We might as well just change the name of this place to the “Ty Ronning Show” as the 20-year old is simply dominating the lead story of our report since the start of the season. Ronning had a three-point performance to earn the game’s third star as his Vancouver Giants finally defeated the Victoria Royals 4-1.
The Giants had been winless in their first three games against the Royals finally found a way to defeat their rivals thanks to a solid team effort. Ronning got the Giants going with his 17th goal of the season, an even-strength marker coming at 13:03 of the first period. Ronning using a bit of a “spin-a-rama” move found himself alone in front of the Victoria net and was able to slap the puck past the Victoria goalie.
In the second period after Vancouver had gone ahead 2-1, Ronning’s snapshot rebounded right to teammate Brad Morrison who put it in for a 3-1 Vancouver lead. In the third period after Ronning had finished serving a high-sticking minor, Ronning put the finishing touches on the win with an empty-net goal for his 18th goal of the season and fourth game with three or more points.
Overall Ronning is now 18-11-29 in 19 games which is good for second in the WHL in goals and eighth overall in points with 29. In addition, Ronning has goals in six straight games (8-5-13 during that time).
Morgan Barron is fast becoming a player I so enjoy watching as the freshman for the 12th-ranked Cornell Red set up the game-winning goal with just two seconds remaining as Cornell knocked off fifth-ranked Harvard 3-2.
With the clock winding down in regulation, Barron carries the puck behind the Harvard net while teammate Alec McCrea is banging his stick on the ice calling for the puck. Make sure you watch the replay of the goal as you will see how Barron is able to remain focused even with a Harvard defender pulling on his jersey. The entire play starts at 1:20 on our clip.
Cornell remains the only unbeaten untied team in all of Division One’s Men’s Hockey as Barron improves to 2-4-6 with points in all six Cornell games.
Sean Day had a primary assist on a missed shot as his Windsor Spitfires needed overtime before defeating the Kitchener Rangers 6-5. Typical Day assist as he carries the puck in and fires a nice low shot that bounces right back to teammate Aaron Luchuk who fires it past the Kitchener goalie. The play starts at 1:10 as Day improves to 3-10-13 in 16 games.
Watched Tyler Nanne and his second-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the Michigan Wolverines and several thoughts come out of the game. First, they should not rank teams in polls until the majority have played 10 games, too often teams do not deserve where they are in the polls.
Second, if Minnesota is serious about being a top contender then they will need improvements from their goalies and defensemen. Minnesota needed the shootout to escape with a 7-6 win. Minnesota blew a 6-3 lead in the third period mainly due to bad goaltending as Tyler Nanne got stuck with a -2 for the game because his goalie misplayed two puck for goals.
Nanne was scoreless on one shot and really did not look too bad but would have liked to see him play a more active game. Third I love that the Big Ten has three points for a game setup. Win in regulation or overtime and you get three points in the standings, win in the shootout and you only earn two points with the loser point going to the other team. Set the NHL up like that and you would see more teams playing to win in the final minutes of regulation.
Adam Huska earned the game’s second star as his UConn Huskies tied the Ohio State Buckeyes 1-1 to end a three-game losing streak. Huska stopped 24 out of 25 shots as he earned his second tie of the season.
Overall Huska is 3-7-2 with a 2.92 goals against and a 0.904 save percentage. Next up for UConn will be Tyler Wall’s UMass Lowell River Hawks next Friday night.
Tim Gettinger was scoreless as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds whipped on the Flint Firebirds 8-2. The win was the sixth straight for the Greyhounds who know have the best record in the OHL with a 15-3-2 mark.
Gettinger was a -1 on three shots and a minor for slashing late in the third period.
Tyler Wall once again rode the bench for his UMass Lowell River Hawks as they knocked off Northeastern 4-2 to improve their record to 6-6. With the current starting goalie improving to 6-1 as a starter, do not expect to see much of Wall for a while.