It was an interesting Friday night for the five Ranger prospects in action led by Ty Ronning’s second game-winning goal being the difference maker for his Vancouver Giants. The three skaters saw their teams win but the two goalie prospects both lost their regular season debuts by 4-3 scores.
Ty Ronning and his Vancouver Giants turned a 0-2 deficit into a 6-3 win over the Tri-City Americans as Ronning recorded his fourth goal of the young season and added his first assist of the year. Ronning could have had a hat-trick if not for a crossbar and what looked like being pulled down on a breakaway in the first period.
Instead, he had to settle for a secondary assist after tipping a pass into the Giant’s offensive zone that teammate James Malm would set up for the Giants first goal of the night at 15:19 of the first period. In the third period with the score tied at 3-3, linemate Brad Morrison would find Ronning at the left of the right faceoff circle for a “one-timer” that would put Vancouver in front for good at 11:08.
It was an even-strength goal as Ronning improved to 4-1-5 in four games with two game-winning goals. Ronning was 1-1-2 on seven shots with a +2 and was 1-1 on faceoffs. Ronning’s goal starts at the 56-second mark of the video clip.
It has been two years since we last saw defenseman Tyler Nanne play a game but the Ranger’s 2014 seventh-round pick returned to the ice with the third-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday. The Golden Gophers dropped the opening round matchup in the Ice Breaker tournament to in-state rival Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 in overtime.
Nanne who originally signed to play for Ohio State had to sit out the 2015-2016 season when they discovered a heart condition that was treated and he was able to recover enough to be able to play again. Nanne sat out last season after transferring from Ohio State so he could play closer to home.
Nanne was used as a third pair defenseman and from all accounts did not look bad for someone who sat out two years. Nanne was scoreless and it will take some time for him to find his form. Minnesota will play Union College in their second game of the tournament on Saturday.
Sean Day would earn the game’s third-star as his Windsor Spitfires edged the Guelph Storm 2-1. The numbers do not show it but Day played an excellent game in just his second game back with the Spitfires. Day was a strong presence at both ends of the ice as the Spitfires bounced back from losing on Thursday night.
Day would earn his first point of the season with a secondary assist on Windsor’s first goal as he started the goal-scoring play with a defensive play in his own zone. It was very good to see Day bounce back even faster than we expected after struggling on Thursday night but it is also an excellent sign of things to come from Day this season.
Tim Gettinger would have a two-assist night as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds would earn their fifth straight win 4-1 over the London Knights. It was another strong effort out of the 19-year old assistant captain as he earned a primary and secondary assist in this win. Gettinger might have had more points if not for London’s goalie Tyler Johnson who stopped Gettinger on a breakaway and then robbed a Greyhound teammate after Gettinger made a nice setup play.
As for his points first, with the Greyhounds up 2-1, Gettinger would earn a secondary assist on Boris Katchouk’s goal giving the Greyhounds an insurance goal. Then with the London net empty Gettinger gave the puck to Hayden Verbeek who deposited it into the empty net for the game’s final goal.
Gettinger was 0-2-2 on three shots and was a +1 with a high-sticking minor as he improves to 4-6-10 overall.
Adam Huska stopped 29 out of 33 shots that he faced as his UConn Huskies fell in overtime to the Maine Black Bears 4-3. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Huskies who had rallied to tie the game with just 16 seconds remaining in regulation only to lose in 28 seconds of overtime. It both the season opener as well as the first game of the Hockey East League for both teams.
Huska who is starting his sophomore season with the Huskies struggled in the first period surrendering two goals on just nine shots. The first goal was the result of Maine crashing the net forcing a scrum while the second goal was a power-play goal that saw Huska beaten over his right shoulder by a wrist shot.
In the second Huska stopped 14 out of 15 shots allowing a goal through the “five-hole but blanked the Black Bears in the third. In the overtime, Jimmy Vesey’s brother Noah was able to beat Huska off the left post for the game-winner. The same two teams will meet Saturday afternoon.
Tyler Wall and his ninth-ranked UMass Lowell River Hawks rallied to tie the game at 3-3 at 18:46 only to surrender the game-winning goal one minute later at 19:46 to drop a 4-3 decision to the New Hampshire Wildcats. Like Huska’s Huskies, it was the season as well as Hockey East opener for both teams.
Wall had a better start than Huska blanking the Wildcats on seven shots in the first period but surrendered two goals in both the second and third periods. It was a frustrating night for Wall who played well in spurts but stopped 25 out of 29 for the loss. The same two teams will also play on Saturday but this time in New Hampshire.