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Prospect Update: Big Night for Skjei, Pack

by Matthew Calamia / New York Rangers

Defenseman Brady Skjei matched his career-best with a goal and two assists to help lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a dominant 5-1 victory over the Hershey Bears Friday night at the XL Center.

Besides Skjei's three-point effort, both Cristoval 'Boo' Nieves and Steven Fogarty notched assists in their American Hockey League debuts. Rounding out the night were goals from Chris Brown, Marek Hrivik and Nicklas Jensen, while Mat Bodie had a pair of assists. Goaltender Magnus Hellberg made 18 saves for his 28th win of the season.

The Wolf Pack host the Portland Pirates tonight at 7 pm.

Heading north to the Ontario Hockey League, prospect Ryan Mantha picked up his first goal of the playoffs for Niagara, as the IceDogs defeated Ottawa, 5-2, and took the series 4-1. Mantha, the Rangers' 2014 fourth-round pick, had a goal and two assists for three points and was a plus-6 in the five-game series.

Goaltender Brandon Halverson and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have a chance to advance to the second-round if they can defeat the Sarnia Sting tonight. Halverson and the Greyhounds lead the Sting, 3-1, in the best-of-seven series. The 2014 second-rounder has a 2.70 goals against average and a .923 save percentage through four games.

Over in the Western Hockey League, defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy and Regina advanced to the second-round after defeating Lethbridge, 7-2, in Game 5 Friday night to take the series, 4-1. Zborovskiy had an assist and was a plus-3 in the five-game series.

Lastly, goaltender Adam Huska made 16 saves in a 7-2 Green Bay win over Team USA in the United States Hockey League. The 2015 seventh-round pick is now 24-8-2 with four shutouts, a 1.81 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Earlier in the week, Huska commited to joining the University of Connecticut next season.

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