An interesting Friday night for Ranger prospects as playmaking was the theme of the evening. Goalie Adam Huska returned from injury but in a losing effort and only one goal as the regular season winds down.
Morgan Barron had an assist as his Cornell Red whipped Quinnipiac 9-1 in game one of their ECAC quarterfinal series. Barron playing in his first NCAA playoff game earned the primary assist on Alex Rauter’s power-play goal.
The goal was Cornell’s seventh of the game as the second-ranked “Red” broke open the game with a six-goal second period. Ranger fans will enjoy the play Barron makes on his assist (1:52 on the video clip).
The freshman forward, Barron is 5-12-17 on the season as Cornell will look to finish Quinnipiac off Saturday.
Tim Gettinger had two assists as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds edged the Kitchener Rangers 4-3. Gettinger had a primary assist on the Greyhound’s second goal then a secondary on their third.
The two assists give Gettinger a very nice 33-34-67 +33 in 62 games.
Sean Day had a secondary assist as his Kingston Frontenacs spanked the Ottawa 67’s 7-2. Day’s assist came on what proved to be the game-winning goal as the Fronts scored five unanswered goals to start the game.
For Day the assist gives him a 5-38-43 mark in 46 games. Since being traded from Windsor Day is 1-21-22 in 19 games as a Frontenac.
Ty Ronning recorded his 57th goal as his Vancouver Giants lost to the Tri-City Americans 6-2. Ronning’s goal was a power-play goal (17th) coming at 2:12 of the first period.
The goal gave Vancouver their only lead of the game as the Americans would score five unanswered goals for the win. Ronning was a -1 on four shots and 0-2 on faceoffs.
It was a costly loss as it dropped the Giants five points behind Victoria for second in the WHL’s BC Division. Ronning is 57-22-79 on the season with the 57 goals second best in the WHL.
Defenseman Libor Hajek was scoreless as his Regina Pats edged Kootenay 2-1 in overtime. Hajek was a +1 on four shots as the Pats clinched a WHL playoff spot.
Hajek is 12-25-37 in 55 games split between Regina and Saskatoon this season.
Brett Howden was scoreless as his Moose Jaw Warriors dropped a 6-4 road decision to the Prince Albert Raiders. Howden and the Warriors lost the game when they gave up four second-period goals.
The captain of the Warriors was a -2 on four shots and 15-14 on faceoffs.
Adam Huska’s return to the UConn Huskies lineup was not successful as they dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Boston University. The loss in game one of their Hockey East quarterfinals playoff series puts the Huskies at risk of elimination.
The sophomore goalie, Huska playing for the first time since January 9th gave up the five goals on 38 shots. Huska gave up two goals in the first facing eight shots and no goals in the second period while facing ten shots. In the third, Huska surrendered two goals on 15 shots, then five shots before the game-winner.
A frustrating loss for UConn who are looking to earn their first Hockey East playoff series win. Now they must win on Saturday to force a game three on Sunday.
Huska is 8-15 with 2.61 goals against and 0.912 save percentage.