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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 25

by Heather Ward /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage was swept at home by the Chicago Wolves last weekend, losing 4-2 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday.

On Saturday, JT Compher capitalized on a turnover for an early goal just 52 seconds into the first frame. It marked Compher's first goal of the 2016-17 campaign and would stand as the only score in the first period. Turner Elson and Rocco Grimaldi picked up assists on Compher's first career tally as a professional.

The Rampage took a 2-0 lead in the second on a slap shot by Ryan Stanton, which was teed up by Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen, who was recalled by the Avalanche on Monday, played on the Rampage's first line with Joe Whitney and Mike Sislo.

This was also Stanton's first goal of the season and earned him the third star of the game. Chicago's offense responded quickly, netting two goals to the tie the game at the end of the second period and then took the lead at 14:31 in the final frame.

San Antonio pulled goaltender Jeremy Smith with a minute left to play in an attempt to send the game into overtime, but Wade Megan found the empty net to give Chicago the 4-2 win.

The Rampage then dropped its fourth-consecutive game at home, falling 2-1 to the Wolves on Sunday.

San Antonio got on the board first but could not hold on to the lead despite outshooting Chicago 30-24 overall. Elson found the back of the net for the Rampage's lone marker after collecting a loose puck in the corner and placing it past goaltender Ville Husso.

The Wolves finished the game in the final stanza when a shot took a lucky bounce off a Rampage defender and into the net.

San Antonio now prepares for a busy week as it will play four games in six days, which includes the first matchup of the season against the rival Texas Stars.

Upcoming Games:
Oct. 25 at Texas Stars
Oct. 27 at Cleveland Monsters
Oct. 28 at Cleveland Monsters
Oct. 30 vs. Ontario Reign

Colorado Eagles (ECHL)

The Colorado Eagles defeated the Alaska Aces 2-0 at home on Friday but fell short the following night, losing 5-2 to the split weekend series.

On Friday, Colorado was perfect in penalty kills, stopping all six Aces attempts with the help of Kent Simpson's 26 saves in goal.

In the final frame, defenseman Matt Register found his first goal of the season with an empty-netter just minutes before the buzzer to secure Colorado a 2-0 victory.

The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night. Trailing 1-0, defensemen Michael Sdao found his second goal of the season to tie it up 1-1 in the first period. The Aces reclaimed the lead 2-1 early in the second, but Colorado answered with a marker from Casey Pierro-Zabotel to tie the game 2-2 with 14:12 remaining in regulation. The Aces quickly bounced back and added two more tallies before putting the game away with an empty-netter.


Travis Barron (Ottawa 67's): The Ottawa 67's picked up one win this week on their three-game road trip, as they lost 8-5 to North Bay Battalion on Thursday and 4-3 in overtime to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Saturday. Before returning home, the 67's found a victory at the Sudbury Wolves, winning 5-2 on Sunday. Barron recorded assists on Thursday and Sunday, adding to his season total of now 10 points (one goal and nine assists).


JC Beaudin (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies): The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies skated in three contests this past weekend and secured two wins, improving to 9-2-1 this season. On Friday, the Huskies took on the Halifax Mooseheads and won 4-2 in its first of three road competitions. Rouyn-Noranda then faced the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday, winning 5-1 for its second victory of the week. JC Beaudin netted an insurance goal in the second period to extend the Huskies lead to 3-0 before the Sea Dogs found their only score on a power play. Beaudin recorded an assist on Sunday in the Huskies' 5-3 loss against Acadie-Bathurst Titan. After the weekend, Beaudin now has 10 points (four goals and six assists) in nine games.

Nicolas Meloche (Gatineau Olympiques): The Gatineau Olympiques competed in two games this weekend, hosting the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles first on Friday and picking up a 4-2 victory. Gatineau couldn't continue that momentum on Sunday, where it lost 6-2 to the Québec Remparts. Meloche did not play in any games this week. The Olympiques will be back in action on Friday when they face Blainville-Boisbriand Armada on the road.

Josh Anderson (Prince George Cougars): The Prince George Cougars lost 5-4 in overtime on home ice against the Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday. The Cougars had four days to regroup and bounced back to defeat the Saskatoon Blades 2-1 on Saturday. Anderson helped his team defend its home rink and finished with a plus-2 rating against the Blades.


Will Butcher (University of Denver): After earning his sixth career NCHC Defenseman of the Week honor the previous week, Will Butcher helped Denver beat Michigan State twice this past weekend. Denver swept the series against Michigan State in East Lansing, which began with a 2-1 victory on Friday. The now No. 3-ranked Pioneers won their fourth straight game on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat of the Spartans.

Tyson Jost (University of North Dakota): The No. 1 North Dakota Fighting Hawks recorded two victories over the weekend and maintained their undefeated record of 5-0-0 to start the season. The Hawks defeated Bemidji State 3-2 on Friday, with Jost recording one assist and four shots on goal. Jost tallied another two assists in a 5-4 win on Saturday and now has seven points (two goals and five assists) in five contests this season.

Cam Morrison (University of Notre Dame): Notre Dame, then ranked No. 6 in the nation, hosted Penn State last weekend in a series where both games were forced into overtime. Trailing 3-2 to Penn State in the final frame on Friday, Notre Dame came back to send the game into OT where both teams would remain scoreless and end the night in a 3-3 tie. On Saturday, after another long battle, Morrison and the Fighting Irish lost 3-2 to Penn State in the extra period. Morrison has four points (one goal and three assists) in six contests this season.

Ben Storm (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State defeated Minnesota 6-5 on Friday, with Ben Storm picking up an assist in the third period. The Huskies beat the Gophers again on Saturday, winning 3-2 in their home opener. Storm now has two assists in four games this year.


Gustav Olhaver (Rogle BK J20, SuperElit): Rogle BK lost 4-1 to Örebro on Wednesday, with Olhaver having three shots on goal and picking up high sticking and game misconduct penalties in the second period. On Friday, Rogle rallied in the third period but lost 4-2 against Frölunda HC. Olhaver helped Rogle to its only win of the weekend on Sunday when it defeated HV71 3-2. Olhaver has two goals and three assists in 10 contests this year.

Adam Werner (Bjorkloven, Allsvenskan): Goaltender Adam Werner stopped 38 of 39 shots he faced in Bjorkloven's 3-1 win against Mora IK on Saturday. Werner, who didn't play in the team's 4-2 victory over IK Pantern on Thursday, now has a 3-2-0 record, 2.22 goals-against average and .931 save percentage this year.

Wilhelm Westlund (Almtuna IS, Allsvenskan): Westlund helped Almtuna IS skate away with two wins this week, defeating BIK Karlskoga 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday and HC Vita Hasten 3-0 on Friday. Westlund was playing in his second and third games of the season in Allsvenskan after beginning the year in the under-20 SuperElit league.


Maximilian Pajpach (HK Poprad, Slovak Extraliga): After five games with MHC Martin's B squad in the Slovakia's second-tier professional league, Pajpach returned to his hometown club in Slovak Extraliga. Pajpach helped HK Poprad to two big victories; combining to make 70 saves in all. He began the week with 34 saves against HC Nove Zamky in a 2-1 shootout win, which also saw him stop five of six shots in the tiebreaker. Pajpach then made 36 saves in a 5-2 victory on Sunday versus HK Dukla Trencin.


Andrei Mironov (Dynamo Moscow): The Dynamo Moscow competed in three contests last week, but only found one win. Barys Astana defeated Mironov and Dynamo 1-0 on Wednesday. On Thursday, an exciting game against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg ended in a 3-2 shootout loss for Moscow. On Saturday, Dynamo had a low-scoring 1-0 victory over Ugra. Mironov has three points (one goal, two assists) in nine games this season.

Denis Parshin (Avangard Omsk): Parshin scored a goal in Avangard's 5-2 win over Severstal Cherepovets on Thursday. On Saturday, the result would not be determined as easily as Avangard lost 3-2 in a shootout to SKA Saint Petersburg. Parshin has four goals and six assists in 22 games this season.

High School

Nate Clurman (Culver Academy): Clurman's senior season opens this weekend as Culver takes on the Omaha Hockey Club to begin the new year. 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 Central Interior Hockey League. Colorado's fifth-round draft choice in 2010 had spent the last three seasons in Europe.

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