Nico Gross

Robertson’s Two Points Helps Edmonton Win

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

Just the three New York Ranger prospects playing in the Canadian juniors were in action on Sunday. Matthew Robertson earned the game’s third star for the second straight game after a 1-1-2 performance.

Matthew Robertson scored his ninth goal of the season and then got the primary assist on the game-winning goal as his Edmonton Oil Kings knocked off the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2. The win extends Edmonton’s regulation unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-1-1) while increasing their lead over the Tigers for both the WHL’s Western Conference top seed and Central Divison to nine points.

It was another strong performance from the Rangers 2019 second-round selection as the young defenseman is playing his best hockey of the season right now. Robertson got the Oil Kings going when he scored his ninth goal of the season at 3:56 of the first period.

Matthew Robertson showed off his on-ice vision as he had pinched into the left offensive corner after dropping the puck off to Riley Sawchuk. When three Tigers defenders went to Sawchuk, Robertson came out from the corner taking a pass from Sawchuk and rifled a shot past Medicine Hat’s goalie.

In the third period with the score tied at 2-2 and his team on the power play, it was Robertson’s turn to feed Sawchuk as Sawchuk fired a one-timer past the Medicine Hat goalie for a 3-2 lead. Edmonton goes on for the win.

Robertson with his 1-1-2 night was a -1 off five shots and a cross-checking minor. The current leading prospect scorer, Robertson is now 9-18-27 after 42 games just six points away from tying his career-best set last season.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless and a -1 on just one shot as his London Knights defeated the Erie Otters 6-2. The win was the third straight for the Knights who trail the OHL Western Conference leaders the Kitchener Rangers by four points but hold two games in hand on the Rangers.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals dropped their second straight game 5-3 to the Ottawa 67’s. Gross would take a costly double-minor in the second period when he was called for cross-checking and “unsportsmanlike” conduct that Ottawa would score on the resulting power play.

The Swiss defender was a +1 on one shot with the four minutes in penalties.

Barron “Helps” Cornell Win

Morgan Barron (Cornell Sun)

Just seven New York Ranger prospects saw action on Saturday night and our favorite Morgan Barron had another strong game to lead his Cornell Big Red to a win.

Morgan Barron made sure that his top-ranked Cornell Big Red got off to a good start by setting up the game’s first goal and then adding a second assist to help beat Northern Michigan 3-1.

It was Barron’s sixth multi-point game of the season as Cornell extends their unbeaten streak to six games (3-0-3) and improve to 13-1-3. Big Red finishes their non-conference part of the schedule 5-0-2.

The first assist was an easy one as Barron led a “2-on-1” odd-man rush into the offensive zone that teammate Alex Green finished off with a goal just 1:04 into the contest. The game would be tied at 1-1 after the first period.

In the second, Barron led another “2-on-1” breakaway but he took the shot which the goalie stopped and the rebound came right back to Barron who took a second shot but teammate Cam Donaldson would deflect into the net for a 2-1 lead just 48 seconds into the second period.

The goal would prove to be the game-winning goal as Cornell added another goal in the third period. For Barron, the two assists improved his season totals to a team-best 9-11-20 after a 0-2-2 on four shots with a +1 and a cross-checking minor.

Barron also was 8-4 on faceoffs which led the team and even blocked a shot.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagon)

Tyler Wall if you go only by the numbers looked to have struggled as his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks defeated the Merrimack Warriors 6-4. Wall stopped 35 out of 39 shots in earning his 13th win of the season.

To be fair to Wall, he had a pretty decent night going until one of his teammates took an elbowing major at 14:20 of the third period. Merrimack was already on the power play at the time so first, they scored on the “5-on-3”, then Merrimack would pull their goalie and score twice during the resulting “6-on-4”.

So what looked like a 6-1 win became a 6-4 win and Wall’s stats took the hit. Wall saw his save percentage fall to 0.936 (seventh NCAA) and his goals-against drop to 1.97 (12th NCAA) while his 13 wins are 10th best in the NCAA.

Zac Jones (Massachusetts Athletics)

Zac Jones had a scoreless night as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen defeated Vermont 3-1. Jones was a -1 on one shot and an interference minor as Massachusetts took both games of the weekend set.

The win keeps the Minutemen all alone in first place in the Hockey East conference with a 9-4-1 record and 16-7-1 overall record.

K’Andre Miller was scoreless on two shots with two blocked shots as his Wisconsin Badgers upset Michigan State 3-1. It was a good bounce-back win for Wisconsin after being shut out on Friday 4-0.

Miller in my book had a good weekend with two solid overall performances against a good Michigan State team.

Eric Ciccolini (Michigan Wolverines)

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on one shot and blocked one shot as his Michigan Wolverines played to a 4-4 tie with sixth-ranked Penn State. The Wolverines picked up the extra point when they scored in the second overtime.

The ties extends Michigan’s unbeaten streak to four games as their record improves to 10-11-3 (5-7-2 Big Ten).

Simon Kjellberg and his Rensselaer Engineers dropped a 4-1 road decision to Yale in ECAC action. Kjellberg was scoreless on one shot as the Engineers fell into a third-place tie in the ECAC with three other teams.

Overall Rensselaer fell to 10-12-1 with a 7-7-1 ECAC record.

Riley Hughes (Northeastern)

Riley Hughes was ejected at 18:46 of the first-period for “grabbing the facemask” as his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies fell in overtime to the UConn Huskies. The details of the ejection remain fuzzy at press time but it appears that Hughes was reacting to a UConn player boarding either himself or a teammate (UConn player was also ejected).

Nico Gross and his Oshawa Generals saw their road game against the Owen Sound Attack postponed due to the weather. It is winter so it is a surprise that more games aren’t canceled due to the weather.

They are rescheduling the game for Monday weather permitting of course.

Pretty Quiet Night For Rangers Prospects

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

It was a very quiet night for the New York Ranger prospects as ten saw action but only two registered any production on the night.

It is not often when I like the efforts of a prospect whose team was shutout but in K’Andre Miller’s case, Friday was one of his better overall games despite his Wisconsin Badgers getting shutout 4-0 by Michigan State. Miller was a -1 on four shots and two blocked shots as well as a “hitting after the whistle” minor.

Wisconsin really did not have much of a chance against the more experienced and deeper Michigan State team but Miller tried his best to give Wisconsin a chance in this game. Now the question is can Miller have games like this on a more consistent basis?

Hunter Skinner (London Knights)

Hunter Skinner didn’t score but his London Knights earned a 4-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves. Skinner was a +2 with no shots and three minor penalties including back-to-back roughing minors at the end of the third period.

Skinner is second among the Rangers prospects in North America with a 3-21-24 +23 in 41 games. His defense is vastly improved over the course of the season.

Simon Kjellberg earned a secondary assist as his Rensselaer Engineers continued their second-half improvement with a 3-1 road win over Brown. Kjellberg improved to 4-6-10 in 20 games this season.

The Engineers improved to 4-1 since the start of 2020 as they moved their record to 10-11-1 overall and 7-6-1 in the ECAC conference.

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

Nico Gross earned a primary assist as his Oshawa Generals dropped a 4-2 home loss to the Mississauga Steelheads. Gross earned the game’s third star in the loss after setting up Oshawa’s first goal of the game.

The young Swiss defender took four shots and was a -1. On the season, Gross is 7-13-20 after 31 games.

Zac Jones was scoreless on three shots as his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen recorded a 4-0 shutout win over Vermont in Hockey East action. The win improved the Minutemen overall to 15-7-1 as they took sole possession of first place in the Hockey East conference with an 8-4-1 mark.

Morgan Barron and his top-ranked Cornell Big Red have to feel like they lost after settling for a 2-2 overtime tie against the Northern Michigan Wildcats. Barron was scoreless on five shots with a -1 and a 3-5 record on faceoffs.

Eric Ciccolini was scoreless on two shots as his Michigan Wolverines won their third straight with a 6-0 road shocker over sixth-ranked Penn State. Michigan improves to 10-11-2 on the season as they have gone 6-2 in their last eight games since going 1-7-1 in November.

Tyler Wall and his 13th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks fell on home ice to fifth-ranked Boston College 3-2. Wall stopped 21 of 24 shots as the River Hawks blew a 2-0 first-period loss to fall to Boston College.

Despite the loss, Wall whose record fell to 12-4-4 remains third in the NCAA with a 0.939 save percentage but dropped to 11th in goals against with a 1.87.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on one shot with a minor for an interference minor as his Edmonton Oil Kings lost in overtime 2-1 to the Prince Albert Raiders. The game was a battle of goalies with Prince Albert’s Max Paddock earning the first star and Edmonton’s Sebastian Cossa the second.

The overtime loss extends Edmonton’s unbeaten in regulation streak to seven games (5-0-1-1) as Edmonton has the best record in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Exhibition Hockey

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers took on Team USA’s Under-18 team in an exhibition match in Minnesota. The USA squad would come away with a 2-1 win thanks to a late goal in the third period.

Nanne was scoreless and a -1 as he was the third pair right defenseman for this one.

Wall Becomes UMass-Lowell Leader In Wins

Tyler Wall (UMass-Lowell)

The second half of the 2020 North American Rangers’ prospect season got fully underway with ten prospects seeing action. There really wasn’t much to cheer about from a production standpoint as nine skaters produced just one secondary assist.

The one highlight was Tyler Wall earning his 52nd career win in goal for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks passing Dwayne Rolson. Wall stopped 25 out of 29 shots to help his 11th-ranked River Hawks defeat the RIT Tigers 6-4 in non-conference action.

It wasn’t Wall’s best game but RIT is an improved team in a conference few hear much about. Wall stopped seven of eight in both the first and second periods followed by 11 of 13 shots in the third.

The senior goalie improved his season record to 12-3-4 with a 1.81 goals against (7th NCAA) and a 0.941 save percentage (Tied 3rd NCAA). Wall and his teammates will face RIT on Saturday night looking for a sweep of the two-game series.

Eric Ciccolini had the only prospect point of the night, a secondary assist on Michigan’s first goal as they upset 14th-ranked Notre Dame on the road 3-0. For Ciccolini, it was his seventh assist and eighth overall point for the young freshman forward.

Zac Jones’ efforts did not show up on the scoresheet as he was scoreless and shotless but his 10th-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen upset fourth-ranked Boston College on the road 3-1. Boston College dominated this game controlling the shots and tempo but Jones helped his team on the attack with some excellent stickhandling getting the puck up ice and out of harm’s way.

The win lifted Massachusetts into a three-way tie for first place in the Hockey East conference with Northeastern (Riley Hughes) and UMass-Lowell (Tyler Wall). The same two teams will travel to Massachusetts for a rematch on Saturday evening.

Morgan Barron was scoreless on four shots and 3-1 on faceoffs as his second-ranked Cornell Big Red defeated Simon Kjellberg’s Rensselaer Engineers 3-0. The win kept Cornell in a tie for first place in the ECAC with Clarkson while Rensselaer saw a two-game winning streak end.

Cornell travels to Union on Saturday while Rensselaer will host Colgate.

Nico Gross was a +1 with a double-minor for roughing as his Oshawa Generals earned their second straight win, 4-3 over the Sarnia Sting. Oshawa remains in third place in the OHL’s East Division, 15 points behind first-place Ottawa.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on two shots with a +1 and a slashing minor as his London Knights defeated the Barrie Colts 5-2. The Knights won their fifth straight game to pull within a point of the OHL Midwest Division leaders Kitchener with a game in hand.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on four shots with a tripping minor as his Edmonton Oil Kings lost via the shootout to the Saskatoon Blades 2-1. The loss changed a four-game winning streak to a four-game unbeaten streak (4-0-0-1) as the Oil Kings still hold the WHL’s best record at 28-7-5-3.

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers no mincing words played a brutal game losing to the Michigan State Spartans 4-1. The score doesn’t even come close to telling the story of this game.

Rangers fans will know this kind of effort as Minnesota fell behind 4-0 after two periods being outshot 18-7. A 19 shot third-period netted Minnesota their only goal of the night.

Nanne was scoreless on one shot with a -2 and a tripping minor.

K’Andre Miller was scoreless on three shots as his Wisconsin Badgers lost to fifth-ranked Ohio State 4-2. Wisconsin put up a good effort but Ohio State was too deep and more experienced than the Badgers.

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.

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.