Two Rangers prospects competed in postseason play on Wednesday night in the WHL playoffs, as they were part of the Portland Winter Hawks' dramatic first-round series win over Seattle.
Here is a look at their performances:
Brandon Dubinsky Position: Center Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) Playoff Series: Portland vs. Seattle (Portland wins series 4-3) Dubinsky's Playoff Scoring to Date: 7 games, 5 goals, 8 assists April 5: Portland 4, Seattle 3 (OT) (at Portland)
Dubinsky, the Winter Hawks MVP and a WHL Second Team All-Star, showed his great potential with a banner night in leading Portland back from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 win in Game 7. He had a hand in all four goals, including an assist on Jonathan Bubnick's game-winner at 10:25 of overtime. He also scored an early second-period goal and had two assists over the game's final 21 minutes to pull the Winter Hawks into the tie that forced overtime.
Dubinsky began his scoring outburst at 6:07 of the second period, finding the net on a power play to cut the Thunderbirds' lead to 3-1. Later, with only 22 seconds remaining in the middle period, he had the second assist on fellow Ranger prospect Michael Sauer's power-play goal that trimmed the lead to 3-2. With six minutes remaining in the game, Dubinsky had the first assist on Jannik Hansen's game-tying goal, and at 10:25, he picked up the second assist on Bubnick's winner.
With four points in the game, Dubinsky took over the lead in the WHL playoff scoring race. He also has a league-high eight postseason assists.
Michael Sauer Position: Defense Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) Playoff Series: Portland vs. Seattle (Portland wins series 4-3) Sauer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 7 games, 4 goals, 2 assists April 5: Portland 4, Seattle 3 (OT) (at Seattle)
Sauer scored the Winter Hawks' second goal in their dramatic Game 7 comeback win. The goal, assisted by Dubinsky, came on a power play with only 22 seconds to go in the second period and gave Portland a lot of momentum heading into the third.