Zac Jones

The Miller Watch Starts

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

The day after for K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers was quiet other than the expected “Miller will have offers” comment from Wisconsin hockey coach Tony Granato.  The was also this part from the same article written by Todd D. Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal:

      Miller has played two seasons in college as a first-round pick of the New York Rangers. Like the others contemplating a pro future, he has had bright spots mixed in with challenging periods.

It is known that the Rangers had a couple of scouts at the series watching Miller and odds are Jeff Gorton and John Davidson along with the player development staff will have a decision to make. I still am sticking with my own belief that Miller is going to leave school and sign with the Rangers.

I believe that Miller thinks he is ready to turn pro and there is nothing at Wisconsin left for him to do. Besides if Miller says he wants to turn pro there really isn’t much the Rangers can do to stop him.

It also makes sense for the Rangers to bring Miller to Hartford on the ATO now while they have games to play. Let’s find out where Miller really is in his professional development and what he has to work on to improve his game.

Game Action

Tyler Nanne (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers earned a trip to the Big Ten Semifinals after defeating Notre Dame in game three of their first-round series. The Gophers won two straight games to earn a trip to the semi-finals on the road against Penn State next Saturday.

The senior defenseman, Nanne was scoreless with two blocked shots in his final game as a player on Minnesota home ice. Nanne gets to leave a winner on home ice but beating Penn State in a one-game playoff might be a different story.

Nico Gross and his Oshawa Generals traveled to London (Ontario) to face his fellow prospect Hunter Skinner and his London Knights. Both teams were on streaks going in the opposite directions and London’s 3-1 win extended both streaks.

Neither player scored but both were first pair defenders used on both special teams.  Gross had one shot while being a -1 with a tripping minor.

Skinner was credited with two shots and was a +1. London extended their winning streak to seven games while Oshawa saw their winless streak extend to four games (0-2-1-1).

Playoff Matchups

ECAC- Best Of Three

Morgan Barron (Cornell Athletics)

Morgan Barron and his top seed Cornell will host Princeton starting on Friday starting at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST.

Simon Kjellberg and fourth-seed Rensselaer will host fifth-seed Harvard also on Friday at 7 PM/4 PM

All games of both series will be streamed via the ESPN+ app (4.99 a month subscription but well worth it)

Hockey East -Best Of Three

Zac Jones and second seed Massachusetts will host Riley Hughes and seventh-seed Northeastern with game one on Friday starting at 7:15 PM/ 4:15 PM.

Tyler Wall and third-seed UMass-Lowell will host Boston University starting Friday at 7:15/4:15.

These games will be streamed live via the CBS All-Access app (5.99 monthly)

Big Ten- Semifinals (Single Elimination)

Tyler Nanne and fourth-seed travel to Penn State to face the top-seed Nittnay Lions next Saturday starting at 7 PM/4 PM. The game will be shown on the Big Ten Network and streamed on the Fox Sports App.

Jones Two Assist Game Helps Minutemen Clinch Home Ice

Zac Jones(Jerrey Roberts/Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Zac Jones had a two-assist game as his ninth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen held off the UConn Huskies 4-3. The win clinched home-ice for the Minutemen in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

Jones had the primary assist on the Minutemen’s second goal, a power-play goal at 10:10 in the second period which at the time put his team up 2-1. In the third period with the Minutemen up 3-2, Jones earned the secondary assist on the team’s fourth goal at 16:41.

It was a key goal because UConn would score just 13 seconds later closing the gap to 4-3 and the Minutemen would hold on for the win. For Jones, the two assists came with just one shot on net for the freshman defender.

And with those two points, Jones improves his season totals to 3-19-22 which is third-best on the team while the 19 assists lead the team. And the news is even better as Jones is the leading freshman defenseman scorer in the Hockey East (fifth overall) and the eighth-best freshman scorer in the league.

One last Jones note and that is he has a three-game scoring streak going (0-4-4) and is 0-8-8 in his last six games. UMass can clinch second place with a win in their regular-season finale next Thursday against Vermont.

Tyler Wall stopped 26 out of 28 shots as his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks held off New Hampshire 3-2 in Hockey East action. The win improved Wall’s record to 17-8-6 with a 2.14 goals against (18th NCAA) and a 0.930 save percentage (10th NCAA).

The win puts the River Hawks in third place of the Hockey East Conference with one game left in the regular season. That game is next Friday against 4th place UConn with home-ice advantage in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs at stake. The River Hawks can finish as high as second or fall as low as fifth.

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson had the primary assist on the game-winning goal as his Edmonton Oil Kings shutout the Red Deer Rebels 4-0. Robertson was 0-1-1 on one shot with a minor for “unsportsmanlike conduct”.

The assist extends his scoring streak to four games (0-5-5) and improves his overall numbers to 13-32-45. The win extends the Oil Kings unbeaten streak to four (3-0-1) as they try to hold on to the WHL’s best record with just seven games remaining.

Robertson has points in 14 out of his last 16 games going back to January 19th (5-15-20).

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless as his Rensselaer Engineers finished their ECAC regular-season with a 4-1 win over Dartmouth. Kjellberg was credited with two shots, a +1 and one blocked shot as the Engineers finished with a four-game winning streak.

The win streak is their longest since 2012-2013 means that the Engineers finished in fourth-place of the ECAC and earn a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs. The Engineers are off until March 13th when they will host an ECAC quarterfinal series.

K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers played to a 3-3 overtime tie on the road with 10th-ranked Ohio State to finish their regular season with a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1). Miller was scoreless on four shots and a -1 as the Badgers get to return to Ohio State next week.

Wisconsin finished the Big Ten Conference season in last place and will face second-seeded Ohio State in a best-of-three playoff series. Don’t count Wisconsin out as they finished the season by going 4-1-1 over three different Top Ten ranked teams.

Tyler Nanne (Brad Rempl)

Tyler Nanne was scoreless on three shots and blocked two on defense but his Minnesota Golden Gophers lost to the Michigan Wolverines 2-1. It was the final regular-season game of Tyler Nanne’s career at Minnesota as the senior captain led the team in blocked shots with 62.

The loss means that Minnesota finishes the regular season as the fourth-seed in the Big Ten Conference. They will host fifth-seeded Notre Dame in a best-of-three series starting next weekend.

Riley Hughes had the primary assist on his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies’ only goal as they dropped a 3-1 decision to lowly Vermont. Hughes would pick up his third assist of the season on the game’s first goal at 1:38 of the second period.

But the lead didn’t even last a full minute as Vermont would score 58 seconds later to tie the game and then add two more goals to send Northeastern to their fourth-straight loss. The loss puts Northeastern in a huge whole as they are barely hanging on to the last playoff spot in the Hockey East with two games left both against Boston University next weekend.

Hughes improves to 1-3-4 on the season after his 0-1-1, one shot and +1 game. Can’t see Northeastern making the Hockey East playoffs and even if they did, they would wind up facing top seed Boston College who swept them last weekend.

The Race For The Playoffs Prospect Style

Morgan Barron (Cornell Athletics)

Morgan Barron and his second-ranked Cornell Big Red knocked off St. Lawrence 5-0 for their eighth straight win. Coupled with Clarkson settling for a tie with Colgate and Cornell clinches the ECAC regular-season title for the third straight year.

Barron was scoreless on three shots with a blocked shot and a 3-0 record on faceoffs. Barron saw his seven-game scoring streak come to an end (5-6-11) but pretty sure he doesn’t mind after being part of the first Cornell team in school history to win three straight ECAC regular-season championships.

Barron and Cornell finish off their regular season with an important game against Clarkson. A win tomorrow can affect their NCAA seeding as they have a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs.

Simon Kjellberg (RPI)

Simon Kjellberg and his Rensselaer Engineers shut out Harvard 2-0 in ECAC action. The win puts Rensselaer in a tie for fourth-place with Harvard with one game remaining in the ECAC regular season.

Kjellberg was scoreless with no shots but took an almost costly slashing penalty at 17:28 of the third period with his team up just 1-0. Now Rensselaer faces Dartmouth on the road Saturday and a win earns them a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs. Lose and they need help from Union who plays Harvard.

Tyler Wall (UMass-Lowell)

Tyler Wall stopped 24 out of 26 shots as his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks played to a 2-2 overtime tie with the New Hampshire Wildcats. Wall surrendered a power-play goal in the first and an even-strength goal in the second.

Still, Wall and company needed this win as the tie drops them into a tie for fourth place in Hockey East when a win would have put them in a second-place tie with two regular-season games to go.

Wall is 16-8-6 with a 2.14 goals against (tie NCAA 17th) and a 0.930 save percentage (tie NCAA 7th). UMass-Lowell plays New Hampshire on Saturday in a pretty much must-win for the River Hawks.

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

For a last-place team, K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers are making life miserable for ranked teams. Miller was scoreless on one shot with one blocked shot and was 0-1 on faceoffs as the Badgers defeated 10th-ranked Ohio State 3-2.

For the Badgers, it was their third straight win against a Top-Ten team and it sets up a regular-season finale that could determine which team they face in the Big-Ten playoffs.

Tyler Nanne was scoreless on one shot with a -1 and three blocked shots as his Minnesota Golden Gophers played to a 2-2 overtime tie with Michigan. Michigan earned the bonus point by winning the shootout 1-0.

The tie means Minnesota can’t win the Big Ten regular-season championship as Penn State holds the tiebreaker over them. Currently, Minnesota is in second place with one last game remaining with Michigan. A loss to Michigan combined could cost Minnesota home ice in the first round of the Big Ten playoffs.

Hunter Skinner (London Knights)

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on one shot with a -1 with a cross-checking minor as his London Knights defeated the Soo Greyhounds 4-2 in OHL action. The Knights are in a four-team dogfight for the top seed in the OHL’s Western Conference.

The Knights lead the Kitchener Rangers by one point (one game in hand) for the conference lead (and Midwest Division lead). They lead the Flint Firebirds by two points (two games in hand) and the Saginaw Spirit by three points (one game in hand).

Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson had the only points by a Ranger prospect as he had two secondary assists in his Edmonton Oil Kings 5-4 shootout loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Robertson earned his assists on the Oil Kings’ first and second goals of the game.

For Robertson, the assists give him a Ranger prospect best 13-31-44 record on the season. His Oil Kings lead the WHL with a 40-10-6-4 90 points record with just eight WHL regular-season games to go.

Riley Hughes was scoreless on no shots but a -2 as his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies suffered an embarrassing 4-2 loss to previously winless (in Hockey East) Vermont. Yes, Northeastern is badly depleted by injuries but to lose to a team that was 0-17-4 in conference play is unacceptable.

Even worse for Hughes and company, is that they are holding on to one of the last two spots in the Hockey East playoffs after at one time leading the conference. They have just three regular-season conference games remaining and could wind up not making any playoffs despite winning the Beanpot this year.

Zac Jones (Massachusetts Athletics)

Zac Jones had a primary assist and a blocked shot as his ninth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen lost 3-2 to the UConn Huskies. The Minutemen let a 2-1 lead disappear in the last 1:31 of regulation to lose the game.

Jones had set up teammate John Leonard’s power-play goal at 9″03 of the third period giving the Minutemen a 2-1 lead. The loss drops the Minutemen in a tie for second place in the Hockey East standings with the Huskies and pretty much cost them any chance of winning the regular-season championship with just two games left in the regular season.

Jones improves to 3-17-20 as the young freshman defenseman takes over the team lead in assists and is eighth in overall scoring in the Hockey East for defensemen. The same two teams play on Saturday evening.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Generals. Gross was a -1 with a “delay of game” minor.

A Fun Night In Prospectland

Morgan Barron (Cornell)

Eight New York Ranger prospects hit the ice on Saturday evening in what was an entertaining as well as a critical night of hockey. As teams jockey for playoff seeding, a win (or loss) could determine where a team starts their postseason.

Just when you think Morgan Barron has shown you everything, he gives you another reason to root for him. The junior co-captain of the second-ranked Cornell Big Red, Barron sealed his team’s 3-0 win over the Brown Bears with a hustling play that ended any hope Brown had of getting back into the game (the play starts at 1:29).

Cornell wins its seventh-straight game as Barron extends his scoring streak to seven games (5-6-11). Barron improves to 14-18-32 as Cornell’s leading scorer has his team poised to earn a second straight ECAC regular-season championship if they can earn a win over Clarkson next Saturday in the regular-season finale.

Defencemen #66 Nico Gross of the Oshawa Generals

Nico Gross set up two goals as his Oshawa Generals defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-2. The two-assist game helped the Generals pull to within two points of the Peterborough Petes for the third seed of the OHL’s Eastern Conference.

Gross would earn the primary assist on Oshawa’s first and fifth goals as the Generals extend their unbeaten in regulation streak to six games (3-0-1-2). The Swiss defender sets a new career-best in assists with his 18th and 19th of the season as he improves to 9-19-28 overall (also a career-best)

Matthew Robertson (Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson earned the secondary assist on Josh William’s game-winning goal coming with just 47 seconds remaining in overtime as their Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Regina Pats 2-1. Robertson is the leading scorer among the North American Rangers prospects improves to 13-28-41 on the season.

The win brings the Oil Kings into a tie with the Portland Winterhawks for the best overall record in the WHL. The Winterhawks do hold two games in hand over the Oil Kings.

Tyler Wall (UMass-Lowell)

Tyler Wall set a career-high in saves with 45 but it was not enough to prevent his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks from losing to Zac Jones and his eighth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen 5-3. Wall surrendered four goals as his River Hawks were pretty much outplayed for most of this game.

The Minutemen dominated the shots on goal 11-7 in the first, 20-3 in the second, and 19-8 in the third as Wall was pretty much the only reason why the River Hawks even were in this game in the third period. It is almost unfair that Wall saw his record fall to 16-8-5 with a 2.15 goals against (16th NCAA) and a 0.930 save percentage (tie 7th NCAA).

Zac Jones (Hockey East)

Zac Jones only record a secondary assist on Minutemen’s third goal but he had five shots, a +1 and a blocked shot for the game. Jones was a major force for the Minutemen as he played well at both ends of the ice.

This game helped the Minutemen take sole possession of second place in the Hockey East conference, two points behind first-place Boston College and one point ahead of third-place Maine. The loss hurts the River Hawks who fell out of a tie for second place into a tie for fourth with UConn with three games left in the season.

Simon Kjellberg (Liz Brady)

Simon Kjellberg and his Rensselaer Engineers blasted the Yale Bulldogs 7-1 in ECAC action. Kjellberg was scoreless on three shots with a +2 as the Engineers moved into fifth place in the ECAC standings just two points behind Harvard.

For the Engineers, this is important because they face Harvard next Friday and they need to win by four or more goals. Do that and then win on Saturday against Dartmouth and the Engineers earn a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs.

Right now if the playoffs started tomorrow, Rensselaer would host St. Lawrence in the first round.

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers made it two straight wins over ninth-ranked Arizona State thanks to a 6-2 win. Miller was scoreless on three shots and a +3 and two blocked shots giving him 46 blocks on the season.

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers lost to 10th-ranked Penn State 3-2 after leading 2-0. Nanne was scoreless on two shots with a -1 and a game-high nine blocked shots which were one more than the entire Penn State team for the game.

Tyler Nanne (Kristin Ostrowski)

However, the loss was costly as it drops Minnesota into a second-place tie with Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference. Minnesota can’t finish better than second-place but if they drop both games to Michigan next weekend could drop as low as fifth.

The nine blocked shots give Nanne 57 on the season which is tops on the Gophers. The senior defenseman has earned a lot of respect for coming back from a heart ailment to become a captain as well as a defensive standout for the Gophers.

Wall Leads Big UMass-Lowell Win

Forget “March Madness”, for the New York Ranger prospects playing in the NCAAs and Canadian juniors, the “madness” has already started. Just about every game was key for any post-season hopes that the prospect and his team had. Even the one non-conference game was a heart-stopping nailbiter that K’Andre Miller set up the game-winner.

Tyler Wall (Rich Gagnon/UMass-Lowell)

Tyler Wall and his 15th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks badly needed a win against Zac Jones and his eighth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen to protect both their hopes of hosting a first-round series in the Hockey East playoffs as well an “at-large” bid at the NCAA tournament.

Wearing New York Ranger style uniforms, Wall stopped 38 out of 40 shots (15 in 1st, 13 in 2nd, and 10 in 3rd) as the River Hawks upset the Minutemen to force a three-way tie for second place in the Hockey East conference with four games left to play.

With the win. Wall improves to 16-7-5 on the season with a 2.08 goals against (13th NCAA) and a 0.931 save percentage (7th NCAA). Zac Jones was scoreless on four shots and two blocked shots.

Same two teams play on Saturday night starting at 7 PM EDT/4 PM PDT, you can watch this one via the CBS “All-Access app.

Morgan Barron and his second-ranked Cornell Big Red shutout Yale 4-0 to win their third-straight Ivy League title. Barron set up what proved to be the only goal Cornell would need with a needle-threaded pass to Cam Donaldson at 3:43 of the first period. (play starts 9 seconds into the clip)

For Barron, the assist extends his scoring streak to six games (4-6-10) as Cornell wins their sixth straight game. Morgan Barron was 0-1-1 on game-high six shots with a +1, 2-1 on faceoffs and one blocked shot.

The Cornell win combined with Clarkson’s loss gives Cornel sole possession of first place in the ECAC with three games left.

Simon Kjellberg (Hans Pennink)

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on three shots and a cross-checking minor as his Rensselaer Engineers shutout the Quinnipiac Bobcats 4-0 in ECAC action. Kjellberg also contributed a game-high five blocked shots as the Engineers with their win pulled to within three points of the fourth-place Bobcats with three conference games remaining.

Kjellberg was a force on defense showing a huge improvement over the beginning of the season. Remember this is a 19-year old freshman who is playing top-pair minutes and the 2019 fourth-round draft pick could become the Ranger’s steal of the draft.

Tyler Nanne returned to the Minnesota Golden Gopher lineup with a 1-1-2 on three shots with a +1 and two blocked shots as they played to a 3-3 overtime tie with 10th-ranked Penn State. Penn State would pick up the bonus conference point as they scored during the second overtime.

A nice play by Nanne led to Minnesota’s first goal which tied the game up at 1-1 in the second period. It was Nanne’s defensive play that got the offense going and then a second nice play scored the goal.

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The senior co-caption set a new career-best in points with his second point which was a secondary assist on Minnesota’s second goal which came in the third period. Nanne is now 4-10-14 on the season.

But because of Penn State earning the bonus point in overtime, Minnesota finds themselves one point behind Penn State in the Big Ten standings. A Minnesota win on Saturday will put them back in first with two conference games remaining.

Earning the top seed in the Big Ten Conference means a bye directly to the league semi-finals and avoiding what could be a matchup with K’Andre Miller’s Wisconsin Badgers.

K’Andre Miller’s second assist of the game coming with 1:09 remaining in the third period set up the game-winning goal as his Wisconsin Badgers won one of the more entertaining games of the season 7-6 over ninth-ranked Arizona State. It was a crazy yet exciting game as the teams traded leads back and forth all game long.

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Now it is hard to see but that was Miller who spotted Roman Ahcan in the high slot for the game-winning goal. Miller also set up Alex Turcotte’s goal which at the time gave Wisconsin a 4-2 lead that did not last.

Miller improved to 7-11-18 in the non-conference matchup. Same two teams on Saturday night.

Nico Gross had a secondary assist but his Oshawa Generals fell in overtime to the Kingston Frontenacs 4-3. The good news is despite the OT loss the one point the Generals did earn clinched a spot in the OHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs.

Gross earned his assist on Oshawa’s second goal of the game late in the second period helping Oshawa pull to within one goal at the time at 3-2. For Gross, the assist was his 17th of the season tying his career-high in assists.

Gross had already set new highs in both goals and points as he improved to 9-17-26. The Generals currently sit in third place in the OHL’s East Division, four points behind second-place Peterborough and holding two games in hand.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless on no shots and a -2 as his London Knights lost to the Guelph Storm 5-3. The Knights have already clinched a spot in the OHL’s Western Conference playoffs but they are trying to fight off two teams (Kitchener and Flint) for the top seed in the Western Conference.

It is not as if London is playing bad but rather the other two teams have gotten hotter. The only edge London has at the moment is they hold a game in hand over both teams.

Matthew Robertson and his Edmonton Oil Kings have already clinched a spot in the WHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs. After a 5-2 road loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings, their lead over Lethbridge for the first seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs is eight points with 11 regular-season games remaining.

Against Brandon, the Oil Kings were their own worse enemies. Robertson was scoreless on three shots and a tripping minor that led to Brandon’s first goal of the game.

The rest of his night was forgettable as I think they were looking past Brandon. Bad move by Edmonton.

Riley Hughes and his 10th-ranked Northeastern Huskies have been ravaged by injuries and on Friday, fifth-ranked Boston College made matters ever worse after whipping them 10-1. It was a serious horror show for Northeastern as they used three goalies (allowed in college hockey) and none played well.

Boston College built up a 7-0 lead before the Huskies got on the scoreboard late in the second period. Hughes was scoreless on two shots with a -2 for his evening.

The loss drops Northeastern into a tie for seventh place in the Hockey East (top eight qualify for playoffs) with four games remaining. They have the easier schedule of the three teams fighting for the last two spots in the playoffs.

The question is will Northeastern have enough bodies to make it that far?

Barron’s Two Goals Lead Cornell Win

Morgan Barron (Cornell Sun)

How many ways do I like Morgan Barron? He is a natural leader, he can score from any spot on the ice, he can find the open man with a pass, he takes faceoffs, he plays all three forward positions, he kills penalties, plays on the power play, he can skate, and he is 6’4 225. That is just a small summary of the player who I believe one day can wear the “C” for the Rangers.

Barron had gone eight games without scoring any goals but broke that streak with two goals to lead second-ranked Cornell to a 4-1 win over Colgate. It was the third multi-goal game of the season for Barron.

But it was more than just the offense from Barron as he and his teammates just totally shutdown the Colgate offense. Colgate was held to nine shots for the entire game and six of those shots came in the third period.

The junior captain was all over the place in this matchup. His first goal of the game was a power-play goal that came from the top of the slot. It was a beauty of a blast as it put Cornell up 3-1 at the 16:40 mark of the first period.

In the second period with Cornell on another power-play, Barron scored on a blast from the top of the right faceoff circle. That goal at 13:35 of the second period made it 4-1 as Cornell would go on to win their 16th game of the season (16-2-4).

Cornell remains two points behind Clarkson for the ECAC lead (11-2-2) with seven conference games remaining in the regular season. Barron improves to 11-13-24 which leads Cornell in goals and overall scoring.

Cornell and Colgate will face each other on Sunday making up Friday’s postponed game. You can catch the game on the ESPN+ app starting at 4 PM EDT/1 PM PDT.

Zac Jones (Hockey East)

Zac Jones had a career-best three assists as his eighth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen knocked off 10th-ranked Providence 5-1. A big win for the Minutemen as they take two from Providence and remain in first place of the Hockey East Conference.

Jones got his night going when he got the puck to teammate John Leonard for the game’s first goal at 13:11 of the first period. The second assist was an easy one as Jones got the puck to Leonard who skated coast-to-coast for his third goal of the game and a 4-1 Minutemen lead.

Finally, Jones’ third assist was a secondary one as Jack Suter redirected a Leonard shot for the fifth goal of the game for Massachusetts. On the season, Jones improves to 3-15-18 and Massachusetts leads the Hockey East by two points over Tyler Wall’s UMass-Lowell.

K’Andre Miller (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

K’Andre Miller recorded his seventh goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to prevent his Wisconsin Badgers from dropping their fifth-straight 5-3 to Eric Cicolini’s Michigan Wolverines. Miller’s goal was scored at 18:57 of the third period as Wisconsin was trying to come back from down 4-2.

The goal pulled Wisconsin to within 4-3 but Michigan scored an empty-net goal to ice the win. Miller was 1-0-1 on four shots with a -1 and three blocked shots as he improved to 7-8-15 on the season.

Eric Ciccolini had the primary assist on Michigan’s first goal but no shots and one blocked shot. The freshman forward is 1-0-11 for the Wolverines.

Tyler Wall stopped 24 out of 27 shots as his 14th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks held off Merrimack 4-3 to take sole possession of second place in the Hockey East conference. Wall surrender one goal in the first and two in the third as the River Hawks used a four-goal second period to earn the win.

For Wall, the win improved his record to 15-5-5 as his goals-against dropped to 2.09 (12th NCAA) and his save percentage to 0.932 (Tied 5th NCAA).

Tyler Nanne had a primary assist but it wasn’t enough to keep his Minnesota Golden Gophers from losing to Michigan State 4-2. The loss cost Minnesota their lead in the Big Ten conference as they dropped into a three-way tie for second place.

For Nanne, the assist was his ninth helper on the season, a new career-high for the senior captain. Overall Nanne is 3-9-12 for the season.

It was a rough night for Simon Kjellberg as his Rensselaer Engineers dropped the second game of their series with Western Michigan 6-2. Kjellberg was scoreless on one shot with a -2 and two minors, one that led to a power-play goal for Western Michigan.

Rensselaer dropped both games of their series with Western Michigan to fall to 12-14-2.

Wall Stops 23 In Win Over #4 Boston College

Tyler Wall (Boston College)

Tyler Wall stopped 23 out of 25 shots as his 14th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks edged fourth-ranked Boston College 3-2 in Hockey East action. Wall’s 14th win of the season enabled his River Hawks to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Hockey East.

It was a much-needed win for Wall and his teammates as they needed to improve their “pairwise” if they want to earn an NCAA tournament bid if they do not win the Hockey East championship. After the win, the River Hawks are 13th with is borderline at best for making the NCAAs.

Wall earned his 14th win (14-5-5) as he lowered his goals-against to 2.05 (NCAA 10th) and improved his save percentage to 0.933 (tie NCAA 4th). The River Hawks travel to Merrimack for a game Saturday evening.

Nico Gross scored his ninth goal of the season to get his Oshawa Generals going as they defeated the Sudbury Wolves 5-2. Gross picked up the puck off the right boards and beat the Sudbury goal over his glove for the goal.

For Gross who was 1-0-1 on three shots and a +3, the goal improved his season totals to 9-14-23.

Zac Jones (Hockey East)

Zac Jones had the primary assist on the game-winning goal as his eighth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen defeated 10th-ranked Providence 3-1. Teammate Niko Hildenbrand tipped a Jones shot into the Providence goal breaking a 1-1 tie at 3:23 of the third period.

For Jones, the assist broke a seven-game scoreless streak as he improved to 3-12-15 on the season. For the game, Jones was 0-1-1 +1 on two shots and Massachusetts moves into first-place in the Hockey East with the win.

Matthew Robertson had a primary assist as his Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Red Deer Rebels 2-1. Robertson handed the puck off to teammate Dylan Guenther for a power-play goal which tied the game up at 1-1 in the first period.

The leading scorer among Ranger prospects, Robertson has a four-game scoring streak (1-5-6) after his 24th assist of the season (11-24-35) as he was 0-1-1, +1 on one shot with two minor penalties. Edmonton leads the WHL’s Eastern Conference with a 35-8-6-3 record.

Hunter Skinner was scoreless and a +2 as his London Knights won their 10th-straight game 7-3 over the Saginaw Spirit. Skinner is a +28 on the season which is third-best on the Knights but the leader among the Knights defensemen.

London leads the OHL’s Western Conference with a 34-13-1-1. Their last loss came on January 11th and going back to December 28th and the Knights are 14-2.

Eric Ciccolini (Michigan Wolverines)

Eric Ciccolini had two assists as his Michigan Wolverines doubled up K’Andre Miller’s Wisconsin Badgers 8-4. Ciccolini had a secondary assist on Michigan’s seventh goal and the primary on Michigan’s eighth goal.

For Ciccolini, the two assists were part of a two-shot, +2 and two blocked shot game. The freshman forward is 1-9-10 on the season. K’Andre Miller was scoreless on two shots.

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated Michigan State 4-1 for their fifth straight win. Nanne was scoreless on four shots and a +2 as the Gophers moved into first place of the Big Ten Conference.

Minnesota faces Michigan State on Saturday night in the final regular-season meeting between the two schools.

Riley Hughes and his 12th-ranked Northeastern Huskies dropped a 4-2 decision to the Maine Black Bears in Hockey East action. Hughes was scoreless with no shots on goal as the Huskies fell to eighth place in the Hockey East with eight games remaining.

Northeastern plays Boston University in the finals of the Beanpot Tournament on Monday. You can catch that game on the NHL Network starting at 7:30 PM/4:30 PM.

Simon Kjellberg and his Rensselaer Engineers took on Western Michigan in a non-conference matchup with Western Michigan using a five-goal second to earn an 8-4 win. Kjellberg was scoreless on four shots with a -1 and a minor for tripping that led to a Western power-play goal.

The same two teams will play on Saturday evening.

Postponed

Morgan Barron and his second-ranked Cornell Big Red saw their game against Colgate postponed due to bad weather. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday evening weather permitting.

Gross’s Two Point Night Helps Oshawa Win

Nico Gross broke a nine-game goalless streak with his first goal since December 6th as his Oshawa Generals had little trouble with the Peterborough Petes earning a 7-2 win. Gross got the Generals going when he scored a surprise goal just 29 seconds into the game to give Oshawa a lead they never came close to losing.

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

It was Gross’s eighth goal of the season as his career season gets back on track. Still in the first only with Oshawa on the penalty kill, Gross earns a secondary assist on a shorthanded goal to give the Generals a 4-0 lead.

Overall Gross was 1-1-2 +2 on three shots and an “unsportsmanlike conduct” minor. Gross improves to a career-best 8-15-23 +3 in 37 games.

Hunter Skinner had a two-assist game as his London Knights rallied from down 2-0 to defeat the Windsor Spitfires 7-4. It was the Knights seventh-straight win as they are just one point behind Kitchener for the OHL’s Western Conference lead while holding a game in hand over Kitchener.

With Windsor up 2-1 in the second, Skinner put the puck towards the Kitchener net and teammate Liam Foudy got his stick on it to tie the game at 2-2. In the third period and London up 6-4, Skinner pushed the puck up to his defensive zone blue line where it eventually made it to Connor McMichael who fired the puck into the empty net for the game’s final goal.

For Skinner, the two assists were part of a night where he was also a +2 on two shots. The points helped Skinner improve his season totals to 4-24-28 +25 after 46 games.

Tyler Nanne (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers had little trouble with K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers 6-2. Neither player scored as Nanne was a +3 on 1 shot and two blocked shots while Miller took three shots and blocked three shots.

The same two teams play on Saturday.

Riley Hughes was scoreless on one shot and a -1 as his 13th-ranked Northeastern Huskies edged the eighth-ranked Providence Friars 4-3. The win broke a two-game losing streak as Northeastern heads to Boston to play in the annual Beanpot Tournament.

The Huskies will be playing Harvard Monday at 5 PM EDT/2 PM PDT and you can see Hughes play if you have the NHL Network in the USA.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless on four shots with a -1 and a tripping minor as his Rensselaer Engineers continue their second-half surge blasting Dartmouth 7-1. The Engineers are 5-2-1 since the start of 2020 and have battled back to reach fourth-place in the ECAC.

Kjellberg’s offense may have slowed down but he remains on the power play and penalty kill units as well as being asked to eat up a lot of minutes on the blueline. And remember Kjellberg is just a freshman.

Being ranked first in the college hockey polls has turned into a curse as no team as remain there long. Morgan Barron and his Cornell Big Red got spanked by the Quinnipiac Bobcats 5-0 giving Cornell just their second loss of the season.

Barron was a -1 on four shots and a 1-1 on faceoffs. Barron has gone seven games without a goal and that is starting to look like a concern. While the Cornell captain started the season with five goals in four games, he has only four goals in his last 16 games.

Barron might find himself back at Cornell for another year unless he regains his goal-scoring touch. Cornell travels to play Princeton for Saturday night matchup.

It was the battle for the top spot in the Hockey East Conference between Zac Jone’s sixth-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen and fifth-ranked Boston College. It turned out to no contest as Boston College shut out Massachusetts 3-0 and took over first place in the Hockey East (tied with points but hold 2 games in hand).

Jones, of course, was scoreless as he was credited with five-shots and was a -1.

Eric Cicciolini was a healthy scratch for his Michigan Wolverines win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Got to produce if you want to keep playing and the young freshman hasn’t produced much.

Robertson Starts Oil Kings Rally

Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Matthew Robertson had a primary assist on his Edmonton Oil King’s first goal as they rallied from down 2-0 with three unanswered goals to earn a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades. in the second period, Robertson set up Jalen Luypen to get the Oil Kings going.

For Robertson, the assist gives him a 10-20-30 season total, tops among the Ranger’s North American prospects. Since the start of 202o Robertson is 2-7-9 in 11 games as the Oil Kings pulled even in points with the Portland Winterhawks for the best record in the WHL.

Tyler Wall stopped 30 out of 32 shots as his 12th-ranked UMass-Lowell River Hawks played to a 2-2 overtime tie with the Boston University Terriers. About the biggest difference between Friday and Saturday was that the River Hawks stayed completely out of the penalty box.

Wall is now 13-5-5 on the season with a 2.06 goals against (11th NCAA) and a 0.934 save percentage (Tied 6th NCAA).

Tyler Nanne (Minnesota Golden Gophers)

Tyler Nanne was scoreless on one shot with one blocked shot as his Minnesota Golden Gophers upset sixth-ranked Ohio State 4-1. The Gophers earned the weekend sweep of Ohio State to improve their season to 10-10-4 thanks to their third straight win.

Nico Gross had a secondary assist as his Oshawa Generals defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 7-4 in a game shown on the NHL Network. Gross earned his assist on the General’s final goal of the game at 18:11 of the third period.

Nico set a new career-high in points with his assist as he is now 7-14-21 on the season.

Morgan Barron was scoreless with no shots and was 6-4 on faceoffs as his top-ranked Cornell Big Red scored with just 1:56 remaining in the third period to earn a 1-1 overtime tie with Harvard University.

If you were looking for something noticeable about this game, then it has to be in the final minute of regulation, Barron was the guy taking the offensive zone faceoffs. It is rather interesting to be using your leading scorer and power forward instead of your number one center.

Zac Jones was scoreless as his seventh-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen played to a 1-1 overtime tie with the New Hampshire Wildcats. Jones was credited with five shots as the Minutemen settled for one point from the two-game series.

Simon Kjellberg was scoreless with no shots as his Rensselaer Engineers played to a 1-1 overtime tie with Union College in ECAC action. The Engineers wind up with three out of four points in the two games played this week.

K’Andre Miller was scoreless as he got an early exit from his Wisconsin Badger’s 5-2 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Miller was hit with a misconduct penalty at 15:39 of the third period after teammate Dylan Hollaway was called for tripping.

Best guess is Miller did not say “great call refs, great call you are the best” and the ref’s feelings were hurt. Seriously I am liking Miller’s play more and more despite not scoring as he was a -1 on three shots but also blocked two more shots tonight.

Exhibition Hockey
Eric Cicolini and his Michigan Wolverines played host to the US Under-18 Team in an exhibition game with Team USA coming away a 4-1 winner. Ciccolini had the primary assist on the Wolverines’ only goal, a power-play marker at 19:01 of the third period.

Miller’s Two Assists Leads Wisconsin

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

Whatever it was that got K’Andre Miller going in the second half can they keep feeding him it? For the third straight game, Miller had a solid performance this time with two assists to help his Wisconsin Badgers to a 6-4 win over Notre Dame.

Miller and the Badgers rallied from down 2-0 and 3-2 to earn the Big Ten win. With Wisconsin trailing 2-1 a little over a minute into the second period, Miller started a scoring play getting the puck to Alex Turcotte who set up Caufield for the game-tying goal at 1:19 of the period.

In the third and the Badgers up 4-3 and on the power play, Miller would pass the puck over to Max Zimmer who would score what proved to be the game-winning goal putting Wisconsin up 5-3 3:18 of the period as they went on to earn the win. Miller with his two assists on one shot was also a +2 with two blocked shots.

K’Andre Miller improves to 6-8-14 after 23 games for Wisconsin who improved their record to 10-12-1 (5-9-1 Big Ten). The same two teams play on Saturday evening, you can stream the game at nbcsports.com or on the NBC Sports App.

Tyler Nanne earned a secondary assist as his Minnesota Golden Gophers upset sixth-ranked Ohio State 6-3. Nanne earned his assist on an empty-net goal that gave Minnesota a 5-2 lead.

Tyler Nanne also recorded one shot as he improved his season totals to 3-8-11 with the eighth assist matching his career-high set last season. The same two teams meet up on Saturday for a game that will be shown on the Big Ten Network starting at 8:30 EDT/5:30 PDT.

Morgan Barron set up top-ranked Cornell’s first goal of the game as they held off Dartmouth 3-2 to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3). The win avenged Cornell’s only loss of the season to Dartmouth on December 7th.

Barron set up Tristin Mullin for a power-play goal at 15:32 of the first period tying the game at 1-1. For Barron, the assist improved his season totals to 9-12-21 which leads Cornell in scoring.

Overall Barron was 0-1-1 on five shots with minors for interference and tripping while going 3-3 on his faceoffs. Big Red improves to 14-1-3 (9-1-1 2nd ECAC) as they will host Harvard on Saturday evening at 7PM EDT/4 PM PDT, a game that will be streamed via the ESPN+ app.

Hunter Skinner was a +1 on two shots as his London Knights knocked off the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1. The win was the Knights fifth straight as they remain two points behind the OHL Western Conference leaders the Kitchener Rangers.

Zac Jones and his seventh-ranked Massachusetts Minutemen were shut out 1-0 by the New Hampshire Wildcats. Jones was a -1 on one shot and a minor for tripping.

Same two teams on Saturday evening with the game being streamed via the CBS All-Access app.

Matthew Robertson was scoreless on a game-high seven shots as his Edmonton Oil Kings lost on the road to the Prince Albert Raiders. The loss was the first regulation loss in 10 games (7-1-1-1) for the WHL’s Eastern Conference leaders.

Robertson played a good game but Prince Albert has had the Oil Kings number this season going 1-2-1 with the Oil Kings only win coming in a shootout.

Tyler Wall saw his number on the year take a big drop after giving up four goals on 29 shots before getting the early exit as his 12th-ranked UMass-Lowell were spanked 5-0 by Boston University. Once again Wall got hurt by his team taking a major penalty as three of the four goals surrendered were on the same power play.

Wall only gave up one even-strength goal before his team took a minor penalty and then during that penalty kill took the major penalty. BU would score one goal while up two men, then two more goals with the one-man advantage.

For Wall, it was only his fifth loss on the season (13-5-4) as he saw his goals-against fall to 2.07 and his save percentage drop to 0.934. The same two teams play Saturday at 6 PM EDT/3 PM PDT. I would be surprised if Wall gets the start but you can watch the game via the CBS All-Access App.