Ty Ronning earned first star honors with two goals as his Vancouver Giants knocked off the Calgary Hitmen 4-2. To be honest I would have given the first star to his teammate goalie Trent Miner.
As much as I like Ronning, the two goals he scored were pretty easy thanks to some get setups from his teammates. The first goal was thanks to Bowen Bryam who left the Calgary goalie out of position with a great move. The result was a wide-open net for Ronning who scored to tie the game at 2-2.
It was a power-play goal for Ronning, his 45th goal, and 11th on the power play. It came at 5:35 of the second period. Still, in the second, Ronning would put his team up for good with another power-play goal.
This time it was Matt Barberis who set Ronning up as Barberis found a wide open Ronning on the left side of the Calgary net. Ronning had gotten behind the Calgary goalie had an easy tap-in goal as he put Vancouver up for good at 3-2.
It was Ronning’s 46th goal, 12th power-play goal and sixth game-winning goal on the season. Ronning is 46-18-64, second in the WHL in goals, 13th in power-play goals, and 14th in game winners.
At 46 goals, Ronning is two away from tying the Vancouver franchise record of 48 set by Evander Kane.
Vancouver is 27-16-5-3 on the season, third in the WHL’s BC Division.Tim Gettinger had two assists as his Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds defeated the Saginaw Spirit 4-3 in overtime. Gettinger had two primary assists as the Greyhounds let a 3-0 lead slip away and escaped with the overtime win.
Gettinger got the primary assist on the Greyhounds first goal, an even-strength goal at 18:56 of the first period. In the second, Gettinger would set up Taylor Raddysch’s 23rd goal of the season. The even-strength goal at 9:33 would put the Greyhounds up 3-0 as Gettinger would set a new career high in assists (24) on the play.
At 28-24-52, Gettinger is just two points from tying his career best in scoring set last season. The Greyhounds won their fifth straight game to improve to an OHL best 42-5-2-1.
Morgan Barron’s blocked shot bounced over to teammate Brendan Locke who scored to give top-ranked Cornell a 4-3 win over Union College. Barron was credited with the primary assist breaking a six-game pointless streak.The freshman from Halifax Nova Scotia improved to 4-10-14 as his team extended their unbeaten streak to 11 games (10-0-1). Cornell is number one in the college hockey polls for the first time in school history.
Cornell is 19-2-1 on the season, already clinched the Ivy League title and is currently first in the ECAC. Next up is RPI on Saturday.
Sean Day was scoreless was scoreless as his Kingston Frontenacs defeated the Oshawa Generals 7-1. Day was a +3 on two shots as the Frontenacs won their fourth straight.
Day is just two points (5-30-35) from equaling his career high in points has a career-high in assist but is lagging in goals. Part of the reason is that he is not shooting the puck as much as he did last season.
A shame too because Day has a laser-like wrist shot from the point that rarely is not on goal. Hope as the season gets closer to the playoffs that Day looks to shoot the puck more.
Kingston is 26-26-4-3 which is good for second in the OHL’s East Division and fourth overall in the Eastern Conference.
Adam Huska missed his fifth game as he recovers from his wrist injury. He is due to be examined by a doctor on Monday but there remains no timetable for his return.