Eight New York Ranger prospects saw action on Saturday night with some plenty of positive efforts from the prospects. K’Andre Miller (2018 first) led the way with a two-goal evening as his 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers earned their first win of the season with a 11-5 win over the Merrimack Warriors
Miller would put the Badgers on the scoreboard at 4:51 of the first when he converted a pass from teammate Alex Turcotte for a power-play goal and a 1-0 lead. It was a nice goal as Miller was all alone on the right side of the Merrimack goal and one-timed a shot in for the lead.
The Badgers used defenseman Miller as a forward on the power play at times. A move that made a lot of sense as the 6’4 Miller towered over most everyone on the ice both friend and foe.
In the third period with Wisconsin up 9-3, Miller would earn his second goal while on the penalty kill. It was the first shorthanded goal of Miller’s NCAA career.
With the win, Wisconsin evened it’s record at 1-1. The Badgers head home for a weekend series against defending national champions the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
Riley Hughes (2018 seventh) scored his first NCAA goal to help his Northeastern Huskies earn a 2-1 road win over Union College. In just his second game with the Huskies, Hughes scored the game-tying goal at 8:54 of the third period on a breakaway.
Hughes was a one-man show on the play as he forced a turnover at the blueline in the defensive zone and took the puck all the way to the goal. Hughes then used a backhand to lift the puck over the Union goalie for the goal. The goal starts at the 25-second mark of the video clip
Defenseman Simon Kjellberg (2018 sixth) earned his first two points at the NCAA level with a goal and an assist to help his Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers earn their first win of the season 5-3 over UConn.
The 6’3 defender from Nashville scored his first NCAA goal on a snapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle. Kjellberg had joined the rush and teammate Nick Bowman spotted him unguarded hitting him with a perfect pass to score an even-strength goal at 3:58 of the second period. The goal gave the Engineers a 2-1 lead as they earned their first win of the season.
Kjellberg would earn a primary assist on the Engineer’s fifth goal when he gave the puck to Chase Zieky. It was a power-play goal putting them up 5-1 as they held on to win 5-3. The win evened the Engineers record at 1-1. Kjellberg’s goal starts at 1:35 of the video clip.
Matthew Robertson (2019 second) earned “second star of the game” honors as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 6-4. Robertson has two power-play assists (one primary, one secondary) as the Oil Kings used a four-goal second period to take control of the game.
Robertson earned his first assist when he set up Riley Sawchuk for the Oil Kings’ second goal which at the time tied the game at 6:32 of the second period. 3:06 after that goal, Robertson would earn his second point when he was credited for a secondary assist on the Oil Kings’ third goal at 9:38.
For Robertson, the points improved him to 1-3-4 after six games. All of his points though have come in his last two games.
Goalie Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) saw his winning streak end at three games as his UMass-Lowell River Hawks lost to top-ranked the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2-1. The loss was the first for both Wall and his team this season.
Wall has nothing to feel bad about as he stopped 36 out of 38 shots, surrendering one even-strength goal and one shorthanded one. Wall stopped nine shots in the first, 14 out of 15 in the second and 13 out of 14 in the third.
On the season Wall is 3-1 with a 1.50 goals against and a 0.942 save percentage.
Defenseman Tyler Nanne (2014 fifth) had an assist as his Minnesota Golden Gophers earned a 4-3 win over Colorado College to earn a split of their weekend series. Nanne is 1-1-2 after two games.
Defenseman Hunter Skinner (2019 fourth) had a secondary assist but his London Knights were doubled up by the Saginaw Spirit 6-3. Skinner’s assist came on London’s first goal which was a power-play goal.
Forward Eric Ciccolini (2019 seventh) was scoreless on two shots as his Michigan Wolverines dropped a 3-1 decision to the 11th- ranked Clarkson Knights. Cicolini went from an extra forward on Friday night to the starting right wing on Saturday.