A better Saturday night with nine of the Rangers North American prospects seeing action. While the offensive production still remained on the low side, five of the prospects saw their team earn wins.
Matthew Robertson was scoreless on four shots but was named the game’s third star on the road as his Edmonton Oil Kings earned a 3-2 shootout win over the Prince Albert Raiders. It says a lot in a game where both goalies earned the first two stars and Robertson got the third without recording a point.
It is an example of why sometimes stats don’t tell the entire story as the Oil Kings’s assistant captain played a good game defensively and was also looking for his offense.
The Oil Kings have the best record in the WHL and Robertson is a major reason why even if his stats do not always tell the entire story.
K’Andre Miller had a secondary assist as his Wisconsin Badgers upset seventh-ranked Ohio State 5-2. For Miller, the assist improves his season totals to 6-6-12, not earth-shattering but makes the possibility of him leaving school after this season a bit of a head-scratcher at the moment.
The win gives Wisconsin a split of their weekend road season with Ohio State.
Simon Kjellberg had a secondary assist on his Rensselaer Engineers shutout Colgate 3-0. Kjellberg is 4-5-9 on the season after 19 games in his freshman season.
Tyler Nanne was scoreless on one shot with one blocked shot as his Minnesota Golden Gophers shutout Michigan State 2-0. The win gave Minnesota a split in the two-game series.
Nanne is second on Minnesota with 39 blocked shots this season.
Eric Ciccolini was scoreless and a -1 on one shot as his Michigan Wolverines defeated 14th-ranked Notre Dame 3-1. The win gave Michigan a sweep of the weekend set as they improved their record to 9-11-2 overall and 4-7-1 in the Big Ten Conference.
Morgan Barron set up what proved to be the game-tying goal as his second-ranked Cornell Big Red had to settle for a 3-3 overtime tie with Union College. Call this one a loss for Cornell as the 12-1-2 Big Red tied a Union team that is 6-15-2 on the season.
For Barron, the assist was his ninth as Barron remains the leading scorer for Cornell at 9-9-18. Expect this tie to hurt Cornell in the polls as well as down the road in the “Pairwise” (seeding formula for NCAA tournament).
Hunter Skinner’s London Knights saw their five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-0-1) ended on the road by the Saginaw Spirit 6-5. Skinner was scoreless on two shots with a +1 with a minor for “delay of game.
The young defenseman despite having the second-best scoring record among the Ranger prospects this season at 3-21-24 has gone five games without a point and has not scored any goals since October 27th (27 games). The good news is the supposed offensive-minded defenseman has been rock solid on defense this season as his plus/minus of +20 is good for 15th in the OHL.
Riley Hughes was scoreless and a -1 as his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies lost in overtime to New Hampshire 5-4. Hughes was used as the fourth line right-wing as he has been all season.
Zac Jones was scoreless on two shots as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen lost to fourth-ranked Boston College 6-3. The two teams split the weekend series with the road team winning both games.
Tyler Wall got the night off as his 11th-ranked UMass-Lowell lost to RIT 3-2. It was only the second time this season that Wall did not get the start (both times UMass-Lowell lost).