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Avalanche Farm Report: April 18

The San Antonio Rampage wraps up its season

by Heather Ward /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (27-42-7) picked up one win in a three-game series against the Texas Stars last week to conclude the 2016-17 season.

San Antonio started the week with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss at Texas on Wednesday.

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Avalanche Farm Report: April 11

by Heather Ward /
San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage went 1-3 last week and now has only three games remaining in the regular season.

The Rampage started with a 3-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers on Tuesday night at Bojangles' Coliseum. Down by one, Brendan Ranford finished a loose puck for the Rampage 2:39 into the final stanza to tie the match. Mason Geertsen and Gabriel Bourque each collected assists on the play. The Checkers answered back at the 10:05 mark to regain the lead and found the back of the net one last time to skate away with the win. 

Spencer Martin started between the pipes and made 25 saves. 

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Butcher Helps Denver Win NCAA Championship

The Avalanche prospect captained DU in his senior season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

One day after taking home the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player, Colorado Avalanche prospect Will Butcher had one more trophy to pick up before closing his collegiate career: a national championship.

Mission accomplished.

Butcher and the No. 1 University of Denver Pioneers are NCAA champions after a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Minnesota Duluth in the Frozen Four title game on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago.

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Avs Prospect Will Butcher Wins Hobey Baker Award

The University of Denver defenseman is named college hockey's top player

by Heather Ward /

Colorado Avalanche prospect Will Butcher won the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Friday, which honors college hockey's top player. Butcher is a senior at the University of Denver and was drafted by the Avs in the fifth round (123rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

The defenseman was selected as a Hobey Hat Trick finalist on March 30, alongside Northeastern University senior forward Zach Aston-Reese and Union College senior forward Mike Vecchione. The ceremony was held at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illionis, the host city of the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four.

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Butcher Looking For National Championship Finish

The Avs prospect wants redemption for last year

by Heather Ward /

The pinnacle of the any college athlete's career is winning a national championship, and that is exactly what Colorado Avalanche prospect Will Butcher and the University of Denver Pioneers have their sights set on. 

The Pioneers finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 20-3-3 record, conquered Michigan Tech and Penn State to become NCAA Midwest Regional champions and earned the No. 1 overall seed heading into the NCAA Frozen Four at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday. 

"It's huge. It was our No. 1 goal at the beginning of the year, and we already have the experience," said Butcher a week before the Frozen Four. "We have the team this year to win it. We have everything going right for us right now, and to get to the Frozen Four after that regional meant a lot just because it was like you accomplished a goal that you set out for at the beginning of the year. Actually, I set out for it in May last year. It was huge. It felt like a long process, but it went by really fast."

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Avalanche Farm Report: April 4

The first round is over in the Canadian Hockey League's playoffs

by Heather Ward /

San Antonio Rampage 

The San Antonio Rampage dropped a 5-2 decision to the Tucson Roadrunners on Tuesday night at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Gabriel Bourque didn't waste any time for San Antonio, scoring 37 seconds into the opening period. Rocco Grimaldi followed suit and lit the lamp exactly one minute later on a power play to help the Rampage grab an early 2-0 lead. Mason Geertsen, Felix Girard, Colin Smith and Erik Gelinas all collected helpers on the early tallies.

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Jost Excited To Join Avs

The young center is ready for what comes next

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

Tyson Jost - March 30

Tyson Jost after his first day with the Avalanche

Tyson Jost talks about signing with the Avalanche and joining the team late in the season

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CENTENNIAL, Colo.--This time last week, 19-year-old student-athlete Tyson Jost was with the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks preparing for his first-ever glimpse at the NCAA hockey tournament.

Fast forward one week and he's the newest member of the Colorado Avalanche, taking the ice to join his teammates for the first time, meeting with the gaggle of media in attendance for practice, running through video sessions with the coaching staff and preparing for his first game in the National Hockey League.

What a week it has been.

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Avalanche Signs Tyson Jost To Entry-Level Contract

Colorado's first-round pick to join team for remainder of 2016-17 season

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche /

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Tyson Jost (JOH-st) to a three-year, entry-level contract. Jost is scheduled to join the Avalanche for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

Jost, 19, was Colorado's first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He recently completed his freshman season at the University of North Dakota, tallying 35 points (16g/19a) in 33 games. Jost finished second on the team in points, goals (tied) and assists, and shared the club lead with five power-play goals. His 35 points currently rank second among all NCHC freshmen.

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Avalanche Farm Report: March 28

by Heather Ward /
San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (25-34-5-2) went 1-2 last week, concluding its four-game homestand before heading out to California for a back-to-back. 

San Antonio defeated the Tucson Roadrunners 4-2 on Tuesday at AT&T Center. Troy Bourke stuck first for the Rampage with a short-handed goal in the opening period with help from Jim O'Brien and Duncan Siemens.

The Rampage slipped another puck past Tucson netminder Marek Langhamer to grab a 2-0 lead in the middle frame. O'Brien then lit the lamp off a shot from the top of the faceoff circle. A.J. Greer and Siemens recorded helpers on the markers.

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Avalanche Farm Report: March 21

The playoffs heat up for the Colorado prospects

by Nicole Morris /

San Antonio Rampage

The San Antonio Rampage (24-33-7) went 1-0-2 at the AT&T Center last week, defeating the Cleveland Monsters on Tuesday but falling in past regulation contests against the San Diego Gulls on Friday and Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Rampage defeated the Monsters 4-0 in its first game of the week. Felix Girard and Gabriel Bourque both had two-point games in the win, and Spencer Martin recorded his seventh career shutout. Girard had two helpers and Bourque had a goal and an assist in the victory. Troy Bourke, Chris Bigras and Bourque also found the back of the net in San Antonio's shutout, while Brendon Ranford, A.J. Greer, Jim O'Brien and Reid Petryk assisted on the goals. Martin finished with 24 saves on the night.

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