New York Rangers

Robertson’s Eighth Helps Edmonton Keep Winning

Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson recorded his eighth goal of the season which turned out to be the game-winner as his Edmonton Oil Kings spanked the Medicine Hat Tigers 7-1. In a battle of WHL Central Division rivals, this one was a first-round knockout thanks to the Oil Kings scoring three times in the game’s first 4:20 and then cruised the rest of the way.

The Oil Kings got on the scoreboard just 2:25 into the contest and on the faceoff after the goal, Robertson would carry the puck into the offensive zone. He would drop the puck off to Carter Slouch who passed over to Josh Williams. While this was going on, Robertson headed right to the net where Williams would hit him with a pass.

Robertson was in clean on Medicine Hat’s goalie and he fired a shot over the goalie’s stick side for the goal and 2-0 lead.

For Robertson, the goal extends his point streak to four games (2-3-5), improves his season totals to 8-12-20 as he recorded the goal on three shots with a +2 and two minors on the night. The eight goals also lead the North American prospects.

Edmonton extends their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) as they have the best record in the WHL at 22-6-5-2.

Riley Hughes (Northeastern)

Riley Hughes was scoreless on two shots as his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated Dartmouth 6-4 in non-conference action. Hughes and the Huskies head to the holiday break with an 11-5-2 (6-4-2 Hockey East) record.

Hughes finished his first half with just one goal in 18 games but remember he is just a freshman playing on a very good team so he will get his opportunities down the road. Northeastern is off until Friday, January 3rd when they host UConn in Hockey East play.

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.

A Not So Good Saturday Night

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.

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.

Miller’s Late Goal Helps Badgers Earn Big Ten Points

Eight New York Rangers prospects saw action on Saturday evening with better results than Friday night had. Two goals from two high defensive prospects helped their teams earn points for their teams.

In round two of the “Border Battle”, K’Andre Miller scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the game and force overtime as his Wisconsin Badgers and Tyler Nanne’s Minnesota Golden Gophers skated to a 3-3 overtime tie. Wisconsin would pick up the bonus point by winning the bonus round shootout 1-0.

Miller fired a shot that squeezed into the goal between the post and Minnesota’s goalie at 5:34 of the third period. The goal helped his team come back from down 3-1 to avoid the weekend sweep at the hands of their longtime rival.

The sophomore defender improved to 5-4-9 on the season on a four-shot +1 performance that was part of what was Miller’s best two games this season.

For Tyler Nanne, he was scoreless on one shot with a -1 and two blocked shots to add to his team-leading 27 blocked shots.

Matthew Robertson scored his sixth goal of the season but his Edmonton Oil Kings fell in overtime to the Vancouver Giants 5-4. Robertson recorded his first WHL shorthanded goal just 10 seconds after exiting the penalty box himself with the Oil Kings trailing 3-2 at the time.

For Robertson, the goal is also his 13th point of the season while his six goals are one shy of his WHL career-high.

Morgan Barron was scoreless but his second-ranked Cornell used a four-goal second period to knock off Princeton 5-1. A rather quiet night for Barron as he was only credited with just one shot but was 3-1 on faceoffs. Cornell is 8-0 and along with Harvard are the only remaining unbeaten teams in Men’s Division One Hockey.

Zac Jones was scoreless on one shot with a +1 and a minor for roughing as his seventh-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen edged the Merrimack Warriors 3-2. The win improves the Minutemen to 8-3-1 (4-3-1 Hockey East).

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer Engineers broke a four-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over Canisius. The non-conference win improved the Engineers to 5-6-1 on the season.

Ruley Hughes was scoreless on one shot with a -1 as his 14th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated the Maine Black Bears 3-2. The Huskies are 8-4-2 (5-3-1 Hockey East).

Eric Ciccolini was the “extra forward” as his Michigan Wolverines lost in overtime to the New Hampshire Wildcats 3-2. Michigan is 4-8-2 on the season.

Blame The Rangers

Tyler Nanne (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

It was bad enough the New York Rangers effort against the Ottawa Senators but the nine Rangers prospects were not very productive either.  The total output was just one secondary assist and honestly, the best efforts of the night one really had to look hard for.

The best performances came from Wisconsin’s K’Andre Miller and Minnesota’s Tyler Nanne as Minnesota earned a 4-1 win.  Now Miller recorded the only point of the night for the prospects when he earned a secondary assist on Wisconsin’s only goal but that isn’t why his performance stood out.

Miller took a game-high five shots as he looked to dominate this game. This was the Miller that I have been wanting to see all season, looking for his offense and playing his tempo. Forget that he only had the one assist as the more active Miller is then the better he plays.

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

K’Andre Miller can take over a game with his size and skill set so Wisconsin needs for him to be taking more than a shot a game. Tonight he did and if he keeps this up then the goals will start coming by the bunch. Miller is 4-4-8 after 13 games with the four goals one fewer than what he had all last season.

Now as for Nanne, if you would have told me five years ago that the 5’11 185 defenseman would be Minnesota’s leading shot-blocker, I would have laughed at you. But after a five blocked-shot night, Nanne does lead Minnesota with 25 blocked shots on the season.

Now while it might not earn him a Rangers ELC, they will think long and hard about whether or not to sign him.  Miller also was credited with three shots even though he did not score, he was very effective at both ends of the ice.

The same two teams will play on Saturday night.

So the news wasn’t that Morgan Barron scored for his second-ranked Cornell Big Red in their 2-1 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats but rather that he didn’t score. For the first time this season, Barron was held scoreless ending his six-game scoring streak.

Barron did have a game-high five shots but he was a -1 and had two minors for interference while going 1-3 on faceoffs. Cornell remains unbeaten at 7-0 as they host Princeton on Saturday night, a game you can catch on ESPN+.

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on one shot as his Michigan Wolverines defeated New Hampshire 4-1 breaking a seven-game winless streak.

Riley Hughes was scoreless on one shot as his 14th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated the Maine Black Bears 5-2.

Zac Jones did not score on his one-shot as his seventh-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen staked to a 2-2 overtime tie against the Merrimack Warriors.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer Engineers are winless in their last four games after being beaten 6-3 by Harvard.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals lost at home to the Erie Otters 4-2.  Gross took one shot and earned a minor for roughing. After starting the season 9-0, Oshawa is 6-6-0-1 since then.

Matthew Robertson was a -2 on three shots as his Edmonton Oil Kings dropped a 5-3 road game to the Victoria Royals.

Barron’s Sixth Goal Leads Cornell’s Sixth Win

Morgan Barron (Cornell Athletics)

Morgan Barron got his fourth-ranked Cornell “Big Red” going scoring his team-leading sixth goal as Cornell spanked St. Lawrence 6-1.  Barron converted on a “two-on-one” breakaway to give Cornell a 1-0 first period lead just 3:36 into the contest as Cornell improved to 6-0 on the season.

The junior forward took a feed from teammate Cam Donaldson as he was skating down the slot and blasted it into the net. It was part of a four-shot night that included a +2 with one blocked shot and a minor for roughing.

Barron leads Cornell in goals as well as scoring with a 6-6-12 +8 mark. His 2.00 points per game are tied for second in Division 1 hockey.

Zac Jones (Massachusetts Athletics)

The scoresheet only shows one assist but freshman defenseman Zac Jones might have played his best overall game so far in his short NCAA career.  Jones helped his fifth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen rebound from a Friday night loss to earn a 4-1 win over Boston University and a split in their weekend series.

Jones was credited with five shots on goal but was also credited with attempting a team-high 11 shots with a +1 and one blocked shot.  Jones was credited with the primary assist on the Minutemen’s first goal when he fed Mitchell Caffee for the game’s first goal while his team was on a “5-on-3” power play.

The assist was Jones’ eight of the season which is best on the team and overall is 3-8-11 which is good for second in team scoring. For all his offense, Jones has shown that despite being just 5’11 that he is no liability on defense.

His +8 is second-best on the team. Overall Massachusetts improved to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the Hockey East conference.

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Despite K’Andre Miller’s fourth goal of the season, a power-play goal that gave his 15th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (at the time) a 4-3, the Badgers fell in overtime 5-4 to third-ranked Notre Dame. Now if you checked out the clip with his goal then you have to ask yourself; how did Miller only attempt two shots?

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

If I was coaching a guy like Miller with all his offense then I would be looking for him to attempt as many shots as he possibly can. It is mindboggling that Miller is only 4-3-7 after 12 games. Even more, head-scratching is that Miller has only 25 shots on the season.

I would say that it is a given that Miller no matter what will be leaving Wisconsin after this season to sign with the Rangers. In the games that I have watched him play this season, one has to wonder why isn’t Miller doing more offensively?

A more active Miller in my eyes would mean Wisconsin would be better than their current 6-6 record. Miller was 1-2-3 in the two games against one of the best teams in NCAA Division 1 men’s hockey.

Put the Badgers on your back K’Andre and lead them. Do it now so when you sign with the Rangers that it is second nature for you.

Tyler Wall saw his eight-game unbeaten streak end as he gave up two goals on 26 shots as his 12th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks dropped a 2-1 decision to the UConn Huskies. Check out the highlights and judge for yourself how bad were the goals that Wall surrendered were.

On the first goal, you can say Wall by giving up the long rebound set himself up but he never saw the shot as he was screen perfectly on the shot. On the second goal, the original shot never made it to him as it hit his defenseman. The puck wound up on the UConn player’s stick and Wall never had a chance as he was already down.

Despite the loss, Wall is still having a good start to the season. In 13 games (second-most in the NCAA), Wall is 7-2-4 (seventh in wins), with a 1.72 goals against and a 0.944 save percentage (both sixth-best). Wall and teammates are off until November 29th when they will host Simon Kjellberg’s Rensselaer Engineers as part of the Turkey Leg Classic.

Tyler Nanne broke a nine-game scoreless streak with a two-assist night but it wasn’t enough as his Minnesota Golden Gophers were beaten 6-3 by eighth-ranked Penn State. Nanne helped Minnesota jump out to a 2-0 first period lead but Penn State would reel off five unanswered goals to earn the win.

Nanne is 1-3-4 in 12 games this season as Minnesota falls to 4-6-2 on the season.

Defenseman Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on three shots as his Rensselaer Engineers dropped a 3-1 decision to the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Rensselaer falls to 4-5-1 (2-3-1 ECAC) on the season.

Riley Hughes was scoreless as his 14th-ranked Northeastern Huskies defeated Providence College 7-3 to earn a split in their weekend series. Hughes was quiet as the fourth-line right wing.

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless as his Michigan Wolverines were shut out 3-0 by the Michigan State Spartans. The Wolverines are winless in their last seven games (0-6-1) as they fall to 3-7-2 (0-5-1 Big Ten)

Matthew Robertson and his Edmonton Oil Kings were spanked 5-1 by the Medicine Hat Tigers in WHL action. Robertson was scoreless as the Oil Kings dropped their second straight.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals lost to the Soo Greyhounds 3-1. The loss was the second straight for the Generals.