Prospect Park: Ronning’s Four Points Not Enough For Giants

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Ty Ronning (Vancouver Giants)

Ty Ronning as he set a new career high with his first WHL four-point night but it was not enough to hold off the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Wheat Kings held off Ronning’s Vancouver Giants 6-5 in a wild game in Brandon.

Ronning turned 20 on Friday got his Giants on the board first when he tapped in a shot from the left side of the crease at 11:28 of the first period. It was a power-play goal but the lead was short-lived as the Wheat Kings would answer with a power play goal of their own. The first period would end tied at 1-1.

In the second, Brandon would use their second power-play goal of the game to grab a 2-1 lead but this time it would be Ronning who responded. Ronning put back a rebound for an even-strength goal at 12:02 tying the game. Brandon would end the second period by scoring three unanswered goals to take the lead for good at 5-2.

In the third Ronning would get his hat-trick as he scored from his knees a backhand shot that cut the Brandon lead to 5-3 just 46 seconds into the period. Vancouver would pull to within one goal before Brandon would score their sixth goal. Ronning would pick up his fourth point with a secondary assist on a power-play goal at 18:51 which made it a 6-5 contest but Vancouver could not score the tying goal.

It was Ronning’s third career hat-trick and his first four-point night. Ronning was 3-1-4 on seven shots with a +1 and was 0-4 on face-offs. Overall Ronning improves to 9-4-13 with a +7 in 11 games this season.

Adam Huska’s play in goal is being counted on if his UConn Huskies have any hopes of moving up in the Hockey East this season. A 2-2 overtime tie with eighth-ranked Boston University on their ice is the kind of results they are looking for. Huska stopped 33 out of 35 shots but in the second period was his own worst enemy surrendering two shorthanded goals to Boston University.

The first goal was allowing a backhanded shot slip though that he should have stopped while on the second, it was Huska misplaying the puck that led to his being caught away from his goal allowing Boston University to score. Other than that Huska was able to keep his team in the game long enough for them to rally with a third-period goal which tied the game and sent it to overtime.

Huska is 2-2-1 with 2.30 goals against and a 0.925 save percentage. The same two teams will face each other on Saturday evening this time at the XL Center in Hartford starting at 7 PM.

Someone must have forgotten to inform Tyler Nanne that he was recruited for the seventh-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers for his offense, not his shot blocking. Nanne led the Gophers with a game-high six blocked shots as the Gophers knocked off old rival fourth-ranked University of North Dakota 2-1.

Minnesota’s defensive play was the difference as North Dakota took the game to them offensively out-shooting them 35-18 as the Gophers built a 2-0 lead and held off the River Hawks for the win. Nanne was the second pair defense in this game as he was a +1 on two shots. The same two teams will face each other on Saturday night.

Tim Gettinger was scoreless on one shot but dropped the glove for his first fight of the season as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds held off the Kingston Frontenacs 6-5. The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Greyhounds as they won for the eighth time this season (8-2-2). Gettinger was also a -1 and was called for a “blindsiding” minor in the first period.

Tyler Wall was “DNP” as his UMass Lowell River Hawks knocked off 10th-ranked Clarkson 3-1 for their second straight win. Will Wall be given another chance at starting is the question?