It feels like it took forever but Sunday was the last day of the CHL regular season for the Ranger prospects. It was also selection Sunday for the NCAA as Tyler Wall and his UMass-Lowell River Hawks find out where they are headed as the Hockey East Champions.
Ryan Gropp (2015 second) and his Seattle Thunderbirds hosted Ty Ronning (2016 seventh) and his Vancouver Giants in the regular season finale for both teams. In terms of importance, the game had little bearing as the Thunderbirds knew their playoff seeding and the Giants failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Seattle would win this one 6-1 with Gropp earning a secondary assist on Seattle’s first goal. This game was over in the first as Seattle’s first goal came just 30 seconds into the contest. Ronning was scoreless with a minor for tripping.
As Seattle advances to face the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the WHL playoffs, Ryan Gropp finishes the season as the leader in goals (35), assists (49), points (83), and power-play goals (11).
Gropp also was named the Top Scorer for the Thunderbirds while Ty Ronning finishes his season with a 25-28-53 record. Ronning also posted one power-play goal and seven game-winning goals which were tops among the Ranger prospects.
Ty Ronning was also named the P.C. Toigo Most Valuable Player, Gordie Howe Top Scorer, and one of the winners of the Three Star Awards by his Vancouver Giants. We truly wish Ronning was on a team that was not rebuilding as his numbers would be much better than they were.
Ty Ronning should be signed to an ATO contract in the next couple of days and will join the Hartford Wolf Pack. He has more than earned it.
Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) had a secondary assist on his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds third goal as the Greyhounds rallied to defeat the London Knights 6-4. The Greyhounds finish the regular season as the winners of the OHL West Division which gives them the second seed in the OHL’s Western Conference.
Gettinger ends the regular season with a 31-23-54 record which was good for second among New York Ranger prospects. Gettinger also had three power-play goals, two game-winning goals and two shorthanded goals (led prospects).
Tim Gettinger was named the PINO’S AWARD (Most Improved Player) by the Greyhounds and it is an award well deserved. Up next for the Greyhounds are the Flint Firebirds in the first round of the OHL playoffs. The series will get underway on Thursday evening in Sault Ste. Marie.
The NCAA announced the selections for the 2017 NCAA Divison One Men’s Hockey Tournament and Tyler Wall’s (2016 sixth) UMass-Lowell River Hawks are a “two” seed in the Northeast Regional. The Regional to be played in Manchester, New Hampshire also features Notre Dam who the River Hawks whipped in the Hockey East semifinals.
The River Hawks will face Cornell of the ECAC on Saturday at noon EDT and the game will be televised on ESPN3 (shown on the internet).
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