How many ways do I like Morgan Barron? He is a natural leader, he can score from any spot on the ice, he can find the open man with a pass, he takes faceoffs, he plays all three forward positions, he kills penalties, plays on the power play, he can skate, and he is 6’4 225. That is just a small summary of the player who I believe one day can wear the “C” for the Rangers.
Barron had gone eight games without scoring any goals but broke that streak with two goals to lead second-ranked Cornell to a 4-1 win over Colgate. It was the third multi-goal game of the season for Barron.
But it was more than just the offense from Barron as he and his teammates just totally shutdown the Colgate offense. Colgate was held to nine shots for the entire game and six of those shots came in the third period.
The junior captain was all over the place in this matchup. His first goal of the game was a power-play goal that came from the top of the slot. It was a beauty of a blast as it put Cornell up 3-1 at the 16:40 mark of the first period.
In the second period with Cornell on another power-play, Barron scored on a blast from the top of the right faceoff circle. That goal at 13:35 of the second period made it 4-1 as Cornell would go on to win their 16th game of the season (16-2-4).
Cornell remains two points behind Clarkson for the ECAC lead (11-2-2) with seven conference games remaining in the regular season. Barron improves to 11-13-24 which leads Cornell in goals and overall scoring.
Cornell and Colgate will face each other on Sunday making up Friday’s postponed game. You can catch the game on the ESPN+ app starting at 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT.
Zac Jones had a career-best three assists as his eighth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen knocked off 10th-ranked Providence 5-1. A big win for the Minutemen as they take two from Providence and remain in first place of the Hockey East Conference.
Jones got his night going when he got the puck to teammate John Leonard for the game’s first goal at 13:11 of the first period. The second assist was an easy one as Jones got the puck to Leonard who skated coast-to-coast for his third goal of the game and a 4-1 Minutemen lead.
Finally, Jones’ third assist was a secondary one as Jack Suter redirected a Leonard shot for the fifth goal of the game for Massachusetts. On the season, Jones improves to 3-15-18 and Massachusetts leads the Hockey East by two points over Tyler Wall’s UMass-Lowell.
K’Andre Miller recorded his seventh goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to prevent his Wisconsin Badgers from dropping their fifth-straight 5-3 to Eric Cicolini’s Michigan Wolverines. Miller’s goal was scored at 18:57 of the third period as Wisconsin was trying to come back from down 4-2.
The goal pulled Wisconsin to within 4-3 but Michigan scored an empty-net goal to ice the win. Miller was 1-0-1 on four shots with a -1 and three blocked shots as he improved to 7-8-15 on the season.
Eric Ciccolini had the primary assist on Michigan’s first goal but no shots and one blocked shot. The freshman forward is 1-0-11 for the Wolverines.
Tyler Wall stopped 24 out of 27 shots as his 14th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks held off Merrimack 4-3 to take sole possession of second place in the Hockey East conference. Wall surrender one goal in the first and two in the third as the River Hawks used a four-goal second period to earn the win.
For Wall, the win improved his record to 15-5-5 as his goals-against dropped to 2.09 (12th NCAA) and his save percentage to 0.932 (Tied 5th NCAA).
Tyler Nanne had a primary assist but it wasn’t enough to keep his Minnesota Golden Gophers from losing to Michigan State 4-2. The loss cost Minnesota their lead in the Big Ten conference as they dropped into a three-way tie for second place.
For Nanne, the assist was his ninth helper on the season, a new career-high for the senior captain. Overall Nanne is 3-9-12 for the season.
It was a rough night for Simon Kjellberg as his Rensselaer Engineers dropped the second game of their series with Western Michigan 6-2. Kjellberg was scoreless on one shot with a -2 and two minors, one that led to a power-play goal for Western Michigan.
Rensselaer dropped both games of their series with Western Michigan to fall to 12-14-2.