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NYR Prospects in Postseason: April 2 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Four Rangers prospects competed in postseason play on Sunday night in the OHL and WHL. Here is a player-by-player look at their performances:

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Playoff Series: Sudbury vs. Kingston (Sudbury wins series 4-2)
Staal's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 0 goals, 5 assists
April 2: Sudbury 4, Kingston 0 (at Sudbury)

Staal, the Wolves captain, helped lead his team to a first-round series victory over the Frontenacs with a shutout in Game 6 at home. Staal had the second assist on the eventual game-winner, scored on a power play by Anton Hedman at 4:04 of the first period.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Playoff Series: Calgary vs. Lethbridge (Calgary wins series 4-2)
Dupont's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 3 goals, 3 assists
April 2: Calgary 3, Lethbridge 2 (OT) (at Lethbridge)

Dupont helped the Hitmen come back to close out the series with another overtime win. The hero in Game 5, Dupont was held off the scoresheet, and the Hitmen trailed 2-1 with under four minutes left in the third period. But Calgary came back with a late goal, and then defenseman Jeff Schultz won it by scoring at 4:48 of overtime.

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Playoff Series: Kootenay vs. Kelowna (Kelowna wins series 4-2)
Russell's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
April 2: Kelowna 5, Kootenay 2 (at Kootenay)

Russell was held without a point for the second straight game, and that defensive strategy served Kelowna well. The defending WHL champs ousted the Ice in six games.

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Playoff Series: Kootenay vs. Kelowna (Kelowna wins series 4-2)
Flatt's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 1 goal, 1 assist
April 2: Kelowna 5, Kootenay 2 (at Kootenay)

Flatt did not factor into the Ice's scoring. He finished the playoffs with two points in six games - a jump in his scoring average from the regular season.
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