The holiday break is over but with the World Under-20 Championship still going on just five New York Rangers prospects were in action on Friday evening. All five prospects saw their teams come away with a win making for a good start for their 2020.
Matthew Robertson earned the game’s “second star” as his Edmonton Oil Kings shutout the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-0. Robertson had a strong game with two assists on five shots and a +2 to help the Oil Kings win their second straight game.
The Rangers second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Robertson would earn the primary assist on the only goal his team would need when teammate Brendan Kuny would cash in the rebound of a Robertson shot for an even-strength goal at 3:48 of the second period. It would start the Oil Kings on a four-goal second period that put the game out of reach before it even reached the third period.
Robertson would earn his second assist on the Oil Kings fourth-goal of the period when he was credited with a secondary assist on the Oil Kings’ fourth goal. For Robertson, the points improve his season totals to 8-16-24 as he takes over as the prospect’s leading scorer on the season.
Edmonton improves to a WHL best 26-7-5-2.
Defenseman Simon Kjellberg broke a seven-game goalless streak as his Rensselaer Engineers pulled off an upset of sixth-ranked Clarkson 3-1. The road win was just the Engineer’s seventh win of the season (7-10-1) but it helped improve the team’s ECAC record to 4-5-1.
Kjellberg would get his team on the scoreboard first when he found a loose puck in the offensive zone, moved past one defender and surprised the Clarkson goalie with a shot that was low and inside the right post. For Kjellberg, it was his fourth goal of the season coming just 1:23 into the game and the goal would be the only score until the third period.
On the night Kjellberg had the goal on just two shots and was a +1. For the season, Kjellberg improves to 4-4-8.
At the Fortress Invitational in Las Vegas, Morgan Barron, and his second-ranked Cornell Big Red knocked off seventh-ranked Ohio State 5-2 to advance to the finals of the tournament. Barron would record a secondary assist on his team’s fifth goal of the game to go along with two shots, a +1 and a 3-2 line on his faceoffs.
For Barron, it was his eighth assist as he improved to 7-8-15 in 12 games which leads Cornell in scoring. Cornell improves to 11-1 on the season and they will face 14th-ranked Providence on Saturday for the Fortress Invitational tournament championship.
Hunter Skinner was scoreless as his London Knights defeated the Mississauga Steelheads 3-1. Skinner recorded two shots to go along with a +2 and a roughing minor. The win was the third straight for the Knights who are playing without their coach Dale Hunter as he continues to coach Team Canada at the World Under-20 Championship.
Riley Hughes was scoreless as his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies knocked off UConn 5-2 in Hockey East action. Hughes was the fourth-line right wing recorded three shots as the Huskies took over first place in the Hockey East with a 7-4-1 conference record (12-5-2 overall).