It was 500 hockey for the New York Ranger prospects as six played and three saw wins for their team. Adam Huska broke a two-game losing streak to help his UConn Huskies earn their first Hockey East win of the season.
Huska and his Huskies were hosting the Maine Black Bears in UConn’s home opener. The junior goalie, Huska stopped 24 shots as UConn earned a 5-2 win over the Black Bears. It wasn’t a good start for Huska as he gave up a goal just 1:18 into the contest. That would be all he would as he stopped the remaining 12 shots that he faced in the first period.
The Huskies would come away with a 2-1 lead after the first period and then would dominate the second and third periods. With the Huskies tightening up on defense, Huska would only face 13 shots in the remaining two periods. Huska gave up a goal in the third which at the time would make the game 3-2 but the Huskies would add two to put away the game.
For Huska, the win was his second of the season as he improved to 2-2 with a 3.30 goals against and a 0.895 save percentage. Same two teams play on Saturday in Hartford starting at 3:05 PM EDT.
Nico Gross earned the secondary assist on the game-winning goal. His assist helped his Oshawa Generals defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-3 extending their unbeaten streak to five (4-0-1).
For Gross, the assist improved his season totals to 1-3-4 with a +7 and 20 PIMs. In the game, Gross was also a +1 on one shot and 4 minutes in PIMs as he took an interference and unsportsmanlike on the same play in the second period.
Like the way, Gross has been playing but if he wants to remain a top pair defenseman then he needs to watch his PIMs. He is not a fighter but 10 minors in 12 games is too high.
Riley Hughes was scoreless as his Victoria Grizzlies earned a 4-2 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. The win broke a two-game losing streak for the Grizzlies.
Tyler Wall and his UMass-Lowell River Hawks lost to Northeastern 4-1 in their Hockey East opener. Wall gave up three goals while stopping 23 shots as his record drops to 2-2 on the season.
Despite the loss, Wall has a strong 1.50 goals against and a 0.950 save percentage good for ninth in the NCAAs. The River Hawks are on the road for a non-conference game with Bentley.
K’Andre Miller was scoreless on four shots as his 13th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers fell to Michigan Tech 6-2. Not a good loss for the Badgers to take on home ice, same two teams on Saturday.
Morgan Barron was scoreless as his 8th-ranked Cornell Big Red got spanked by the Michigan State Spartans in their season opener 6-2. The Spartans broke open a 1-1 game with four third period goals.
Barron started the game on the left wing but moved to center in the third period. Like most of Barron’s play as he led everyone with 9 shots and was 8-4 on his faceoffs. However, Barron took a holding penalty which led to Michigan State’s sixth goal.
Same two teams on Saturday, you can watch the game starting at 7 PM EDT on the ESPN+ app.