Three Ranger prospects saw action on Saturday night as the college teams get ready for their holiday break. K’Andre Miller once again came up big for his Wisconsin Badgers. Miller had a 1-1-2 night as Wisconsin shutout Michigan State 3-0. The win was the team’s third straight and extended their unbeaten streak to six games.
Miller earned a secondary assist on Wisconsin’s first goal, a power-play goal at 2:36 of the first period. It was Miller’s team-leading 13th assist on the season.
In the third, Miller would add his fourth goal of the season when he beat Michigan State goalie John Lethemon top left. It was Miller’s team-leading 17th point and seventh point in his last three games. For the game besides the 1-1-2 effort, Miller was a +1 on six shots.
Wisconsin is off until January 4th when they host Denver. Most likely Miller won’t be there as he is expected to earn a spot on Team USA’s Under20 squad. This year’s tournament will be held in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia starting on December 26th.
Tyler Nanne had a two-assist game to help send Minnesota on their holiday break with a 4-3 win over 15th-ranked Michigan. Nanne earned the primary assist when Tyler Sheehy knocked in the rebound of a Nanne shot to tie the game at 3-3 at 55 seconds into the third period.
The junior defender also earned a secondary assist on Minnesota’s second goal of the game. On the defensive side, Nanne also had a game-high six blocked shots to give him a team-best 32 for the season. Nanne finishes the first half 1-5-6, +2 with one shorthanded goal and 12 PIMs on six minors.
Minnesota ends the first half with a 5-6-4 overall record (3-2-3 Big Ten).
Tyler Wall enters his holiday break on a down note for his UMass-Lowell River Hawks. Wall got the start against Boston University but was pulled after just 14:02 after giving up three goals on 10 shots.
Wall saw his goals against rising to 2.05 and save percentage drop to 0.925 with a 5-5-1 record. The River Hawks are off until 12/29 when they will host Denver for a non-conference series. The team is 8-7-1 (4-4-1 in Hockey East).
Did Not Play
Riley Hughes is with Team Canada West as they get ready to play in the World Junior “A” Challenge. Hughes and his team will open play on Sunday against Team USA.