1-1. UND did earn an extra point in the conference standings after scoring in the second overtime. In Saturday's game, Tyson Jost had an assist but the University of North Dakota fell 3-2. Jost now has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) this year. The now No. 8-ranked Fighting Hawks are 5-4-2 overall and 0-3-1 in conference play.

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver moved up in rankings after a strong weekend and is now the top team in the country. On Friday night, The Pioneers tied the University of North Dakota 1-1, though the Fighting Hawks earned the extra conference point with a goal in the second OT period. DU was able to get a victory in the second half of the series on Saturday, winning 3-2. Will Butcher had assists in both games and now has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 10 games this season. The No. 1 Pioneers stand 7-2-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in conference play.

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): No.9-ranked University of Notre Dame had two games scheduled this past weekend versus Northeastern but was only able to finish one of them. On Saturday, the Fighting Irish defeated the Huskies 5-2. Cam Morrison had a strong outing, registering a goal and an assist and finishing with a plus-3 rating. On Sunday, both teams played two periods of scoreless hockey before the game was suspended due to ice conditions from an issue during the second intermission. Morrison has seven points this season (three goals, four assists), while the Fighting Irish are now 5-3-1 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State University defeated Colorado College 7-3 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Ben Storm has two assists in 10 games this season. St. Cloud is 6-4-0 on the season and 2-2-0 in conference play. This week, SCSU dropped to 12th in college hockey polls.


Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, Super Elit): Rogle BK lost all three of its matches this past week. Olhaver had two assists in Rogle's 6-4 loss to HV71 on Wednesday. The team then fell 5-3 to Karlskrona on Saturday and 5-4 to the Vaxjo Lakers on Sunday. Olhaver has seven points (two goals, five assists) this year, while his team is now 5-12-3 on the season.

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Bjorkloven split two games this past week. The team skated against Sodertalje SK on Wednesday night and won 3-0. Netminder Adam Werner was in goal for the shutout, stopping all 24 shots he faced. Bjorkloven struggled to find the same success in the second game, losing 3-2 to Vasterviks IK on Friday night. Werner stopped 27-of-30 shots. He now has a 7-4 record, 2.10 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 11 games this season.

Wilhelm Westlund (Almtuna IS, Allsvenskan): Almtuna IS played two games last week. The club fell 4-2 on Wednesday against VIK Hockey and 4-0 to IK Panther on Saturday. Wilhelm Westlund skated in both games. He has one assist in nine Allsvenskan contests this season.


Maximilian Pajpach (MHC Martin B, Slovakia 2 League): Maxmillian Pajpach has split this season between HK Poprad of Slovak Extraliga and MHC Martin B of the country's second-tier professional league. Pajpach has a 3.12 goals-against average and .903 save percentage in four games with Poprad and a 7.05 goals-against average and .828 save percentage with MHC Martin's B squad.


Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Andrei Mironov and Dynamo Moscow played three games this past week. They started the week off by competing against Saint Petersburg on Wednesday night but fell 3-2. Dynamo Moscow rallied in its game on Friday and was able to get a 2-1 overtime win from Severstal Cherepovets. Dynamo played its final game last week on Sunday, losing 5-4 in a shootout to CSKA Moscow. Mironov, who has four points (a goal and three assists) on the year, did not play in any of the games.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard Omsk had a lot of success this past week as it went 3-0. On Tuesday, Avangard faced Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and secured a 2-1 win. On Thursday, the club shutout HC Sochi in a 4-0 victory, with Denis Parshin recording an assist. On Saturday, Omsk got its last win of the week by defeating Spartak Moscow 3-2. Parshin has five goals and seven assists for 12 points this season.

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Nate Clurman and Culver Academy played back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday against St. Andrews College. The teams tied 3-3 on Saturday but Culver was able to get a 6-1 win 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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