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Prospects Prepare for Busy Weekend Slate

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


With another busy weekend on tap in the AHL, ECHL, CHL, NCAA and European Leagues, newyorkrangers.com takes a look at New York Rangers prospects in action.

PHOTO: Everett's Ivan Baranka (right) battles Prince Albert's Dane Byers and Saskatoon's Zdenek Bahensky this weekend.


NCAA:

Hugh Jessiman - Dartmouth
Jessiman and the Dartmouth men's hockey team takes to the ice for another pair of home games this weekend, opening their ECAC Hockey League schedule against Yale and Princeton. Last season the Big Green swept Yale while defeating and tying the Tigers. At 94-81-13, Yale leads the all-time series between the two teams, while Dartmouth leads the all-time series with Princeton, 87-74-12.

Jessiman, a pre-season All-America candidate, recorded his first goal of the season in Dartmouth's 4-1 victory over UConn last Sunday.


Al Montoya - Michigan
After allowing just three goals in his last three skates, Montoya has improved his record to 5-2-1, along with a 2.22 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. The sixth overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft has not allowed a third-period goal in his last four contests. Montoya currently ranks fifth in the league with his 2.22 GAA and second in the league with 184 saves.

The Wolverines own a 17-game home-winning streak vs. Miami and a 38-2-1 all-time lead versus the RedHawks in games played in Ann Arbor. Miami last beat the Wolverines at Yost on November 18, 1994, by a score of 4-3.

Montoya was named to the U.S. World Junior Team on Thursday and will represent his country for the second straight year at the IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship. Montoya led team USA to a 6-0-0 gold medal finish at the 2004 tourney.


Chris Holt - Nebraska-Omaha
Holt and Nebraska-Omaha head to the upper northwest as they visit the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for a pair of games this weekend. Holt has appeared in all six games for UNO, posting a 5-1-0 record along with a 2.82 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. He ranks fifth in CCHA with 152 saves.

Rob Flynn / Dylan Reese - Harvard
Harvard prepares for a big game on Friday vs. 12th ranked Cornell University. Cornell has won the last five meetings between the two teams, with Harvard's last win coming in the 2002 ECAC championship game.


Greg Moore / Billy Ryan - Maine
The University of Maine and Boston College square off in a Hockey East tilit on Friday, before hosting league-rival New Hampshire on Sunday.

BC and Maine met three times in the regular season last year, with the Black Bears taking the series, 2-1, thanks to an overtime goal by John Ronan in the season finale. Nevertheless, BC won the Hockey East regular season title, but it was Maine that advanced to, and eventually won, the Hockey East championship game.

As for this year, BC was the favorite in the Hockey East preseason coaches' poll, only narrowly edging Maine for that designation.

Moore is tied for second in the league with five goals and tied for ninth with seven points. Maine has posted a 5-4-0 mark on the season and are ranked ninth in both the USCHO/CSTV and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.


Mike Walsh - Notre Dame
Notre Dame prepares for a weekend pair against CCHA-rival Bowling Green. Notre Dame enters the set with a 1-5-2 mark through eight games this season. These two teams have met 68 times with the teams posting a 32-32-4 overall record. Walsh looks to get on the scoreboard after going pointless in six games thus far.


Joey Crabb - Colorado College
Unbeaten Colorado College (4-0-0) opens its WCHA league schedule this weekend with a pair of games vs. the University of North Dakota. Colorado College is currently ranked seventh in the USCHO/CSTV poll and eighth in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. The game marks the 200th meeting between the two teams in a rivalry that started on February 12, 1948. North Dakota holds a 123-67-9 edge over the span.

Crabb enters the weekend set with one goal and two assists for three points in four games this season.


Ken Roche - Boston University
At 3-2-0, BU visits New Hampshire for a Hockey East tilt on Friday in the CSTV Game of the Week. Roche looks to get on the scoreboard, after posting no points and 21 penalty minutes in four games thus far.


Darin Olver - Northern Michigan / Jordan Foote - Michigan Tech
After skating to a 6-6 tie on Thursday, Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech square off once again on Saturday. Northern Michigan enters this game with a 4-1-2 record, good for second place in the CCHA standings.

Olver, who collected a goal and an assist in Thursday's meeting, has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the seven games thus far.

Foote, a freshman at MT, has posted one goal and one assist, along with four penalty minutes in six matches to start the season.


CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

WHL
Roman Psurny - Medicine Hat
A big weekend for the Tigers, who battle Kelowna on Saturday and Prince Albert on Sunday. Medicine Hat sits atop the WHL's Central Division with a 12-1-1 mark.

Psurny is on fire of late and is now tied for third in his team and second among all OHL rookies with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 14 games. Psurny ties third in scoring on his team
He has scored in five of the six last games, tallying four goals and three assists from October 16 to November 2.


Dane Byers - Prince Albert / Ivan Baranka - Everett / Zdenek Bahensky - Saskatoon
Byers prepares for a weekend set vs. a pair of other top Blueshirt prospects as Prince Albert squares off against Ivan Baranka and the Everett Silvertips on Friday, before facing Zdenek Bahensky and the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday. Prince Albert has opened the 2004-05 campaign with a 5-11-2 mark.

The rugged Byers has registered two points (one goal, one assist) and 51 penalty minutes in 18 games this season. His 51 PIMs rank third on the club.

Everett comes into this game in second place in the WHL's U.S. Division with a record of 7-5-2. Barnka has posted one goal and three assists for four points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 16 games.

Saskatoon enters this game sitting atop the WHL's Eastern Division with an impressive 12-3-1 record to start the season.

Bahensky enters weekend play with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, along with 24 penalty minutes in 15 games. He has also posted a +13 rating thus far.


Nigel Dawes - Kootenay
The Kootenay Ice, led by top scorer Dawes, enters their Friday battle against Prince George atop the WHL's B.C. Division with a record of 10-7-2. Dawes has registered a solid 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) and +7 rating in 19 games to start the season.


Marcus Jonasen - Tri-City / Brandon Dubinsky - Portland
The Tri-City Americans open up a two-game slate this weekend with a home tilt on Friday vs. Portland before traveling to Spokane on Saturday. Tri-City sits in fourth place in the WHL's U.S. Division at 5-7-2-0. In their first meeting vs. Portland earlier this season, the Americans skated to a 6-4 win and have won their last two games vs. Spokane on October 16 and October 30.

Jonasen currently ranks first on the club with five goals and 10 points in 14 games.

Portland's Dubinsky has registered points in three of his last four games (three goals, one assist) but remains questionable for the game due to a lacerated finger he suffered last week. Dubinsky has posted four goals and three assists for seven points in 14 games this season. His 40 penalty minutes rank second on the club.


Rick Kozak - Kamloops
Kozak has finished his 15-game Western Hockey League supsension and is eligible to return to action when the Blazers host Spokane on Friday. It sets up as a battle of fifth place squads, as Kamloops currently ranks fifth in the WHL's B.C. Division at 5-11-1-0, while Spokane sits in fifth place in the U.S. Division at 5-6-0-1. The Blazers captured the first meeting of the season between the two clubs with a 6-1 win in Spokane on October 23.


OHL
Ryan Callahan - Guelph
The Storm prepare for the second of back-to-back meetings with first place-Belleville on Friday. Callahan, who collected a goal in Guelph's 3-2 OT loss to London on Thursday, is currently on an 12-game point streak, collecting 10 goals and five assists for 15 points over the span. Callahan was named to the U.S. World Junior Team on Thursday and will represent his country at the 2005 IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship.

Guelph closes out the weekend with a Sunday tilt at home vs. Kitchener.


Jakub Petruzalek - Ottawa
The 67s face the first place-Windsor Spitfires in a tough game on Friday, while Petruzalek looks to begin a new point streak after having his nine-game streak snapped in a 1-0 shutout loss to Sarnia on Oct. 31. The OHL Rookie of the Month for October (21 points - 10 goals 11 assists - in 14 games during the month) leads his club and all OHL rookies with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 16 games.


QMJHL
Bruce Graham - Moncton
Graham and the Moncton Wildcats prepare for a pair of games this weekend as they visit Cape Breton on Friday and Halifax on Saturday.

Moncton, first in the Atlantic Division at 14-4-1-0, have won four straight and eight of their last 10

Graham is currently riding a three-game goal and point streak, collecting three goals and three assists over the span. - is on a 3-game goal (3 goals) and point (3-3-6) streak coming into the weekend. Graham ranks second on the team and sixth in the QMJHL with 11 goals in 19 games.


Jonathan Paiment - Lewiston
While the Lewiston MAINEiacs look to end a recent skid, Paiement looks to snap a personal six-game scoreless drought on Friday vs. Sidney Crosby and Rimouski. Lewiston dropped a 6-3 decision to Quebec on November 3. The MAINEiacs have won only one of their last six games.

In head-to-head action this season, Rimouski leads with a 2-1 edge, despite a 10-2 Lewiston rout on October 22.

Paiement has posted four goals and 19 assists for 23 points, along with 59 penalty minutes in 19 games this season. His 23 points rank second among all QMJHL blueliners.
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