Saturday featured just two solid efforts from the New York Ranger prospects as most teams took Halloween off rather than compete with the holiday. Ryan Gropp (2015 Second) earned himself the game’s first star as his Seattle Thunderbirds started a road trip with a 5-2 win over the Kootenay Ice.
Gropp had a 2-1-3 effort starting with a first period power play goal (his first of the season) that tied the game up at 1-1. Gropp slammed a rebound home at 12:17 of the first period for his fourth goal of the season. In the second period with his Thunderbirds already up 3-1, Gropp would score his second goal of the game as he broke into the Kootenay defensive zone on a “2 on 1” and fired a wrist shot that beat Kootenay’s goalie Wyatt Hoflin on the right side.
Finally Gropp would make it a three-point game when he was credited with a secondary assist on Seattle’s fifth goal which was a power play goal in the third period. Gropp improves to 5-4-9 with goals and points in two straight games. Seattle wins their ninth game of the season and has an overall record of 9-2-1 as they head to Calgary for a late afternoon game against the Calgary Hitmen.
Steven Fogarty (2011 Third) had a solid game that will not show up in most score-sheets as his Notre Dame Fighting Irish opened Hockey East play with a 2-1 win over UConn. Fogarty would earn a secondary assist on the game winning goal but that was the least of his efforts in helping Notre Dame improve their record to 2-1-2 (1-0 Hockey East).
While the secondary assist brings Fogarty to a team leading 3-4-7, it was his 15-8 on face-offs and his line owning the puck for over a minute with time winding down and UConn trying to get their goalie off for an extra attacker. Fogarty and his linemates would not give up the puck and it was an impressive display to help the Fighting Irish win.
Sunday, Notre Dame and UConn will play at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn starting at 2:35 PM. It is part of a college hockey doubleheader with Army taking on Bentley in the opener at 11:15 AM.
Adam Huska (2015 Seventh) was the backup for his Green Bay Gamblers as they won their third straight.
The news was not all happy as Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 Fourth) joined a growing injured list as he missed his Regina Pats game with the Moose Jaw Warriors. While the injury itself is undisclosed, the Pats expect Zborovskiy to return to action next Friday when they host Swift Current.
Cristoval Nieves (2012 Second) missed his third straight game (upper body) and Tyler Nanne (2014 Fifth) missed his eighth (undisclosed).