Morgan Barron had two primary assists as his second-ranked Cornell Big Red defeated Simon Kjellberg’s Rensselaer Engineers 4-2. The win was the fifth straight for Cornell as they remain tied for the ECAC lead.
The junior captain, Barron extended his scoring streak to five games (4-5-9) earned his first assist (starts at 32 seconds of clip) when he spotted a wide-open Alex Green coming down the left side of the offensive zone. Barron was on the right side and somehow threaded a pass cross-ice that Green converted for Cornell’s second goal at 3:48 of the first period.
On his second assist, Barron handed off the puck to teammate Yanni Kaldis who fired a shot from the top of the slot for Cornell’s third goal of the game at 17:03 of the first period. This would prove to be the game-winning goal for Cornell.
The two assists were part of a three-shot, one blocked shot, 1-1 on faceoffs and a minor for embellishment for Barron. As for Kjellberg, the freshman defenseman was scoreless on no shots and a -2.
But what really got me about Kjellberg was watching this 6’3 190 kid (he is just 19) knocking people on their backsides. They were trying to hit him and they got the worst of it. And that part of him being just 19? Kjellberg will grow into his body playing against adults in the next four years.
Matthew Robertson is also on a hot streak, the assistant captain of the Edmonton Oil Kings had two secondary assists in Edmonton’s 5-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Robertson has a six-game scoring streak (2-7-9) and points in eight out of his last nine games (4-9-13).
Robertson earned his first assist on the Oil Kings’ first goal (even strength) at 12:31 of the first period which tied the score at 1-1. Exactly 2:02 later at 14:33 and the Oil Kings on a power play, Robertson picked up his second assist to put his team ahead for good at 2-1.
The current leading scorer among Ranger prospects at 12-26-38, Robertson and his teammates lead the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a 36-9-6-3 record.
Tyler Wall and his 11th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks dropped their second straight game to Riley Hughes’s 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies 2-1. Wall stopped 18 out of 20 shots in taking the loss for the River Hawks.
Wall saw his record fall to 15-7-5 with 2.09 goals against (13th NCAA) and a 0.930 save percentage (7th NCAA). The loss dropped the River Hawks into a tie for fourth in the Hockey East with five regular-season games remaining.
Hughes was scoreless with no shots and a slashing minor as his Huskies moved into a tie for sixth in the Hockey East one point behind the River Hawks. They have six regular-season games remaining and thanks to the weekend sweep hold the tiebreaker advantage over the River Hawks.
K’Andre Miller had a primary assist on his Wisconsin Badgers’ second goal but it was not enough to defeat ninth-ranked Penn State losing 3-2. Miller earned his assist on Dylan Holloway’s goal which came at 19:00 of the third with the extra attacker for Wisconsin.
Miller’s assist gives him a 7-9-16 mark on the season. Miller also had two blocked shots.
Hunter Skinner was scoreless and a -2 as his London Knights scored five goals in the third period to defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 7-5. The win put the Knights back on top of the OHL’s Western Conference, one point better than the Kitchener Rangers with two games in hand.
Nico Gross had a secondary assist on his Oshawa Generals’ fifth goal but the Generals blew a three-goal third-period lead and lost in the shootout 6-5 to the Erie Otters. Gross improves his season totals to 9-16-25.
Tyler Nanne missed his Minnesota Golden Gophers 2-1 win over Notre Dame with an injury. Nanne was injured in the second overtime of Friday’s game against Notre Dame.
His status is unknown and he will be evaluated upon the team’s return to Minnesota. This is the second injury of the season for Nanne and it comes at the worst time as Minnesota faces Big Ten co-leader Penn State next weekend.