The Saturday New York Rangers prospect report is not going to put many smiles on anyone’s faces as it was not the best of nights for the prospects. Only three of the six who saw action played well which is not a habit we want to see forming among the prospects.
Ryan Gropp (2015 second) was one prospect who did play well as Gropp earned the game’s third star as his Seattle Thunderbirds extended their unbeaten streak to six games after knocking off the Victoria Royals 4-2. Gropp scored his second goal of the season to extend his personal scoring streak to three games (2-2-4).
That is bad news for the rest of the WHL as Gropp is poised to have an even better season than he had last season when he went 30-28-58.
In Prince George, Brad Morrison (2015 fourth) had a strong effort in a losing effort as his Prince George Cougars were spanked 6-2 by the Kelowna Rockets, Morrison had a goal as well as an assist the Cougars fell to 3-4 on the season.
Morrison earned a secondary assist on the Cougar’s first goal which was a power play goal but by then the Cougars were already trailing 4-0 in the third period. Morrison’s goal came at 18:55 of the third period and all it did was make the score look a tiny bit better. Morrison is 3-2-5 on the season as the Cougars drop to 3-4 on the season.
Ryan Mantha (2014 fourth) was scoreless on two shots as his Niagara IceDogs defeated the Sudbury Wolves 3-1 in a game that the scoreboard does not tell the domination of the IceDogs. The IceDogs defense limited the Wolves to 13 total shots for the game and no more than five shots per period.
In the meantime, the IceDogs registered 44 total shots as only Wolves goalie Jake McGrath kept this from becoming a massacre. The IceDogs improve to 3-5-1 for the season.
Steven Fogarty was scoreless on four shots and a -2 as his Notre Dame Fighting Irish had to settle for a split in their weekend series with Penn State after losing 5-3 on Saturday afternoon. Fogarty was 12-11 on his faceoffs Saturday which was an improvement from going 6-9 during Friday’s game.
Keegan Iverson (2014 third) and his Portland Winterhawks traveled to Kennewick Washington to take on the Tri-City Americans only to let a 2-1 lead slip away and turn into a 4-2 loss. Iverson had a rough night as he took three minors of which led to two key American goals.
First Iverson took a slashing minor in the second period that the Americans scored on the resulting power play to tie the game at 2-2. In the third period Iverson took a roughing minor which the Americans used that power play to score their fourth goal of the game.
The Winterhawks fall to 2-6 on the season.
In London Ontario, Brandon Halverson (2014 second) gave up seven goals on 43 shots as his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were whipped 7-2 by the London Knights. It was an ugly team effort that saw the Greyhounds turn a close 3-2 game after two periods into the 7-2 loss as the Greyhounds have lost four straight.
Adam Huska (2015 seventh) was the backup goalie for his Green Bay Gamblers and Tyler Nanne (2014 fifth) did not dress for his Ohio State Buckeyes.