2017 is trying to go out with a big bang. A crazy Saturday with plenty of offense led by Ty Ronning’s second hat trick of the season. An overall good day that offered a lot of promise for tomorrow. Every skater who played scored at least one goal.
Ty Ronning had been scoreless in the first two games coming back from the holiday break but broke through with his second hat trick of the season. Ronning’s Vancouver Giants hosted the Prince George Cougars that saw Prince George win in overtime 7-6.
Ronning did his damage in the first and second periods scoring his hat-trick on eight shots. Ronning was named game’s first star. With the Giants trailing 4-1 in the first period, Ronning scored the first of his goals on a “wrap-around” at 14:14.
In the second period, Ronning would score twice including a nice tap-in for his second hat trick of the year. The two goals brought the Giants to within one at 5-4. Ronning’s third goal was also his 100th goal in the WHL as he also set a new career season high in goals with 34.
Still, it was not enough as Prince George would force overtime with a goal at 19:59 of the third period, they would win the game on a shorthanded goal in overtime. Ronning leads the Ranger prospects in scoring with a 34-15-49 in 38 games.
At the World Under-20 Championships, Lias Andersson earned “player of the game” on a 2-1-3 effort as Sweden beat Switzerland 7-2. Andersson scored Sweden’s first two goals, both pretty nice plays worth checking out.
The first goal was a power-play goal as Andersson redirected a pass past the Swiss goal. In the video, the play starts at the 50-second mark. The second goal was Andersson’s defense making the play as he broke up a Swiss breakout intercepting the puck taking it right to the goal. That goal starts at 3:13 of the video clip.
Andersson missed a hat trick when a Swiss player put the puck into his own net trying to block a pass to Andersson. Andersson would also earn the primary assist on Sweden’s seventh goal. The young center leads the WJC in goals (4), is fourth in scoring (4-1-5) and has won 56% of his faceoffs.
The Rangers other 2017 first round pick Filip Chytil and his Czech Republic team escaped Belarus 6-5. Chytil played well in the game going 1-1-2 on six shots and a +1.
Chytil scored the fourth goal of the game for the Czechs and set up the fifth for his points in the game. He was also involved in a scary moment in the first period when during a rush on net he was knocked into the Belarus goalie (1:20 on the video). You can check out the goal and assist starting at the 2:20 mark of the video.
In my eyes Chytil has had the better all-around game during the tournament over Andersson, he has been a wizard on faceoffs winning 67% of his faceoffs while contributing a 2-2-4.
Morgan Barron and his fifth-ranked Cornell Red hosted the Canisius Eagles earning a 6-2 win. Barron got the primary assist on Cornell’s fifth goal. He would use a backhanded shot to score
Cornell’s final goal which was his fourth goal of the season.
Barron is 4-7-11 in 13 games for Cornell.
Tim Gettinger had a goal as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds won their 23rd straight game 4-3 over the Guelph Storm via the shootout. Gettinger scored the game’s first goal as his Greyhounds improved to an impressive 32-3-2 on the season.
Gettinger had a power-play goal (his 4th) as he improves to 19-16-35 on the season.
Tyler Nanne helped his 10th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers knock off the Army Black Knights 4-1 on Saturday. His goal proved to be the game-winning goal at 19:39 of the first period as the Golden Gophers swept Army.
Tyler Nanne just so happens to be a cousin to the newest Ranger Vinnie Lettieri as he improves to 3-4-7 on the season.
Adam Huska and his UConn Huskies were shutout 2-0 by 14th-ranked Boston College. The sophomore goalie stopped 27 out of 29 shots playing well but got no offensive support.
Huska fell to 8-11-2 with a 2.54 goals against and a 0.913 save percentage.
Tyler Wall was the backup as his UMass Lowell was shutout by St. Lawrence 3-0.