Start with the report that UConn goalie Adam Huska injured his wrist missing both games this weekend. The injury which reportedly happened during practice this week is being called a “sprain”. How long Huska will miss depends on who you listen to; some say 10 days while others say three weeks.
Three weeks is the best guess coming at a bad time for Huska and his Huskies. This is the time when teams are jockeying for playoff seeding in the Hockey East. The Huskies were looking to earn home ice in the first round.
Not to mention that Huska was having a good enough season that he was starting to look like a possibility leave school and sign a Ranger contract. Huska is a favorite pupil of Ranger’s goalie coach Benoit Allaire.
Tim Gettinger recorded his 24th goal of the season but his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds lost their second straight game. The Greyhounds dropped a 4-2 decision to the Flint Firebirds. It was the first time the Greyhounds have lost two straight games in regulation this season and just the fifth time all season.
Gettinger was not bad despite the loss scoring for the third straight game on six shots and going 4-1 on faceoffs. Gettinger’s goal was the first of the game and it was a shorthanded goal. That gives Gettinger four shorthanded goals on the season second best in the OHL.
Overall Gettinger is 24-20-44 on the season.
The Portland Winterhawks got a bit of revenge on Ty Ronning and his Vancouver Giants. Last time the teams met, the Giants stole a win on Portland’s ice. Saturday the Winterhawks returned the favor shutting out the Giants 2-0 on their home ice.
This was an excellent game, a goalies duel that was close until the game’s final minute. Ronning, of course, did not score but he did lead his team with five shots.
Morgan Barron was scoreless as his fourth-ranked Cornell Red shutout Colgate 2-0. The win gave the “Red” a sweep of the two-game series. Barron might be hitting a “freshman wall” as he has been quiet for the last few games.
His team, on the other hand, has extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1).
Tyler Nanne got his first chance to play on the Madison Square Garden ice on Saturday. Nanne’s 14th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers edged Michigan State 2-1 as part of the Big Ten “Super Saturday”.
Nanne played as a forward for the second straight night in limited action, only recorded one shot but little else.
Tyler Wall was the backup goalie as his UMass Lowell River Hawks to Vermont 6-3. Bad news for the team but good news for Wall who won his start on Friday night.