Prospect Park: Ronning Scores Twice But Giants Lose

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Ty Ronning scored twice as his Vancouver Giants fell to the Victoria Royals 4-3. A heartbreaking loss with the Giants giving up the game-winner with just 11 seconds left in the third.

Both goals came on the power-play goal, the first at 1:41 of the second period. Ronning takes a cross-check to the back as he lifted a backhand in (1:05 of the video). The goal gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at the time.

The power play goal was Ronning’s 52nd goal (13th PPG) and it gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead. In the third with his team trailing 3-2, Ronning converted a beautiful feed from James Malm to tie the score at 3.

The goal at 19:23 was the 53rd (14th PPG) for Ronning and (3:40 on the video) the third replay of the goal is the best. The tie was shortlived as the Royals would score the game-winner 26 seconds later at 19:49.

By the numbers, Ronning is 53-20-73, second in the WHL in goals, seventh in power play goals (14) and fifth in game-winners (8). The bad news is that the loss dropped the Giants five points behind Victoria for second place in the WHL’s BC Division.

Tim Gettinger had a primary assist as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds spanked the Sarnia Sting 7-1. Gettinger fired a shot from the side as Hayden Verbeek cashed in the rebound for the Greyhounds third goal.

The win caps off a big weekend for the Greyhounds that saw them win twice by a combined score of 17-1. The Greyhounds knocked off the Eastern Conference leaders and the second-best team in the Western Conference.

Gettinger improves to 30-28-58 on the season.

Goalie Tyler Wall took the loss as his UMass-Lowell River Hawks fell to eighth-ranked Providence 3-1. Wall stopped 28 out of 30 shots in suffering his eighth loss of the season. A quiet first period saw Wall only having to stop five shots as neither team scored.

Providence would dominate the second period breaking through for the game’s first goal at 5:20. Wall would face 18 shots stopping 17 of them as Providence would lead 1-0 after two.

The River Hawks would tie the game with 2:43 left in the third only to see Providence score the game-winner 42 seconds later. It very much was a goal that Wall wishes he could have back as he was beaten on a blast. Wall would only face six shots in the third period including the game-winner.

Overall Wall played well but struggles continued. Wall falls to 3-8 with 3.98 goals against and a 0.868 save percentage. The River Hawks have two games remaining in their Hockey East schedule. At 10-12 in Hockey East, they will need to win both their remaining games and hope that UConn (1) or Maine (2) loss to pass them in the standings.

Defenseman Tyler Nanne didn’t score as his ninth-ranked Minnesota played to a 1-1 overtime tie with sixth-ranked Ohio State. Ohio State picked up the extra point by winning the shootout round 2-1 and eliminating Minnesota from a chance at finishing second in the Big Ten.

Nanne was scoreless with no shots, an “even” and a minor penalty for holding in the second period. Minnesota is currently fourth in the Big Ten with two games left in the regular season. They will need help from Notre Dame on Sunday. Minnesota needs Notre Dame to defeat Michigan to have a shot at third place. A Notre Dame win would mean any combination of three points will move Minnesota into third for the playoffs.

Morgan Barron was scoreless as his fourth-ranked Cornell rallied to defeat Yale 3-2. Barron took five shots and was “even” on the night.

Cornell heads to the final weekend in the ECAC leading Union by four-points. Cornell will face RPI on Friday before finishing the season on the road against Union Saturday.