It was a very good Sunday for the four New York Ranger prospects who saw action with five goals, four assists, and one very important goalie win. Led by Gabriel Fontaine’s four-point effort all of these prospects are deserving of stars.
Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) picked an ideal time to break out of a goal-scoring slump with a hat trick as well as an assist to lead his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to a 9-3 win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs. It was Fontaine’s first goals in eight games and helped him set new career highs in goals and points with a 23-29-52.
The first goal from Fontaine was a nice feed right to the slot that Fontaine tapped in for the Huskies first goal of the game at 3:39 of the first period. Still, in the first period, Fontaine scored his second goal of the game when after winning a faceoff in the offensive zone, Fontaine went right to the net and backhanded a rebound at 12:58 and a 2-0 Huskies lead.
While still in the first, Fontaine would earn his assist when he earned a secondary assist on a power-play goal at 17:13 and a 3-1 Huskies lead. In the second period, Fontaine would earn his hat trick when he cashed in a very nice feed into wide open net. The hat trick is Fontaine’s first in the QMJHL but scoring was only part of Fontaine’s night.
Fontaine continues his outstanding run with faceoffs going 15-3 as he took five shots (three “dangerous”), and a +3.
Sean Day (2016 third) earned the game’s second star with a 2-1-3 effort as his Windsor Spitfires rallied from down 3-0 in the third period to earn a 4-3 overtime victory over the Flint Firebirds. It was Day who got the comeback started when he scored his 15th goal of the season while on the power play at 12:36.
It was a point shot that got past the Flint goalie who never saw it thanks to an excellent screen set up in front of the Flint goal. 22 seconds later at 12:58, Day would earn a secondary assist on Windsor’s second goal.
The Spitfires would add a third goal to tie the game to force overtime and in the OT, Day would fire a shot on goal which rebounded to a teammate who passed it to an open teammate who put it past the Flint goal for the 4-3 win and Day’s third point.
Day’s goal was his first in 12 games and improves him to 15-20-35 just one point behind his career best for points.
Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) recorded a 1-1-2 evening as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the Sudbury Wolves 5-2. Gettinger would earn a primary assist on the Greyhounds when he set up Jack Kopacka right in front of the Sudbury goal for the Greyhounds fourth goals.
Gettinger would score his 30th goal of the season while trying to kill off a penalty as teammate Hayden Verbeek found Getting along in front of the Sudbury net. Gettinger is working on a 30-22-52 season.
The win also gives the Greyhounds a nine-game unbeaten streak as they pull to within three points of first place in both the OHL’s western Conference as well as best record overall in the OHL.
Finally, in game three of their Hockey East quarterfinals series against New Hampshire, UMass-Lowell and goalie Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) backed by a six-goal first period outburst eliminated the New Hampshire Wildcats 8-2.
Wall stopped 25 out of 27 shots as UMass-Lowell came back from dropping the opening game of the series. Now UMass-Lowell moves into the Hockey East semifinals where they will take on Notre Dame on Friday night.
Wall improves to 23-9-1 with a 2.11 goals against and a 0.911 save percentage. The 23 wins are tops in the NCAAs for a freshman goalie.
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