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Busy Weekend Ahead for Blueshirt Prospects

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


With a busy weekend on tap for New York Rangers Canadian Hockey League and NCAA prospects, newyorkrangers.com breaks down some of the upcoming games.

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PHOTO: Hugh Jessiman, a pre-season All-America candidate, and the Dartmouth Green Wave open their 2004-05 season this weekend.


CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Kootenay's Dawes Takes on Bahensky and Saskatoon in Final Game of Five-Game Eastern Swing
A showdown between two of the Rangers top prospects takes place tonight in Saskatoon in a battle of first place clubs. Zdenek Bahensky's Eastern Division Blades host Nigel Dawes and the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Division in what will be the Ice's final contest of their five-game Eastern Conference road swing (2-2-0). Nigel Dawes has registered 12 goals and 8 assists for 20 points, along with six penalty minutes in 17 games. He saw his six-game point streak snapped in the club's last outing on Wednesday, having posted 11 points (seven goals, four assists) from October 16 to October 26.

Dawes ranks first on his team and second in the WHL with 12 goals and first on the Ice and third in the league with 20 points. He also ranks third on his team with eight assists. Dawes leads Kootenay in scoring on the road with eight points (four goals, four assists). He will be playing in his 200th game of his WHL career tonight.

For the Blades, Zdenek Bahensky has registered six goals and seven assists for 13 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 13 games. He ranks second in goals scored by WHL rookies and fourth on his club with six goals and places third on his team with eight assists.

Dubinsky's Winterhawks Look for Sixth Straight vs. Kamloops
The Portland Winterhawks have won the last five meetings with the Blazers, including a pair of 'Ws' this season. The streak dates back to a 2-0 Kamloops win in Portland on September 28, 2003. Portland's Brandon Dubinsky has tallied two goals and two assists for four points, along with a team-leading 40 penalty minutes in 12 games this season.

Psurny Looks to Keep Rolling for Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat Tigers rookie forward Roman Psurny is tied for third in the Western Hockey League rookie scoring and fourth on the Tigers with 11 points (four goals, 11 assists). The Cats host the Calgary Hitmen on Friday in the second of six meetings between the club's this season. The Tigers skated to a 1-0 win in the first meeting in Calgary on October 15.

Byers and Prince Albert Raiders Carry Momentum into Regina
The Prince Albert Raiders and Rangers prospect Dane Byers look to build off Wednesday's 1-0 whitewash of Nigel Dawes and the B.C. Division-leading Kootenay Ice when they travel to Regina to take on the Regina Pats on Friday. This is the second of nine meetings this season between these Eastern Division rivals this season with the Pats winning the first, 3-1, at home on September 29. Byers enters the game with two points (one goal, one assist) and 34 penalty minutes in 14 games.


ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Streaking Callahan Goes for 10
Guelph Storm captain Ryan Callahan looks to extend his point streak to 10 games on Friday as the Storm host the Peterborough Petes in OHL action.

Callahan ran his point streak to nine games on Wednesday with an assist against the Erie Otters in a hard-fought 3-2 decision in a Midwest Division battle. The forward has now registered points in every Storm game since October 6, posting 14 points (10 goals, four assists) over the span. He has been kept off the scoresheet just three times in the club's 14 games.


QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Moncton and Graham Gear Up for Battle with Gatineau
Rangers 2004 second round pick Bruce Graham and the Moncton Wildcats host Western Division-leading Gatineau on Friday and Rimouski on Sunday in QMJHL action. The Wildcats, who bested the P.E.I Rocket, 4-2, on Wednesday, sit in first place in the division, boosting their record to 11-4-1 and 23 points. Graham enters the weekend as the club's leading goal scorer with eight tallies.

Top Blueliner Paiement, Lewiston Faces Baie-Comeau
The top scoring defenseman in the QMJHL, Jonathan Paiement, looks to get back on the scoresheet this weekend as the Lewiston MAINEiacs prepare for a three-game road slate this weekend as they face Baie-Comeau on Friday, Chicoutimi on Saturday and Shawinigan on Sunday.

Paiement was held off the scoresheet as the MAINEiacs and Rouyn-Nornada Huskies skated to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday. Lewiston outshot Rouyn-Nornada 46-21 on the night. Paiement, New York's 2004 eighth round draft choice, leads the QMJHL with 23 points in 15 games.


NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:

Jessiman, Dartmouth Set to Open 2004-05 Season
Pre-season All-America candidate Hugh Jessiman and the 12th ranked Dartmouth Big Green open their 2004-05 season at home vs. Quinnipiac and Connecticut on Saturday and Sunday. Jessiman, New York's first round pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, tallied 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points in 34 games last season at Dartmouth.

Montoya, Michigan Look for Fifth Straight Win
Al Montoya and the Michigan Wolverines look for their fifth consecutive win as they prepare for a home-and-home set vs. Ferris State.

Montoya, who has opened the 2004-05 season with a 4-1-1 mark and a 2.80 goals against average in six games, has had more trouble with the Bulldogs than any other CCHA team. In five career games vs. Ferris State, his goals against average sits at 3.77 and his save percentage is .861. The sixth overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft by the Rangers has not allowed a third period goal in each of the last two games.

#7 Black Bears Kicks Off Hockey East Play
The University of Maine Black Bears kick their season into high gear as the open the Hockey East portion of the schedule this weekend with games at Merrimack and Boston Univeristy.

Moore is tied for the team lead with five goals on the season, while adding two assists. He also has three power play goals and two game-winning goals in seven games.

Maine freshman forward and 2004 third round draft choice Billy Ryan has posted a goal and two assists in five games on the season thus far. The Massachusetts native goes 'home' for first Hockey East action.

Maine, 4-3-0, after seven games is ranked 7th in the nation is the USCHO/CSTV poll and 9th in the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll.

The last outing for Maine at BU's Walker Arena will come on Sunday, October 31, as the Terriers will move to Agganis Arena in January, 2005. Since 1979, the two teams have met 41 times at Walter Brown, with the Terriers holding a 21-15-5 advantage on home ice.

Holt, Nebraska-Omaha Shoot to Extend Winning Streak
The University of Nebraska-Omaha hockey club looks to ride the strong start of goaltender Chris Holt and improve upon their 4-0-0 start with a home-and-home vs. Corey Potter and the Michigan State Spartans in CCHA action. Holt enters the set at MSU with a 4-0-0 record, along with a 2.48 goals against average and a .895 saves percentage.

Michigan State (1-3-0 overall, 0-2-0 CCHA) is coming off a pair of losses to Northern Michigan (3-2 and 4-1), while UNO took a pair from Western Michigan (7-3 and 4-3) in the CCHA opener for both schools last weekend.

Harvard Opens vs. Brown, U.S. Under-18 National Team
Also opening the 2004-05 season will be Rob Flynn, Dylan Reese and the Harvard Crimson as they travel to ECAC rival Brown University.

Harvard and Brown have met for the last six years in the season-opening tilt, with Brown holding a 4-2-0 edge, including the last two games by shutout 4-0 in 2002-03 and 2-0 in 2003-04). This game marks the earliest date of a season-opener in Harvard history.

The Crimson swept Hockey East's third-seeded Brown Bears out of the playoffs last season, as sixth-seeded Harvard took 4-2 and 3-2 (OT) decisions. Harvard went on to capture the ECAC tournament title, its seventh overall and second in the last three seasons.

Notre Dame Battles Northern Michigan in CCHA Action
The University of Notre Dame and Northern Michigan University prepare to tangle for the first time this season in South Bend, Indiana. This game will mark the 31st meeting of all time between the two teams with NMU holding a 16-10-4 edge in the 30 matches. In 2003-04, the two clubs played each other four times, with each team winning a pair of games on home ice.

NMU sophomore forward Darin Olver, New York's second round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, has collected three assists and six penalty minutes in four games on the season.

Notre Dame junior forward Mike Walsh, a Rangers fifth round selection in 2002, has missed the last two games due to a shoulder injury and is listed as day-to-day. Walsh has posted six penalty minutes in three games this season.

Michigan Tech Looks to Get in the Win Column
Michigan Tech looks to get in the win column this weekend as they host a set against the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Tech has played its first two series against 5th ranked Minnesota-Duluth and 6th ranked Wisconsin, marking the first time they opened their first four games at the start of a season against WCHA opponents since the 1993-94 season.

Freshman Tech left wing Jordan Foote comes into this game with two points (one goal, one assist) and four penalty minutes in the four games.


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