With just six college prospects in action for the New York Rangers, it was a pretty quiet night. All the offensive production came from just one prospect, junior forward Morgan Barron of Cornell as he had a 1-1-2 evening.
Fifth-ranked Cornell earned a 6-2 road win over the Michigan State Spartans as “Big Red” was looking to open the season 2-0. Barron would earn the game’s third star for his play. At 6’3 217, Barron combines his physical size with some really soft hands and the ability to score from anywhere.
Against Michigan State, Barron would record his first goal of the season when he deflected a point shot from teammate Sam Malinski into the net to give Cornell a 4-0 lead at 17:54 of the second period. It was an even-strength goal for Cornell as they would take advantage of Michigan State penalties to score three times on the power play.
Morgan Barron would add a secondary assist on one of those power plays when he started a play that would lead to Malinski scoring from the left wall for Cornell’s sixth goal of the game. Barron would wind up 1-1-2 on a game-high seven shots and a +1 while going 5-6 on face-offs.
After two games Barron is 1-3-4 as Cornell heads home for their ECAC/Ivy League home opener next Friday against Brown. For those with ESPN+, Cornell’s ECAC games are televised on the ESPN streaming service.
It wasn’t his best effort of the season but senior goalie Tyler Wall did just enough to help his UMass-Lowell River Hawks earn a 5-3 win over Vermont in Hockey East action. Wall would record 30 saves on 33 shots as the River Hawks would sweep the weekend series to win their third straight game and extend their unbeaten streak to five games.
On the season, Tyler Wall is 6-1-2 as his goals against went up to 1.63 (seventh NCAA) and save percentage fell to 0.947 (second NCAA). His six wins are also second-most in the NCAA. The River Hawks will next host the Maine Black Bears next Friday, a game that will be streamed nationally on the CBS All-Access channel.
Zac Jones was scoreless as his third-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen knocked off Riley Hughes’s 10th-ranked Northeastern Huskies 4-2. The win gave the Minutemen the sweep of the weekend series and a 2-1 season series win.
Jones had a quiet night with just two shots on goal and one blocked shot defensively. Hughes did not record a stat as he was the Huskies fourth-line right wing. Jones and the Minutemen are off until Sunday, November 10th when they travel to face New Hampshire. Hughes and the Huskies will travel next Friday to start a “home and home” series against the Merrimack Warriors.
Tyler Nanne was scoreless as his Minnesota Golden Gophers let a 2-0 first period slip away as they lost 5-3 to fourth-ranked Notre Dame for a split in their weekend series. Nanne recorded one shot on goal with a +2 and three blocked shots.
Minnesota heads to Michigan next Friday for a game that will be shown on the Big Ten Network starting at 8:30 EDT.
Speaking of Michigan, freshman left wing Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on three shots as the Wolverines fell to 13th-ranked Ohio State 2-1. Ciccolini was the fourth line left-wing as his Wolverines dropped their third straight to fall to 3-4-1 on the season.