It was another frustrating evening for the New York Ranger prospects as their individual performances were better but it did not mean their teams were able to turn them into wins. Once again on Friday night the best effort by a Ranger prospect was turned in by the 2015 seventh round pick Adam Huska of the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Huska won his fifth straight start as the game’s second star stopped 20 out of 21 shots as his Green Bay Gamblers held off the Youngstown Phantoms 2-1.
Huska has been on a seriously good run giving up only seven goals total in his last five starts for a 1.40 goals against while stopping 141 out of 148 shots for a 0.952 save percentage. With the win, Huska jumped from fifth to second in the current USHL goalie rankings as Green Bay has won four straight games. Not all of this is just Huska as he is getting some very good support from his teammates who have done a great job in limiting the number of shots that opposing teams have been able to take.
Against the Phantoms, Huska allowed an even strength goal in the first period and that was it as he shut out Youngstown out in the remaining two periods. The win improved the Gamblers to 6-4-0-1 which places them in fourth place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference. Overall Huska is 5-2 with a 2.01 goals against and a 0.929 save percentage.
Steven Fogarty (2011 third) was scoreless on two shots but was 10-7 on face-offs as his Notre Dame Fighting Irish held off the Minnesota Golden Gophers 4-3 in a non-conference game. Notre Dame improved to 4-1-2 on the season with one more home game against Minnesota on Saturday. You can catch this game before the Rangers play against the Coyotes on NBCSN starting at 6:35 EDT.
Brad Morrison (2015 fourth) had the primary assist on his Prince George Cougar’s only goal as they dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime to the Everett Silvertips. It was Morrison’s fifth assist on the season and 10th overall point. Morrison also took minors for roughing and tripping that his teammates were able to kill off.
Ryan Gropp (2015 fifth) scored his prospect leading seventh goal but it was not enough to prevent his Seattle Thunderbirds from falling to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2. The loss was the fourth straight for the Thunderbirds who will end a six game road trip with a game in Medicine Hat on Saturday. Gropp’s goal also gives him the overall prospect scoring lead with 11 points.
Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 fourth) returned to the Regina Pats lineup after missing one game with a minor upper body injury but it was not enough to prevent his Pats from dropping a 3-1 decision on the road to the Swift Current Broncos. Zborovskiy was scoreless and a -1 as the Pats fell into the cellar of the WHL’s East Division switching places with the Broncos.
Keegan Iverson (2014 third) had a primary assist on his Portland Winterhawk’s fourth goal of the game but his Winterhawks fell to the Kelowna Rockets 5-4. Iverson has a modest four game point streak going (1-3-4) as he improves to 3-7-10 but his team dropped their second straight.
Finally Brandone Halverson (2014 second) was the backup goalie for his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.