Three New York Rangers prospects saw action on Sunday with all three getting to see their teams earn wins. It wasn’t a pretty day but wins are wins no matter how they happen.
Tyler Wall got the start for his UMass-Lowell River Hawks as they hosted the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. The River Hawks were looking for the sweep of the weekend set and got it with a 3-1 win. Wall stopped 12 of 13 shots to earn his second win of the season while earning the game’s third star for his efforts.
13 shots may not seem like a whole lot but Wall held a shutout until 7:20 of the third period surrendering a power-play goal. The senior goalie may not have faced a lot of shots but he was credit with six “close” saves as well as stopping two breakaways.
Wall and the River Hawks hit the road for a two-game set as they will take on the defending NCAA champions and current top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth starting next Friday.
Defenseman Nico Gross (2018 fourth) tied his career-best when he recorded his fourth goal of the season to help his Oshawa Generals edged the Saginaw Spirit 4-3. Gross scored on the power play in the second period to give his team their third goal of the game. Gross snapped a beauty of a shot from the right point at 13:59.
.@NicoGross66 is a defenceman.
— Oshawa Generals (@Oshawa_Generals) October 6, 2019
It is really looking like being one of the first cut from the Rangers training camp has lit a fire under Gross who until this season never really looked for his offense. Now Gross is 4-2-6 after seven games as his Generals are the last unbeaten team in all of the three CHL leagues with a 7-0 record.
Oshawa is off until Thursday as they head to North Bay to face the Battalion.
Defenseman Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers opened their 2019-2020 season skating to a 2-2 overtime tie with the Mount Royal Cougars. Nanne was scoreless on no shots as the starting right defenseman. Nanne is a senior this season and will be serving as one of the two co-captains for the Gophers.
Minnesota will begin its regular season play on the road against Colorado College next Friday.
Freshman Eric Ciccolini (2019 seventh) was a healthy scratch for his Michigan Wolverines as they played Windsor in an exhibition match.