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NCAA POST-SEASON UPDATE - NYR PROSPECTS:

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The Rangers have 13 prospects participating in their respective conference tournaments with hopes of advancing to the upcoming NCAA tournament. Congratulations to Harvard University (ECAC), Maine (HE), Minnesota (WCHA) and Ohio State (CCHA), who captured their respective league championships (University of Maine forward Greg Moore - right).

CENTRAL COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION (CCHA):

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY / 26-15-0

Friday, March 19 - Ohio State 4, Miami-Ohio 3 (OT)
Saturday March 20 - Ohio State 4, Michigan 2

Ohio State wins CCHA Championship

Nathan Guenin (Ohio State)
* Guenin collected two goals and 15 assists for 17 points, along with 92 penalty minutes in 29 games with Ohio State this season ... His 17 points ranked second among team defensemen ... Was named to the 2003-04 CCHA All-Scholastic Team.

TEAM NOTES:
The Ohio State Buckeyes swept their two-game CCHA first round series with Bowling Green, 3-2 and 5-2 ... The Buckeyes then knocked off Notre Dame, 6-5 in overtime, on March 18 to advance to the CCHA semifinals where they defeated intrastate rival Miami-Ohio, 4-3 in OT on March 19 in front of 11,651 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit ... Ohio State defeated the University of Michigan, 4-2, on March 21 to clinch the CCHA championship, the second post-season league title for the Buckeyes and their first since 1972.

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NOTRE DAME / 20-14-4
Mike Walsh (Notre Dame)
* Walsh is tied for fourth on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 23 points and ranks third on the club with 12 goals in 38 games this season ... Has also posted 11 assists and 46 penalty minutes.

TEAM NOTES:
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish downed Western Michigan, 2-games-to-1, in their best-of-three first round CCHA series ... Walsh collected two assists in the third and deciding game of the series ... The Irish then suffered a 6-5 OT loss to Ohio State on March 18, as they were denied a spot in the CCHA semifinals round ... Walsh tallied his 12th goal of the season in the loss.

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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY / 23-16-2
Lee Falardeau (Michigan State University)
* Falardeau tallied five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 34 matches with Michigan State this season.

Corey Potter (Michigan State University)
* Potter collected eight assists and 57 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Spartans this season ... Represented the United States at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland, collecting six penalty minutes en route to a gold medal.

TEAM NOTES: The Michigan State Spartans beat Ferris State, 6-4 and 5-3 in their CCHA first round series ... Falardeau sealed the series win with an empty-net goal in the third period of Game 2 ... The Spartans then fell to the seventh ranked Northern Michigan Wildcats, 2-1 on March 18 in the CCHA Super Six quarterfinal game - for the second straight year.

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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN / 21-15-4)

Friday, March 19 - Michigan 5, Northern Michigan 1 (CCHA Semifinals)
Saturday March 20 - Ohio State 4, Michigan 2 (CCHA Finals)

Dwight Helminen (University of Michigan)
* Helminen leads Michigan with 17 goals and ranks third on the club with 29 points in 37 games this season ... Has also posted 12 assists ... Was recently named the 2003-04 CCHA Defensive Player of the Year.

TEAM NOTES:
The University of Michigan Wolverines earned a CCHA first round win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha, two-games-to-one ... Helminen tallied three goals in the series to lift the Wolverines to the CCHA semifinals on March 19, where they defeated Northern Michigan, 5-1 ... Michigan suffered a 4-2 loss to Ohio State in the CCHA finals.


First Round: March 12-14
Play-In Round: March 18
Semifinals: March 19
Finals: March 20

CCHA Playoff Format: The top six seeds host the bottom six seeds in a best-of-three series. After the first round, teams are re-seeded based on their regular-season records (points). All six teams advance to the CCHA Championship tournament. The remaining No. 4 seed plays the No. 5 seed, and No. 3 plays No. 6, in a single-elimination game. The lowest seed to advance from the quarterfinals will take on the No. 1 seed in the semifinals, while the No. 2 seed will play the other remaining team. The winners will then advance on to the CCHA Championship.

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EAST COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (ECAC):

DARTMOUTH / 14-10-9

Friday, March 19 - Dartmouth 1, Harvard 2 (ECAC Semifinals)

Hugh Jessiman (Dartmouth)
* Has appeared in 32 games with Dartmouth this season, collecting 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points, along with 71 penalty minutes ... Leads the team with 16 goals and ranks second with 33 points.

TEAM NOTES:
The Dartmouth Big Green were rewarded for their successful regular season and #4 seed with a first round bye in the ECAC tournament ... In the second round Dartmouth swept Rensselaer in two games with 6-0 and 1-0 wins ... Jessiman notched an assist in Game 1 vs. RPI ... The Big Green suffered a 2-1 loss to Harvard in the ECAC Semifinals on March 19 at Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York, ending their bid to capture the first ECAC championship in school history.

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY / 17-14-3

Friday, March 19 - Harvard 2, Dartmouth 1 (ECAC Semifinals)
Saturday, March 20 - Harvard 4, Clarkson 2 (ECAC Championship)

Harvard wins ECAC Championship

Rob Flynn (Harvard University)
* Flynn collected five points (two goals, three assists) and 14 penalty minutes in 25 matches with Harvard this season.

Dylan Reese (Harvard University)
* Reese notched three assists and 14 penalty minutes in 18 matches during his freshman campaign at Harvard ... Was named to the United States team to compete at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland but was unable to play due to injury.

TEAM NOTES:
The Harvard Crimson took on the University of Vermont in the first round of the ECAC tournament, sweeping them 3-0 and 5-3 ... The Crimson then swept Brown University in the second round and swept that best-of-three series as well with a 4-2 and 3-2 OT win ... Harvard defeated Dartmouth, 2-1, in semifinals action on March 19 in Albany, N.Y. ... Harvard topped Clarkson, 4-2, on March 20 to capture the ECAC title, the Crimson's second title in the last three seasons and seventh tournament championship in the program's history ... Reese collected an assist on Harvard's second goal in the championship game.

First Round: March 5-7
Second Round: March 12-14
Semifinals: March 19
Final: March 20

ECAC Playoff Format: The top four seeds receive byes in the first round. Seeds 5-8 host seeds 9-12 in a best-of-three first-round format. The following weekend, the four winners play at the top four seeds in a best-of-three second-round format. The four second-round winners advance to the final four, single elimination.

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HOCKEY EAST (HE):

BOSTON UNIVERSITY / 12-17-9

Friday, March 19 - Boston University 0, Maine 1 (HE Semifinals)

Ken Roche (Boston University)
* Roche ranks fifth among Boston University skaters and first among freshman with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 37 games this season ... His nine goals are tied for the club lead.

TEAM NOTES:
The Boston University Terriers defeated Boston College in their best-of-three first round matchup, two-games-to-one ... Roche tallied twogoals in the series, including the series-clinching goal in the second period of Game Three ... The Terriers suffered a 1-0 semifinals defeat at the hands of the University of Maine on March 19 in front of 17,565 at the FleetCenter in Boston.

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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE / 29-7-3

Friday, March 19 - Maine 1, Boston University 0 (HE Semifinals)
Saturday, March 20 - Maine 2, Massachusetts 1 (3 OT) (HE Championship)

Maine captures Hockey East Championship

Greg Moore
* Moore ranks third among all Maine players with 14 goals and fifth on the team with 22 points ... Has also posted eight assists in 33 games this season ... His seven power play tallies are tied for the club lead.

TEAM NOTES:
The Maine Black Bears swept Merrimack in their best-of-three first round series of the Hockey East tournament, 2-1 and 3-2 ... The Black Bears edged Boston University in the semifinals on March 19 ... In the longest game in Hockey East history and fourth-longest game in Division 1 history, Maine defeated the University of Massachusetts, 2-1, in triple overtime to win the HE championship.
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE / 20-14-6

Friday, March 19 - New Hampshire 2, Massachusetts 5 (HE Semifinals)

Nathan Martz
* Martz is tied for sixth on New Hampshire with 25 points (four goals, 21 assists) in 28 games this season ... His 21 assists are tied for third on the team ... Has also posted 41 penalty minutes.

TEAM NOTES:
The New Hampshire Wildcats defeated Providence in an exciting three-game series in the Hockey East quarterfinals, two-games-to-one ... Martz assisted on the series clinching goal in Game Three ... The Wildcats advaced to the semifinals but suffered a 5-2 loss to Massachusetts on March 19.

Quarterfinals: March 11-14
Semifinals: March 19
Final: March 20

Hockey East Playoff Format: The top four seeds host the bottom four seeds in a best-of-three series. After the first round, teams are re-seeded based on their regular-season records (points). The semifinals and finals are single-elimination.

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WESTERN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION (WCHA):

COLORADO COLLEGE / 20-16-3
Joseph Crabb (Colorado College)
* Ranks fourth on Colorado College with 27 points, tallying 15 goals and 12 assists ... His 15 goals are tied for second on the team ... Has also registered 20 penalty minutes in 39 games ... His six power play goals ranks second on the Tigers and his three game-winning goals are tied for the club lead.

TEAM NOTES:
The Colorado College Tigers swept Denver in their best-of-three opening round series, with 4-3 and 6-1 victories ... Colorado College then suffered a 4-1 loss to the University of Alaska-Anchorage in semifinals play on March 18.

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA / 25-13-3

Friday, March 19 - Minnesota 7, Minnesota-Duluth 4 (WCHA Semifinals)
Saturday, March 20 - Minnesota 5, North Dakota 4 (WCHA Championship)

Minnesota wins WCHA Championship

Jake Taylor
* Taylor notched two goals and six assists for eight points, along with 60 penalty minutes in 38 games with the two-time defending NCAA champion Minnesota Golden Gophers this season, his freshman campaign.

TEAM NOTES:
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers swept their first round series against St. cloud State, scoring 13 goals in two games (6-1 and 7-3 wins) ... Minnesota then downed their intrastate rivals, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 7-4, in the semifinals on March 19, advancing to the WCHA championship ... Minnesota skated to a 5-4 victory over top-ranked North Dakota on March 20 to clinch the WCHA championship, as the Gophers earned the Broadmoor Trophy for the second straight season.


First Round: March 12-14
Play-In Round: March 18
Semifinals: March 19
Finals: March 20

WCHA Playoff Format: The top five seeds host the bottom five seeds in a best-of-three series. Winners advance to the Final Five. After the first round, teams are re-seeded based on their regular-season records (points). The remaining No. 4 seed will host the No. 5 seed in a single-elimination play-in game. The winner advances to the semifinals. Semifinals and finals are single-elimination.
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