It was a very quiet night for the New York Ranger prospects as ten saw action but only two registered any production on the night.
It is not often when I like the efforts of a prospect whose team was shutout but in K’Andre Miller’s case, Friday was one of his better overall games despite his Wisconsin Badgers getting shutout 4-0 by Michigan State. Miller was a -1 on four shots and two blocked shots as well as a “hitting after the whistle” minor.
Wisconsin really did not have much of a chance against the more experienced and deeper Michigan State team but Miller tried his best to give Wisconsin a chance in this game. Now the question is can Miller have games like this on a more consistent basis?
Hunter Skinner didn’t score but his London Knights earned a 4-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves. Skinner was a +2 with no shots and three minor penalties including back-to-back roughing minors at the end of the third period.
Skinner is second among the Rangers prospects in North America with a 3-21-24 +23 in 41 games. His defense is vastly improved over the course of the season.
Simon Kjellberg earned a secondary assist as his Rensselaer Engineers continued their second-half improvement with a 3-1 road win over Brown. Kjellberg improved to 4-6-10 in 20 games this season.
The Engineers improved to 4-1 since the start of 2020 as they moved their record to 10-11-1 overall and 7-6-1 in the ECAC conference.
Nico Gross earned a primary assist as his Oshawa Generals dropped a 4-2 home loss to the Mississauga Steelheads. Gross earned the game’s third star in the loss after setting up Oshawa’s first goal of the game.
The young Swiss defender took four shots and was a -1. On the season, Gross is 7-13-20 after 31 games.
Zac Jones was scoreless on three shots as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen recorded a 4-0 shutout win over Vermont in Hockey East action. The win improved the Minutemen overall to 15-7-1 as they took sole possession of first place in the Hockey East conference with an 8-4-1 mark.
Morgan Barron and his top-ranked Cornell Big Red have to feel like they lost after settling for a 2-2 overtime tie against the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Barron was scoreless on five shots with a -1 and a 3-5 record on faceoffs.
Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on two shots as his Michigan Wolverines won their third straight with a 6-0 road shocker over sixth-ranked Penn State. Michigan improves to 10-11-2 on the season as they have gone 6-2 in their last eight games since going 1-7-1 in November.
Tyler Wall and his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks fell on home ice to fifth-ranked Boston College 3-2. Wall stopped 21 of 24 shots as the River Hawks blew a 2-0 first-period loss to fall to Boston College.
Despite the loss, Wall whose record fell to 12-4-4 remains third in the NCAA with a 0.939 save percentage but dropped to 11th in goals against with a 1.87.
Matthew Robertson was scoreless on one shot with a minor for an interference minor as his Edmonton Oil Kings lost in overtime 2-1 to the Prince Albert Raiders. The game was a battle of goalies with Prince Albert’s Max Paddock earning the first star and Edmonton’s Sebastian Cossa the second.
The overtime loss extends Edmonton’s unbeaten in regulation streak to seven games (5-0-1-1) as Edmonton has the best record in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.
Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers took on Team USA’s Under-18 team in an exhibition match in Minnesota. The USA squad would come away with a 2-1 win thanks to a late goal in the third period.
Nanne was scoreless and a -1 as he was the third pair right defenseman for this one.