Matthew Robertson has points in his last three games, his Edmonton Oil Kings have won three straight after they defeated the Winnipeg Ice 4-1. Robertson had the primary assist on the game-winning goal and the insurance marker.
With Edmonton already up 1-0 in the second period, Robertson’s first assist came on a power play. Some solid movement with both puck and players and all Robertson had to do was hand the puck to teammate Riley Sawchuk who one-timed a shot for a goal. The 2-0 lead was all that Edmonton would really need.
The second assist was also on the power play but Ranger fans will like this one because Robertson fired a shot from the very top of the slot. It was low and on target for the goal and it was easy for teammate Ethan McIndoe to just put his stick on it and deflect it in. The power-play goal just 40 seconds into the third play made it 3-0 and this one was over but for the shouting.
As mentioned earlier, the win was Edmonton’s third straight and combined with Portland’s loss to Seattle gives Edmonton the best record in the WHL. For Robertson, the 0-2-2 evening came with a +2 on four shots and a tripping minor as he ups his season totals to 11-23-34.
Robertson’s hot play has lifted him to 12th in scoring among WHL defensemen as well as the Ranger prospect’s scoring leader.
Hunter Skinner may not be hot but his London Knights are. The Knights won their eighth-straight, 5-2 over the Sarnia Sting. Skinner was scoreless on one shot with a -1.
The win lifted London to the top of the OHL’s Western Conference with an impressive 32-13-1-1 record. It is still early but maybe between Robertson and Skinner that two 2019 draft picks could possibly meet in the 2020 Memorial Cup.
Morgan Barron had a secondary assist as his top-ranked Cornell Big Red bounced back from Friday’s shutout loss with a 5-2 win over Princeton. Barron earned the secondary assist on Cornell’s first goal of the game.
Barron in addition to the 0-1-1 was a +1 on four shots going 7-5 on faceoffs and an interference minor. Overall Barron still leads Cornell in scoring with a 9-1-3 22 mark.
If the Wisconsin Badgers are wondering why they have lost three straight after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, I will offer to them that K’Andre Miller being scoreless. Miller attempted five shots but none made it on goal as the Badgers were swept at home by the Gophers to fall into last place in the Big Ten.
Take a look at when Miller is the most active and effective and you will see Wisconsin wins.
Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on one shot as Rensselaer defeated Vermont 1-2. The win improved the Engineers record to 12-12-2.
Nico Gross was scoreless on two shots and two minor penalties as his Oshawa Generals lost to the Peterborough Petes 4-1. The loss puts the Generals seven points behind the Petes for second place in the OHL’s East Division (Generals hold three games in hand).
Eric Ciccolini was a healthy scratch for the second straight game for his Michigan Wolverines.
Tyler Nanne missed his first game since 2018 for Minnesota in their win over Wisconsin. Nanne was injured during Friday’s game against Wisconsin.