Ronning has made it clear that he wants to make the playoffs in his final season in the WHL and this season has made a major effort to take games into his own hands if need be. After a rather quiet night against Portland, Ronning was active in every possible way.
Going 2-2-4 on six shots with a +2 and a 4-3 record on faceoffs, Ronning helped his Giants win their third straight game to improve the team’s record to 15-13-2-2 which is good for third in the WHL’s BC Division. The Giants are five points better than the fourth place team Kamloops.
In the second period with the Ice up 3-0, Ronning helped get the comeback started when he set up Tyler Benson for Vancouver’s first goal. It was an even-strength goal at 13:12. In the third period, Ronning got the primary assist when he knocked a puck towards the Kootenay goal and Brad Morrison knocked it in to bring the Giants to within one goal at 13:04.
Ronning would tie the game up with his 28th goal of the season when he fired a shot over the Kootenay goalie’s glove at 15:58 and the game would wind up in overtime. During overtime with the Giants on the power-play, Ronning would bang home a rebound to win the game with just 18 seconds remaining in the overtime.
His 29th goal was also his seventh power-play goal as well as his fourth game-winning goal. Ronning improves to 29-14-43 which is third in goals scored and 13th overall in scoring. The video clip only shows the Giants last three goals but enjoy them.
The nightmare called goalie Tyler Wall’s season continued as Wall got his first start since November 4th and Wall did not make it the entire game. Wall was pull after surrendering six goals on 33 shots as Boston University spanked his UMass-Lowell River Hawks 9-3.
Wall struggled from the start giving up a goal just 2:45 into the game but then a shorthanded goal at 4:09 and then a power play goal at 14:45. Wall would face 24 shots in the first period as Boston University just dominated the period.
Things were even worse for Wall in the second period as he would give up two goals just eight seconds apart and finally a third goal at 12:53 which ended his evening. Wall would face just nine shots in the second period.
Wall falls to 0-6 on the season with a 5.71 goals against and a 0.823 save percentage.
Tyler Nanne was used as a right wing for the second time this season but the move did not help much as Nanne was a -2 on the night as his Minnesota Golden Gophers were knocked off by Ohio State 4-1.