Wall Leads Big UMass-Lowell Win

Forget “March Madness”, for the New York Ranger prospects playing in the NCAAs and Canadian juniors, the “madness” has already started. Just about every game was key for any post-season hopes that the prospect and his team had. Even the one non-conference game was a heart-stopping nailbiter that K’Andre Miller set up the game-winner.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

Tyler Wall and his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks badly needed a win against Zac Jones and his eighth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen to protect both their hopes of hosting a first-round series in the Hockey East playoffs as well an “at-large” bid at the NCAA tournament.

Wearing New York Ranger style uniforms, Wall stopped 38 out of 40 shots (15 in 1st, 13 in 2nd, and 10 in 3rd) as the River Hawks upset the Minutemen to force a three-way tie for second place in the Hockey East conference with four games left to play.

With the win. Wall improves to 16-7-5 on the season with a 2.08 goals against (13th NCAA) and a 0.931 save percentage (7th NCAA). Zac Jones was scoreless on four shots and two blocked shots.

Same two teams play on Saturday night starting at 7 PM EDT/4 PM PDT, you can watch this one via the CBS “All-Access app.

Morgan Barron and his second-ranked Cornell Big Red shutout Yale 4-0 to win their third-straight Ivy League title. Barron set up what proved to be the only goal Cornell would need with a needle-threaded pass to Cam Donaldson at 3:43 of the first period. (play starts 9 seconds into the clip)

For Barron, the assist extends his scoring streak to six games (4-6-10) as Cornell wins their sixth straight game. Morgan Barron was 0-1-1 on game-high six shots with a +1, 2-1 on faceoffs and one blocked shot.

The Cornell win combined with Clarkson’s loss gives Cornel sole possession of first place in the ECAC with three games left.

Simon Kjellberg (Hans Pennink)

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on three shots and a cross-checking minor as his Rensselaer Engineers shutout the Quinnipiac Bobcats 4-0 in ECAC action. Kjellberg also contributed a game-high five blocked shots as the Engineers with their win pulled to within three points of the fourth-place Bobcats with three conference games remaining.

Kjellberg was a force on defense showing a huge improvement over the beginning of the season. Remember this is a 19-year old freshman who is playing top-pair minutes and the 2019 fourth-round draft pick could become the Ranger’s steal of the draft.

Tyler Nanne returned to the Minnesota Golden Gopher lineup with a 1-1-2 on three shots with a +1 and two blocked shots as they played to a 3-3 overtime tie with 10th-ranked Penn State. Penn State would pick up the bonus conference point as they scored during the second overtime.

A nice play by Nanne led to Minnesota’s first goal which tied the game up at 1-1 in the second period. It was Nanne’s defensive play that got the offense going and then a second nice play scored the goal.

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The senior co-caption set a new career-best in points with his second point which was a secondary assist on Minnesota’s second goal which came in the third period. Nanne is now 4-10-14 on the season.

But because of Penn State earning the bonus point in overtime, Minnesota finds themselves one point behind Penn State in the Big Ten standings. A Minnesota win on Saturday will put them back in first with two conference games remaining.

Earning the top seed in the Big Ten Conference means a bye directly to the league semi-finals and avoiding what could be a matchup with K’Andre Miller’s Wisconsin Badgers.

K’Andre Miller’s second assist of the game coming with 1:09 remaining in the third period set up the game-winning goal as his Wisconsin Badgers won one of the more entertaining games of the season 7-6 over ninth-ranked Arizona State. It was a crazy yet exciting game as the teams traded leads back and forth all game long.

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Now it is hard to see but that was Miller who spotted Roman Ahcan in the high slot for the game-winning goal. Miller also set up Alex Turcotte’s goal which at the time gave Wisconsin a 4-2 lead that did not last.

Miller improved to 7-11-18 in the non-conference matchup. Same two teams on Saturday night.

Nico Gross had a secondary assist but his Oshawa Generals fell in overtime to the Kingston Frontenacs 4-3. The good news is despite the OT loss the one point the Generals did earn clinched a spot in the OHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs.

Gross earned his assist on Oshawa’s second goal of the game late in the second period helping Oshawa pull to within one goal at the time at 3-2. For Gross, the assist was his 17th of the season tying his career-high in assists.

Gross had already set new highs in both goals and points as he improved to 9-17-26. The Generals currently sit in third place in the OHL’s East Division, four points behind second-place Peterborough and holding two games in hand.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on no shots and a -2 as his London Knights lost to the Guelph Storm 5-3. The Knights have already clinched a spot in the OHL’s Western Conference playoffs but they are trying to fight off two teams (Kitchener and Flint) for the top seed in the Western Conference.

It is not as if London is playing bad but rather the other two teams have gotten hotter. The only edge London has at the moment is they hold a game in hand over both teams.

Matthew Robertson and his Edmonton Oil Kings have already clinched a spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs. After a 5-2 road loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings, their lead over Lethbridge for the first seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs is eight points with 11 regular-season games remaining.

Against Brandon, the Oil Kings were their own worse enemies. Robertson was scoreless on three shots and a tripping minor that led to Brandon’s first goal of the game.

The rest of his night was forgettable as I think they were looking past Brandon. Bad move by Edmonton.

Riley Hughes and his 10th-ranked Northeastern Huskies have been ravaged by injuries and on Friday, fifth-ranked Boston College made matters ever worse after whipping them 10-1. It was a serious horror show for Northeastern as they used three goalies (allowed in college hockey) and none played well.

Boston College built up a 7-0 lead before the Huskies got on the scoreboard late in the second period. Hughes was scoreless on two shots with a -2 for his evening.

The loss drops Northeastern into a tie for seventh place in the Hockey East (top eight qualify for playoffs) with four games remaining. They have the easier schedule of the three teams fighting for the last two spots in the playoffs.

The question is will Northeastern have enough bodies to make it that far?

Barron’s Two Assists Helps Cornell Win 5th Straight

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.

Simon Kjellberg (RPI)

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).

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

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 (Wisconsin Badgers)

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.

Injured

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.

Barron’s Three Points Leads Cornell Win

Morgan Barron (Cornell)

This is one of those “good news, bad news” reports of Morgan Barron and his second-ranked Cornell Big Red. The good news is if you are a fan of Barron and his teammates then Morgan Barron was 2-1-3 to help his team earn a 5-2 win over Union College.

The bad news is if you aren’t a fan of Barrons then the junior captain is starting to heat up scoring as he has a four-game scoring streak (4-3-7). Barron with his 2-1-3 on four shots was also a +1, 2-2 on faceoffs and blocked two shots.

Barron’s first goal was what I call his “calling card” as Cornell was on the power play in the first period. They fed Barron the puck for a “one-timer” from inside the right circle and he blasted it in for his 12th goal of the season and fifth power-play goal of the season.

The goal put Cornell up 2-0 and that was the score until 17:00 of the second period when a Barron shot was deflected in for a 3-0 lead. The goal was also on the power play and would prove to be the game-winning goal.

In the third after Union had closed to within one goal, Barron would finish them off with an empty-net goal at 19:36. Barron was fed a puck near center ice and used his skating to break away for the easy goal, his 13th of the season.

Barron is the leading scorer for Cornell 13-15-28 +15 with five power-play goals and one game-winner. Cornell’s fourth straight win keeps them in a first-place tie with Clarkson for the ECAC title.

Saturday, Cornell will host Simon Kjellberg’s Rensselaer Engineers in a big game for both. The game starts at 7 PM EDT/4 PM PDT and will be streamed nationally on the ESPN+ app.

Simon Kjellberg’s fifth goal of the season at 14:34 of the second period turned out to be the game-winning goal as Rensselaer defeated Colgate 4-1 in ECAC action. The goal (starts at 1:30 of the clip) saw Kjellberg beat the Colgate goalie on his stick side with what turned out to be Kjellberg’s first NCAA game-winning goal.

It was part of a solid performance from Kjellberg who was 1-0-1 on one shot with a +2, a minor for delay of game and three blocked shots. Overall Kjellberg is 5-6-11 on the season.

Tyler Nanne (Kristin Ostrowski)

Tyler Nanne was scoreless as his Minnesota Golden Gophers skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with Notre Dame. Minnesota picked up the extra point by winning the shoot out round 1-0.

Nanne did not record any offensive stats for the game but he did lead his Gophers with four blocked shots. The points allowed Minnesota to jump into a first-place tie with Penn State for the Big Ten Conference lead (Minnesota holds two games in hand).

K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers have spent most of the Big Ten Conference season in last place. On Friday, Miller and his teammates scored at 18:56 of the third period to defeat ninth-ranked Penn State 4-3.

Miller was scoreless on one shot with a minor for interference and two blocked shots in the win.

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson had a goal but his Edmonton Oil Kings lost to the Regina Pats 5-3. Robertson recorded his 12th goal of the season at 1:57 of the first period with his team on the power play.

The kid his team calls “Robocop” leads all NYR prospects in scoring with a 12-24-36 mark. Robertson is in the middle of a five-game scoring streak (2-5-7). His Oil Kings despite the loss lead the WHL’s Eastern Conference and have already clinched a playoff spot.

Riley Hughes was scoreless but a +2 as his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated Tyler Wall’s 11th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3-0 in a key Hockey East match. Wall stopped 19 out of 21 shots that he faced as his record drops to 15-6-5 with 2.09 goals against (12th NCAA) and a 0.931 save percentage (7th NCAA).

Nico Gross had a secondary assist and a cross-checking minor as his Oshawa Generals lost via the shootout 6-5. Gross had the secondary assist on Oshawa’s second goal of the game improving his season totals to 9-15-24.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on three shots with a -1 as his London Knights doubled up the Kitchener Rangers 6-3. The battle between the two best teams in the OHL’s Western Conference went the way of the Knights who pulled to within one point of the Rangers with two games in hand.

Out For Rest of Season

Eric Ciccolini saw his season come to a frustrating ending after undergoing shoulder surgery this past Monday. It is an old injury that Ciccolini had been playing through but last weekend, the injury became too much. For more on the injury check out this article.

Ciccolini finished the season 1-10-11.

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.