Prospect Park: The Very Quiet Night

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Adam Huska (UConn)

This will not take long as the Ranger prospects had a pretty quiet Friday evening with little to show for their efforts. If you were looking for a lot of great statistics then this was not your night. The goalies went 1-1 while the four skaters combined to go 0-1-1 on six shots.

Adam Huska was supposed to have the night off against Atlantic Hockey’s American International but his night off lasted all of 14:31 when he was called upon to replace starting goalie Tanner Creel for their UConn Huskies. Creel had given up three goals on four shots prompting Huska’s entry to the game. Huska would 17 out of 18 shots as the Huskies rallied for a 6-4 win.

It was not pretty at all but losing to AI would have been embarrassing for the Hockey East program. Huska earned his second win of the season as he lowered his goals against to 2.18 and improved his save percentage to 0.933. UConn plays another Atlantic Hockey team on Saturday when they take on Sacred Heart.

Tyler Wall, on the other hand, might have wished he had the night off after getting yanked at 10:51 of the second period after giving up four goals on just nine shots as his 12th-ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks were upset at home by unranked Omaha 4-2. Wall has struggled in all three of his starts going 0-3 with 4.50 goals against and a 0.833 save percentage.

Things are so bad for the sophomore that he is currently 61st out of 64 goalies at the NCAA Divison One level. The River Hawks will face Omaha Saturday but I would be shocked if Wall got the start in goal.

Sean Day had the secondary assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal as his Windsor Spitfires defeated the London Knights 2-1 for their second straight win. Day’s assist came on a shorthanded goal, an area that he would not have played last season.

Day is being used in all areas which is good for his development as he needs as much ice time as he can get especially on the defensive end if he has any hope of an NHL career. Day is 0-2-2 in five games and in all honesty, his offense does not matter this season as improving his defense will. The offense will be there for Day with no worries.

Tim Gettinger was named the captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Thursday, on Friday, while the newly named captain was scoreless, his Greyhound improved their unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1) after a 3-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers.

Gettinger who was an alternate captain last season is a quiet leader but when you are 6’5 225, you really do not need to raise your voice to make a point. The Greyhounds lead the OHL with a 7-1-1 record.

Tyler Nanne and his seventh-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers were knocked off by 11th-ranked Penn State 3-1 in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Nanne was scoreless as he was used as the third pair defense. The same two teams will face each other on Sunday afternoon.

Ty Ronning and his Vancouver Giants were shut out 1-0 by the Swift Current Broncos, Ronning led all prospects with four shot on Friday.