Brett Howden leads his Moose Jaw Warriors to a 5-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades. The game’s first star, Howden recorded a goal and an assist in the win. The Warrior’s caption, Howden started the Warriors off when he set up Justin Almeida for the game’s first goal at 4:15 of the first period.
Howden would score the Warriors fourth goal of the game when he converted on a breakaway at 11:13 of the third. For Howden, the points give him a 23-40-63 mark on the season.
Ty Ronning and his Vancouver Giants clinched a WHL playoff spot with 5-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers. Ronning set up Vancouver’s first goal as they almost gave away a 4-0 lead in this game.
Ty Ronning is now 55-22-77 on the season as he gets a second visit to the WHL playoffs in his career. The Giants who have not made the playoffs since the 2013-2014 right now sit in third place of the WHL’s BC Division.
Now comes the confusing part of the report; Ryan Lindgren and Tyler Nanne saw their Minnesota Golden Gophers knocked out of the Big Ten playoffs. The Golden Gophers dropped a 6-5 decision to Penn State and dropped their playoff series 0-2.
Lindgren had an assist on two shots with a -1 while Nanne was scoreless and a -1 with an interference minor. Minnesota now has to sit and wait to see if they will earn an invite to the NCAA Tournament. If you missed yesterday then the NCAA uses a system called “Pairwise” to determine who makes the NCAAs.
It is a frustrating and confusing system which in a nutshell says there are six automatic bids and ten “at large” ones. After tonight’s loss Minnesota finds themselves ranked 13th but in reality 14th because of the automatic bids. It is safer to bet that Minnesota will not make the tournament than make it.
Then the real fun will begin as the “Will Ryan Lindgren leave school?” speculation will run wild.
Sean Day had two secondary assists but his Kingston Frontenacs were spanked 8-3 by the Barrie Colts. It was just Day’s second game back from injury but his Frontenacs are winless in their last four (0-3-1).
Day set a new career best in points as he improved to 5-33-38 topping last year’s 37. Wish Day would shoot more as his point shot is a very accurate and lethal part of his game.
Libor Hajek missed his Regina Pat’s game with the Calgary Hitmen due to an illness.
Tyler Wall’s frustrating sophomore season came to close with Wall the backup as his UMass Lowell was upset by Merrimack. Wall never got going this year dropping his first seven starts after an outstanding freshman year.
Wall finished 3-9 with 3.98 goals against and a 0.868 save percentage. Not going to give up on Wall as truly believe this was a hiccup and not the real Wall.