Friday night was a busy night with eight New York Ranger prospects seeing action and a pretty good night from the defensive prospects. Zac Jones (2018 third) led the way with a three-point evening to lead his fourth-ranked University of Massachusetts Minutemen to their second win of the season.
It was Jones’s 19th birthday and he was in the middle of all the action for the Minutemen as they defeat Union College 6-1. The freshman defenseman was 1-2-3 setting up what turned out to be the game-winning goal. With the Minutemen up 1-0 in the second, Jones set up Bobby Trivigno for a power-play goal at 10:33 of the second. You will like this one as Jones spots Trivigno on the right side for a one-timer.
— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) October 19, 2019
That proved to be the game-winning goal for the Minutemen. With seconds remaining in the second period, Jones picked up his second point when Reed Lebster deflected a Jones shot for the point for Massachusetts’s third goal of the game. The even-strength goal came at 19:50 and put the Minutemen up 3-1.
In the third with Massachusetts up 4-1, Jones capped off his birthday with his second goal of the season and third point of the night. Teammate Anthony Del Gazio won a faceoff back to the point and Jones fired a snapshot that beat Union’s goalie for a 5-1 lead at the 38-second mark of the third period.
After this one we’re all caught up (Whew!!)@zacrj51 right off the faceoff win by @anthonydelgaizo that capped a stretch of three goals in 48 seconds of game action to end the second/start the third 😮#NewMass | #Flagship 🚩 pic.twitter.com/AkIr99CqAr
— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) October 19, 2019
The 1-2-3 night came on four shots and with a +2 as Jones improves to 2-3-5 after three games. The same two teams play Saturday afternoon.
Forward Eric Ciccolini (2019 seventh) was named the game’s third star after his first two NCAA points as his Michigan Wolverines defeated Lake Superior State 4-0. Ciccolini was listed as an extra forward when the game started but was playing a regular shift by game’s end.
Ciccolini earned two secondary assists on Michigans’ first two goals as the 6′ 170 lb. forward got his first point on a power-play goal. Ciccolini’s first assist was more due to his keeping the puck in the offensive end as he swept at the puck and it wound up on the goal scorer’s stick for a 1-0 lead.
The second assist was Ciccolini winning a puck battle below the goal line which led to the puck getting out to the point where Michigan scored for a 2-0 lead. Michigan goes on to win 4-0 for their first win of the season.
The same two teams will play on Saturday evening.
Defenseman Simon Kjellberg (2018 sixth) had a goal and assist in a losing effort as his Rensselaer Engineers dropped a 5-2 decision to the UConn Huskies. The Huskies would score the game’s first four goals before Kjellberg would get his team on the scoreboard in the third period. Kjellberg would add an assist on the Engineer’s second goal.
In the clip, Kjellberg’s goal starts at 1:20, a nice shoot from the middle of the blueline that found it’s way into the UConn goal.
Kjellberg is Rensselaer’s leading scorer after three games with a 2-2-4 mark. His team will host Canisius on Saturday evening.
Matthew Robertson (2019 second) had a goal to help his Edmonton Oil Kings earn a 5-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels. Robertson recorded a power-play goal in the second period for Edmonton’s fifth goal of the game and his third goal of the season.
The young defenseman has a four-game scoring streak going 3-3-6 which is also his total points on the season.
Tyler Nanne (2015 fifth) was scoreless as his Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles 3-2 in overtime.
K’Andre Miller (2018 first) was scoreless as his Wisconsin Badgers knocked off second-ranked Minnesota-Duluth 6-2. Miller took two shots and was a +2 on the night. Wisconsin will look to sweep Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday evening, a game you can catch on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Hunter Skinner (2019 fourth) was scoreless as his London Knights dropped a 4-2 decision to the Windsor Spitfires. The defenseman is 2-5-7 after eight games second among Ranger prospect scorers.
Nico Gross (2018 fourth) and his Oshawa Generals saw their nine-game winning streak ended by the Sarnia Sting 9-5. The Generals were due for a bad game after playing so well to open the season. Gross is the leading scorer among the Ranger prospects with a 5-4-9 mark after 10 games.
Goalie Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) did not play as his UMass-Lowell River Hawks lost in overtime to Colgate 4-3. Wall is expected to get the start on Saturday evening when the same two teams meet again.