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NYR Prospects in Postseason: March 29 Recap

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Six Rangers prospects competed in postseason play on Wednesday night in the OHL and WHL playoffs, and several had big nights for their teams.

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

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Playoff Series: Kootenay vs. Kelowna (series tied 2-2)
Russell's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
March 29: Kelowna 5, Kootenay 4 (at Kootenay)

Russell picked up three more points on a goal and two assists in the Ice's loss at home. Kootenay had led the game 4-3 before allowing two goals down the stretch to the defending WHL champions. Russell began his big night with a power-play tally at 10:54 of the first period to give the Ice a 2-0 lead. In the second period, he ad the second assist on Chad Greenan's power-play goal at 6:27, putting Kootenay up 3-2, and in the third, he had a second assist on Ben Maxwell's goal at 6:19, which gave the Ice their short-lived 4-3 lead.

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Playoff Series: Medicine Hat vs. Swift Current (Medicine Hat wins series 4-0)
Psurny's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 1 goal, 5 assists
March 29: Medicine Hat 3, Swift Current 2 (OT) (at Swift Current)

Psurny assisted on both goals in regulation as the Tigers went on to sweep their series in an overtime thriller on the road. Both of Psurny's assists helped Medicine Hat come back from one-goal deficits. He had a second assist on Derek Dorsett's goal at 17:10 of the second to make it 1-1 and a first assist on David Schlemko's goal at 10:38 of the third to tie the game at 2-2. Medicine Hat went on to win when Dorsett scored on the power play at 9:51 of OT.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Playoff Series: Sudbury vs. Kingston (Sudbury leads 3-1)
Staal's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 0 goals, 4 assists
March 29: Sudbury 5, Kingston 2 (at Sudbury)

Staal was held off the scoresheet but was plus-1 with two penalty minutes in a game that brought the Wolves to the brink of advancing to Round 2.

BahenskyZdenek Bahensky
Position: Right Wing
Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Playoff Series: Saskatoon vs. Regina (Saskatoon leads 3-1)
Bahensky's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 1 goal, 1 assist
March 29: Saskatoon 5, Regina 3 (at Regina)

Bahensky scored his first goal of the playoffs with an empty-netter at 19:45 of the third period, sealing an impressive comeback by the Blades. Saskatoon had trailed 2-0 midway through the first period but stormed back to eventually take a 4-3 lead on Joe Barnes' goal with 1:27 remaining in the game. Saskatoon needs one more win to close out the series.

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Playoff Series: Kootenay vs. Kelowna (series tied 2-2)
Flatt's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 1 goal, 1 assist
March 29: Kelowna 5, Kootenay 4 (at Kootenay)

Flatt went another game without a point and wasn't called for any penalties.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Playoff Series: Owen Sound vs. Kitchener (Owen Sound leads 3-1)
Koverko's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists
March 29: Owen Sound 7, Kitchener 2 (at Owen Sound)

Koverko didn't register any points as the Attack closed within one win of a series victory. Koverko was plus-1 with four penalty minutes in the game.
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