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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.