Prospect Park: Barron’s Two Points Helps Cornell Earn Weekend Sweep

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Morgan Barron continued his solid play with a two-point night to lead his Cornell Big Red to a 3-2 win over Northern Michigan.  Barron scored his fourth goal and added a secondary assist as the Big Red won their fourth straight game. Cornell handed Northern Michigan their first-weekend sweep at home in almost two years.

With Big Red on a two-man advantage, Barron blasted a one-timer past Northern Michigan’s  Atte Tolvanen to give his team a 2-0 lead. Barron leads the team in goals and is second overall in scoring.

In the third period,  Barron got the secondary assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal. Barron fed Mitch Vanderlaan whose shot was stopped but Michael Regush cashed in the rebound.

Overall Barron was 1-1-2 on six shots with a minor for high sticking and was 6-4 on face-offs.

Riley Hughes (Victoria Grizzlies)

Riley Hughes had a goal and an assist as his Victoria Grizzlies spanked the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-0. Hughes scored his 10th goal of the season when he recorded the Grizzlies fourth goal of the game. The goal at 15:30 of the second came 10 seconds after Hughes had set up the Grizzlies third goal.

The effort from the Rangers 2018 seventh-round pick earned him the game’s second star. Hughes has scored goals in his last three games (four) and has improved his season totals to 10-12-22.

The points are good enough for Hughes to be fourth in scoring for BCHL rookies and third in goals.

Game two of the “Border Battle” went the way of K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers as they knocked off Tyler Nanne’s Minnesota Golden Gophers 3-1.  Both players had a secondary assist on two shots for the game as the teams split their weekend series.

For the season, Miller is 2-7-9 which is fourth on Wisconsin while Nanne recorded his first point of the season. Wisconsin is 5-5 on the season as Minnesota falls to 2-4-1.

Miller is fun to watch as when he is on the attack, he can be scary if you are a goalie on the other team. Miller is listed at 6’4 205 but looks much bigger than that. Remember this is just an 18-year old so he is still growing. Now while I love his offensive game, I was bothered that he was slow getting back on defense after joining the rush on a couple of occasions. Going to give him the benefit of the doubt here as he is still adjusting to the college game.

Joey Keane and his Barrie Colts dropped their third straight, this one was 4-2 to the Ottawa 67’s. The Colts were overmatched playing against the team with the best record in the OHL.

Keane had a secondary assist on Barrie’s second goal along with four shots. Keane is 3-10-13 with a +7 in 17 games this season.

Yesterday’s star Nico Gross and his Oshawa Generals saw their win streak ended by the Kingston Frontenacs 5-1. Gross was scoreless with two minor penalties to show for his night.

Did Not Play

Tyler Wall was the backup goalie for UMass-Lowell played Northeastern in Hockey East action. Wall has been struggling as of late but so has his backup.  UMass-Lowell blew a third period lead to lose in overtime 5-4.