Not sure where to find the words to describe another Ryan Gropp performance after a three-point night helped his Seattle Thunderbirds knock off the Portland Winterhawks 8-5. Other than Tyler Wall’s fourth straight win in goal it was not a good overall night for the Ranger prospects.
Tonight’s Star Ryan Gropp Seattle Thunderbirds
Ryan Gropp (2015 second) continues to have the insane hot streak going, now at 12 games (11-14-25) after a 2-1-3 effort to help his Seattle Thunderbirds to an 8-5 win over the Portland Winterhawks. With Portland leading 2-1, Gropp got his night going when he passed to himself off the boards carrying the puck into the Portland zone driving to the net.
When he got into the faceoff circle he threw the puck towards the net where linemate Matthew Barzal deflected it into the goal to tie the game at 2-2. The first period would end with Seattle up 3-2 and they would increase the lead to 5-2 in the second before Portland would respond with two goals of their own.
In the third period with Seattle up 5-4, the Thunderbirds and Winterhawks would score three times in a span of 1:19. Gropp would get the first of his two goals when off a great feed, Gropp would catch the pass, point and shoot past the Winterhawks goalie for his 21st goal of the season and a 7-5 Seattle lead.
That goal gives Gropp a six-game goal scoring streak but Gropp was not done. With the Portland net empty, Gropp would find a loose puck and send it down the ice into the empty net for his 22nd goal. Gropp is the prospect scoring leader at 22-33-55 as Seattle is unbeaten in their last 12 games in regulation.
The Rest Of The Prospects
Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) won his fourth straight start leading 10th-ranked UMass-Lowell over Massachusetts 4-2. Wall did not have a really tough night facing just 18 shots and stopping 16 of them.
For Wall, the win improves his record to 18-8-1 with a goals against of 2.20 and a save percentage of 0.914.
Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) did not score as his Regina Pats knocked off the Red Deer Rebels in overtime 4-3. The win was the 11th-straight for the Pats who hold the best record in the WHL.
Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) and his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds lost to the Flint Firebirds 5-3. Gettinger was held scoreless as he returned from a three-game suspension.
Sean Day (2016 third) and his Windsor Spitfires were doubled up by the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3. Day also did not score as Windsor remains four points behind Sault Ste. Marie for the OHL’s West Division lead.
It was a lost weekend for Ty Ronning (2016 seventh) and his Vancouver Giants were shut out for the second night in a row by the Kelowna Rockets. Saturday night it was 5-0 after losing 6-0 on Friday night.