It was the start of the 2019-2020 season for goalie Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) and his UMass-Lowell River Hawks. The senior goalie is looking to reclaim the starting goaltending job on a very young River Hawks team. With just three seniors on this year’s roster, it could be the most challenging of years for Wall.
Wall got the year off right stopping 18 out of 19 shots to help his team earn a 5-1 win over the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. For Wall, the win was his 41st of his River Hawks career as he looks to build off his 11-7-3 season of a year ago.
Wall stopped nine shots in the first, allowed his only goal in the second period while making four saves and finished off the game with five saves in the third period. If Wall has any hope of earning a Rangers contract then he has to post good goals against and save percentage numbers. The Rangers know that playing with such a young team is going to be a tough chore in as tough a league as Hockey East is.
The River Hawks host the Chargers again on Sunday but it is doubtful that Wall will get the start. Too early in the season to ask him to play back-to-back games.
Defenseman Nico Gross had a secondary assist as his Oshawa Generals doubled up the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3. Gross earned his assist on the Generals fifth goal as he earned his fourth point of the weekend. It was a pretty good game for Gross in addition to his assist, he was a +2 on two shots and no penalties. Gross is 3-2-5 +5 6 PIMs in six games played as his Generals remain unbeaten at an OHL best 6-0.
Defenseman Matthew Robertson missed his second game with what is being called “a minor injury”. It is hoped that Robertson will return to action on Tuesday when his Edmonton Oil Kings visit the Regina Pats.
By now the word has gotten out that 2018 first-round pick K’Andre Miller was suspended by the University of Wisconsin hockey team for “violation of team rules”. Since none of us know the circumstances that led to the suspension it would be rather silly to freak out over it.
It happens more than people realize as it could as minor as oversleeping and missing a meeting. Start worrying when Miller misses several games.