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NYR Prospects in Postseason: April 8 Recap

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

BahenskyZdenek Bahensky
Position: Right Wing
Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Playoff Series: Saskatoon vs. Medicine Hat (Medicine Hat leads series 2-0)
Bahensky's Playoff Scoring to Date: 8 games, 2 goals, 5 assists
April 8: Medicine Hat 4, Saskatoon 3 (3OT) (at Medicine Hat)

Bahensky had his best game of the 2006 postseason with a goal and two assists. He had a hand in all three goals as the Blades took the WHL regular-season champion Tigers to three overtimes. Bahensky began his big night with the first assist on Chad Klassen's power-play goal at 3:20 of the second period, pulling Saskatoon into a 1-1 tie. Just over four minutes later, Bahensky scored a shorthanded goal to put the Blades up 2-1. In the third period, he had the primary assist on Justin McCrae's goal at 5:28, which put Saskatoon ahead 3-2 until the Tigers tied it late in the game.

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Playoff Series: Medicine Hat vs. Saskatoon (Medicine Hat leads series 2-0)
Psurny's Playoff Scoring to Date: 5 games, 2 goals, 6 assists
April 8: Medicine Hat 4, Saskatoon 3 (3OT) (at Medicine Hat)

Psurny was a third-period hero for the Tigers, scoring a late goal that forced the first of three overtimes. He also had an assist in the game, as he continued to rank among his team's top scorers in the playoffs. The assist came on Derek Dorsett's power-play goal at 8:07 of the second period, which tied the game at 2-2. His dramatic goal, with 1:08 remaining in regulation set the stage for a long overtime run before Brennan Bosch won it for the Tigers at 19:41 of triple overtime.

CallahanRyan Callahan
Position: Right Wing
Team: Guelph Storm (OHL)
Playoff Series: Guelph vs. Plymouth (Guelph leads series 2-0)
Callahan's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
April 8: Guelph 3, Plymouth 2 (at Guelph)

After missing two games with a lower-body injury, Callahan returned to the Storm lineup in style, assisting on two of Guelph's goals in a dramatic 3-2 OT win. He picked up the second assist on Kelsey Wilson's power-play goal at 3:50 of the first period to make it 1-0 and then had the primary assist on Matt D'Agostini's game0winner at 10:16 of overtime.

DubinskyBrandon Dubinsky
Position: Center
Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
Playoff Series: Portland vs. Vancouver (series tied 1-1)
Dubinsky's Playoff Scoring to Date: 9 games, 5 goals, 9 assists
April 8: Vancouver 7, Portland 1 (at Vancouver)

Dubinsky had an assist on a goal that tied the game at 1-1 before the floodgates opened and the Giants went on to score five unanswered goals in the second period. Dubinsky picked up the second assist on Jannik Hansen's goal just 21 seconds into the second period. He also finished with 14 penalty minutes, including a 10-minute misconduct at the end of the game.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Playoff Series: Owen Sound vs. London (series tied 1-1)
Koverko's Playoff Scoring to Date: 7 games, 0 goals, 0 assists
April 8: Owen Sound 5, London 3 (at Owen Sound)

Koverko was held without a point for the seventh consecutive playoff game. He had two penalty minutes in the Attack's series-evening victory.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Playoff Series: Calgary vs. Moose Jaw (Calgary leads series 1-0)
Dupont's Playoff Scoring to Date: 7 games, 3 goals, 3 assists
April 8: Calgary 3, Moose Jaw 2 (at Calgary)

Dupont was held without a point in the Hitmen's second-round opener against the Warriors but had a plus-one rating in the Calgary win.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
Playoff Series: Portland vs. Vancouver (series tied 1-1)
Sauer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 9 games, 4 goals, 2 assists
April 8: Vancouver 7, Portland 1 (at Vancouver)

Sauer did not register a point, but he was on the ice for the lone Portland goal and not on the ice for any of Vancouver's four even-strength goals.
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