Assist Night

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

The New York Ranger prospects that saw action on Friday night saw their teams doing well for the most part even if they were not part of the scoring but it was the three assists from the oldest Ranger prospects that were the only points produced but those points helped their team avoid losses

Fogarty and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish held their home opener against fifth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth and thanks to Fogarty’s play were able to come away with a 3-3 overtime tie after trailing 2-0 and 3-2. Fogarty had two primary assists for the Irish with the first coming shorthanded in the second period as Fogarty intercepted a pass at the blueline then went on the attack where he found teammate Justin Wade who scored to make it a 2-1 game. In the third period with the Irish trailing 3-2 it was Fogarty who made the play to set up the game tying goal.

Notre Dame was on the power play when Fogarty got the puck down low in the offensive zone and fed Sam Herr who “one-timed” the puck into the goal to tie the game up at 3-3 which is how the game ended. For Fogarty it was his second multi-point game of the season as he leads the Irish in scoring with a 3-3-6 after three games. Fogarty was 14-13 on his face-offs to go along with his two points as well as a +2 on one shot.

We have game highlights courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics:

The same two teams will play on Saturday with the game being televised by the NBCSN starting at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT.

Cristoval Nieves (2012 second) and his 11th-ranked Michigan Wolverines were on the road in Schenectady, N.Y. to face Union College in what wound up being a wild affair that was not settled until the game’s last 30 seconds in regulation as the two teams skated to a 5-5 overtime tie. It was Nieves who got the tying goal play going when he fed JT Compher in the slot and Compher fired a shot that was deflected in by Justin Selman with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

Nieves in addition to his assist was a -1 with no shots as he improves to 1-1-2 on the season. Nieves and Michigan head to Troy, NY for a Saturday evening match-up against RPI, sorry only local TV.

Ryan Gropp (2015 second) was scoreless as his Seattle Thunderbirds extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) after a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Giants in Vancouver. The Thunderbirds who are 7-1-1 overall are in first place of the WHL’s US Division and second overall in the WHL’s Western Conference. The Thunderbirds head to Everett WA. for a Saturday night match-up with the Everett Silvertips.

Keegan Iverson (2014 third) and his Portland Winterhawks were in Everett on Friday night for a game against the Silvertips and came away with a 3-0 win. The win improved the Winterhawks to 3-6 on the season but remain in last place in the WHL’s US Division. Iverson was scoreless and had a pretty quiet night as his Winterhawks board a bus for a four hour ride to Kennewick, WA for a game Saturday night against the Tri-City Americans.

Ryan Mantha (2014 fourth) was scoreless on two shots and a +2 as his Niagara IceDogs defeated the Guelph Storm 5-1. The IceDogs improve to 4-6-1 as they try to overcome a slow start to their season. Mantha is 1-1-2 but is scoreless in his last eight games. Niagara is off until next Thursday when they will host the Mississauga Steelheads.

Brad Morrison (2015 fourth) was scoreless with a -2 and a minor for hooking as his Prince George Cougars fell to the Kelowna Rockets 5-2. The loss drops the Cougars 5-5 on the season as they are off on Saturday but have a game in Vancouver against the Giants on Sunday.

Tyler Nanne (2014 fifth) we discovered is out injured with an undisclosed injury. There is no time table for his return but Ohio State had high hopes of Nanne having a good season this year.

Brandon Halverson (2014 second) was the backup goalie for his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Friday evening.