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NYR Prospects in Postseason: March 24 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Fifteen Rangers prospects competed in postseason play on Friday night in the OHL, WHL and QMJHL playoffs, as well as the NCAA Tournament.

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

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
Playoff Series: Portland vs. Seattle (Seattle leads 1-0)
March 24: Seattle 8, Portland 5 (at Seattle)

Sauer had a big night on offense Friday despite his team's loss. He scored two power-play goals and set up a third at even strength as the Winter Hawks built up a 5-3 lead before giving up five unanswered goals. Sauer began his night with an assist on Kyle Bailey's goal at 17:24 of the first period, pulling the Hawks into a 2-2 tie. In the second period, Sauer tallied twice in a span of 2:30, with both goals coming on power-play opportunities.

DubinskyBrandon Dubinsky
Position: Center
Team: Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
Playoff Series: Portland vs. Seattle (Seattle leads 1-0)
March 24: Seattle 8, Portland 5 (at Seattle)

Dubinsky, the Winter Hawks' leading scorer during the regular season, picked up where he left off in the playoffs. He scored the game's opening goal on a power play at 6:25 and added two second-period assists. He had the first assist on Sauer's power-play goal at the 9:00 mark of the second period, as Portland stretched its lead to 5-3.

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Playoff Series: Kootenay vs. Kelowna (Kootenay leads 1-0)
March 24: Kootenay 3, Kelowna 2 (2OT) (at Kelowna)

Russell had a night to remember, scoring just 27 seconds into the second overtime to give the Ice a 3-2 win over the defending WHL champions. The goal was scored on the power play, where Russell also had an assist in the middle period. He set up Kootenay's Adam Cracknell at 16:49 of the second to make it 1-1.

RocheKen Roche
Position: Center
Team: Boston University Terriers (NCAA)
Tournament status: Through to quarterfinals
March 24: Boston University 9, Nebraska-Omaha 2 (at Worcester, Mass.)

It was a big night for Roche and the Terriers, who advanced to a second-round NCAA matchup with rival Boston College. Roche had a key role in his team's success, scoring an even-strength goal that gave BU a 5-2 lead at 8:59 of the second period and assisting on a power-play goal at 17:17 of the second period to make it 7-2. The Terriers outscored Nebraska-Omaha 6-1 in the second period.

PetruzalekJakub Petruzalek
Position: Left Wing
Team: Barrie Colts (OHL)
Playoff Series: Barrie vs. Toronto St. Michael's (Barrie leads 2-0)
March 24: Barrie 6, Toronto 5 (at Toronto)

A midseason addition to the Barrie roster from his native Czech Republic, Petruzalek has turned into a big scorer in the OHL. Friday night's playoff opener was no exception as he had a goal and an assist to help Barrie beat their hosts. His power-play goal at 3:21 of the third period gave the Colts a 4-3 lead in a game they went on to win with a late shorthanded goal. Petruzalek also had the second assist on Bryan Little's power-play goal at 10:46 of the first period.

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Playoff Series: Medicine Hat vs. Swift Current (Medicine Hat leads 1-0)
March 24: Medicine Hat 5, Swift Current 2 (at Medicine Hat)

The WHL regular-season champions got off to a strong start, and Psurny sealed the deal with a goal at 17:24 of the third period to close out the scoring. He also had the second assist on Brett Robertson's power-play goal at 9:42 of the third, which gave the Tigers a 4-2 lead.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Playoff Series: Calgary vs. Lethbridge (Calgary leads 1-0)
March 24: Calgary 3, Lethbridge 2 (at Lethbridge)

Dupont scored the Hitmen's first goal of the playoffs, giving Calgary a 1-0 lead at 4:59 of the first period.

CallahanRyan Callahan
Position: Right Wing
Team: Guelph Storm (OHL)
Playoff Series: Guelph vs. Saginaw (Guelph leads 1-0)
March 24: Guelph 3, Saginaw 2 (at Guelph)

The high-scoring winger got his name on the scoresheet with the second assist on Kelsey Wilson's power-play goal at 7:55 of the second period. That goal gave the Storm a 2-0 lead and was the second of three second-period tallies.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Playoff Series: Sudbury vs. Kingston (Kingston leads 1-0)
March 24: Kingston 5, Sudbury 3 (at Kingston)

Staal, the Rangers' first-round pick last year, is known for a lot more than offense, but he did contribute an assist on a shorthanded goal Friday night. Mark Versteetg-Lytwyn scored off the assist to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead at 16:44 of the first. Sudbury led the game 3-1 at 12:19 of the second period before the Frontenacs came back with four unanswered goals.

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Playoff Series: Kootenay vs. Kelowna (Kootenay leads 1-0)
March 24: Kootenay 3, Kelowna 2 (2OT) (at Kelowna)

Flatt had only four assists during the regular season, but that didn't stop him from contributing in the playoff opener. He assisted on Curtis Billsten's goal at 6:16 of the third period to give the Ice a 2-1 lead in the game that ended with Russell's double-overtime goal.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Playoff Series: Saginaw vs. Guelph (Guelph leads 1-0)
March 24: Guelph 3, Saginaw 2 (at Guelph)

Pyatt, a member of Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships, did not record any points in his OHL playoff debut.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Playoff Series: Owen Sound vs. Kitchener (Owen Sound leads 1-0)
March 24: Owen Sound 3, Kitchener 2 (at Kitchener)

Koverko didn't register any points, although he was called for a penalty in a big upset win for the Attack. Owen Sound's Jeff Kyrzakos won the game with a goal at 18:43 of the third period.

ClicheMarc-Andre Cliche
Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
Playoff Series: Lewiston vs. Halifax (Halifax leads 1-0)
March 24: Halifax 4, Lewiston 1 (at Lewiston)

Cliché did not score any points, as his team was upset by the visiting Mooseheads.

PaiementJonathan Paiement
Position: Defense
Team: Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
Playoff Series: Lewiston vs. Halifax (Halifax leads 1-0)
March 24: Halifax 4, Lewiston 1 (at Lewiston)

Paiement had six penalty minutes in Lewiston's loss.

BahenskyZdenek Bahensky
Position: Right Wing
Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Playoff Series: Saskatoon vs. Regina (Saskatoon leads 1-0)
March 24: Saskatoon 3, Regina 2 (at Saskatoon)

Bahensky had four penalty minutes in the Blades' victory.
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