Position: F Shoots: Left
Height: 5-8 Weight: 158
Born: 10/24/92 in Hoffman Estates, ILL
How Acquired: Panthers third round pick (91st overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Forward Kyle Rau
takes home this week's honor of “Prospect On Fire”.
Taken in the third round (91st overall) in this past summer's draft, Rau is off to a flying start at the University of Minnesota.
Playing on the top line as a freshman, Rau looks anything but as he is currently second on the team in scoring, posting 13 points in the Gophers first eight games. Playing on the wing with another Panthers prospect, Nick Bjugstad, Rau has already registered three game-winners and four power play goals among his team leading (tied actually) seven goals.
The 5'8 forward who led his Eden Pairie high school team to a Minnesota state championship while garnering Mr. Hockey honors along the way (best high school player) leads all NCAA freshman in scoring while posting 1.625 points a game to date.
|Team ||GP ||G ||A ||PTS ||PIM ||+/- |
|University of Minnesota ||8 ||7 ||6 ||13 ||2 ||+12 |
THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS
Saturday, November 5 vs Toronto (7:00pm CT)
Sunday, November 6 vs Texas (3:30pm CT)
It's been a rough go for the San Antonio Rampage of late. After defeating Texas on October 20 to improve to 3-1 on the season, the Rampage have dropped their last four games by a combined score of 17-4. All four losses have come at the AT&T Center. This past week, San Antonio fell to Houston (4-2), Charlotte (4-1) and Oklahoma City (4-1). Greg Rallo
and Bill Thomas
tallied in San Antonio's loss to Houston on Friday while defensemen Colby Robak
(Charlotte) and Mike Kostka (Oklahoma City) were the only ones to solve the opposing netminders on Saturday and Sunday.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
The Rampage will host the Toronto Marlies in a home contest at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The Marlies, who enter this week leading the North Division with a 5-3-1-0 record, will make the visit to San Antonio for their first matchup of the season against the Rampage. The Rampage will be back in action on Sunday to play their in-state rivals, the Texas Stars. San Antonio beat Texas in Austin on Oct. 20 by a score of 4-3 in the first contest between the two rivals. The Rampage currently sit second in the Lone Star Faceoff standings with a record of 2-1-0-0, good for four points. THOMAS MOVES UP IN RANK:
With his goal against the Houston Aeros on Friday, Rampage forward Bill Thomas
ascended on a few of the franchise’s all-time lists. Thomas now ranks seventh in goals (38), eighth in assists (49), eighth in points (87) and second in short-handed goals (3) in the San Antonio record books. PLANTE MAKES DEBUT:
Tyler Plante made his first two appearances in the Rampage net this weekend. He made 40 saves on 45 shots in two starts com-bined against the Houston Aeros on Friday and against the Oklahoma City Barons on Sunday. DEVELOPING CHEMISTRY:
Linemates Greg Rallo
and Mark Cullen
com-bined for four points Friday night in the Rampage’s 4-2 loss to Houston. Rallo tallied a goal and an assist while Cullen had two helpers in the defeat. BY THE NUMBERS:
Still leading the way in goals for the Rampage is Bracken Kearns
(three). Forwards Matt Cullen and Michal Repik
tie for the team lead in terms of assists (four) while Repik leads the way in points (five). Colby Robak
has had a successful start of the season from the blueline, posting a team-high plus-four while also registering four points (two goals) in the team's first five games.
(1-3-0, 10th in ECHL Eastern Conference)
|THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS |
Friday, November 4 at Chicago (8:30pm ET)
Saturday, November 5 vs Chicago (7:30pm ET)
It was a relatively quiet week for Cincinnati with just one game on the docket. In that game the Cyclones fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss to Kalamazoo. Despite four unanswered goals by the Cyclones in the third period, the Wings (were able to squeak out a 6-5 victory. Cincinnati posted a season high 46 shots on net. The Cyclones finished a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill and 4 of 10 on the power play – which was the most man-advantage goals scored in a single game since January 14, 2009 against Wheeling. Adam Comrie had a three-point night despite the loss and now has points in three-straight games.THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
Cincinnati will play two this weekend against the Chicago Express. On Friday, they make a visit to Chicago before finally opening up their home slate of the 2011-12 season. Chicago is 3-2 in their first five games.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS:
Through the first four games of the season, Cincinnati has outshot its opponents by a combined total of 146-124. The Cyclones average of 36.5 shots per-game ranks second in all of the ECHL. In fact, the have posted at least 35 shots in their last three games. ROSTER SHUFFLE:
This week, the Cyclones have seen a bunch of player moves. On Monday, Joe Devin, Keith Seabrook
, and Garrett Wilson
were called up to the San Antonio Rampage while Milwaukee recalled forward Ben Ryan. In addition, Cincinnati was assigned rookie forward Joel Champagne from the Admirals.
Information from the sarampage.com and cycloneshockey.com used to create this report.