The final weekend of conference playoffs and the CHL regular season was quiet for Ranger prospects except for one. Tyler Wall as his UMass-Lowell River Hawks ruins St. Patrick’s Day for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish knocking them off 5-1 in the Hockey East semifinals 5-1.
Tyler Wall (2016 sixth) and top-seeded UMass-Lowell River Hawks took on the fourth seed, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on St. Patrick’s Day at the Hockey East semifinals. The start of the game was not a good one for Wall as the Irish scored a very flukey goal just seven minutes into the game.
The Irish did not even have a shot on goal when their Jack Jenkins sent an innocent-looking dump in from center ice into the UMass-Lowell’s defensive zone. The puck bounced in but appeared to change direction and bounced past Wall for the game’s only goal. It was an embarrassing goal but it would turn out to be Notre Dame’s only goal of the game.
The River Hawks would dominate the game holding the Irish to just three shots in the first, 14 in the second and just three again in the third. Wall would stop 19 out of the 20 shots he faced as his River Hawks advanced to the Hockey East’s Championship final on Saturday with a 5-1 win.
It is the fifth straight year that the River Hawks will play in the finals and Wall’s first time as they will face the Boston College Eagles. Wall improves to 24-9-1 with a 2.07 goals against and a 0.917 save percentage.
Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) recorded his 31st goal of the season when he scored an empty-net goal at 19:25 to seal the win for the Greyhounds. Gettinger is 31-22-53 with a plus 24.
Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) and his Regina Pats had little trouble with the Brandon Wheat Kings earning a 7-1 win. Zborovskiy was scoreless and +1 as the Pats learned that they will face the Calgary Hitmen in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
Earlier in the day, the Pats announced that Zborovskiy was sharing the Charles Johnston Memorial Top Defenceman Award. Zborovskiy after Friday’s game is a plus 69 on the season, the last player in the WHL to have a better plus/minus in a season was Andrew Ferrence of the Portland Winterhawks at plus 75 in 1997/1998.
Ty Ronning (2016 seventh) and his Vancouver Giants were spanked by the Kelowna Rockets 7-0. Not much one can say other than the Giants have two games remaining before Ronning gets (hopefully) invited to join the Hartford Wolfpack for the rest of their season.
Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) did not play for his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Friday night. No reason was given but the Huskies were playing a meaningless game having locked up the second seed in the QMJHL playoffs.
Brad Morrison (2015 fourth) did not play for his Prince George Cougars still out due to an ankle injury. The Cougars are hoping to get Morrison back for the WHL playoffs. It is looking like Morrison is not going to be signed by the Rangers.
In case you missed it; both Sean Day (2016 third) and Tim Gettinger (2016 fifth) signed NHL Entry Level contracts this week with the Rangers. Congrats to both prospects.
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