Ty Ronning earned the game’s “first star” as his Vancouver Giants earned a 5-3 road win over the Prince George Cougars. Ronning would score a goal on eight shots to lead his Giants to the win.
The goal if you check the replay (starts at 28 seconds) was the kind of goal a player who is hot scores. Ronning goes to fire a shot on goal but it deflects behind the net right to a teammate who spots Ronning heading right to the net and hits him with a nice pass. Ronning finds himself wide open in front of the Cougars goalie and puts it past him for his 26th goal of the season.
It was an even-strength goal at 37 seconds of the second period and gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead at the time.
Ronning would have several other chances to score but the Cougars were able to prevent any more goals from Ronning. Ronning improves to 26-12-38 as he remains second in the WHL in goals and ninth in points.
Vancouver returns to 500 with their second straight win at 12-12-22 which is good for third in the WHL’s BC Division. Same two teams play on Saturday.
Tyler Nanne had a goal on three shots as his seventh-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers held on to defeat 12th-ranked Wisconsin in the first game of the “Border Battle”. It was a power-play goal and the fourth goal of the game for the Golden Gophers.
The goal came at 15:19 of the second period was a “one-timer” from the left point (1:10 on the video clip) and put Minnesota up at the time 4-2. For Nanne it was his second goal of the season and first power play.
Round 2 back here tomorrow night at 7 pm. pic.twitter.com/J33uapq7Mj
— Minnesota M Hockey (@GopherHockey) December 2, 2017
Nanne improves to 2-4-6 on the season also had two blocked shots on the night as well. Same two teams will face each other on Saturday night.
Morgan Barron was ejected at 15:22 of the second period for “grabbing the facemask” as his fifth-ranked Cornell Red lost on the road 2-1 to the Miami (Ohio) Red Hawks. Wish I could tell you what happened but the only news was Barron and a Miami player were both ejected for the same thing. Will update the news if I get any more information.
Tim Gettinger was scoreless on five shots as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds won their 13th straight game 3-2 over the Kingston Frontenacs. The overtime win keeps the Greyhounds with the best record in the OHL at 22-3-2.
Gettinger saw his six-game scoring streak (5-4-9) come to an end as he remains with a 14-14-28 total for the season.
Adam Huska saw his three-game winning streak end on Friday after his UConn Huskies dropped a 4-2 decision to Massachusetts. Huska surrendered four goals on 31 shots in the loss after going three straight games only giving up a goal a game.
Huska saw his goals against drop to 2.68 while his save percentage down to 0.908. Huska is 6-10-2 on the season.