Every Monday, we will be posting a report featuring the future of the Panthers. The three teams featured weekly are the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL). Additionally, any players in the organization that make noise at the college or junior levels will also be noted. Here is week two of the report, after a 1-1-0 Panthers week:
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
- The Panthers assigned forward Evgeny Dadonov to San Antonio Wednesday. Dadonov was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the season. Panthers management cited the ability for Dadonov to get more playing time as the reason for the demotion. Last season, he split time between the Panthers and then-affiliate Rochester, scoring eight goals in Florida.
Over the weekend, the team went 1-1. Brian Foster got the start in net for both games:
- The Oklahoma City Barons took Friday’s game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, 3-2. Bracken Kearns and Scott Timmins scored in the loss.
- Saturday, the Rampage and Houston Aeros went all the way to the 11th shootout round at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. The game went to the Rampage, 4-3. Defenseman Mike Kostka got the scoring started with a shorthanded goal 4:22 into the game. After two Houston power-play goals, Dadonov tied it up with a wraparound goal in the second period, but Houston regained the lead just 13 seconds later. Kearns scored with just seven minutes to go in regulation to tie it up, and it stayed that way into the shootout. Nine rounds into the shootout, Mark Cullen swept the puck through the five-hole of Houston goalie Matt Hackett. Houston countered with a goal, and after a quiet tenth round, Angelo Esposito went top-shelf to win the game. The 11 round shootout is a Rampage franchise high.
- This week San Antonio travels to Austin, TX for a battle with their rival Texas Stars Thursday before returning home to face the Peoria Rivermen Friday night.
Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
- The Cyclones accepted forward Anthony Luciani and defenseman Keith Seabrook from San Antonio, in addition to three players from the Milwaukee Admirals this week. Milwaukee’s players are property of the Nashville Predators, who the Cyclones share affiliation with.
- Cincinnati opened their 2011-12 season Saturday, falling to the Kalamazoo Wings 3-1 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI. Panthers prospect Garrett Wilson scored his first professional goal in the loss, and it proved to be Cincinnati’s lone goal.
- The Cyclones travel to Reading, PA on Saturday, as they take on the Royals.
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
- The Killer Beers opened their training camp and pre-season schedule this week.
Rio Grande Valley swept their rival Laredo Bucks Thursday and Friday:
- The Bees topped the Buks 3-2 in a shootout Thursday at State Farm Arena in Hildago, TX. David Labrecque and Brandon Campos scored in regulation, with Travis Eggum scoring the winning goal in the eighth round of the shootout.
- On Friday, the teams traveled to Laredo Energy Arena, and the Bees spoiled Laredo’s homecoming. Campos, Dan Nicholls, Adam Stewart, and Mark Mangowski all scored in the victory.
- Rio Grande Valley opens up their season with two home games against the Missouri Mavericks. Game one is Friday with the second contest Saturday night.
Juniors and College
- Jonathan Huberdeau had a busy week off the ice, inking his first professional contract. He was quiet on the ice, though, scoring just a goal and adding an assist over the three-game week with the Saint John Sea Dogs. Huberdeau has two goals and six assists in five QMJHL games this season.
- Kyle Rau scored two power-play goals in the University of Minnesota’s 5-4 win over Minnesota-Duluth Friday night. Nick Bjugstad added two assists in the game. Bjugstad and Rau each scored in Minnesota’s second 5-4 victory Saturday. Bjugstad added two assists including Rau’s goal, which was the game-winner.
- Drew Shore scored the game-winning goal Friday in The University of Denver’s 4-2 victory over Boston College Friday night. His brother, Nick, assisted on another goal later in the game. On Saturday, the Pioneers traveled across town to take on the Boston University Terriers. Shore scored a goal late in the 4-3 loss. Panthers prospect Wade Megan scored the winning goal in that game.