Prospect Park: Gross Earns Third Star In Generals Win

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)

Seven New York Ranger prospects saw action on Friday night, a night best described as quiet. Only Nico Gross of the Oshawa Generals recorded anything as the other skaters did little.

Nico Gross’s second goal of the season helped his Oshawa Generals complete a comeback and earn a 4-3 overtime win over the Ottawa 67’s.  In the third with his team trailing 3-2, Gross joined the attack and finished off a rush by tapping in a pass from teammate Nando Eggenberger. The even-strength goal at 3:27 of the third was the period’s only goal so the teams went to overtime where the Generals would win the game.

It was a huge win over the team with the best record in the OHL who had won seven straight and were unbeaten in their last 14 games. For Gross, his goal improves his season totals to 2-5-7.

Tyler Nanne (Minnesota Gophers)

In the battle of Ranger defensive prospects, Tyler Nanne and his 14th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers edged K’Andre Miller’s Wisconsin Badgers 3-2. The “border battle” was the first Big Ten matchup of the two longtime rivals. Neither prospect figured in the scoring as both were a -1 while Miller had four shots to Nanne’s one.

The difference in this game was 74 seconds, the Gophers scored all three of their goals during a 74-second span in the second. Same two teams will face each other on Saturday with the game televised on Fox Sports North and Wisconsin or the BTN Go app.

Morgan Barron was scoreless on one shot as Cornell defeated Northern Michigan 3-1. Barron did go 6-2 on faceoffs as Big Red won their third straight game. Same two teams on Saturday but no TV.

Adam Huska stopped 33 shots but gave up three goals as his UConn Huskies lost to Northeastern 3-2. Huska was done in by two third-period goals including the game-winner at 18:46 which gave Northeastern their first lead of the game. Despite the loss, Huska saw his goals against drop to 2.59 and his save percentage improve to 0.924 and a 3-3-1 record. Huska is tied for 21st in NCAA goaltending with fellow prospect Tyler Wall of UMass-Lowell.

Speaking of Wall, one has to wonder about his prospects as his struggles continue. The junior goalie, Wall only faced 11 shots but for the entire game including overtime as UMass-Lowell played to a 2-2 tie with New Hampshire. He surrendered both his goals in the first period when he only faced five shots. Wall is 14th nationally with a 1.98 goals against but his 2-3-1 record isn’t pretty.

I fear Wall is playing his way out of a Ranger contract.

Joey Keane was scoreless as his Barrie Colts dropped their second straight game this one 4-3 to the Guelph Storm. Keane took three shots but had two minors including a “checking from behind” at 19:00 of the third and his team trailing by a goal. A costly minor that kept his team having an extra attacker while trying to tie the game.