Prospect Park: Gettinger Has Two Point Night

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Tim Gettinger had a two-point night but his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds needed the shootout to earn a 6-5 win over the Sarnia Sting. The captain of the Greyhounds, Gettinger had a goal and assist for the Greyhounds who extended their unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1).

Gettinger recorded a secondary assist on the Greyhound’s third goal in the second period which tied the game at 3-3. Later in the same period, Gettinger would record his 32nd goal on the power play to give his team a 4-3 lead.

The goal was a new career best for the captain of the Greyhounds, it was also his seventh power-play goal of the season. Gettinger improves to 32-31-63 as the Greyhounds continue their season-long dominance.

Ty Ronning had the Vancouver Giants only goal as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Kamloops Blazers. For Ronning, it was his 55th goal of the season as he improved to 55-21-76.

The Giants could have clinched a playoff spot had they won plus pull to within one point of Victoria. The two teams appear headed to a first-round playoff meeting but home-ice advantage is up for grabs. Vancouver trails Victoria by three points with two games in hand.

Ryan Lindgren (University of Minnesota Athletics)

Ryan Lindgren and his 11th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers find their season in trouble after a 5-3 loss at Penn State. Lindgren had an assist on two shots while “even” and a minor for interference.

The loss in game one of their Big Ten playoff series puts Minnesota’s hopes of an NCAA tournament bid in trouble. The NCAA uses a system known as “Pairwise” to determine the teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. At 11, Minnesota is on the verge of taking themselves out of tournament consideration.

Lose game two and it would be safe to say that Minnesota’s season would be over. Teammate Tyler Nanne missed the game with a “Lower Body Injury” and is considered “day-to-day.”

Sean Day returned to the Kingston Frontenacs lineup after missing nine games with a right knee injury. The Frontenacs were shutout 3-0 by the London Knights at home.

Day was a -2 on four shots in his return.

Center Brett Howden was scoreless as his Moose Jaw Warriors lost to the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2. Howden was a -1 on two shots and a holding minor as the Warriors gave up three goals in the first and never caught up.

Goalie Tyler Wall was the backup as Mass-Lowell lost game one of their Hockey East playoff series 2-1 to Merrimack. The overtime loss puts Mass Lowell in a “win or season over” situation on Saturday night.