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NYR Prospects in Postseason: March 26 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Four Rangers prospects competed in postseason play on Sunday in the OHL playoffs and NCAA championship tournament.

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

PetruzalekJakub Petruzalek
Position: Left Wing
Team: Barrie Colts (OHL)
Series: Barrie vs. Toronto St. Michael's (Barrie leads 3-0)
Petruzalek's Playoff Scoring: 3 games, 2 goals, 4 assists
March 26: Barrie 6, Toronto 5 (at Toronto)

No Rangers prospect has lit up the scoreboard in the OHL playoffs like Petruzalek. The 20-year-old ninth-round draft pick from the Czech Republic has six points in only three postseason games after erupting for a goal and three assists in Barrie's 7-5 win over Toronto St. Michael's. Petruzalek began his big night with a first assist on Ryan Hamilton's goal at 1:26 of the first period, which gave the Colts a 1-0 lead. He then scored on a power play at 7:56 of the first to put the Colts up 2-1. He later added two first assists on power play goals by Travis Fuller at 10:21 of the first to make it 3-1 and Vladimir Nikiforov at 12:44 of the third period to make it 6-4 -- which proved to be the game-winning goal. Petruzalek's four points in the game led all scorers as Barrie jumped out to a stunning 3-0 series lead on the road.

MooreGreg Moore
Position: Right Wing
Team: Maine Black Bears (NCAA)
Tournament status: Through to Frozen Four
March 26: Maine 5, Michigan State 4 (at Albany, N.Y.)

Moore, the Black Bears captain, scored in his second straight NCAA tournament game for Maine, notching the game-winner in a hard-fought victory over Michigan State. His empty-net goal with 37 seconds remaining in the game enabled Maine (28-11-2) to upset No. 4 Michigan State. Moore will be making his second trip to the Frozen Four. As a sophomore in 2004, he played on the Maine team that lost to Denver in the NCAA championship game.

RyanBilly Ryan
Position: Center
Team: Maine Black Bears (NCAA)
Tournament status: Through to Frozen Four
March 26: Maine 5, Michigan State 4 (at Albany, N.Y.)

Ryan was called for a minor penalty during the Black Bears' win over the Spartans. The sophomore center will be making his first trip to the NCAA Frozen Four when play begins in Milwaukee on April 6

PotterCorey Potter
Position: Defense
Team: Michigan State Spartans (NCAA)
Tournament status: Eliminated in quarterfinals
March 26: Maine 5, Michigan State 4 (at Albany, N.Y.)

Potter did not have any points or penalty minutes on Sunday as his fourth-seeded Michigan State team was bounced from the NCAA tournament with a 5-4 loss to Maine. It was the final college game for Potter, who is a senior at Michigan State. The Spartans finished the season 25-12-8.
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