The prospect story of the night was freshman goalie Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) leading his top-seeded UMass-Lowell River Hawks to a 4-3 win over Boston College in the Hockey East Championship final. Wall stopped 38 of 41 shots to give his River Hawks their third Hockey East title in the past five years.
Wall was named to the All-Tournament team after knocking off Notre Dame and Boston College as UMass-Lowell will find out their NCAA seeding and region Sunday at noon EDT/9 AM PDT. Wall who has won 11 out of his last 12 starts improves to 25-9-1 with a 2.10 goals against and a 0.917 save percentage.
For Wall, the first period saw him give up two goals on 13 shots as the two teams traded goals ending the period tied at 2. In the second, Wall stopped all 13 shots that he faced as the River Hawks would grab a 4-2 lead. Finally, in the third, it was Wall who saved the day stopping 14 out of 15 shots as Boston College dominated the period holding a 15-2 advantage in shots.
Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) had two assists as his Regina Pats blanked the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-0. Zborovskiy recorded a secondary assist on Regina’s first goal and the only assist on their fourth goal.
Zborovskiy was also a +3 to give him a +72 to win the Best Plus/Minus in the WHL. Zborovskiy was 7-33-40 with 64 PIMs and had a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal, and a game-winning goal.
Sean Day (2016 third)set up one goal as his Windsor Spitfires held off the Saginaw Spirit 4-3. For Day, the assist was his 22nd of the season and 37th overall point.
Windsor still does not know who they will face in the OHL playoffs.
Ryan Gropp (2015 second) recorded his 35th goal of the season but it was not enough to prevent his Seattle Thunderbirds from losing to the Portland Winterhawks 4-1. The loss cost Seattle any chance at winning the WHL’s Western Conference title and they get to face the Winterhawks in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
Gropp is 35-48-83 with one game remaining.
Ty Ronning (2016 seventh) and his Vancouver Giants dropped a 5-2 decision to the Kelowna Rockets. The loss was the second straight for the Giants who are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games.
Brad Morrison (2015 fourth) has resumed skating but still missed his Prince George Cougars game against Kamloops. The Cougars lost 2-1 in the shootout but still were able to win the BC Division title thanks to the one point they earned.
Morrison finishes the regular season 21-31-52 in 61 games, Morrison was a +16 with 55 PIMs, two power-play goals, and six game-winning goals.
No word as to why Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) missed his second straight game for his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. So far nothing indicates that anything serious is wrong with Fontaine.
Fontaine and his Huskies will open up their defense of their QMJHL Championship on next Friday against the Halifax Mooseheads. Fontaine finishes the regular season 23-29-52 in 59 games, Fontaine was a +31 with 37 PIMs and six power play goals with four game-winning goals.
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