Prospect Park: Barron And Hughes Each Score Twice In Wins

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

The New York Rangers prospects saw two both score two goals each to help their teams earn wins. Strange as it seems the four-goal outburst was the most so far this season. Call this the year of defense and goalies.

Sophomore Morgan Barron scored twice as Big Red opened ECAC and Ivy League play with a 4-2 win over Yale. It was Barron’s first goals of the season and they were difference makers in securing Cornell their first win of the season.  The first goal starts at 44 seconds of the clip, second at 1:30.

Barron is very much looking for his offense this year as he took seven shots on goal to earn his two goals and was a +2.  Cornell will host Brown on Saturday at 7 PM ET, you can watch the game on the ESPN+ app (subscription required and worth the 4.99 a month since you also get the occasional NYR game too)

Riley Hughes (Victoria Grizzlies)

Riley Hughes recorded the first two-goal game of his BCHL career to lead his Victoria Grizzlies to a 5-2 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. A scoreless first period, it would be Hughes who got his team going when he scored on the power-play.  The power-play goal at 10:02 gave the Grizzlies a shortlived 1-0 lead as the Smoke Eaters tied the game just 25 seconds later.

In the third period with Victoria up 3-2,  the Smoke Eaters pulled their goalie and Hughes would score into the empty net. Hughes scored his second goal of the game at 19:04 giving his team a 4-2 lead. Overall Hughes is 8-11-19 and he also took a kneeing minor for his third penalty of the season.

Adam Huska earned his second career shutout leading his UConn Huskies to a 1-0 win over Vermont. It was an outstanding performance from the junior from Slovakia who is unbeaten in his last three starts (2-0-1). Huska was especially good in the third stopping  17 shots to protect the lead for the Huskies. Overall Huska would face 10 shots in the first, 12 in the second and the 17 in the third.

After a slow start to his season, Huska has gotten better in a hurry as UConn finds themselves leading Hockey East with a 2-1-1 record. It may not seem like much but for UConn, it is huge as they haven’t been at the top of the Hockey East standings in their time in the league.

Huska is 3-2-1 with a 2.49 goals against and a 0.924 save percentage. Same two teams on Saturday as UConn looks for the sweep.

K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers got whipped 5-0 by 15th-ranked North Dakota. The non-conference matchup between the two old rivals wasn’t even close. North Dakota scored the only goal they would need at 3:29 of the first period and cruised from there.

Miller was a -2 on just one shot as his Badgers fell to 4-3 on the season.

Tyler Nanne and his eighth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers dropped a 5-1 decision to fourth-ranked Minnesota State. The non-conference game between in-state rivals wasn’t pretty but Minnesota State played well enough to earn the win. Tyler Nanne was scoreless on one shot and a -1 with an elbowing minor.

Tyler Wall gave up four goals on 27 shots as his UMass-Lowell fell to Maine 4-3. After a solid start to the season, Wall has dropped three straight starts. His season’s record falls to 2-3 as his goals against is 2.01 and save percentage is 0.932.

Nico Gross was scoreless on one shot as his Oshawa Generals lost to the Owen Sound Attack. The loss dropped the Generals to 8-6-2 on the season.