Give Tim Gettinger and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds some serious credit winning their tenth straight game in a dominating fashion 8-2 over the Kitchener Rangers 8-2. Gettinger had a 1-1-2 effort with a +3 as the Greyhounds blew the game open in the second period and never looked back.
The Greyhounds held a 2-1 lead after one period but after Kitchener closed to within 3-2 in the second period, the Greyhounds scored twice 25 seconds apart and the game was pretty much over. Gettinger earned the primary assist (1:25 on the video clip) on the Greyhounds fifth goal when he found a wide-open Joe Carroll for an easy goal at 11:07 of the second to make it 5-2.
Gettinger would score his 13th goal (1:35 on the same clip) of the season when he scored a nifty breakaway goal at 19:13 of the second period to give the Greyhounds a 6-2 lead. As I have said in the past this is a 6’5 225 lb. player who skates like this.
Gettinger is 13-11-24 in 24 games, he is on a four-game goal scoring streak (four goals) as the Greyhounds improve to 19-3-2.
Sean Day had a secondary assist on his Windsor Spitfires first goal of the game but the Spitfires needed two goals in the game’s last 1:08 to rally to force overtime and then the shootout before earning a 6-5 shootout win. Day with five points in his last six games is up to 4-12-16 in 20 games.
Ty Ronning saw his 11 game goal-scoring streak come to an end as his Vancouver Giants fell to the Kelowna Rockets 3-2. Even more frustrating for Ronning was he was in the penalty box on a goalie interference penalty when the Rockets scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Ronning who scored 14 goals during his streak came seven games from tying the WHL record for most consecutive games with a goal.The record is 18 games and is held by Ronning’s own father Cliff Ronning.
Still, Ronning has plenty to hold his head high about his streak. Ronning is second in the WHL in goals with 24 and overall is 24-11-35. The Giants fall to 10-11-2-2 five points behind second-place Kelowna in the BC Division.
Tyler Nanne and his sixth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers threw everything and then some at fourth-ranked Notre Dame but fell 1-0 in one of the better-played college hockey games this season. Minnesota was credited with 44 shots on goal but toss in the 21 shots that Notre Dame blocked and it says volumes about the Notre Dame defense. Nanne had five of the 44 shots but what impressed me the most was a couple of hip checks that Nanne threw and connected with.
Clean open ice hits from a kid who was never known as a physical player were very nice to see. Nanne was not used on the penalty kill but was on the power play. Same two teams play on Saturday night.