Six New York Ranger prospects saw action on Friday night but only one, Riley Hughes stood out. Hughes had a 3-2-5 effort to help his team earn a 10-6 win.
Against the Coquitlam Express, Hughes had the best night of his short BCHL career. It started with an even-strength goal just 1:55 into the contest giving the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead. The lead did not hold as the Express would score four unanswered goals taking a 4-1 lead in the second. The Grizzlies would respond answer with three straight goals of their own. Hughes would earn the secondary assist on the Grizzlies third goal of the game at 13:28.
90 seconds later at 14:58, it would be Hughes tying the game with his second goal of the game, a power-play goal as the two teams would be even at 4-4. The Express would score twice in the period’s last minute to take a 6-4 lead into the second intermission.
In the third after Victoria had scored to make it 6-5, Hughes would earn his second assist of the night. Hughes got the secondary assist on the game-tying goal and his fourth point of the game. After the Grizzlies had scored twice to take the lead, Hughes would earn his first hat-trick of his BCHL career when he scored his first shorthanded goal. It’s the first goal of the following clip.
It was an unbelievable night if you like goal scoring! With a combined 16 goals in Victoria, 12 goals in Nanaimo, 11 goals in Trail, and 11 goals in Salmon Arm – take your pick! Check out some of the action in #BCHLin60. pic.twitter.com/hEXNeXq4ce
— BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) December 1, 2018
How good was Hughes? The five points improved his numbers to 17-17-34 on the season. Among the BCHL leaders, Hughes is 14th in points and 11th in goals. Among BCHL rookies, Hughes is fourth in points, second in goals, and sixth in assists. And lastly, Hughes now has a five-game scoring streak of 5-5-10.
Nico Gross had a secondary assist as his Oshawa Generals held off the Guelph Storm 4-3. Gross recorded his assist on the Generals third goal as they built up a 4-1 lead before holding off the Storm.
Gross’s assist was his ninth of the season as he improves to 3-9-12 on the season. The Swiss defender also picked up a roughing minor for his 40th PIM on the season.
K’Andre Miller had a secondary assist as his Wisconsin Badgers played to a 3-3 overtime tie with sixth-ranked Penn State. Penn State would win the shootout portion to pick up the extra point. For Miller who also took his first shootout attempt (he missed), the assist was his ninth of the season. Miller is third on Wisconsin in scoring with a 2-9-11 mark.
Morgan Barron was scoreless on four shots as his Cornell Big Red lost to Dartmouth 3-2. Barron who is 5-2-7 on the season is scoreless in his last three games.
Tyler Nanne was scoreless as his Minnesota Golden Gophers played to a 2-2 overtime tie with fifth-ranked Ohio State. Ohio State would win the shootout portion of the game for the extra point.
Adam Huska dropped his fourth-straight start as his UConn Huskies were beaten 7-4 by the Massachusetts Minutemen. Huska surrendered six goals while stopping 31 shots. The junior goalie saw his goals against fall to 2.99 and his save percentage fall to 0.911.