Two more New York Ranger prospects made their season debut on Sunday as more NCAA teams started to play. We got a mix of efforts which is not a surprise considering these are still games early in the season.
Joey Keane’s second goal of the season was also his first game-winning goal of the season as his Barrie Colts defeated the Kingston Frontenacs 4-2. Keane’s goal at 4:32 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie as the Colts evened their record at 3-3-1-0 on the season. It was a very nice goal from Keane (starts at 1:26 on clip) as he carries the puck cross the offensive zone and fires a wrist shot that beat the Kingston goalie.
Keane is 2-6-8 on the season after a two-shot +3 effort. Keane also had two minor penalties giving him 17 PIMs on the season.
Riley Hughes had Victoria’s only goal as the Grizzlies dropped a 4-1 decision to the West Kelowna Warriors. Hughes recorded his fifth goal of the season but the Grizzlies were a very tired team playing their third road game in three nights.
For his play, Hughes was named the FortisBC Energy Player of the Game. Hughes is 5-6-11 after 12 games for the Grizzlies.
Tyler Nanne and his 13th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers knocked off top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth 7-4 in non-conference play. Nanne was scoreless on three shots but also had two blocked shots on defense. The junior defender was once again on the top pair for Minnesota which is a big improvement from last year when Nanne was also used as a right wing.
Minnesota is 1-0-1 after the opening weekend and should jump in the rankings.
Exhibition2018 first-round pick defenseman K’Andre Miller made his debut with Wisconsin Badgers as they opened their season with an exhibition match against the University of Victoria. The freshman had an assist on five shots as the Badgers had little trouble earning an 8-2 win.
Miller was listed as the first pair defender as he began his NCAA career. It did not take long for Miller to get on the scoresheet, earning a secondary assist on the Badger’s first goal. The goal coming at 4:10 of the first period gave the Badgers a 1-0 lead. The Badgers are coached by former Ranger player Tony Granato.
With the Badgers in a rebuilding period, Miller will be counted on to play major minutes in all situations. He should do well playing for Wisconsin and it should help speed up his development.
Goalie Tyler Wall made his debut as his UMass-Lowell River Hawks hosted Acadia of Canada in an exhibition game. Wall earned a 4-3 win after stopping 24 out of 27 shots. The junior goalie gave up a goal in each of the periods and sorry really did not look sharp on any of them.
Wall badly needs a huge bounce-back season to remain as a legit Ranger prospect. He lost a lot of ground because of last year’s struggles and can ill-afford a second poor season.
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