Four New York Ranger prospects saw action on Friday night led by goalie Tyler Wall who posted his fourth career shutout. There was also a suspension as 2018 third round pick Joey Keane was suspended for two games by the OHL.
Tyler Wall the junior goalie for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks as they defeated Miami (Ohio) 3-0 in a non-conference game. Wall stopped all 36 shots that he faced in earning the shutout and second win of the season. It was a solid performance for Wall as whatever he did during the off-season to improve his play so far is working.
His best save was stopping a point-blank breakaway with just under 20 seconds remaining in the second period. Miami’s Karch Bachman had a great chance to score on the breakaway but Wall stopped him with the glove to end the period. Last season that one would have gone in on Wall but not last night.
Wall stopped 10 shots in the first, 11 in the second and 15 in the third period. He needed to be sharp last night as his teammates barely had 22 shots for the game. A great start to the season for Wall as he has allowed just one goal in two starts for goals against of 0.50 and save percentage of 0.984 facing 61 shots. Wall is third nationally among NCAA goalies.
Same two teams will face off on Saturday night at 7 PM EDT. Sorry just NCHC.TV for this game and not worth the subscription for one game.
Nico Gross was scoreless on two shots with four PIMs as his Oshawa Generals defeated the London Knights 4-2. For Oshawa, it extended their “winning” streak to three (2-0-1) as they went above the 500 mark at 5-4-1. Gross took a “checking from behind” minor at 18:58 of the third with his team holding on to a 3-2 lead. He got bailed out by a teammate’s empty-net goal which gave his team a two-goal lead.
K’Andre Miller and his 13th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers dropped a 4-2 road decision to Clarkson. Call it a learning experience for Miller as his play was decent but hurt by a late penalty that he took. My opinion here might be colored but it sure looked as if Miller was hurt by his size when he was called for roughing at 16:05 of the third. To me, it looked like Miller was having a corner battle for the puck with a much smaller Clarkson player.
Miller (granted on TV) looked like he had at least six inches on the Clarkson player but the refs saw the hitting as roughing and sent him off. It was a key play as Clarkson had a one-goal lead at the time and made it two by scoring on the resulting power play. Miller was scoreless for the game with two blocked shots.
If I was Tony Granato, I would tell Miller not to change even if means future penalties on Miller. The fear would be Miller turning tentative, not sure when to use his size while playing. Miller is going to keep growing so he shouldn’t be punished because other players are smaller.
Wisconsin travels to play St. Lawrence on Saturday, a game that can be seen on ESPN+ (a 4.99 a month subscription well worth it).
Adam Huska and his UConn Huskies were spanked 7-2 by fifth-ranked Providence in the Hockey East opener for UConn. It was as bad as the score looks with Huska surrendering six goals on 32 shots. To be fair three of the goals were Providence power-play goals and UConn’s penalty kill was bad (3-4).
Still, Huska has to play better to give UConn any chance against the better teams in Hockey East. After three games, Huska is 1-2 with 3.73 goals against and a 0.889 save percentage. UConn will not have a winning season with goaltending like this and the Rangers might want him to remain in school too.
Joey Keane was suspended for two games by the OHL for a fight he had on Thursday. The fight which took place after the final whistle is pretty much an automatic suspension. Keane missed Friday’s game and will miss Sunday’s as well. Keane will be eligible to play again on next Thursday.