Prospect Park: Barron’s Goal Helps Cornell Remain Undefeated

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Morgan Barron (Cornell)

The best surprise of the 2017 NHL Entry draft for the Rangers has to be the sixth-round pick, Morgan Barron of Cornell. Selected with the 174th pick in the draft the freshman Barron has stepped right in for the Cornell Red recording points in all seven games that Cornell has played this season.

Against St. Lawrence, the 6’3 Barron scored what proved to be the game-winning goal to help Cornell earn a 6-1 win. The win keeps Cornell as the only remaining undefeated team in Men’s Division One Hockey.

Barron scored his goal on a “one-on-two” play as he beat two St. Lawrence defenders and fired a shot on the short side past the St. Lawrence goalie. The even-strength goal came at 11:42 of the first period just eight seconds after Cornell scored the first goal of the game.

Barron is second on Cornell in scoring with a 3-4-7 in seven games and this goal was his second game-winner. Cornell who jumped from 12th to fifth in the latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll will host Clarkson on Saturday.

Tyler Nanne earned the primary assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal as his sixth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers knocked off 11th-ranked Harvard 4-2 in non-conference play. Nanne’s shot was knocked into the goal for Minnesota’s third goal as the Gopher won their sixth straight home game.

Nanne moved up to play second pair defense improves to 1-2-3 also recorded three blocked shots to give the normally offense only defender 15 blocks which is third best on the team. Same two teams faceoff on Saturday.

Tim Gettinger recorded his 11th goal of the season to help his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds win their eighth straight game 2-0 over the Sudbury Wolves. Gettinger scored the Greyhounds second goal of the night on a shorthanded breakaway (1:17 on the video). Remember this is a 6’5 225 lb. player who is skating like that.

Gettinger is 11-10-21 in 22 games as the Greyhounds have the best record in the OHL at 17-3-2.

Ty Ronning keeps scoring but it was not enough to prevent his Vancouver Giants from dropping a 6-2 road decision to the Kamloops Blazers. Ronning had both Vancouver goals to extend his goal-scoring streak to nine games (12 goals).

Ronning improves to 22-11-22 in 22 games which is good for second in the WHL in goals and eighth overall in points. Ronning’s second goal of the night was nice (2:01 on the clip) and worth checking out.

Sean Day had a rough night defensively as he was a -3 as his Windsor Spitfires were knocked off by the Sarnia Sting 6-3. Day had a secondary assist on Windsor’s third goal to improve to 4-11-15 on the season extending his scoring streak to four games (3-1-4).

Windsor falls to 12-9-1 on the season third place in the OHL’s West Division.

Adam Huska had a rough night surrendering five goals as his UConn Huskies were spanked by the UMass Lowell River Hawks 5-2 in Hockey East Action. The first period again proved to be a nightmare for the sophomore goalie as he gave up two goals 32 seconds apart and Huska’s Huskies were pretty much done after that.

Huska falls to 3-8-2 with a 3.08 goals against and a 0.897 save percentage. Tyler Wall of UMass Lowell was the backup as he too continues to struggle this year.