The second half of the 2020 North American Rangers’ prospect season got fully underway with ten prospects seeing action. There really wasn’t much to cheer about from a production standpoint as nine skaters produced just one secondary assist.
The one highlight was Tyler Wall earning his 52nd career win in goal for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks passing Dwayne Rolson. Wall stopped 25 out of 29 shots to help his 11th-ranked River Hawks defeat the RIT Tigers 6-4 in non-conference action.
It wasn’t Wall’s best game but RIT is an improved team in a conference few hear much about. Wall stopped seven of eight in both the first and second periods followed by 11 of 13 shots in the third.
The senior goalie improved his season record to 12-3-4 with a 1.81 goals against (7th NCAA) and a 0.941 save percentage (Tied 3rd NCAA). Wall and his teammates will face RIT on Saturday night looking for a sweep of the two-game series.
Eric Ciccolini had the only prospect point of the night, a secondary assist on Michigan’s first goal as they upset 14th-ranked Notre Dame on the road 3-0. For Ciccolini, it was his seventh assist and eighth overall point for the young freshman forward.
Zac Jones’ efforts did not show up on the scoresheet as he was scoreless and shotless but his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen upset fourth-ranked Boston College on the road 3-1. Boston College dominated this game controlling the shots and tempo but Jones helped his team on the attack with some excellent stickhandling getting the puck up ice and out of harm’s way.
The win lifted Massachusetts into a three-way tie for first place in the Hockey East conference with Northeastern (Riley Hughes) and UMass-Lowell (Tyler Wall). The same two teams will travel to Massachusetts for a rematch on Saturday evening.
Morgan Barron was scoreless on four shots and 3-1 on faceoffs as his second-ranked Cornell Big Red defeated Simon Kjellberg’s Rensselaer Engineers 3-0. The win kept Cornell in a tie for first place in the ECAC with Clarkson while Rensselaer saw a two-game winning streak end.
Cornell travels to Union on Saturday while Rensselaer will host Colgate.
Nico Gross was a +1 with a double-minor for roughing as his Oshawa Generals earned their second straight win, 4-3 over the Sarnia Sting. Oshawa remains in third place in the OHL’s East Division, 15 points behind first-place Ottawa.
Hunter Skinner was scoreless on two shots with a +1 and a slashing minor as his London Knights defeated the Barrie Colts 5-2. The Knights won their fifth straight game to pull within a point of the OHL Midwest Division leaders Kitchener with a game in hand.
Matthew Robertson was scoreless on four shots with a tripping minor as his Edmonton Oil Kings lost via the shootout to the Saskatoon Blades 2-1. The loss changed a four-game winning streak to a four-game unbeaten streak (4-0-0-1) as the Oil Kings still hold the WHL’s best record at 28-7-5-3.
Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers no mincing words played a brutal game losing to the Michigan State Spartans 4-1. The score doesn’t even come close to telling the story of this game.
Rangers fans will know this kind of effort as Minnesota fell behind 4-0 after two periods being outshot 18-7. A 19 shot third-period netted Minnesota their only goal of the night.
Nanne was scoreless on one shot with a -2 and a tripping minor.
K’Andre Miller was scoreless on three shots as his Wisconsin Badgers lost to fifth-ranked Ohio State 4-2. Wisconsin put up a good effort but Ohio State was too deep and more experienced than the Badgers.