Prospect Park: Miller Has Bounce Back Game In Badger’s Win

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

K’Andre Miller (Wisconsin Badgers)

A pretty quiet Saturday night with just four New York Ranger prospects in action saw differing results. K’Andre Miller had a two-point night to help Wisconsin rebound from a Friday loss. Others played well but saw their team lose.

A night after taking a costly “roughing” minor, defenseman K’Andre Miller bounced back with the first multi-point game of his NCAA career. Miller was 1-1-2 as his 13th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers spanked the St. Lawrence Saints 7-1. A good all-around performance from the Ranger’s 2018 first round pick, Miller was a +3 on five shots and one blocked shot.

In the second with Wisconsin already up 2-0, Miller had the only assist on Sean Dhooghe’s goal at 10:35. In the third with Wisconsin up 6-1 and on the power play, Miller scored his second goal of the season. Miller snuck down from the point taking a feed from Brock Caufield and “one-timing” it past the Saints goalie.

Got a video clip of the game highlights courtesy of St. Lawrence but suggest you go “full screen” to watch it. You can’t see Miller’s pass that springs Dhgoohe but his goal starts at 1:45.

Miller is 2-2-4 +6 after four games with Wisconsin. The Badgers comes home for a two-game set against Michigan Tech starting on Friday.

Tyler Wall (UMass-Lowell)

Tyler Wall had a “He deserved a better fate” night for his UMass-Lowell River Hawks as they dropped a 2-1 decision to Miami. Wall stopped 30 out of 32 shots but two third period goals were the difference in this one.

Sadly Wall actually took a tripping minor that led to Miami’s game-winning goal. The Red Hawks took a 1-0 lead into the third with Wall having stopped 18 shots over the first two periods. In the third, Miami would score the tying goal at 1:05 of the period. Wall would get called for his penalty at 7:55 and Miami would score at 8:48.

The loss drops Wall’s record to 2-1 with a 1.00 goals against and 0.968 save percentage. That is good for fourth overall among NCAA goalies. UMass-Lowell returns home for a game Friday against Northeastern in their Hockey East opener.

Riley Hughes had his first three-point game for the Victoria Grizzlies, the bad news is the Grizzlies got blasted 12-5. The embarrassing home loss came at the hands of the Powell River Kings who trailed 1-0 before scoring eight unanswered goals.

Hughes would earn a primary assist on the Grizzlies second goal which made the score 8-2. His other two points came really in “garbage time” as he earned a secondary assist on their fourth goal and scored the fifth. For Hughes, the points improve his season totals to 6-10-16 which is third best on the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have to turn around and play on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.

Exhibition Hockey

Tyler Nanne was 1-1-2 as his sixth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers spanked Trinity Western 7-1.  Nanne would score Minnesota’s third goal of the game and earn a secondary assist on their fifth.

The non-counting game was Minnesota’s final exhibition game of the year. The Gophers are heading to Las Vegas for a game against North Dakota in the US Hockey Hall of Fame game.

Did Not Play

Adam Huska was the backup goalie for UConn as they earned a 3-1 win over RPI.