Saturday night was a night for the New York Ranger goalie’s prospects as they led the way to wins by their junior teams. Adam Huska (2015 Seventh) started his season with the Green Bay Gamblers with two losses but since then has posted three straight wins in his last three starts.
Facing the Chicago Steel, the game’s third star Huska allowed a first period goal and that was it as the Steel could not find any ways to score on him. Huska stopped 29 out of 30 shots to lower his goals against to 2.21 and raise his save percentage to 0.924. In his three wins Huska has allowed just 1.34 goals a game while posting a very impressive 0.959 save percentage.
Huska has moved up to be the USHL’s eighth best goalie with his recent performances. Let us see how long can remain hot.
Brandon Halverson (2014 Second) has had a rough start to his season thanks in part to a ankle injury which kept him off the ice for an extended period. Missing a good chunk of training camp and the first few games of the season contributed to a 1-3 start. Facing the Hamilton Bulldogs, Halverson stopped 33 out of 35 shots as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds earned a 3-2 win.
The win broke the three game losing streak that Halverson has as he allowed goals in the first and third period but did enough to help the Greyhounds improve to 5-5-2 on the season. Halverson is 2-3 with a 3.79 goals against and a 0.897 save percentage.
Keegan Iverson (2014 Third) had a secondary assist on his Portland Winterhawks first goal of the game as the Winterhawks defeated the Tri-City Americans 5-4. The win was the second straight for the Winterhawks who improved to 4-6 on the season. Iverson’s assist was his third assist and fifth point on the season.
Ryan Mantha (2014 Fourth) scored his second goal of the season but it was not enough to prevent his Niagara IceDogs from falling to the Kingston Frontenacs 3-2. Mantha scored an even strength goal in the second period which at the time gave the IceDogs a 2-1 lead but they could not hold onto the lead and lost their seventh game of the season.
Mantha is 2-1-3 on the season.
Ryan Gropp (2015 Second) and his Seattle Thunderbirds saw their seven game unbeaten streak stopped by the Everett Silvertips 2-0. The Thunderbirds remain in first place in the WHL’s US Division.
Steven Fogarty (2011 Third) was scoreless as his Notre Dame Fight Irish played to a 3-3 overtime tie with fifth-ranked Minnesota-Duluth. The same two teams played to an overtime tie on Friday evening. Fogarty did not have a strong game limited to just one shot and was 5-8 on face-offs.
Cristoval Nieves (2012 Second) did not play for 11th-ranked Michigan in their game against RPI. No reason was given as to why Nieves did not play.
Tyler Nanne (2014 Fifth) missed his sixth game with an undisclosed injury for Ohio State.