Prospect Park: Looking For Positives Can Be Hard

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Tim Gettinger (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Like most, the Rangers start to the season is making looking for positives even among the prospects a lot harder than in years past. There are some but this is going to be a season that for the most part is going to have some rough patches whether they are at the pro level or among the juniors and NCAAs.

Tim Gettinger is one of the positives as the 6’5 225 forward for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is at 19 the captain of the team and is leading with his play. Gettinger had a goal on four shots with a +1 and was 1-0 on face-offs as his Greyhounds spanked the Flint Firebirds 7-0.

Gettinger scored the Greyhounds fourth goal of the game, an even-strength marker at 4:02 of the second period. It was Gettinger’s eighth goal of the season as the Greyhounds rebounded from Friday’s loss to the Sarnia Sting.

The goal (starts at 1:07) was Gettinger simply being in right place at right time. A rebound came right to him with the Flint goalie out of position leaving a wide open net for Gettinger to score on.

Gettinger is 8-9-17 in 15 games with goals in his last three straight games.

Ty Ronning is another positive even if the Vancouver Giants team he plays for is trying to rebuild. Ronning’s 11th goal at 19:01 of the third period tied the game with the Victoria Royals at 5-5 to force overtime.

Ronning tipped a rebound back into the Royal’s net to force the tie (3:19 of the video)

Sadly the Giants were unable to earn the second point as they fell in the shootout to lose 6-5. Ronning missed on his shootout attempt but he took a game-high 10 shots as the Giants at one point trailed 5-2 before a furious rally that earned them at least the one point.

I know I have said this in the past but I really wish Ronning had a chance to play on a contending team so he can show what he can do. In our eyes, his cameo with Hartford at the end of last season showed he can play at the next level.

Ronning is 11-6-17 in 14 games and the same two teams will play again tomorrow afternoon at 3PM PDT.

It has only been three games that we have seen of 2017 sixth round pick forward Morgan Barron but so far it is hard not to like the Cornell Red freshman. Rewarded for his play by getting to start, Barron had a secondary assist as his Cornell Red shutout Alabama-Huntsville 3-0.

Barron’s line combined to go 2-3-5 scoring the only goal that Cornell really needed as they sweep their opening weekend series. Barrons assist comes after he carries the puck into the offensive zone and takes a shot that rebounds and leads to the game’s first goal. Here is the clip, Barron wears number 27 so check out the beginning.

Barron is listed as the fourth line left wing but he does not play like one. Going to be fun watching him and remember Cornell is coming to Madison Square Garden on November 25th to face Boston University.

Tyler Nanne was scoreless in one shot with a -1 as his seventh-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated eighth-ranked Clarkson 2-1 to earn the sweep of the weekend series. Nanne had a bit of a quiet game but have to expect that from a guy who did not play for two years.

Tyler Wall got the start for UMass Lowell against Northeastern but remains winless on the season after a 5-4 overtime loss. Wall is going to look bad on the highlights (from Northeastern) but he did play well in spurts like stopping Northeastern on all eight power plays (including four “two-man” advantages).

Wall faced 38 shots making 33 saves as he drops to 0-4 on the season with 4.60 goals against and a 0.846 save percentage.

Adam Huska also struggled as his UConn Huskies were overwhelmed by the Miami Red Hawks 7-1. Huska surrendered six goals before finally being pulled as the numbers look bad but Huska got no support.

Huska faced 34 shots in 47:23 as his teammates managed all of 17 for the entire game. Miami, in all honesty, was no world beater entering the weekend but UConn’s weaknesses were badly exposed as they were to be blunt almost Ranger-like and no goalie no matter how good is going to play well when he has no help.

Huska falls to 2-5-1 with 3.48 goals against and a 0.893 save percentage.