Three New York Ranger prospects saw action on Sunday and it was the one who little has been said about who stole the show. I spent most of Friday and Saturday talking up the opportunity for Rangers fans to be able to watch on TV 2018 first-round pick defenseman K’Andre Miller in action but I forgot to mention that 2019 seventh-round pick forward Eric Ciccolini was also playing in the same televised game
Eric Ciccolini picked a nationally televised game between his Michigan Wolverines and Miller’s Wisconsin Badgers to score his first NCAA goal as the Wolverines defeated the Badgers 3-1. Ciccolini has been used as either a fourth-line right wing or extra forward had gone his previous 15 games without a goal. Yet on his first shift of the game, Ciccolini would convert a great feed from teammate Luke Morgan for Wisconsin’s first goal of the game just 2:23 into the contest.
🎥Eric Ciccolini’s first career goal puts Michigan on top 1-0 pic.twitter.com/0VT3H9NTT3
— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) December 1, 2019
Ciccolini showed some rather quick hands as he fired the shot almost as fast as he got the puck on his stick. Ciccolini would record just one other shot as he finished with a +1 for the game.
The win was Michigan’s first Big Ten win of the year as they had gone 0-6-1 until the win. Overall Ciccolini improves to 1-4-5 as Michigan improved its overall record to 5-9-2 (1-6-1 Big Ten).
Now as for K’Andre Miller, if you looked at the box score it looked as if he did nothing or was invisible which was not the case. Yes, Miller was scoreless for the game but he was credited with seven attempted shots (3 were blocked, 4 were wide) with a -2 and two blocked shots. Have to call Miller’s (and his team’s) performance as inconsistent as the Badgers started very slowly and it cost them.
Wisconsin falls to 7-8-1 (2-5-1 Big Ten)>
Hunter Skinner had two assists to help his Oshawa Generals win their seventh straight game 6-5 in overtime over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Skinner would earn two secondary assists on two second period goals to give him five assists over his last three games.
The leading scorer among Rangers North American prospects, Skinner is 3-19-22 in 24 games with a +17.
Nico Gross and his Oshawa Generals saw their “teddy bear toss” game with the Kingston Frontenacs postponed due to bad weather. No makeup date has been announced as of yet.