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 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 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.