Just seven New York Ranger prospects saw action on Saturday night and our favorite Morgan Barron had another strong game to lead his Cornell Big Red to a win.
Morgan Barron made sure that his top-ranked Cornell Big Red got off to a good start by setting up the game’s first goal and then adding a second assist to help beat Northern Michigan 3-1.
It was Barron’s sixth multi-point game of the season as Cornell extends their unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) and improve to 13-1-3. Big Red finishes their non-conference part of the schedule 5-0-2.
The first assist was an easy one as Barron led a “2-on-1” odd-man rush into the offensive zone that teammate Alex Green finished off with a goal just 1:04 into the contest. The game would be tied at 1-1 after the first period.
In the second, Barron led another “2-on-1” breakaway but he took the shot which the goalie stopped and the rebound came right back to Barron who took a second shot but teammate Cam Donaldson would deflect into the net for a 2-1 lead just 48 seconds into the second period.
The goal would prove to be the game-winning goal as Cornell added another goal in the third period. For Barron, the two assists improved his season totals to a team-best 9-11-20 after a 0-2-2 on four shots with a +1 and a cross-checking minor.
Barron also was 8-4 on faceoffs which led the team and even blocked a shot.
Tyler Wall if you go only by the numbers looked to have struggled as his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks defeated the Merrimack Warriors 6-4. Wall stopped 35 out of 39 shots in earning his 13th win of the season.
To be fair to Wall, he had a pretty decent night going until one of his teammates took an elbowing major at 14:20 of the third period. Merrimack was already on the power play at the time so first, they scored on the “5-on-3”, then Merrimack would pull their goalie and score twice during the resulting “6-on-4”.
So what looked like a 6-1 win became a 6-4 win and Wall’s stats took the hit. Wall saw his save percentage fall to 0.936 (seventh NCAA) and his goals-against drop to 1.97 (12th NCAA) while his 13 wins are 10th best in the NCAA.
Zac Jones had a scoreless night as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen defeated Vermont 3-1. Jones was a -1 on one shot and an interference minor as Massachusetts took both games of the weekend set.
The win keeps the Minutemen all alone in first place in the Hockey East conference with a 9-4-1 record and 16-7-1 overall record.
K’Andre Miller was scoreless on two shots with two blocked shots as his Wisconsin Badgers upset Michigan State 3-1. It was a good bounce-back win for Wisconsin after being shut out on Friday 4-0.
Miller in my book had a good weekend with two solid overall performances against a good Michigan State team.
Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on one shot and blocked one shot as his Michigan Wolverines played to a 4-4 tie with sixth-ranked Penn State. The Wolverines picked up the extra point when they scored in the second overtime.
The ties extends Michigan’s unbeaten streak to four games as their record improves to 10-11-3 (5-7-2 Big Ten).
Simon Kjellberg and his Rensselaer Engineers dropped a 4-1 road decision to Yale in ECAC action. Kjellberg was scoreless on one shot as the Engineers fell into a third-place tie in the ECAC with three other teams.
Overall Rensselaer fell to 10-12-1 with a 7-7-1 ECAC record.
Riley Hughes was ejected at 18:46 of the first-period for “grabbing the facemask” as his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies fell in overtime to the UConn Huskies. The details of the ejection remain fuzzy at press time but it appears that Hughes was reacting to a UConn player boarding either himself or a teammate (UConn player was also ejected).
Nico Gross and his Oshawa Generals saw their road game against the Owen Sound Attack postponed due to the weather. It is winter so it is a surprise that more games aren’t canceled due to the weather.
They are rescheduling the game for Monday weather permitting of course.