Blame The Rangers

Tyler Nanne (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

It was bad enough the New York Rangers effort against the Ottawa Senators but the nine Rangers prospects were not very productive either.  The total output was just one secondary assist and honestly, the best efforts of the night one really had to look hard for.

The best performances came from Wisconsin’s K’Andre Miller and Minnesota’s Tyler Nanne as Minnesota earned a 4-1 win.  Now Miller recorded the only point of the night for the prospects when he earned a secondary assist on Wisconsin’s only goal but that isn’t why his performance stood out.

Miller took a game-high five shots as he looked to dominate this game. This was the Miller that I have been wanting to see all season, looking for his offense and playing his tempo. Forget that he only had the one assist as the more active Miller is then the better he plays.

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

K’Andre Miller can take over a game with his size and skill set so Wisconsin needs for him to be taking more than a shot a game. Tonight he did and if he keeps this up then the goals will start coming by the bunch. Miller is 4-4-8 after 13 games with the four goals one fewer than what he had all last season.

Now as for Nanne, if you would have told me five years ago that the 5’11 185 defenseman would be Minnesota’s leading shot-blocker, I would have laughed at you. But after a five blocked-shot night, Nanne does lead Minnesota with 25 blocked shots on the season.

Now while it might not earn him a Rangers ELC, they will think long and hard about whether or not to sign him.  Miller also was credited with three shots even though he did not score, he was very effective at both ends of the ice.

The same two teams will play on Saturday night.

So the news wasn’t that Morgan Barron scored for his second-ranked Cornell Big Red in their 2-1 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats but rather that he didn’t score. For the first time this season, Barron was held scoreless ending his six-game scoring streak.

Barron did have a game-high five shots but he was a -1 and had two minors for interference while going 1-3 on faceoffs. Cornell remains unbeaten at 7-0 as they host Princeton on Saturday night, a game you can catch on ESPN+.

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on one shot as his Michigan Wolverines defeated New Hampshire 4-1 breaking a seven-game winless streak.

Riley Hughes was scoreless on one shot as his 14th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated the Maine Black Bears 5-2.

Zac Jones did not score on his one-shot as his seventh-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen staked to a 2-2 overtime tie against the Merrimack Warriors.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer Engineers are winless in their last four games after being beaten 6-3 by Harvard.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals lost at home to the Erie Otters 4-2.  Gross took one shot and earned a minor for roughing. After starting the season 9-0, Oshawa is 6-6-0-1 since then.

Matthew Robertson was a -2 on three shots as his Edmonton Oil Kings dropped a 5-3 road game to the Victoria Royals.

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