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Montoya Gets first 'W'; Dawes, Paiement Shine in CHL

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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MONTOYA LEADS MICHIGAN PAST B.U.
One day after dropping their season opener to Northeastern, 4-2, Al Montoya (right) and the top-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines jumped in the win column with a decisive 7-2 victory over Ken Roche and the Boston University Terriers on Saturday. Montoya turned aside 30 of 32 shots in the win.

The sixth overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Rangers, Montoya posted a 26-12-2 record, along with a 2.23 goals against average and .917 save percentage with Michigan in 2003-04.

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This weekend marked the beginning of the season for many collegiate hockey programs. With a full slate of NCAA hockey underway, here's a look at some of the games involving Blueshirt college prospects:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2004:
Notre Dame 1, Minnesota-Duluth 4 - Mike Walsh (Notre Dame)
Michigan 2, Northeastern 4 - Al Montoya (U of Michigan)
Maine 3, North Dakota 4 (OT) - Greg Moore (U of Maine), Billy Ryan (U of Maine)
Boston University 1, Miami Ohio 5 - Ken Roche (BU)
* Colorado College 6, Windsor 1 - Joey Crabb (Colorado College) ... Tallied the game-winning goal (PP) in the second period
* Michigan Tech 4, Lakehead 1 - Jordan Foote (Michigan Tech) ... Collected a power play assist

* Exhibition game

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2004:
Boston University 2, Michigan 4 - Ken Roche (BU), Al Montoya (U of Michigan) ... Turned aside 30 of 32 shots in the win
Maine 1, North Dakota 3 - Greg Moore (U of Maine) ... Tallied a power play goal for maine's lone score
Nebraska-Omaha 4, Connecticut 1 - Chris Holt (UNO) ... Turned aside 16 of 17 shots in the win
Ohio State 1, New Hampshire 5 - Nate Guenin (OSU)
* Michigan Tech 2, U.S. Nat'l U-18 Team 6 - Jordan Foote (Michigan Tech)

* Exhibition game

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2004:
Ohio State 1, St. Cloud 3 - Nate Guenin (OSU)
Nebraska-Omaha 4, Merrimack 3 - Chris Holt (UNO) ... Turned aside 18 of 21 shots in the win to move to 2-0-0.
* Michigan State 7, Toronto 2 - Corey Potter (MSU)

* Exhibition game

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DAWES, PAIEMENT SHINE IN CHL
Kootenay Ice forward Nigel Dawes netted two power play goals, including the game-winner, to lift his WHL club to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen in Friday action. On Sunday, Dawes scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in a 3-2 home loss to the Red Deer Rebels. The 2003 Rangers fifth round pick, who was named the game's first star, leads Kootenay with nine points in nine games.

In QMJHL action, Blueshirt 2004 eighth round selection Jonathan Paiement continued his strong start to the 2004-05 season as his shorthanded goal on Friday forged a 2-2 tie for the Lewiston MAINEiacs. Paiement is tied for the team lead and ranks second among QMJHL defensemen with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in six games.
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