Prospect Park: K’Andre Miller’s Four Point Night Spurs Badgers Comeback Win

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Five Ranger prospects saw action on Saturday with this time K’Andre Miller being the star. Miller had a four-point night (1-3-4) as his Wisconsin Badgers rallied with five unanswered goals for a 8-5 win over Penn State. The freshman from Minnetonka, Minnesota would set up the tying goal and then scored the game-winner.

Miller would earn a secondary assist on Wisconsin’s second goal of the game for his first point of the night. The Badgers would take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

The Badgers would go up 3-1 in the second before Penn State would reel off four unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead. Wisconsin would answer with one more goal to cut the lead to 5-4 at the end of the second. The third period would be the “K’Andre Miller Show” as the freshman defender would record three points into the period.

First, Miller got credit for the primary assist when he “fanned” on a shot and the puck went directly to teammate Max Zimmer who scored at 10:15 to tie the game at 5-5. Then Miller would score when Zimmer hit him with a cross-ice pass setting up Miller’s third goal of the year at 12:31. That goal would prove to be the game-winner, Miller’s second game winner of the season.

He may be just a freshman but Miller’s wrist shot looks as hard as a slap shot. The highlights of Miller’s two plays start at 14 seconds in this clip courtesy of Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Miller’s fourth point was come on Wisconsin’s seventh goal, a secondary assist. K’Andre Miller would send Sean Dhooghe off on a rush while teammate Tarek Baker would finish the play. That would be Miller’s fourth point on the night as Wisconsin would add an empty-net goal to finish off the upset.

Miller’s four points gives him a season’s total of 3-12-15 which makes him Wisconsin’s leading scorer. The 12 assists are ninth best nationally among defensemen.

Morgan Barron earned a secondary assist as his Cornell Big Red held off Harvard 2-1 in ECAC action. The sophomore forward’s assist came on Cornell’s second goal, a power-play goal that broke a 1-1 tie. Barron’s assist was his third on the season to go along with five goals for eight points on the season.

Barron would only take two shots and was an “even” while going 3-5 on faceoffs. Cornell is now on their holiday break until 1/4/19 when they return to face Princeton. That game will be shown on ESPN+.

Tyler Nanne had a very quiet night offensively as his Minnesota Golden Gophers played fifth-ranked Ohio State to a 2-2 overtime tie. But just like Friday night, Ohio State would earn the extra point in overtime.

Still Nanne may have not shown any offense, defensively he was solid leading everyone with six blocked shots. Nanne leads Minnesota with 26 blocked shots on the season as the supposed offensive-minded defender has shown a major improvement with his defensive game this season.

Nico Gross was scoreless as his Oshawa Generals cruised to a 5-0 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. Gross was a +1 on one shot as the Generals won their second straight.

Joey Keane was scoreless on four shots as his Barrie Colts dropped a 3-1 decision to the Owen Sound Attack.