Barron’s Two Goals Lead Cornell Win

Morgan Barron (Cornell Sun)

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 (Hockey East)

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 (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

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.

Wall Stops 23 In Win Over #4 Boston College

Tyler Wall (Boston College)

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 (Hockey East)

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 (Michigan Wolverines)

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.

Postponed

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.

Robertson’s Helpers Help Edmonton Win Again

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.

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

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 (Terry Wilson/ OHL Images)

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.

Gross’s Two Point Night Helps Oshawa Win

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.

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

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 (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

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.

Robertson Starts Oil Kings Rally

Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson had a primary assist on his Edmonton Oil King’s first goal as they rallied from down 2-0 with three unanswered goals to earn a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades. in the second period, Robertson set up Jalen Luypen to get the Oil Kings going.

For Robertson, the assist gives him a 10-20-30 season total, tops among the Ranger’s North American prospects. Since the start of 202o Robertson is 2-7-9 in 11 games as the Oil Kings pulled even in points with the Portland Winterhawks for the best record in the WHL.

Tyler Wall stopped 30 out of 32 shots as his 12th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks played to a 2-2 overtime tie with the Boston University Terriers. About the biggest difference between Friday and Saturday was that the River Hawks stayed completely out of the penalty box.

Wall is now 13-5-5 on the season with a 2.06 goals against (11th NCAA) and a 0.934 save percentage (Tied 6th NCAA).

Tyler Nanne (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

Tyler Nanne was scoreless on one shot with one blocked shot as his Minnesota Golden Gophers upset sixth-ranked Ohio State 4-1. The Gophers earned the weekend sweep of Ohio State to improve their season to 10-10-4 thanks to their third straight win.

Nico Gross had a secondary assist as his Oshawa Generals defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 7-4 in a game shown on the NHL Network. Gross earned his assist on the General’s final goal of the game at 18:11 of the third period.

Nico set a new career-high in points with his assist as he is now 7-14-21 on the season.

Morgan Barron was scoreless with no shots and was 6-4 on faceoffs as his top-ranked Cornell Big Red scored with just 1:56 remaining in the third period to earn a 1-1 overtime tie with Harvard University.

If you were looking for something noticeable about this game, then it has to be in the final minute of regulation, Barron was the guy taking the offensive zone faceoffs. It is rather interesting to be using your leading scorer and power forward instead of your number one center.

Zac Jones was scoreless as his seventh-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen played to a 1-1 overtime tie with the New Hampshire Wildcats. Jones was credited with five shots as the Minutemen settled for one point from the two-game series.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless with no shots as his Rensselaer Engineers played to a 1-1 overtime tie with Union College in ECAC action. The Engineers wind up with three out of four points in the two games played this week.

K’Andre Miller was scoreless as he got an early exit from his Wisconsin Badger’s 5-2 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Miller was hit with a misconduct penalty at 15:39 of the third period after teammate Dylan Hollaway was called for tripping.

Best guess is Miller did not say “great call refs, great call you are the best” and the ref’s feelings were hurt. Seriously I am liking Miller’s play more and more despite not scoring as he was a -1 on three shots but also blocked two more shots tonight.

Exhibition Hockey
Eric Cicolini and his Michigan Wolverines played host to the US Under-18 Team in an exhibition game with Team USA coming away a 4-1 winner. Ciccolini had the primary assist on the Wolverines’ only goal, a power-play marker at 19:01 of the third period.

Miller’s Two Assists Leads Wisconsin

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

Whatever it was that got K’Andre Miller going in the second half can they keep feeding him it? For the third straight game, Miller had a solid performance this time with two assists to help his Wisconsin Badgers to a 6-4 win over Notre Dame.

Miller and the Badgers rallied from down 2-0 and 3-2 to earn the Big Ten win. With Wisconsin trailing 2-1 a little over a minute into the second period, Miller started a scoring play getting the puck to Alex Turcotte who set up Caufield for the game-tying goal at 1:19 of the period.

In the third and the Badgers up 4-3 and on the power play, Miller would pass the puck over to Max Zimmer who would score what proved to be the game-winning goal putting Wisconsin up 5-3 3:18 of the period as they went on to earn the win. Miller with his two assists on one shot was also a +2 with two blocked shots.

K’Andre Miller improves to 6-8-14 after 23 games for Wisconsin who improved their record to 10-12-1 (5-9-1 Big Ten). The same two teams play on Saturday evening, you can stream the game at nbcsports.com or on the NBC Sports App.

Tyler Nanne earned a secondary assist as his Minnesota Golden Gophers upset sixth-ranked Ohio State 6-3. Nanne earned his assist on an empty-net goal that gave Minnesota a 5-2 lead.

Tyler Nanne also recorded one shot as he improved his season totals to 3-8-11 with the eighth assist matching his career-high set last season. The same two teams meet up on Saturday for a game that will be shown on the Big Ten Network starting at 8:30 EDT/5:30 PDT.

Morgan Barron set up top-ranked Cornell’s first goal of the game as they held off Dartmouth 3-2 to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3). The win avenged Cornell’s only loss of the season to Dartmouth on December 7th.

Barron set up Tristin Mullin for a power-play goal at 15:32 of the first period tying the game at 1-1. For Barron, the assist improved his season totals to 9-12-21 which leads Cornell in scoring.

Overall Barron was 0-1-1 on five shots with minors for interference and tripping while going 3-3 on his faceoffs. Big Red improves to 14-1-3 (9-1-1 2nd ECAC) as they will host Harvard on Saturday evening at 7PM EDT/4 PM PDT, a game that will be streamed via the ESPN+ app.

Hunter Skinner was a +1 on two shots as his London Knights knocked off the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1. The win was the Knights fifth straight as they remain two points behind the OHL Western Conference leaders the Kitchener Rangers.

Zac Jones and his seventh-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen were shut out 1-0 by the New Hampshire Wildcats. Jones was a -1 on one shot and a minor for tripping.

Same two teams on Saturday evening with the game being streamed via the CBS All-Access app.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on a game-high seven shots as his Edmonton Oil Kings lost on the road to the Prince Albert Raiders. The loss was the first regulation loss in 10 games (7-1-1-1) for the WHL’s Eastern Conference leaders.

Robertson played a good game but Prince Albert has had the Oil Kings number this season going 1-2-1 with the Oil Kings only win coming in a shootout.

Tyler Wall saw his number on the year take a big drop after giving up four goals on 29 shots before getting the early exit as his 12th-ranked UMass-Lowell were spanked 5-0 by Boston University. Once again Wall got hurt by his team taking a major penalty as three of the four goals surrendered were on the same power play.

Wall only gave up one even-strength goal before his team took a minor penalty and then during that penalty kill took the major penalty. BU would score one goal while up two men, then two more goals with the one-man advantage.

For Wall, it was only his fifth loss on the season (13-5-4) as he saw his goals-against fall to 2.07 and his save percentage drop to 0.934. The same two teams play Saturday at 6 PM EDT/3 PM PDT. I would be surprised if Wall gets the start but you can watch the game via the CBS All-Access App.

Robertson’s Two Points Helps Edmonton Win

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

Just the three New York Ranger prospects playing in the Canadian juniors were in action on Sunday. Matthew Robertson earned the game’s third star for the second straight game after a 1-1-2 performance.

Matthew Robertson scored his ninth goal of the season and then got the primary assist on the game-winning goal as his Edmonton Oil Kings knocked off the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2. The win extends Edmonton’s regulation unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-1-1) while increasing their lead over the Tigers for both the WHL’s Western Conference top seed and Central Divison to nine points.

It was another strong performance from the Rangers 2019 second-round selection as the young defenseman is playing his best hockey of the season right now. Robertson got the Oil Kings going when he scored his ninth goal of the season at 3:56 of the first period.

Matthew Robertson showed off his on-ice vision as he had pinched into the left offensive corner after dropping the puck off to Riley Sawchuk. When three Tigers defenders went to Sawchuk, Robertson came out from the corner taking a pass from Sawchuk and rifled a shot past Medicine Hat’s goalie.

In the third period with the score tied at 2-2 and his team on the power play, it was Robertson’s turn to feed Sawchuk as Sawchuk fired a one-timer past the Medicine Hat goalie for a 3-2 lead. Edmonton goes on for the win.

Robertson with his 1-1-2 night was a -1 off five shots and a cross-checking minor. The current leading prospect scorer, Robertson is now 9-18-27 after 42 games just six points away from tying his career-best set last season.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless and a -1 on just one shot as his London Knights defeated the Erie Otters 6-2. The win was the third straight for the Knights who trail the OHL Western Conference leaders the Kitchener Rangers by four points but hold two games in hand on the Rangers.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals dropped their second straight game 5-3 to the Ottawa 67’s. Gross would take a costly double-minor in the second period when he was called for cross-checking and “unsportsmanlike” conduct that Ottawa would score on the resulting power play.

The Swiss defender was a +1 on one shot with the four minutes in penalties.

Barron “Helps” Cornell Win

Morgan Barron (Cornell Sun)

Just seven New York Ranger prospects saw action on Saturday night and our favorite Morgan Barron had another strong game to lead his Cornell Big Red to a win.

Morgan Barron made sure that his top-ranked Cornell Big Red got off to a good start by setting up the game’s first goal and then adding a second assist to help beat Northern Michigan 3-1.

It was Barron’s sixth multi-point game of the season as Cornell extends their unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) and improve to 13-1-3. Big Red finishes their non-conference part of the schedule 5-0-2.

The first assist was an easy one as Barron led a “2-on-1” odd-man rush into the offensive zone that teammate Alex Green finished off with a goal just 1:04 into the contest. The game would be tied at 1-1 after the first period.

In the second, Barron led another “2-on-1” breakaway but he took the shot which the goalie stopped and the rebound came right back to Barron who took a second shot but teammate Cam Donaldson would deflect into the net for a 2-1 lead just 48 seconds into the second period.

The goal would prove to be the game-winning goal as Cornell added another goal in the third period. For Barron, the two assists improved his season totals to a team-best 9-11-20 after a 0-2-2 on four shots with a +1 and a cross-checking minor.

Barron also was 8-4 on faceoffs which led the team and even blocked a shot.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagon)

Tyler Wall if you go only by the numbers looked to have struggled as his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks defeated the Merrimack Warriors 6-4. Wall stopped 35 out of 39 shots in earning his 13th win of the season.

To be fair to Wall, he had a pretty decent night going until one of his teammates took an elbowing major at 14:20 of the third period. Merrimack was already on the power play at the time so first, they scored on the “5-on-3”, then Merrimack would pull their goalie and score twice during the resulting “6-on-4”.

So what looked like a 6-1 win became a 6-4 win and Wall’s stats took the hit. Wall saw his save percentage fall to 0.936 (seventh NCAA) and his goals-against drop to 1.97 (12th NCAA) while his 13 wins are 10th best in the NCAA.

Zac Jones (Massachusetts Athletics)

Zac Jones had a scoreless night as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen defeated Vermont 3-1. Jones was a -1 on one shot and an interference minor as Massachusetts took both games of the weekend set.

The win keeps the Minutemen all alone in first place in the Hockey East conference with a 9-4-1 record and 16-7-1 overall record.

K’Andre Miller was scoreless on two shots with two blocked shots as his Wisconsin Badgers upset Michigan State 3-1. It was a good bounce-back win for Wisconsin after being shut out on Friday 4-0.

Miller in my book had a good weekend with two solid overall performances against a good Michigan State team.

Eric Ciccolini (Michigan Wolverines)

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on one shot and blocked one shot as his Michigan Wolverines played to a 4-4 tie with sixth-ranked Penn State. The Wolverines picked up the extra point when they scored in the second overtime.

The ties extends Michigan’s unbeaten streak to four games as their record improves to 10-11-3 (5-7-2 Big Ten).

Simon Kjellberg and his Rensselaer Engineers dropped a 4-1 road decision to Yale in ECAC action. Kjellberg was scoreless on one shot as the Engineers fell into a third-place tie in the ECAC with three other teams.

Overall Rensselaer fell to 10-12-1 with a 7-7-1 ECAC record.

Riley Hughes (Northeastern)

Riley Hughes was ejected at 18:46 of the first-period for “grabbing the facemask” as his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies fell in overtime to the UConn Huskies. The details of the ejection remain fuzzy at press time but it appears that Hughes was reacting to a UConn player boarding either himself or a teammate (UConn player was also ejected).

Nico Gross and his Oshawa Generals saw their road game against the Owen Sound Attack postponed due to the weather. It is winter so it is a surprise that more games aren’t canceled due to the weather.

They are rescheduling the game for Monday weather permitting of course.

Pretty Quiet Night For Rangers Prospects

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

It was a very quiet night for the New York Ranger prospects as ten saw action but only two registered any production on the night.

It is not often when I like the efforts of a prospect whose team was shutout but in K’Andre Miller’s case, Friday was one of his better overall games despite his Wisconsin Badgers getting shutout 4-0 by Michigan State. Miller was a -1 on four shots and two blocked shots as well as a “hitting after the whistle” minor.

Wisconsin really did not have much of a chance against the more experienced and deeper Michigan State team but Miller tried his best to give Wisconsin a chance in this game. Now the question is can Miller have games like this on a more consistent basis?

Hunter Skinner (London Knights)

Hunter Skinner didn’t score but his London Knights earned a 4-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves. Skinner was a +2 with no shots and three minor penalties including back-to-back roughing minors at the end of the third period.

Skinner is second among the Rangers prospects in North America with a 3-21-24 +23 in 41 games. His defense is vastly improved over the course of the season.

Simon Kjellberg earned a secondary assist as his Rensselaer Engineers continued their second-half improvement with a 3-1 road win over Brown. Kjellberg improved to 4-6-10 in 20 games this season.

The Engineers improved to 4-1 since the start of 2020 as they moved their record to 10-11-1 overall and 7-6-1 in the ECAC conference.

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

Nico Gross earned a primary assist as his Oshawa Generals dropped a 4-2 home loss to the Mississauga Steelheads. Gross earned the game’s third star in the loss after setting up Oshawa’s first goal of the game.

The young Swiss defender took four shots and was a -1. On the season, Gross is 7-13-20 after 31 games.

Zac Jones was scoreless on three shots as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen recorded a 4-0 shutout win over Vermont in Hockey East action. The win improved the Minutemen overall to 15-7-1 as they took sole possession of first place in the Hockey East conference with an 8-4-1 mark.

Morgan Barron and his top-ranked Cornell Big Red have to feel like they lost after settling for a 2-2 overtime tie against the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Barron was scoreless on five shots with a -1 and a 3-5 record on faceoffs.

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on two shots as his Michigan Wolverines won their third straight with a 6-0 road shocker over sixth-ranked Penn State. Michigan improves to 10-11-2 on the season as they have gone 6-2 in their last eight games since going 1-7-1 in November.

Tyler Wall and his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks fell on home ice to fifth-ranked Boston College 3-2. Wall stopped 21 of 24 shots as the River Hawks blew a 2-0 first-period loss to fall to Boston College.

Despite the loss, Wall whose record fell to 12-4-4 remains third in the NCAA with a 0.939 save percentage but dropped to 11th in goals against with a 1.87.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on one shot with a minor for an interference minor as his Edmonton Oil Kings lost in overtime 2-1 to the Prince Albert Raiders. The game was a battle of goalies with Prince Albert’s Max Paddock earning the first star and Edmonton’s Sebastian Cossa the second.

The overtime loss extends Edmonton’s unbeaten in regulation streak to seven games (5-0-1-1) as Edmonton has the best record in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Exhibition Hockey

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers took on Team USA’s Under-18 team in an exhibition match in Minnesota. The USA squad would come away with a 2-1 win thanks to a late goal in the third period.

Nanne was scoreless and a -1 as he was the third pair right defenseman for this one.

Robertson Earns Star In Oil Kings Shootout Win

Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)

A better Saturday night with nine of the Rangers North American prospects seeing action. While the offensive production still remained on the low side, five of the prospects saw their team earn wins.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on four shots but was named the game’s third star on the road as his Edmonton Oil Kings earned a 3-2 shootout win over the Prince Albert Raiders. It says a lot in a game where both goalies earned the first two stars and Robertson got the third without recording a point.

It is an example of why sometimes stats don’t tell the entire story as the Oil Kings’s assistant captain played a good game defensively and was also looking for his offense.

The Oil Kings have the best record in the WHL and Robertson is a major reason why even if his stats do not always tell the entire story.

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

K’Andre Miller had a secondary assist as his Wisconsin Badgers upset seventh-ranked Ohio State 5-2. For Miller, the assist improves his season totals to 6-6-12, not earth-shattering but makes the possibility of him leaving school after this season a bit of a head-scratcher at the moment.

The win gives Wisconsin a split of their weekend road season with Ohio State.

Simon Kjellberg had a secondary assist on his Rensselaer Engineers shutout Colgate 3-0. Kjellberg is 4-5-9 on the season after 19 games in his freshman season.

Tyler Nanne (Kristin Ostrowski)

Tyler Nanne was scoreless on one shot with one blocked shot as his Minnesota Golden Gophers shutout Michigan State 2-0. The win gave Minnesota a split in the two-game series.

Nanne is second on Minnesota with 39 blocked shots this season.

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless and a -1 on one shot as his Michigan Wolverines defeated 14th-ranked Notre Dame 3-1. The win gave Michigan a sweep of the weekend set as they improved their record to 9-11-2 overall and 4-7-1 in the Big Ten Conference.

Morgan Barron set up what proved to be the game-tying goal as his second-ranked Cornell Big Red had to settle for a 3-3 overtime tie with Union College. Call this one a loss for Cornell as the 12-1-2 Big Red tied a Union team that is 6-15-2 on the season.

For Barron, the assist was his ninth as Barron remains the leading scorer for Cornell at 9-9-18. Expect this tie to hurt Cornell in the polls as well as down the road in the “Pairwise” (seeding formula for NCAA tournament).

Hunter Skinner’s London Knights saw their five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-0-1) ended on the road by the Saginaw Spirit 6-5. Skinner was scoreless on two shots with a +1 with a minor for “delay of game.

The young defenseman despite having the second-best scoring record among the Ranger prospects this season at 3-21-24 has gone five games without a point and has not scored any goals since October 27th (27 games). The good news is the supposed offensive-minded defenseman has been rock solid on defense this season as his plus/minus of +20 is good for 15th in the OHL.

Riley Hughes was scoreless and a -1 as his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies lost in overtime to New Hampshire 5-4. Hughes was used as the fourth line right-wing as he has been all season.

Zac Jones was scoreless on two shots as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen lost to fourth-ranked Boston College 6-3. The two teams split the weekend series with the road team winning both games.

Tyler Wall got the night off as his 11th-ranked UMass-Lowell lost to RIT 3-2. It was only the second time this season that Wall did not get the start (both times UMass-Lowell lost).