Prospect Park: Day Helps Kingston Win Fifth Straight

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Sean Day (Kingston Frontenacs)

Sean Day had two secondary assists as his Kingston Frontenacs defeated the Ottawa 67s 5-4 in overtime. Day’s second assist of the night was on the game-winning goal as he teamed with Cliff Pu to set up Jason Robertson for the win.

The two points give Day a season-high five-game scoring streak (0-9-9) after going scoreless in his first game back from his knee injury. Day is now 5-40-45 on the season as the Frontenacs won their second straight game and clinched the third seed in the OHL’s Eastern Conference.

Libor Hajek and his Regina Pats knocked off the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3. Hajek had the only assist on the last Regina goal which put the game away for the Pats.

Regina has won five straight games as they try to hold onto third place in the WHL’s East Division. They lead Brandon by three points with three games left in the regular season.

Hajek is 12-26-38 on the season.

Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Brett Howden had an assist and a ten-minute misconduct in Moose Jaws 4-2 win over Swift Current. Howden earned his assist on Moose Jaw’s second goal, a power-play goal at 16:20 of the first period. It was Howden’s 42nd assist of the season, one short of his career high of 43 assists.

It was a huge win for Moose Jaw as they open a three-point lead over Swift Current for the best record in the WHL. Moose Jaw has four games remaining as they look to earn home-ice advantage throughout the WHL playoffs.

The Moose Jaw captain was not around for the end of the game as he was hit with a ten-minute misconduct at 18:30 of the third. Moose Jaw and Swift Current combined for four fighting majors, four ten-minute misconducts and 107 combined penalty minutes. Nice to see two teams that get along so well (sarcasm intended)

Ty Ronning got to watch the end of his Vancouver Giants game with Spokane from the locker room. Ronning was hit with a major penalty and game misconduct for “clipping” at 2:42 of the third period.

These penalties are reviewed by the WHL office and could possibly lead to a suspension for Ronning. Ronning would be a first-time offender so if the Spokane player was not seriously hurt then Ronning might be OK.

Ronning did not score before his ejection and did not even take any shots.

Morgan Barron (Cornell)

Morgan Barron did not score as his Cornell Red edged Quinnipiac 2-1 to eliminate Quinnipiac from the ECAC playoffs. The win advances the second-ranked Cornell to the ECAC semifinals against Princeton next week.

Adam Huska and his UConn Huskies lost 2-1 to Boston University eliminating them from the Hockey East playoffs. The sophomore goalie, Huska stopped 17 of 19 shots in taking the loss as his season comes to an end.

Huska gave up a power-play goal in the first and an even-strength goal in the second. A frustrating way to end the season as UConn still has not won a Hockey East playoff game (0-10).

Huska finishes the season with an 8-16-2 record with 2.59 goals against and a 0.912 save percentage. The question now is “does Huska turn pro or return to school?” Not an easy question to answer as while Huska would be better served with another year in college, this might be his best chance to go.

Henrik Lundqvist is under contract for another three seasons after this one. Alexandar Georgiev has the inside track on the backup job for next season has two left on his deal. Igor Shestyorkin has one more year on his KHL contract and he reportedly wants to sign with the Rangers then. Brandon Halverson and Chris Nell played their way out of Ranger consideration.

Tyler Wall had a disaster of a season for UMass Lowell and the Rangers will need a goalie for Hartford next year. Huska is a favorite of Benoit Allaire the Ranger’s goalie coach so that helps him.