OK, it is alright if you start having a serious crush on Cornell’s Morgan Barron even after just four games to his season. Barron led the nine New York Ranger prospects who saw action on Saturday with a career-best four-point night including his first hat trick at the NCAA level. I will be shocked if Barron doesn’t turn professional after this season and sign with the Rangers.
Barron’s career night helped lead his fourth-ranked Cornell “Big Red” to a 6-2 win over Yale in ECAC/Ivy League action. It was with little doubt Barron’s best performance at the NCAA level.
Early in the first period, Barron is on his knees along the right sideboards in the offensive zone. He gets up and finds the puck then skates towards the middle of the ice using pure brute strength. Barron fires a shot that beats Yale’s goalie for a 1-0 Cornell lead. It was Barron’s third goal of the season coming at 3:10 of the first and a 1-0 Cornell lead.
Still in the first but with Cornell up 2-0, Barron wins a scrum in front of the Yale goal and muscles the puck in while falling to the ice. That was his second of the night and fourth of the season at 13:01. This goal would also prove to be the game-winning goal.
The hat trick goal was pure finesse as Barron came down the left side and just beat Yale’s goalie with a laser of a shot off the rush. Remember this is a 6’3 217 lb. power forward who can skate as if he was a smaller player. On the secondary assist, all Barron really did was just make sure the puck found it’s way towards the point.
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Barron was 15-19-34 in 34 games last season which was a career-high. After four games, the Rangers’ 2017 sixth-round pick is already 5-5-10 having scored at least two points in every game. His first test of the season comes next Friday when his team heads to Clarkson to face the 7-2-1 Knights. Watch the game on the ESPN+ app.
Goalie Tyler Wall of 14th-ranked UMass-Lowell earned the game’s third-star after stopping 38 out of 40 shots to lead the River Hawks to a 3-2 win over the Maine Black Bears. The senior goalie extended his unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3) and improved to 7-1-3 (1st wins NCAA) with a 1.59 goals against (4th NCAA) and a 0.949 save percentage (3rd NCAA).
The River Hawks are Hockey East’s last unbeaten team with a 4-0-2 record and are 7-2-3. They head to Adam Huska’s former school UConn to play them next Friday. If you have CBS All-Access you can stream that game and all of the Hockey East games.
Defenseman Matthew Robertson earned the game’s third star with a two-assist, -1 on two-shot effort as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 4-2. Robertson earned primary assists on the Oil King’s first and fourth goals of the game to improve his season totals to 4-7-11.
With the win, Edmonton regains first place in the WHL’s Central Division. The Oil Kings will host Tri-City on Monday for a day game.
Defenseman Tyler Nanne of Minnesota and left wing Eric Ciccolini of Michigan were both scoreless with one shot for their respective teams as Nanne’s Minnesota Golden Gophers earned a 3-1 win.
How strange it is to see two of the older hockey programs struggle after being two of the best for so very long. With the win, Minnesota is 4-4-2 and Michigan falls to 3-5-2 with the loss.
Hunter Skinner was scoreless as his London Knights earned a 4-2 win over the Owen Sound Attack in OHL play. The Knights after a slow start to the season are in first place in the OHL’s Midwest Division with the win.
London is on a 7-0-1 streak as they improve to 10-4-1-1 on the season. London goes back home next Friday to face OHL’s Eastern Conference leaders the Flint Firebirds. The Firebirds at 12-5 are two points better than London.
Riley Hughes was a -1 on two shots as his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated Merrimack 2-1 in Hockey East action. This was a rather nasty affair with the two teams combining for 23 penalties and 70 PIMs.
Northeastern scored all three goals on power-plays as they went 3 for 8 with the extra man.
Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer Engineers lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to ninth-ranked Clarkson. Kjellberg was a -2 for this game as Rensselaer gave up two first-period goals and never could make up the difference.
Rough night for K’Andre Miller and his 12th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers as they were beaten 5-2 by the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Miller was scoreless on a -2 with three shots. Wisconsin drops to 5-5.