Hunter Skinner

Robertson’s Oil Kings Extend Unbeaten Streak To Seven Games

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

Just two New York Rangers prospects were in action on Friday night, the last weekend before the holiday break. Nico Gross was away trying to earn a spot on Switzerland’s Under-20 team for the 2020 World Under-20 Championships.

Normally this is where you see the results of the Rangers prospects in action but going to interrupt this post with a request. Anyone looking to be a hero and help save someone’s life? Former NHL player and coach Steve Ludzik is in need of a life-saving liver transplant.

Ludzik is one of the really good guys in hockey as he has been helping those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease with his Steve Ludzik Foundation. But now it is his turn to need help as Ludzik has suffered from primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) for the past 30 years and has now reached stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, requiring him to seek out a life-saving liver transplant.

They are looking for someone who has an “O” blood type and is in good health. Those interested in more information can contact Heather Lannon at 416-340-4800 ext. 7715 or visit uhntransplant.ca to learn more about becoming a donor.

In Edmonton, Matthew Robertson went 1-1-2 as his Edmonton Oil Kings spanked the Swift Current Broncos 5-1 to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). After a scoreless first period, Robertson helped the Oil Kings on the scoreboard with a secondary assist on the game’s first goal.

The even-strength goal at 3:40 of the period was Robertson’s 12 assist of the season and 18th point. In the third with the score 3-1 and Edmonton on the power play, Robertson recorded his seventh goal of the season when he let loose a blast from the blueline. The goal at 14:07 of the third put away the game for Edmonton.

Robertson’s goal starts at 1:33 of the video clip

Robertson is 7-12-19 on the season as his Oil Kings at 21-6-5-2 have the best record in the WHL.

Hunter Skinner (London Knights)

Going to give Hunter Skinner and his London Knights a pass for their 5-3 loss to the Sarnia Sting. The Knight playing 24 hours after their game with Niagara was postponed in the second period after Niagara’s goalie was injured in a freak but a scary-looking injury to his leg .

The Knights fell behind in this one 4-0 13 seconds into the second period before mounting a comeback that saw them cut the lead to 4-3 before Sarnia scored an empty-net goal for the final score. Skinner was scoreless on two shots and a -1.

Skinner who did not get an invite to USA Hockey’s Under-20 selection camp leads the Rangers prospects in scoring at 3-19-22 in 29 games with a +15.

Wall Stops 35 In River Hawk’s Win

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

A busy night for New York Ranger prospects as 10 of them saw action as we get closer to the holiday break. It wasn’t one of the best nights for the prospects with little in productive or wins.

For Tyler Wall, it was another game and another win for the senior goalie. Wall stopped 35 out of 37 shots as his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks came back from down 2-0 to earn a 3-2 win over Providence Friars in Hockey East action.

Wall had a rough start giving up two goals in the game’s first 8:27 but shut down Providence for the rest of the game, In fairness, the first goal was during a delayed penalty with the extra attacker on the ice for Providence while the other was a power-play goal.

Tyler Wall would stop 10 out of 12 shots in the first period, 10 in the second and 15 in the third to earn his 10th win of the season and 50th win in his River Hawks career. Wall overall is 10-2-4 (5-1-3 Hockey East). He sports a 1.64 goals against (6th NCAA) and a 0.947 save percentage (3rd NCAA).

In case you missed it, Wall was also named Hockey East’s “Stop It” Goaltender of the Month for November. Wall and his River Hawks will look to sweep Providence on Saturday night in a game you can watch via the CBS “All-Access” app (subscription required) starting at 6PM EDT/3PM PDT.

Eric Ciccolini (Michigan Wolverines)

Eric Ciccolini set up the game-winning goal as his Michigan Wolverines upset sixth-ranked Penn State 4-1 in Big Ten action. Ciccolini sent linemate Johnny Beecher off on a breakaway for an even-strength goal at 10:58 of the second period which gave Michigan a 2-1 lead at the time.

The freshman forward had earned a promotion to the third line right wing earned his fifth assist of the season as he took one shot but recorded three blocked shots on defense. Overall Ciccolini is 1-5-6 in 17 games played.

Michigan and Penn State play again on Saturday evening. That game will be shown on the Big Ten Plus app.

Freshman defenseman Zac Jones was scoreless on three shots as his 13th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen knocked off the Maine Black Bears 5-1. Jones added a blocked shot as his Minutemen improved to 10-4-1 (5-3-1 Hockey East).

The same two teams play on Saturday on a game televised on NESN and streamed via the CBS “All-Access” app starting at 7PM EDT/4PM PDT.

Morgan Barron was scoreless on five shots as his number two Cornell “Big Red” handed ninth-ranked Harvard their first loss in ECAC play 2-1. Barron was also 0-5 on faceoffs which is a rare off-night for him.

Cornell is the only undefeated team in NCAA Division One Men’s hockey at 10-0 (7-0 ECAC). Barron and his teammates head to Dartmouth for a Saturday contest that will be streamed on ESPN+ starting at 7PM EDT/4PM PDT. It will be Cornell’s final game before the holiday break.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on one shot with a -1 and a cross-checking minor as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated rival Calgary 4-2. The win was the fourth straight for the Oil Kings who at 19-6-4-2 now boast the best record in the WHL.

Tyler Nanne had a secondary assist as his Minnesota Golden Gophers lost a heartbreaker in overtime to eighth-ranked Ohio State 3-2. The Gophers let a third period lead slip away as it fell to 5-9-3 (2-4-3 Big Ten) on the season. Nanne is 2-5-7 on the year.

K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers were shut out by the Michigan State Spartans 3-0. Miller was a -1 on four shots.

Nico Gross scored his seventh goal of the season but his Oshawa Generals dropped a 6-4 decision to the Kitchener Rangers. Gross scored a power=play goal as he broke an 11 game goal-scoring drought.

Gross is 7-12-19 as the Generals are winless in their last four games (0-3-1).

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on two shots as his London Knights lost to the Owen Sound Attack 6-3.

Simon Kjellberg did not play for his Rensselaer Engineers in their 4-1 loss to Yale. No word as to whether this was a healthy scratch or an injury.

Ciccolini First Propels Michigan Win

Eric Ciccolini (Michigan Wolverines)

Three New York Ranger prospects saw action on Sunday and it was the one who little has been said about who stole the show. I spent most of Friday and Saturday talking up the opportunity for Rangers fans to be able to watch on TV 2018 first-round pick defenseman K’Andre Miller in action but I forgot to mention that 2019 seventh-round pick forward Eric Ciccolini was also playing in the same televised game

Eric Ciccolini picked a nationally televised game between his Michigan Wolverines and Miller’s Wisconsin Badgers to score his first NCAA goal as the Wolverines defeated the Badgers 3-1. Ciccolini has been used as either a fourth-line right wing or extra forward had gone his previous 15 games without a goal. Yet on his first shift of the game, Ciccolini would convert a great feed from teammate Luke Morgan for Wisconsin’s first goal of the game just 2:23 into the contest.

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Ciccolini showed some rather quick hands as he fired the shot almost as fast as he got the puck on his stick. Ciccolini would record just one other shot as he finished with a +1 for the game.

The win was Michigan’s first Big Ten win of the year as they had gone 0-6-1 until the win. Overall Ciccolini improves to 1-4-5 as Michigan improved its overall record to 5-9-2 (1-6-1 Big Ten).

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

Now as for K’Andre Miller, if you looked at the box score it looked as if he did nothing or was invisible which was not the case. Yes, Miller was scoreless for the game but he was credited with seven attempted shots (3 were blocked, 4 were wide) with a -2 and two blocked shots. Have to call Miller’s (and his team’s) performance as inconsistent as the Badgers started very slowly and it cost them.

Wisconsin falls to 7-8-1 (2-5-1 Big Ten)>

Hunter Skinner had two assists to help his Oshawa Generals win their seventh straight game 6-5 in overtime over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Skinner would earn two secondary assists on two second period goals to give him five assists over his last three games.

The leading scorer among Rangers North American prospects, Skinner is 3-19-22 in 24 games with a +17.

Nico Gross and his Oshawa Generals saw their “teddy bear toss” game with the Kingston Frontenacs postponed due to bad weather. No makeup date has been announced as of yet.

Miller’s Goal Cap’s Badger Comeback Win

K’Andre Miller (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

A very busy Saturday night saw 10 New York Rangers prospects hitting the ice with some very good performances. As we are getting closer to the Christmas holiday break for the prospects, some are making their case to be invited to their respective national team’s tryout camps.

If there were any doubts as to whether 2018 first-round pick defenseman K’Andre Miller was leaving the Wisconsin Badgers after this season then take a look at this play and you will know the answer.

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Miller’s goal (his new career-best sixth) capped a comeback as his Wisconsin Badgers earned a 3-2 win over Eric Ciccolini’s Michigan Wolverines. For Miller, the goal extended his point streak to five games (3-3-6) as he played one of his best games this season. From a team-high six shots to a +1 and one blocked shot, Miller has shaken off a slow start and is looking to put the Badgers on his back.

What to like the most? For starters, those six shots were part of eight attempted and of those five were rated as “close-in” or to put it better “on the attack”. This is the K’Andre Miller who the Rangers drafted last year and the scary part is he is just getting started. Overall Miller is just 6-4-10 but don’t let that fool you as this is a young Wisconsin team and Miller himself is still just 19.

The win for Wisconsin evens their record at 7-7-1 (2-4-1 Big Ten) and if your TV programming includes the BTN Network then on Sunday afternoon you can see for yourself what Miller is all about as Wisconsin and Michigan will go at it again.

As for Eric Ciccolini, he dressed as the fourth-line right wing wasn’t much of a factor. He didn’t record a shot on goal and only attempted one for the game.

Tyler Wall stopped 34 out of 36 shots to help his UMass-Lowell River Hawks upset seventh-ranked Penn State 3-2 in overtime of the “Turkey Leg” Classic final. Wall was the reason the River Hawks were even in this one as Penn State dominated the game out-shooting UMass-Lowell 36-18.

If you watched the video clip then it is hard to fault Wall on either goal that he gave up, the first was the Penn State player all alone in front of him and the second goal was a power-play goal with the extra attacker and Wall was screened on the play.

If anything Wall was special in the third period when Penn State held a 13-3 shot advantage. With the win, Wall improves to 9-2-4 (3-1 against top 10 teams) with a 1.62 goals against (7th NCAA) and a 0.947 save percentage (4th NCAA).

Morgan Barron had a secondary assist as his second-ranked Cornell “Big Red” shut out Boston University to win the “Red Hot” Hockey Game at Madison Square Garden. Barron actually had a rather quiet game as compared to his typical game with just the assist on one shot and a +1 with an interference minor.

On his assist, Barron carried the puck from the sideboards in the offensive zone where he hit teammate Yanni Kaldis with a nice pass to start the scoring play. Barron was used more on faceoffs (8-3) than any other game this season.

For the season Barron is a team-best 6-7-13 +8 as Cornell improved to 9-0 on the season.

Riley Hughes (Northeastern)

Riley Hughes had a secondary assist as his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies “got to ring the Belpot” after winning the Friendship Four tournament 4-3 over the Colgate Raiders. The game which was played in Belfast Northern Ireland saw Hughes break a 13 game scoreless streak with his first NCAA assist.

The assist which came on Northeastern’s first goal gives Hughes a 1-1-2 mark after 16 games. Hughes is just a freshman and is used as a fourth-line right wing.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on four shots as his London Knights won their sixth straight 4-1 over the Flint Firebirds. The Knights lead the OHL’s Western Conference with a 16-5-1-1 record.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless with a -4 as his Edmonton Oil Kings held off the Calgary Hitmen 5-4. The -4 brings Robertson’s season totals to a -13.

Zac Jones (Massachusetts Athletics)

Zac Jones was a -1 on four shots as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen dropped a 2-1 decision to the Quinnipiac Bobcats. The teams split the weekend series with each team earning the road win.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals fell to the Ottawa 67’s 4-3. Gross had a quiet game which has not been the case for this season.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on three shots with a -1 on as his Rensselaer Engineers fell to the Merrimack Warriors 5-1. The Engineers are happy to see November end as they finished the month 2-5-1.

Hunter Skinner’s Three Assists Help Knights Shoot Down Spitfires

Hunter Skinner (Terry Wilson/ OHL Images)

With just six New York Rangers prospects seeing action on Friday night, it was a very good night for the prospect who plays for the London Knights. When 2019 fourth-round pick defenseman Hunter Skinner was selected, he was at the time expecting to attend Western Michigan University.

WMU is a good hockey school coached by former NHL coach Andy Murray and in most cases, my personal preference is for those selected after the third round to attend an NCAA school if given the chance. Skinner thought otherwise and de-committed from WMU and signed a junior contract to play for the London Knights of the OHL.

The Knights are coached by former NHL player and coach Dale Hunter (who is also one of the owners), Hunter is a demanding coach and that made him perfect to help Skinner become a better two-way defender. Entering Friday’s game against the Windsor Spitfires, Skinner was leading the North American Rangers prospects in scoring at 3-14-17.

Skinner would earn the game’s first star with a solid three-assist, +4 effort to help the Knights earn a 6-3 win. All three of the assist were primary assists as Skinner improved to 3-17-20 after 22 games. The game highlights can be found right here

Hunter Skinner would all three of his points on London’s first three goals of the game. Skinner earned his first assist of the night when a shot of his missed the mark but bounced off the back -boards right onto the stick of teammate Connor McMichael who tucked it into the net. London led 1-0 at 16:39 of the first period.

On the second assist, Skinner would carry the puck into the zone handing it off to Nathan Dunkley who would beat Windsor’s goalie through the “five-hole” giving London a 2-0 lead at 13:15 of the second period.

Still in the second, Hunter Skinner would earn his third point of the night when the rebound of his shot went right to a teammate who would put it right in for the goal. Skinner, it should be pointed out was carrying the puck into the offensive zone leading the attack. The goal made it 3-0 as the Knights would go on to win their fifth straight game.

Hunter Skinner in addition to being 3-17-20 is also a +17 which is tied for third-best on the Knights. Skinner and his teammates held a team skills competition in which Skinner won the “hardest shot” recording a 99 MPH blast as well as the elimination shootout.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagon)

Tyler Wall won his eighth game of the season when he stopped all 23 shots that he faced to lead his UMass-Lowell River Hawks to a 4-0 win over fellow prospect defenseman Simon Kjellberg’s Rensselaer Engineers. The non-conference game was part of the “Turkey Leg” Classic as the River Hawks improved to 8-3-4 on the season.

For Wall, it was his second shutout of the season and ninth career shutout as he earned the game’s second star. It was just another solid performance from the Ranger’s sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Check out the nice glove save Wall makes off a deflected shot (at the 40-second mark of the clip). Wall improves to 8-2-4 with a 1.60 goals against (6th NCAA) and a 0.947 save percentage (4th NCAA).

Saturday Wall will be one of his toughest tests this season when the River Hawks host seventh-ranked Penn State in the finale of the Turkey Leg Classic. You can watch the game via the CBS All-Access app starting at 6 PM EDT.

Tyler Nanne scored his second goal of the season an unassisted tally with the teams skating “4-on-4” but it wasn’t enough to prevent his Minnesota Golden Gophers from losing to second-ranked North Dakota 3-2.

Nanne in addition to the goal was a +1 on three shots while blocking three shots as well. For Nanne, the goal improved him to 2-4-6 on the season with a team-best 33 blocked shots.

Zac Jones (Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics)

Zac Jones didn’t show up on the scoresheet but one had to like what they saw from him as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen earned a 3-0 win over Quinnipiac. Jones did have two shots but what stood out for me while watching him was how poised the freshman defender played.

Jones was the power play quarterback but one play really stood out as to why the Rangers drafted him in the third round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. With Massachusetts on the power-play, Jones started a play at the top of the point but after handing off the puck to a teammate was able to sneak down the left side and wind up in from of the Quinnipiac goalie ready to tuck a rebound home.

Zac Jones was used on the power-play as well as the penalty kill to go along with his regular shifts. In the third period with the outcome still in doubt, Jones was out there almost every other shift.

Jones and his teammates will host Quinnipiac on Saturday evening, a game that will also be streamed on the CBS All-Access app starting at 7 PM EDT.

Riley Hughes and his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies travel to Ireland to take part in the “Friendship Four” tournament. Hughes was scoreless as his Huskies earned a 4-0 win over Hockey East rival New Hampshire for their fourth straight win.

Want To Watch?

If you want to see some of the Ranger NCAA prospects play then I suggest you sign up for the CBS All-Access app which shows Hockey East games (Wall, Jones, and Hughes) or the ESPN+ app which shows the ECAC (Morgan Barron and Simon Kjellberg). Both are reasonably priced but with the ESPN+ app, you can typically also catch NHL games as well.

Not The Best Day For New York Ranger Prospects

Morgan Barron (Cornell Athletics)

Friday night saw nine New York Ranger prospects in action but the outcome of their games was not always very good.Β  Overall the prospects saw their teams go 2-5-2 with not much positive to say about the play.

Morgan Barron does have a five-game point-scoring streak going as he had a primary in his fourth-ranked Cornell’s Big Red’s 4-2 road win over the seventh-ranked Clarkson Knights. It was the battle of the two top teams in the ECAC and Cornell came away with the win here.

Barron got the primary assist mainly because he outfought everyone in the Clarkson crease for the puck until defenseman Travis Mitchell snuck in and found the loose puck for his first goal.Β  Watch the highlights as after the first goal, look hard at where Barron was, he wears #27 and there he was right smack in the middle of the scrum.

Barron was a +1 on two shots as he records his sixth assist of the season to improve to 5-6-11 which leads Cornell in scoring. Cornell is 5-0 to start the season and heads to St. Lawrence for a Saturday matchup shown on ESPN+. And circle your calendars as Big Red makes’ it’s annual appearance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night November 30th against Boston University.

K’Andre Miller (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

K’Andre Miller broke a three-game scoreless streak with two assists as his 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers shocked third-ranked Notre Dame 3-0. It was a rebound of a Miller shot that directly led to Wisconsin’s first goal of the game, a power-play goal that would also wind up the game-winner. Millers would earn a secondary assist on Wisconsin’s third goal, an empty-net goal that clinched the win for Wisconsin.

Miller in addition to the two assists was a +1 on four shots and had one blocked shot. The young defender improves his season totals to 3-3-6 in 11 games. The same two teams will face off on Saturday evening in the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game at Wisconsin.

Simon Kjellberg (RPI)

Simon Kjellberg, the ECAC Rookie of the Month for October stepped out of the penalty box and broke up play in the defensive zone and then took the puck all the way for an unassisted goal. It wasn’t enough though as his Rensselaer Engineers played to a 2-2 overtime tie with Princeton.

Kjellberg was an “even” on two shots and two minor penalties as he improved to 3-2-5 after eight games. The Engineers head to Quinnipiac to face the Tigers on Saturday even. That game will be streamed over ESPN+.

Zac Jones (Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics)

In another upset, Zac Jones and his fifth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen spotted the Boston University Terriers a 4-0 lead before trying to rally with three goals in the third to fall 4-3. It was a bad loss for the Minutemen who despite out-playing the Terriers over the first 40 minutes trailed 4-0.

Jones would record his third goal of the season in the third scoring the Minutemen’s third of the game cutting the lead to 4-3. It was a bullet from the left faceoff circle that handcuffed BU’s goalie. Jones is 3-7-10 after nine games good for second-best on the team.

The same two teams go at it on Saturday, a game you can stream over the CBS All-Access app.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

Goalie Tyler Wall stopped 29 out of 32 shots as his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks played to a 3-3 overtime tie with UConn. Wall extended his unbeaten streak to an NCAA best eight straight games (4-0-4) as he improves to 7-1-4 overall. Wall kept his team in this one as they were outplayed and outshot 32-15.

That the Riverhawks escaped with a point is a miracle but give the credit to Tyler Wall who is third in the NCAA in wins with 7, fourth in both goals against (1.69) and save percentage (0.945). The teams head to Lowell Massachusetts for a Saturday contest that will be streamed on CBS All-Access.

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers got smoked badly by eighth-ranked Penn State 8-2. Nanne was scoreless on three shots as this game was close for one period and then Penn State exploded for four goals each in the second and third periods.

The rematch will be Saturday night but the outcome should be pretty much the same.

Riley Hughes and his 14th-ranked Northeastern Huskies were edged 3-2 by the 10th-ranked Providence Friars. Hughes was scoreless on no shots.

Nico Gross was scoreless on two shots with a +1 and a double minor as his Oshawa Generals lost to the Sudbury Wolves.

Hunter Skinner was also scoreless on four shots but with a -1 as his London Knights got spanked by the Flint Firebirds 6-1.

Barron’s Hat Trick Leads #4 Cornell Win

Morgan Barron (Cornell Athletics)

OK, it is alright if you start having a serious crush on Cornell’s Morgan Barron even after just four games to his season. Barron led the nine New York Ranger prospects who saw action on Saturday with a career-best four-point night including his first hat trick at the NCAA level. I will be shocked if Barron doesn’t turn professional after this season and sign with the Rangers.

Barron’s career night helped lead his fourth-ranked Cornell “Big Red” to a 6-2 win over Yale in ECAC/Ivy League action. It was with little doubt Barron’s best performance at the NCAA level.

Early in the first period, Barron is on his knees along the right sideboards in the offensive zone. He gets up and finds the puck then skates towards the middle of the ice using pure brute strength. Barron fires a shot that beats Yale’s goalie for a 1-0 Cornell lead. It was Barron’s third goal of the season coming at 3:10 of the first and a 1-0 Cornell lead.

Still in the first but with Cornell up 2-0, Barron wins a scrum in front of the Yale goal and muscles the puck in while falling to the ice. That was his second of the night and fourth of the season at 13:01. This goal would also prove to be the game-winning goal.

The hat trick goal was pure finesse as Barron came down the left side and just beat Yale’s goalie with a laser of a shot off the rush. Remember this is a 6’3 217 lb. power forward who can skate as if he was a smaller player. On the secondary assist, all Barron really did was just make sure the puck found it’s way towards the point.

Enjoy these highlights

Barron was 15-19-34 in 34 games last season which was a career-high. After four games, the Rangers’ 2017 sixth-round pick is already 5-5-10 having scored at least two points in every game. His first test of the season comes next Friday when his team heads to Clarkson to face the 7-2-1 Knights. Watch the game on the ESPN+ app.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon)

Goalie Tyler Wall of 14th-ranked UMass-Lowell earned the game’s third-star after stopping 38 out of 40 shots to lead the River Hawks to a 3-2 win over the Maine Black Bears. The senior goalie extended his unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3) and improved to 7-1-3 (1st wins NCAA) with a 1.59 goals against (4th NCAA) and a 0.949 save percentage (3rd NCAA).

The River Hawks are Hockey East’s last unbeaten team with a 4-0-2 record and are 7-2-3. They head to Adam Huska’s former school UConn to play them next Friday. If you have CBS All-Access you can stream that game and all of the Hockey East games.

Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Defenseman Matthew Robertson earned the game’s third star with a two-assist, -1 on two-shot effort as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 4-2. Robertson earned primary assists on the Oil King’s first and fourth goals of the game to improve his season totals to 4-7-11.

With the win, Edmonton regains first place in the WHL’s Central Division. The Oil Kings will host Tri-City on Monday for a day game.

Defenseman Tyler Nanne of Minnesota and left wing Eric Ciccolini of Michigan were both scoreless with one shot for their respective teams as Nanne’s Minnesota Golden Gophers earned a 3-1 win.

How strange it is to see two of the older hockey programs struggle after being two of the best for so very long. With the win, Minnesota is 4-4-2 and Michigan falls to 3-5-2 with the loss.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless as his London Knights earned a 4-2 win over the Owen Sound Attack in OHL play. The Knights after a slow start to the season are in first place in the OHL’s Midwest Division with the win.

London is on a 7-0-1 streak as they improve to 10-4-1-1 on the season. London goes back home next Friday to face OHL’s Eastern Conference leaders the Flint Firebirds. The Firebirds at 12-5 are two points better than London.

Riley Hughes was a -1 on two shots as his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated Merrimack 2-1 in Hockey East action. This was a rather nasty affair with the two teams combining for 23 penalties and 70 PIMs.

Northeastern scored all three goals on power-plays as they went 3 for 8 with the extra man.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer Engineers lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to ninth-ranked Clarkson. Kjellberg was a -2 for this game as Rensselaer gave up two first-period goals and never could make up the difference.

Rough night for K’Andre Miller and his 12th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers as they were beaten 5-2 by the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Miller was scoreless on a -2 with three shots. Wisconsin drops to 5-5.

Barron’s Two Points Leads #4 Cornell To Win

Men’s hockey v. Colgate on January 25th, 2019. (Boris Tsang / Sun Assistant Photography Editor)

A busy Friday evening for the New York Ranger prospects as we are now a month into the NCAA season some trends are starting to show.  If you were looking for a lot of offensive production from the North American prospects then you are going to be disappointed in this season’s crop.

The one prospect who will most likely put up the best offensive numbers this season is going to be junior Morgan Barron of fourth-ranked Cornell.  Against Brown in the home opener, Barron had a 1-1-2 evening as “Big Red” earned a 4-1 win.

Barron recorded a secondary assist on Cornell’s first goal then scored their fourth goal of the game on the power play. On the first goal, it was Barron who sent a long pass up ice into the neutral zone to start the scoring play.

In the third period, Barron came down the left side of the offensive zone taking a pass and beating Brown’s goalie over the shoulder for his second goal of the season.  It was another strong game for the young power forward as he recorded his 1-1-2 off six shots on goal and was 5-2 on faceoffs.

After just three games, Barron is leading Cornell in scoring with a 2-4-6 mark. Cornell takes on Yale Saturday in a game that will be streamed live over ESPN+ starting at 7 PM eastern.

Hunter Skinner (London Knights)

It is not every day that a player who doesn’t score earns early mention but the London Knights’ Hunter Skinner’s only mentions in the box score was that he was a +1 on seven shots. Still, every time you turned around there was the young defenseman making plays. In London’s 4-3 win over the North Bay Battalion, Skinner was out there on the power play, on the penalty kill and of course as the top pair defender.

Hunter Skinner is improving with each passing game and right now is the leading scorer among North American prospects at 3-12-15. Saturday, Skinner and his Knights head to Owen Sound to play the Attack.

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

Defenseman Nico Gross had a secondary assist on his Oshawa Generals’ first goal of the game as they edged the Ottawa 67’s 3-2. Gross like Skinner has been a pleasant surprise as he is trying to earn an entry-level contract from the Rangers with some improved play. Gross is second among the Ranger prospects with a 6-8-14 as he is the leading goal scorer.

Gross and his Generals are off Saturday as they return home for a Sunday contest

Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson had a two-assist night but his Edmonton Oil Kings let a 3-0 lead slip away and fell to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 via the shootout. Robertson earned a secondary assist on the Oil Kings’ second goal then was credited with the primary assist on their third goal. Robertson also missed on his shootout attempt.

A very disappointing loss as the shootout point that Lethbridge earned allowed them to jump past Edmonton for first place in the WHL’s Central Division. For Robertson, the points improved his season totals to 4-5-9 in 14 games.

Edmonton hosts division rival Calgary on Saturday evening.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon)

Tyler Wall had 30 saves on 31 shots as his 14th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with the Maine Black Bears. Wall gave up just one even-strength goal in the third period as his three-game winning streak became a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3).

Wall improves to 6-1-3 with a 1.55 goals against (5th NCAA) and a 0.949 save percentage (3rd NCAA) to help UMass-Lowell lead the Hockey East conference with a 3-0-2 record (6-2-3 overall). The same two teams play on Saturday evening starting at 6 PM eastern. You can stream this game if you have CBS All-Access.

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

Defenseman K’Andre Miller was scoreless as his 12th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers knocked off the University of Nebraska-Omaha 5-2 in non-conference action. Miller was not credited with any shots on goal (he attempted four) but was a +2 and blocked two shots.

The two teams will play again on Saturday evening.

Defenseman Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers played to a 1-1 overtime tie with Eric Ciccolini’s Michigan Wolverines in Big Ten action. Neither player scored as Nanne was a -1 on four shots with two blocked shots while Ciccolini was credited with two blocked shots.

Minnesota would earn the extra point by scoring in the second overtime period. The same two teams will play on Saturday in an early evening contest starting at 5 PM eastern. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer defeated St. Lawrence 6-2 in ECAC action. Kjellberg was a +2 on three shots with three blocked shots and a slashing minor.

Rensselaer will host Clarkson on Saturday evening starting at 7 PM eastern. That game will be streamed via the ESPN+ app.

Riley Hughes was scoreless as his 13th-ranked Northeastern skated to a 1-1 overtime tie with Merrimack. Hughes did not record any stats in this game.

Wall Stops 40 In UMass-Lowell Win

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

Ten New York Ranger prospects took to the ice on Friday evening with once again goalie Tyler Wall of UMass-Lowell leading the way. The senior goalie who was the Rangers’ sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wall is looking to force the Rangers to offer him an NHL contract.

Wall and his UMass-Lowell River Hawks were in Vermont to take on the Vermont Catamounts in Hockey East conference play. Coming off tying his career-high of 40 saves, Tyler Wall equaled that by recording his second straight 40 save effort to help his River Hawks earn a 2-1 win.

Giving up just a third-period goal, Wall kept his team in it despite the River Hawks being out-shot 41-24 for the game. Tyler Wall earned the game’s first star in large part with a 16 save third period when Vermont out-shot UMass-Lowell 17-5.

Overall Wall improved his season totals to 5-1-2 with a 1.49 goals against and a 0.952 save percentage. Nationally Wall is second in both goals against and save percentage while fourth in wins. The same two teams will play on Saturday night.

Morgan Barron (Eldon Lindsey/Cornell Athletics)

Junior forward Morgan Barron led his fifth-ranked Cornell Big Red as they got their regular season underway with a road series against Michigan State. Barron who is serving as Cornell’s captain is looking to improve off last season’s 15-19-34 which led the team. Against Michigan State, Barron had two primary assists as Cornell rallied for a 3-2 win.

With Cornell trailing 2-1 in the second period, Barron fired a shot that was blocked but found it’s way to teammate Yannis Kaldis who fired a shot that tied the game at 2-1. It was the only even-strength goal of the game and it came at 9:15 of the period.

Still in the second but on a power play, Barron found teammate Max Andreev at the top of the right circle for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Barron finished 0-2-2 on three shots with a +1 and a minor penalty in the first period for hooking.

The same teams will face each other on Saturday evening.

Zac Jones (Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics)

Defenseman Zac Jones led his third-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen up against fellow prospect Riley Hughes 19th-ranked Northeastern Huskies in Hockey East action. Jones and the Minutemen rallied from down 2-0 to earn a 6-3 win with Jones earning a primary assist.

The freshman defenseman Jones is quickly making the Rangers look like geniuses for finding him in the 2019 third-round. Every time I watched him play, Jones has found a way to make outstanding plays. Against Northeastern, Jones would find John Leonard on the right side of the crease for a goal while his team was on a two-man advantage.

Jones’ assist starts at the 36-second mark and is well worth the look.

Overall Jones is 2-6-8 in six games good for second in team scoring after a 0-1-1 +1 on two shots. As for Northeastern’s Hughes, he was scoreless with no shots on goal and was 0-1 on faceoffs. The two teams will face each other again on Saturday evening only this time at Massachusetts.

Hunter Skinner (Terry Wilson/ OHL Images)

Hunter Skinner had a two-assist effort as his London Knights had to rally for a 7-6 overtime win over the Erie Otters. The Knights let a 3-0 first period lead slip away and needed a late third-period power-play goal to force overtime. Skinner had the primary assist on that tying goal.

Skinner also earned a secondary assist on London’s fourth goal of the game, an even-strength goal. On the season, Skinner is 3-11-14 in 13 games which leads all North American Ranger prospects in scoring.

Nico Gross had a goal as his Oshawa Generals had little trouble knocking off the Kingston Frontenacs 5-1. Gross got his team going with his sixth goal of the season, a power-play goal at 5:45 of the first period.

Four of Gross’s six goals have come on the power play as he improves to 6-7-13 in 15 games. The twitter copy of his goal is hard to view but it is a typical Gross goal. He “one-times” a shot from just above the right face-off circle.

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Eric Cicolini had a primary assist on his Michigan Wolverines’ first goal but it wasn’t enough to help them defeat the 13th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 3-2. The Wolverines are an offensively challenged team as Ciccolini is their second-leading scorer with a 0-4-4 stat line.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless as his Edmonton Oil Kings rallied for a 4-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades. With the win, the Oil Kings have the best record in the WHL at 11-1-3 as they are unbeaten in regulation in 11 games (9-0-2).

K’Andre Miller was scoreless as his Wisconsin Badgers dropped a 4-2 decision on the road to 12th-ranked Penn State. I am really wondering if Wisconsin is trying to push Miller out the door after this season the way they are using in. Miller’s strength is his skating and he is at his best when he is attacking.

Against a very good skating Penn State team, Miller rarely got a chance to attack. Even stranger was the idea to use Miller as a forward on the power play. Yes, Miller has a big body but he isn’t a power forward and should be controlling the attack from the point.

Miller had just two shots on goal and just three attempted for the game. I know Wisconsin is trying to rebuild but Miller is a first-round pick for his offensive skills so why not use them?

The Wisconsin/Penn State game was part of a hockey doubleheader on the Big Ten Network and the second game was crazy.

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers were hosting fourth-ranked Notre Dame and on paper, this should have been a Notre Dame blowout win. Nanne is one of the few seniors on a team starting 11 true freshmen so of course, you know what is coming.

The scoresheet said the game ended in a 2-2 tie but in the Big Ten conference, you play a “5-on-5” overtime sudden-death overtime period. If nobody scores then you play a “3-on-3” period to earn the extra point.

Nanne was scoreless on one shot as Minnesota scored at 3:22 of the second overtime to earn the extra point. The same two teams play on Saturday night.

Wall’s 40 Saves Keys UMass-Lowell’s OT Win

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

With ten New York Rangers prospect in action on Saturday night, there was almost no offense and it was the lone prospect goalie who really stood out. Out of nine skaters, there was just one goal and one assist in terms of offensive production.

Tyler Wall tied a career-high with 40 saves as his UMass-Lowell River Hawks earned a road win over seventh-ranked Providence College in overtime 3-2. Wall only surrendered two power-play goals with one of them coming with the River Hawks down two players.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

The senior goalie stopped 10 out of 11 shots in the first period as his teammates could only manage three shots on the Providence goalie. In the second it was 12 out of 13 saves while his team could only muster six on Providence.

Wall would stop all 13 shots in the third period and then added five more saves in overtime to help his team earn the upset win. Tyler Wall improved to 4-1-2 (4th NCAA) on the season lowering his goals against to 1.52 a game (8th NCAA) and improved his save percentage to 0.947 (4th NCAA).

The last time Wall had a 40 save game was in his freshman season when he did it against Minnesota-Duluth. Considering that Wall has knocked off a number one and a number seven so far this season says a lot about his improved play. The River Hawks head to Vermont for a weekend series starting next Friday.

K’Andre Miller had a goal as his sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers defeated the 14th-ranked Clarkson Knights 4-3 to earn a split in their weekend series. For Miller, the goal was his third on the season as he scored on a breakaway in the first period. The even-strength goal was Wisconsin’s third of the game as it came at 7:08 of the second as it gave the Badgers a 3-0 lead.

It was a pretty goal as Miller fooled the Clarkson goalie with a deke and then tapped a backhand into an open net.

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Miller is 3-0-3 on the season as his team improved to 4-2 on the season. Wisconsin heads to Penn State with a two-game set next Friday, you can watch Miller live on the BTN network starting at 6 PM ET (3 PM PT).

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

Nico Gross recorded a secondary assist as his Oshawa Generals dropped a shootout decision to the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2. Gross collected his 12th point of the season (5-7-12) on Oshawa’s first goal at 19:07 of the first period. Gross also took two minors in the game (boarding and cross-checking) that his teammates killed off.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on two shots as his Edmonton Oil Kings spanked the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-2. Robertson also took an interference minor in the third period.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless with just one shot as his London Knights lost via the shootout 6-5 to the Erie Otters. The road loss dropped the Knights to a 5-4-1-1 record on the season.

Eric Cicolini did not score as his Michigan Wolverines lost to in-state rivals Western Michigan 4-1. The road lost gave the teams a split of the weekend set as Cicolini was moved up to third-line left-wing but only managed one shot and was a -1.

Simon Kjellberg did not score as his Rensselaer Engineers lost to Union College 2-1 in ECAC hockey action. Kjellberg only had one shot as the Engineers fell to 2-1 on the season. The Engineers are off until November 8th when they will host St. Lawerence in an ECAC conference matchup.

Tyler Nanne was scoreless as his Minnesota Golden Gophers were shutout 2-0 by eighth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. Nanne managed one shot as the Gophers dropped their second straight to fall to 3-3 on the season. Nanne and the Gophers head home to host Notre Dame next Friday for their Big Ten opener.

That game will be televised on BTN starting at 8:30 ET (5:30 PT) or after the end of the Wisconsin/Penn State game.

Riley Hughes was scoreless as his 11th-ranked Northeastern fell on the road to 14th-ranked St. Cloud State 2-1. The two teams both nicknamed the “Huskies” would split their weekend set. The Huskies head home for a game against fellow prospect Zac Jones and his fifth-ranked Massachusetts in Hockey East action next Friday.

Exhibition

Junior Morgan Barron and his third-ranked Cornell “Big Red” defeated the US Under-18 team in an exhibition match 3-0. Barron who is the captain of the “Big Red” had a secondary assist on the game’s first goal. Cornell will start its regular season next Friday on the road at Michigan State.