With seven Ranger prospects in action, it was 2018 seventh round pick, Riley Hughes leading the way with a three-point night. Hughes has had a couple of very good weeks as of late. Earning his second star in a week, Hughes recorded his very first game-winning goal in Friday’s game.
Riley Hughes started his week by signing his “National Letter of Intent” to attend Northeastern starting next season. Northeastern plays in the Hockey East league which is traditionally one of the best in the NCAA Division One Men’s Hockey.
Hughes and his Victoria Grizzlies were taking on the Coquitlam Express looking to extend a four-game winning streak. The Grizzlies scored the games first four goals as they held off the Express 6-3. During a 5:32 span in the second, Hughes scored twice and earned a secondary assist.
The 6’2 180 lb. forward scored the Grizzles’s second goal on the power play at 3:47 of the second. 2:17 later at 6:04, Hughes would earn a secondary assist on the Grizzlies third goal. If that wasn’t enough 2:15 after that at 8:19, Hughes would make it 4-0 with his second goal of the game.
The fourth goal would also prove to be the game-winning goal. The effort earned Hughes the game’s third star on the road as he improved to 12-13-25 in 24 games. Hughes is 6-2-8 in his last four games as the Grizzlies have won their last five straight. The BCHL rookie is now second among all BCHL rookies and 17th overall in BCHL scoring.
It was the battle of Ranger prospect goalies as Tyler Wall of UMass-Lowell visited Adam Huska of UConn were in net for their teams. Give this match to Wall as he stopped 36 out of 38 shots to help UMass-Lowell earn a 5-2 win. It was a badly needed win for Wall who had been winless in his last four starts (0-3-1). The junior goalie evened his record at 3-3-1 with a 1.99 goals against and a 0.929 save percentage.
Huska dropped his second straight start as he stopped 27 out of 31 shots. The junior goalie saw his record drop to 3-4-1 and his goals against rising to 2.75 while the save percentage fell to 0.918.
Same two teams will face each other on Saturday night only they will switch location and play at UMass-Lowell.
Nico Gross was scoreless on one shot and a +2 as his Oshawa Generals knocked off the Sarnia Sting 7-4. Gross and the Generals won their second straight to improve to 12-7-2 on the season
Morgan Barron recorded his fifth goal of the season but it was not enough as his Cornell Big Red lost to 14th-ranked Quinnipiac 4-2. The Big Red let a 2-1 lead disappear in the third period surrendering three goals to Quinnipiac.
Barron scored his team-leading fifth goal on the power play when he blasted a shot just 2:08 into the contest. It was his second power-play goal of the season as Barron is second on Cornell in scoring at 5-2-7. The five goals already equal Barron’s output of last season. (goal on the clip at the 10-second mark).
Making matters worse for Cornell was the go-ahead goal was their own rink hurting them. A shot bounced off the board behind the net, caromed and hit the Cornell goalie and went in. A hard-luck goal for a team that has had trouble protecting the lead in the third period.
Barron in addition to his goal was a -1 on four shots and 4-4 on faceoffs.
Tyler Nanne scored his first goal of the season but it was not enough to prevent an embarrassing home loss for his Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers lost to St. Lawrence of the ECAC 4-3 in overtime. The non-conference matchup between two hockey opposites is hard to explain.
St Lawrence entered the game with a 1-8 record on the season and took the game to Minnesota.
Minnesota trailed 3-1 in the third when Nanne score a shorthanded goal to cut the lead to just one. Nanne deflected a pass out of the air for his first career shorthanded goal.
THE SAVE, THE SHORTHANDED GOAL. pic.twitter.com/LoFBEiqTNj
— Minnesota M Hockey (@GopherHockey) November 17, 2018
Nanne is 1-1-2 on the season. Same two teams on Saturday night.
K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers were shutout on the road by sixth-ranked Ohio State. A pretty ugly affair for Miller who was held without a shot for the first time this season.
Same two will play on Saturday evening.