Two of the Ranger’s three college prospects made their season debut on Saturday with goalie Adam Huska (HOO-skuh) having a solid debut to lead his UConn Huskies to a win. It was only an exhibition game against Canadian college St. Francis Xavier of Nova Scotia but the “X-Men” have a roster of players who played in the CHL so it was a good test.
Huska is starting his second season with UConn and appears to have won the starting job as he got the start today and played the first two periods. Huska looked good stopping all 27 shots he faced earning the game’s first star as UConn earned a 2-1 win. His teammates made sure Huska was tested taking eight different penalties over the first two periods but Huska was up for the task.
I think this will be the year that Huska “breaks out” and establishes himself as a very legit prospect for the Rangers. Huska has been a favorite of Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire because of his work ethic and Huska has shown major improvements in his game in each of the last three years. Huska and his Huskies will start the season for real next Friday on the road against the Maine Black Bears in Hockey East action.
Also starting his second season is goalie Tyler Wall of the UMass Lowell River Hawks as the defending Hockey East champions look to repeat in 2017-2018. The River Hawks were hosting the Acadia Axmen in exhibition play with Wall not getting the start but entering the game at the start of the second period. The River Hawks earned a 4-2 win with Wall getting credited for the win.
Call it a mixed bag for his season debut as Wall allowed two goals on 14 shots and the first goal if he was not screened then Wall should have had. The second goal was a good scorer’s move so hard to blame him on that one.
It will be interesting to see how Wall plays this season as in many ways it will be hard for him to top the 26 wins (school record for freshman goalie) but some improvement in both goals against and save percentage would be nice. Wall and his River Hawks will open Hockey East play next Friday hosting New Hampshire.
Here are some highlights courtesy of the UMass Lowell YouTube channel.
Have You Seen Them?
So the Hartford Wolfpack announced some roster moves on Saturday but a couple of players were missing from (a) the announced moves and (b) the roster. Missing with no word as to their status are second-year forward Robin Kovacs and rookie defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy.
Now it is possible that Kovacs has returned to Europe as he struggled to adjust to North American play last year and Zborovskiy has an overage year remaining with the Regina Pats (but that situation is harder because of the rules regarding overage players and imports). Both also could be assigned to Greenville of the ECHL but that too was not announced.
We shall see.