Zac Jones (Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics)
Not exactly sure how best to describe the play of the nine New York Ranger prospects that saw action on Saturday evening. Just one saw his team earn a regulation win and from a production standpoint, there was one goal and one assist.
Zac Jones and his 13th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen ended their first half of Hockey East action with a good win 4-1 over the Maine Black Bears. Jones was scoreless on two shots as the Minutemen were able to sweep Maine in their weekend series to finish their Hockey East first half with a 6-3-1 record (11-4-1 overall).
The win lifted Massachusetts into a three-way tie for second place in Hockey East just one point out of first place with two games in hand. The Minutemen have a non-conference game on Tuesday with Brown to wrap up their first half of the season.
Simon Kjellberg (Liz Brady)
Freshman defenseman Simon Kjellberg returned to the Rensselaer lineup on Saturday as the Engineers rallied to earn a 2-1 overtime win over Brown in ECAC play. Kjellberg was scoreless on one shot as the Engineers go into the holiday break with a 6-9-1 record (3-5-1 ECAC 7th place).
Kjellberg ends his first half after going 3-3-6 +1 with one power-play goal in 14 games. Kjellberg and his teammates are off until December 29th when they host Zac Jones and the Massachusetts Minutemen.
Tyler Nanne (Kristin Ostrowski)
The official record says that Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers played to a 1-1 overtime tie with eighth-ranked Ohio State. But the Big Ten uses a shootout after two five-minute overtime periods to award the second point. Nanne and the Gophers enter their holiday break with that bonus point after winning the shootout round 1-0.
Nanne was scoreless on four shots as he ends his first half with a 2-5-7 -8 in 18 games. Nanne leads the Gophers with 33 blocked shots as the Gophers go into their holiday break with a 5-9-4 record (2-4-4 3 Shootout wins 5th in Big Ten).
Nanne and the Gophers return on December 28th when they host Bemidji State in the opening round of the Mariucci Classic.
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Matthew Robertson and his Edmonton Oil Kings saw their four-game winning streak become a five-game unbeaten streak after falling in overtime 3-2 to the Calgary Hitmen. Robertson had a secondary assist on three shots and a roughing minor.
The young defenseman improves to 6-10-16 -12 after 28 games as they are off until Wednesday when they host Swift Current.
Morgan Barron recorded his seventh goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to prevent his second-ranked Cornell “Big Red” from dropping their first game of the season 2-1 to Dartmouth. Barron scored an even-strength goal with just 12 seconds left in the first period for Cornell’s only goal of the game.
Barron’s goal improved his season totals to 7-7-14 +9 after 11 games. Big Red finish their first half 10-1 (7-1 first in the ECAC) as they are off until January 3rd when they will take on Ohio State in the Fortress Invitational in Las Vegas.
Tyler Wall gave up three goals on 34 shots as his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks dropped a 4-1 decision to the Providence Friars. To Wall’s credit, none of the three goals that he gave up were at full-strength as two were power-play goals and the other came while the teams were playing 4-on-4.
Wall drops to 10-3-4 (5-1-3 Hockey East) with a 1.72 goals against (6th NCAA) and a 0.945 save percentage (3rd NCAA). The River Hawks end their first half 10-4-4 (5-2-3 Tied 2nd Hockey East) and are off until December 29th when they play an exhibition game against the CCHL All-Stars. They return to counting play on January 4th against Merrimack.
Riley Hughes and his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies dropped a wild 6-3 game to Boston University. Hughes was scoreless on one shot and a -2 as the two teams traded seven goals in the second period alone.
Hughes finished the first half of his freshman season just 1-0-1 -6 after 17 games. His Huskies have a non-conference game against Dartmouth next Saturday before they go on their holiday break.
K’Andre Miller was scoreless on one shot with a -4 as his Wisconsin Badgers dropped a wild 5-4 overtime game with the Michigan State Spartans. Wisconsin needed a last-minute goal to force overtime after blowing a 3-1 second period lead.
Miller finishes his first half 6-5-11 -9 in 18 games. Wisconsin is off until New Years Day when they will host Team USA Under-18 in an exhibition game. They do not play a counting game until January 10th when they host Ohio State. Miller will most likely get a call from USA Hockey to tryout (and make) the USA’s Under-20 on Monday.
Wisconsin finished the first half 7-10-1 (2-7-1 1 shootout win 6th Big Ten).
Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on one shot as his Michigan Wolverines dropped a 3-1 game to Penn State. Ciccolini finished his first half 1-5-6 as Michigan was 6-10-2 (2-7-1 7th in Big Ten).
The Wolverines are off until December 30th when they face Ferris State in the opening round of the Great Lakes Invitational.