Tyler Wall stopped 23 out of 25 shots as his 14th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks edged fourth-ranked Boston College 3-2 in Hockey East action. Wall’s 14th win of the season enabled his River Hawks to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Hockey East.
It was a much-needed win for Wall and his teammates as they needed to improve their “pairwise” if they want to earn an NCAA tournament bid if they do not win the Hockey East championship. After the win, the River Hawks are 13th with is borderline at best for making the NCAAs.
Wall earned his 14th win (14-5-5) as he lowered his goals-against to 2.05 (NCAA 10th) and improved his save percentage to 0.933 (tie NCAA 4th). The River Hawks travel to Merrimack for a game Saturday evening.
Nico Gross scored his ninth goal of the season to get his Oshawa Generals going as they defeated the Sudbury Wolves 5-2. Gross picked up the puck off the right boards and beat the Sudbury goal over his glove for the goal.
For Gross who was 1-0-1 on three shots and a +3, the goal improved his season totals to 9-14-23.
Zac Jones had the primary assist on the game-winning goal as his eighth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen defeated 10th-ranked Providence 3-1. Teammate Niko Hildenbrand tipped a Jones shot into the Providence goal breaking a 1-1 tie at 3:23 of the third period.
For Jones, the assist broke a seven-game scoreless streak as he improved to 3-12-15 on the season. For the game, Jones was 0-1-1 +1 on two shots and Massachusetts moves into first-place in the Hockey East with the win.
Matthew Robertson had a primary assist as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Red Deer Rebels 2-1. Robertson handed the puck off to teammate Dylan Guenther for a power-play goal which tied the game up at 1-1 in the first period.
The leading scorer among Ranger prospects, Robertson has a four-game scoring streak (1-5-6) after his 24th assist of the season (11-24-35) as he was 0-1-1, +1 on one shot with two minor penalties. Edmonton leads the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a 35-8-6-3 record.
Hunter Skinner was scoreless and a +2 as his London Knights won their 10th-straight game 7-3 over the Saginaw Spirit. Skinner is a +28 on the season which is third-best on the Knights but the leader among the Knights defensemen.
London leads the OHL’s Western Conference with a 34-13-1-1. Their last loss came on January 11th and going back to December 28th and the Knights are 14-2.
Eric Ciccolini had two assists as his Michigan Wolverines doubled up K’Andre Miller’s Wisconsin Badgers 8-4. Ciccolini had a secondary assist on Michigan’s seventh goal and the primary on Michigan’s eighth goal.
For Ciccolini, the two assists were part of a two-shot, +2 and two blocked shot game. The freshman forward is 1-9-10 on the season. K’Andre Miller was scoreless on two shots.
Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated Michigan State 4-1 for their fifth straight win. Nanne was scoreless on four shots and a +2 as the Gophers moved into first place of the Big Ten Conference.
Minnesota faces Michigan State on Saturday night in the final regular-season meeting between the two schools.
Riley Hughes and his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies dropped a 4-2 decision to the Maine Black Bears in Hockey East action. Hughes was scoreless with no shots on goal as the Huskies fell to eighth place in the Hockey East with eight games remaining.
Northeastern plays Boston University in the finals of the Beanpot Tournament on Monday. You can catch that game on the NHL Network starting at 7:30 PM/4:30 PM.
Simon Kjellberg and his Rensselaer Engineers took on Western Michigan in a non-conference matchup with Western Michigan using a five-goal second to earn an 8-4 win. Kjellberg was scoreless on four shots with a -1 and a minor for tripping that led to a Western power-play goal.
The same two teams will play on Saturday evening.
Morgan Barron and his second-ranked Cornell Big Red saw their game against Colgate postponed due to bad weather. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday evening weather permitting.