Prospect Park: Ronning and Howden Both Earn Stars

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

One cannot complain when you have just three prospects playing and you get two stars out of them. Third Star Brett Howden set up the game-winning goal while scoring one of his own for his Moose Jaw Warriors.

Moose Jaw defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-2 as they fight to earn the best record in the WHL. Howden set up Moose Jaw’s third goal of the game coming while his team was shorthanded as part of a three-goal first period. Howden fed Justin Almeida while on a breakaway at 7:00 of the first putting the Warriors up 3-1.

In the third Howden scored a power-play goal at 2:39 to give the Warriors a 5-2 lead. Howden converted from right in front of the Lethbridge goal for his 24th goal of the season.

The points improved Howden’s season totals to 24-41-65 in just 43 games. Howden needs two assists to tie his career high set last season.

Moose Jaw leads Swift Current by one point with a game in hand for the WHL’s best record. The Warriors have six regular season games left to play.

Ty Ronning also earned the third star as his Vancouver Giants rallied to defeat Kelowna 4-3 in overtime. The win broke a 26-game losing streak in Kelowna for the Giants as they try to improve their playoff positioning.

Ronning scored Vancouver’s second goal of the game when he redirected Davis Koch’s shot in the Kelowna goal. It was a power play goal coming at 1:31 of the second period and it was typical Ronning. The goal from right in front of the Kelowna goal.

It was Ronning’s 56th goal (third in WHL) and 16th power-play (seventh WHL). The win pulls the Giants to within three points of Victoria for second and six of Kelowna for first in the WHL’s BC Division.

The Giants hold two games in hand on Victoria and one on Kelowna with six left to play.

Sean Day did not earn a star but he assisted on all three Kingston Frontenac goals as Kingston lost 5-3 to Oshawa. Day earned primary assists on all three goals as he recorded three assists for the third time this season.

Sean Day was Kingston’s best player in this game as he improved to 5-37-42 on the season. Day has six assists in his last three games.