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NYR Prospects in Postseason: April 1 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Five Rangers prospects competed in postseason play on Saturday night in the QMJHL and WHL playoffs, and two had very big nights in leading their teams to victory.


Here is a player-by-player look at their performances:

DubinskyBrandon Dubinsky
Position: Center
Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
Playoff Series: Portland vs. Seattle (Portland leads series 3-2)
Dubinsky's Playoff Scoring to Date: 5 games, 4 goals, 3 assists
April 1: Portland 3, Seattle 2 (at Seattle)

After being held off the scoresheet for two games, Dubinsky, the Winter Hawks' MVP, exploded for a hat trick that overwhelmed the Thunderbirds. He score at even strength, on the power play and shorthanded in leading Portland to a 3-2 win and a 3-2 series lead. Dubinsky's big night began with an unassisted shorthanded tally at 2:04 of the first period to give the Winter Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Then, at 15:21 of the first period, he scored unassisted again, this time at even strength, for a 2-0 lead. Seattle, however, rebounded with two second-period goals, setting the stage for a thrilling third period. Dubinsky, the Rangers' second-round pick in 2004, finally broke the tie on a power play with 1:47 remaining in the game, completing his first postseason hat trick.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Playoff Series: Calgary vs. Lethbridge (Calgary leads series 3-2)
Dupont's Playoff Scoring to Date: 5 games, 3 goals, 3 assists
April 1: Calgary 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT) (at Calgary)

Like Dubinsky, Dupont had a huge night in the WHL playoffs, getting assists on two Calgary goals before notching the game-winner just 46 seconds into overtime. The 3-2 victory also gave Calgary a 3-2 series lead. Dupont began his scoring outburst with a second assist on Ryan White's goal at 5:21 of the second period, giving the Hitmen a 1-0 lead. With 29 seconds remaining in the second period, Dupont had the primary assist on Brett Carson's goal that gave Calgary a 2-1 lead. Dupont later ended the game in overtime.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
Playoff Series: Portland vs. Seattle (Portland leads series 3-2)
Sauer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 5 games, 3 goals, 2 assists
April 1: Portland 3, Seattle 2 (at Seattle)

After scoring a goal in Game 4, Sauer was held without a point in Game 5, but was plus-2 in the Winter Hawks' big win.

ClicheMarc-Andre Cliche

Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
Playoff Series: Lewiston vs. Halifax (Halifax leads series 3-2)
Cliche's Playoff Scoring to Date: 5 games, 1 goal, 2 assists
April 1: Halifax 2, Lewiston 0 (at Halifax)

Cliche's Lewiston team was shut out on the road and must win Game 6 at home on Monday to avoid being eliminated from the playoffs.

PaiementJonathan Paiement
Position: Defense
Team: Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
Playoff Series: Lewiston vs. Halifax (Halifax leads series 3-2)
Paiement's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists
April 1: Halifax 2, Lewiston 0 (at Halifax)

Paiement did not play in the 2-0 loss at Halifax. He is currently serving a five-game QMJHL suspension for his role in an altercation at the end of Game 4.
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