Wall Stops 35 In River Hawk’s Win

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

A busy night for New York Ranger prospects as 10 of them saw action as we get closer to the holiday break. It wasn’t one of the best nights for the prospects with little in productive or wins.

For Tyler Wall, it was another game and another win for the senior goalie. Wall stopped 35 out of 37 shots as his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks came back from down 2-0 to earn a 3-2 win over Providence Friars in Hockey East action.

Wall had a rough start giving up two goals in the game’s first 8:27 but shut down Providence for the rest of the game, In fairness, the first goal was during a delayed penalty with the extra attacker on the ice for Providence while the other was a power-play goal.

Tyler Wall would stop 10 out of 12 shots in the first period, 10 in the second and 15 in the third to earn his 10th win of the season and 50th win in his River Hawks career. Wall overall is 10-2-4 (5-1-3 Hockey East). He sports a 1.64 goals against (6th NCAA) and a 0.947 save percentage (3rd NCAA).

In case you missed it, Wall was also named Hockey East’s “Stop It” Goaltender of the Month for November. Wall and his River Hawks will look to sweep Providence on Saturday night in a game you can watch via the CBS “All-Access” app (subscription required) starting at 6PM EDT/3PM PDT.

Eric Ciccolini (Michigan Wolverines)

Eric Ciccolini set up the game-winning goal as his Michigan Wolverines upset sixth-ranked Penn State 4-1 in Big Ten action. Ciccolini sent linemate Johnny Beecher off on a breakaway for an even-strength goal at 10:58 of the second period which gave Michigan a 2-1 lead at the time.

The freshman forward had earned a promotion to the third line right wing earned his fifth assist of the season as he took one shot but recorded three blocked shots on defense. Overall Ciccolini is 1-5-6 in 17 games played.

Michigan and Penn State play again on Saturday evening. That game will be shown on the Big Ten Plus app.

Freshman defenseman Zac Jones was scoreless on three shots as his 13th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen knocked off the Maine Black Bears 5-1. Jones added a blocked shot as his Minutemen improved to 10-4-1 (5-3-1 Hockey East).

The same two teams play on Saturday on a game televised on NESN and streamed via the CBS “All-Access” app starting at 7PM EDT/4PM PDT.

Morgan Barron was scoreless on five shots as his number two Cornell “Big Red” handed ninth-ranked Harvard their first loss in ECAC play 2-1. Barron was also 0-5 on faceoffs which is a rare off-night for him.

Cornell is the only undefeated team in NCAA Division One Men’s hockey at 10-0 (7-0 ECAC). Barron and his teammates head to Dartmouth for a Saturday contest that will be streamed on ESPN+ starting at 7PM EDT/4PM PDT. It will be Cornell’s final game before the holiday break.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on one shot with a -1 and a cross-checking minor as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated rival Calgary 4-2. The win was the fourth straight for the Oil Kings who at 19-6-4-2 now boast the best record in the WHL.

Tyler Nanne had a secondary assist as his Minnesota Golden Gophers lost a heartbreaker in overtime to eighth-ranked Ohio State 3-2. The Gophers let a third period lead slip away as it fell to 5-9-3 (2-4-3 Big Ten) on the season. Nanne is 2-5-7 on the year.

K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers were shut out by the Michigan State Spartans 3-0. Miller was a -1 on four shots.

Nico Gross scored his seventh goal of the season but his Oshawa Generals dropped a 6-4 decision to the Kitchener Rangers. Gross scored a power=play goal as he broke an 11 game goal-scoring drought.

Gross is 7-12-19 as the Generals are winless in their last four games (0-3-1).

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on two shots as his London Knights lost to the Owen Sound Attack 6-3.

Simon Kjellberg did not play for his Rensselaer Engineers in their 4-1 loss to Yale. No word as to whether this was a healthy scratch or an injury.

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