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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 18

San Antonio opens its regular season

by Nicole Morris / ColoradoAvalanche.com

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage began its 2016-17 season at home this past weekend against the Milwaukee Admirals. The Rampage dropped both games by 2-1 scores on consecutive nights.

After falling behind on Saturday, AJ Greer scored his first professional goal 6:13 into the second frame to tie the game 1-1. However, the Admirals went on to score the game-winning tally in the third period to earn the victory.

Mikko Rantanen, who was playing in his first game since injuring his ankle in the Avs' Rookie Showcase against San Jose Sharks on Sept. 17, and Ryan Stanton picked up assists on Greer's marker.

Goaltender Jeremy Smith played in his first game as a member of the Rampage and made 20 saves in the loss.

On Sunday, the Rampage again came up short against the Admirals by the same 2-1 score. The team outshot Milwaukee 30-21 in the game, including 13-4 in the final frame.

Rocco Grimaldi tallied San Antonio only goal on the power play, with Greer and JT Compher picking up assists. For Compher, it was his first professional point after a three-year college career at the University of Michigan.

Goalie Spencer Martin recorded 19 saves on 21 shots in his first start of the season.

The Rampage will play two contests at home this weekend against the Chicago Wolves at the AT&T Center on Saturday and Sunday. The team will then travel up the road to take on the Texas Stars next Tuesday.

Upcoming Games:
Oct. 22 vs. Chicago Wolves
Oct. 23 vs. Chicago Wolves
Oct. 25 at Texas Stars

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Avs' ECHL-affiliate team, the Colorado Eagles now stand 2-0 on the season after winning their two-game, home-and-home series this past weekend against the Rapid City Rush.

The Eagles defeated Rapid City 4-2 on Friday night in South Dakota before beating the Rush 6-4 at home on Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center.

The Eagles will skate again on Friday against the visiting Alaska Aces. The puck will drop at 7:05 p.m. MT in Loveland, Colorado.

OHL

Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): Travis Barron was named captain of the 67's on Friday, but he and the rest of his teammates couldn't pull out any wins this past weekend. Ottawa lost 2-1 to the North Bay Battalion on Saturday and fell 4-1 to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Sunday. Barron picked up one assist and four shots against the Battalion and now has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in eight games this season.

QMJHL

JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): Rouyn-Noranda competed in two games this past weekend, hosting the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday and the Drummondville Voltigeurs on Saturday. The Huskies fell short in their competition against the Sea Dogs, losing 4-2 after trying to rally with two goals in the third period. The Huskies played much better in their game Saturday against the Voltigeurs, outshooting them 30-27 and earned a 6-2 victory. Beaudin contributed to the team's success with a goal and an assist and went 15 for 20 on faceoffs. He now has a total of eight points with three goals and five assists on the season.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques skated in three games this past week but secured only one win. On Thursday, the Olympiques took on the Charlottetown Islanders and won 5-4 in overtime, with Meloche assisting on the game-winner. Gatineau then faced Acadie-Bathurst in their second match and fell 5-2. The Titan was able to get an early lead on the Olympiques, scoring three times in the first period. Gatineau dropped its third game, falling 7-1 versus the Rimouski Oceanic, with the Olympiques' lone goal being scored in the final frame. Meloche did not see ice time in the third competition. He now has four points on the season with two goals and two assists.

WHL

Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars went 10-2-0 in their first 12 contests of the season. They suffered their first losses of the season this past week to the Everett Silvertips, falling 3-2 on Tuesday and 6-3 on Wednesday. They rebounded with a 3-2 shootout win versus the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday and bypassed the Tri-City Americans with a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Josh Anderson has skated in 10 games this season for the Cougars.

NCAA

Will Butcher (University of Denver): The University of Denver faced No. 2-ranked Boston University twice this weekend, defeating the Terriers 4-3 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. Butcher registered an assist in both of the games and was later named the NCHC's Defenseman of the Week on Monday. Butcher now has three points (one goal and two assists) on the season.

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): Tyson Jost attributed to the University of North Dakota's third straight win of the season, a 5-2 win over RPI on Saturday. Jost had one goal in the game and now has four points (two goals, two assists) on the year.

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): The University of Notre Dame recorded a series split this past weekend in back-to-back games against No. 4-ranked Minnesota Duluth. Morrison scored his first collegiate goal for the Irish and also added an assist, but it wasn't enough for Notre Dame in its 4-3 loss on Friday night. The Irish had more success on Saturday, picking up their third win of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State University opened its regular season last week with two losses at Minnesota State. The Huskies lost 4-1 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday. Storm had an assist in Saturday's defeat. St. Cloud State now plays a home-and-home series against the University of Minnesota, with its home opener scheduled for Saturday.

Sweden

Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, SuperElit): Rogle BK lost both matches last week, falling 6-1 to Vaxjo Lakers on Saturday and 4-2 to Karlskorna HK on Sunday. Olhaver recorded an assist in Sunday's game and now has five points (two goals and three assists) for Rogle's junior club this season.

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Netminder Adam Werner made 69 saves over two games last week. He stopped 28 shots in Bjorkloven's 4-3 victory versus Timra IK on Wednesday and denied 41 shots in a 2-1 loss to Almtuna IS on Saturday. Werner now has a 2.53 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in five contests during the 2016-17 year.

Wilhelm Westlund (Almtuna IS, Allsvenskan): Westlund helped Almtuna IS to a 2-1 victory over Bjorkloven on Saturday. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating while playing on the team's third defensive pairing.

Slovakia

Maximilian Pajpach (MHC Martin B, Slovakia 2 League): Pajpach has a 7.05 goals-against average and .828 save percentage in five contests with MHC Martin's B squad in the Slovakia's second-tier professional league. He has played in one game with his hometown club, HK Poprad, in Slovak Extraliga.

KHL

Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): Andrei Mironov and Dynamo Moscow lost 5-3 to Slovan Bratislava in their only game this past week. Mironov has recorded two goals and one assist this season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Avangard played four games this past week, but its only victory came in in a 3-2 fashion last Tuesday against Spartak Moscow. Omsk fell 3-2 on Thursday to Torpedo, 2-1 on Saturday to HC Sochi and 3-2 on Monday to CSKA Moscow. Denis Parshin has played in 20 games this season and has nine points (three goals and six assists) in total.

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Clurman's senior year will open on Oct. 28 when Culver begins the season with a series against the Omaha Hockey Club. Last season, Clurman played in 43 contests and scored nine goals and 34 assists to total 43 points.

Central Interior Hockey League

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

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