Prospect Park: Ronning’s Three Points Not Enough To Save Giants

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

As we enter the final weekend of the CHL’s regular season, points are at a premium. Three Ranger prospects saw action on Sunday with each recording points but only one win.

Ty Ronning tried his best to carry his Vancouver Giants on Sunday with a 2-1-3 effort. But it could not prevent the Giants from falling to the Tri-City Americans 4-3.

It was a costly loss as the Giants fell five points behind the Victoria Royals for the second spot in the WHL’s BC Division. With just three games remaining Ronning and the Giants will need help if they want to catch the Royals.

After being ejected on Saturday, Ronning played one of his better games this season. Ronning recorded his 58th and 59th goals while earning a secondary assist on the third goal.

The first goal:

The second goal:

Ronning improves to 59-23-82 with 18 power play goals. He is second in the WHL for goals and third for power play goals.

Brett Howden (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Brett Howden had two assists as his Moose Jaw Warriors knocked off the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-3. Big win for the Warriors as they opened up a five-point lead on Swift Current for the best record in the WHL.

Howden had a secondary assist on the Warriors third goal coming at 6:12 of the third period. At the time it gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead but the lead did not hold.

The other assist was a primary one as it came on the final Warriors goal, an empty net goal at 19:07. For Howden, the assists set a new career best in assists with his 44th and 45th assist of the season.

Howden is 24-45-69 with a +26 for the season as Moose Jaw has three games left to play in their regular season.

Tim Gettinger had one assist as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds fell via the shootout 6-5 to Oshawa. The assist was a secondary one as the Greyhounds rallied from down 5-2 in the third to force overtime.

Gettinger is 33-35-68 for the season.