Nico Gross broke a nine-game goalless streak with his first goal since December 6th as his Oshawa Generals had little trouble with the Peterborough Petes earning a 7-2 win. Gross got the Generals going when he scored a surprise goal just 29 seconds into the game to give Oshawa a lead they never came close to losing.
It was Gross’s eighth goal of the season as his career season gets back on track. Still in the first only with Oshawa on the penalty kill, Gross earns a secondary assist on a shorthanded goal to give the Generals a 4-0 lead.
Overall Gross was 1-1-2 +2 on three shots and an “unsportsmanlike conduct” minor. Gross improves to a career-best 8-15-23 +3 in 37 games.
Hunter Skinner had a two-assist game as his London Knights rallied from down 2-0 to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 7-4. It was the Knights seventh-straight win as they are just one point behind Kitchener for the OHL’s Western Conference lead while holding a game in hand over Kitchener.
With Windsor up 2-1 in the second, Skinner put the puck towards the Kitchener net and teammate Liam Foudy got his stick on it to tie the game at 2-2. In the third period and London up 6-4, Skinner pushed the puck up to his defensive zone blue line where it eventually made it to Connor McMichael who fired the puck into the empty net for the game’s final goal.
For Skinner, the two assists were part of a night where he was also a +2 on two shots. The points helped Skinner improve his season totals to 4-24-28 +25 after 46 games.
Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers had little trouble with K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers 6-2. Neither player scored as Nanne was a +3 on 1 shot and two blocked shots while Miller took three shots and blocked three shots.
The same two teams play on Saturday.
Riley Hughes was scoreless on one shot and a -1 as his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies edged the eighth-ranked Providence Friars 4-3. The win broke a two-game losing streak as Northeastern heads to Boston to play in the annual Beanpot Tournament.
The Huskies will be playing Harvard Monday at 5 PM EDT/2 PM PDT and you can see Hughes play if you have the NHL Network in the USA.
Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on four shots with a -1 and a tripping minor as his Rensselaer Engineers continue their second-half surge blasting Dartmouth 7-1. The Engineers are 5-2-1 since the start of 2020 and have battled back to reach fourth-place in the ECAC.
Kjellberg’s offense may have slowed down but he remains on the power play and penalty kill units as well as being asked to eat up a lot of minutes on the blueline. And remember Kjellberg is just a freshman.
Being ranked first in the college hockey polls has turned into a curse as no team as remain there long. Morgan Barron and his Cornell Big Red got spanked by the Quinnipiac Bobcats 5-0 giving Cornell just their second loss of the season.
Barron was a -1 on four shots and a 1-1 on faceoffs. Barron has gone seven games without a goal and that is starting to look like a concern. While the Cornell captain started the season with five goals in four games, he has only four goals in his last 16 games.
Barron might find himself back at Cornell for another year unless he regains his goal-scoring touch. Cornell travels to play Princeton for Saturday night matchup.
It was the battle for the top spot in the Hockey East Conference between Zac Jone’s sixth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen and fifth-ranked Boston College. It turned out to no contest as Boston College shut out Massachusetts 3-0 and took over first place in the Hockey East (tied with points but hold 2 games in hand).
Jones, of course, was scoreless as he was credited with five-shots and was a -1.
Eric Cicciolini was a healthy scratch for his Michigan Wolverines win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Got to produce if you want to keep playing and the young freshman hasn’t produced much.