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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 1, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the division-leading Manchester Monarchs 4-2 on the road on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Hartford and prevented the Pack from completing a home-and-home series sweep. Brandon Dubinsky got Hartford on the board first at 4:03 of the opening period off an assist from Dane Byers, but the Monarchs came back to tie the game just over three minutes later. Nigel Dawes quickly restored the lead for the Pack at 2-1 with his 24th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Bourret and Bryce Lampman, on a power play at 8:39 of the first. Manchester, however, tied the game at 2-2 with just 1:10 remaining in the period and then went on to score two more unanswered goals, with the eventual game-winner coming at 11:30 of the second period. Goaltender Al Montoya made 29 saves for the Pack, who needed a win to pull into a tie for first place. Hartford outshot the Monarchs 35-33. The Wolf Pack are now 44-27-3 on the season, having gone a remarkable 39-16-2 over the past 57 games to move into second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, just four points behind Manchester. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, beat the Augusta Lynx 3-2 in an overtime shootout at home on Sunday afternoon to clinch a playoff spot with two regular-season games remaining. Rangers goaltending prospect Chris Holt was outstanding in net for the Checkers, stopping 22 shots in regulation and overtime and then denying four of five shooters in the shootout. The game ended with Holt making the final-round save on Augusta's Louis Goulet. Bruce Graham also participated in the shootout for Charlotte but did not score. The Checkers outshot the Lynx 42-24 on the night as they won their 40th game of the season. Charlotte is now 40-25-3 and in sole possession of fourth place in the American Conference's South Division. They could move as high as third if they win their final games. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, four Rangers prospects competed in postseason games in the OHL and WHL on Sunday. Here is a summary of their performances:

PyattTom Pyatt
Position/Team: Center/Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Pyatt's Regular-Season Scoring: 58 games, 43 goals, 38 assists, 18 PIM
Pyatt's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, 0 PIM
April 1: Sault Ste. Marie 4, Saginaw 3 (OT) (at Sault Ste. Marie) (Sault Ste. Marie wins series 4-2)

Pyatt, the game's No. 2 star, did everything he could to extend the Spirit's postseason run, but Saginaw lost a series-ending heartbreaker when Brandon MacLean scored at 2:35 of overtime to give the Greyhounds a first-round playoff upset. Pyatt notched Saginaw's first goal at 8:47 of the second period, tying the game at 1-1.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position/Team: Left Wing/Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Zaborsky's Regular-Season Scoring: 59 games, 19 goals, 24 assists, 18 PIM
Zaborsky's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 PIM
April 1: Sault Ste. Marie 4, Saginaw 3 (OT) (at Sault Ste. Marie) (Sault Ste. Marie wins series 4-2)

Zaborsky had the second assist on the final goal of the Spirit's season, scored by Jan Mursak to force overtime with only 2:50 remaining in the third period. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating.

StaalMarc Staal
Position/Team: Defense/Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Staal's Regular-Season: 53 games, 5 goals, 29 assists, 92 PIM
Staal's Playoff Scoring to Date: 5 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 10 PIM
April 1: Sudbury 6, Mississauga 3 (at Mississauga) (Sudbury wins series 4-1)

Staal, the Wolves captain, did not score any points or take any penalties in helping his team advance into the playoffs' second round.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position/Team: Defense/Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Sauer's Regular-Season Scoring: 65 games, 5 goals, 18 assists, 75 PIM
Sauer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 11 PIM
April 1: Red Deer 6, Medicine Hat 5 (at Red Deer) (Series tied 3-3)

Sauer took one minor penalty in the third period of the Tigers' road loss, which forced a Game 7 back in Medicine Hat on Tuesday night. Red Deer scored the game-winner with 8:41 left in the third period. Sauer also finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

DornicIvan Dornic
Position/Team: Forward/BK Mlada Boleslav
League: Czech First Division -- Playoffs
Dornic's Regular-Season Scoring: 16 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 8 PIM
Dornic's Playoff Scoring to date: 0 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
April 1: Usti nad Labem 4, Mlada Boleslav 3 (at Usti nad Labem) (Usti nad Labem leads series 1-0)

Dornic was not in the lineup as Mlada Boleslav lost its semifinal series opener.
(NOTE: Dornic's 2006-07 Slovak Extraliga stats with Skalica: 20 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM)

Recent Prospect Updates:
March 28 -- Big day for Bourret as Pack crush Bridgeport
March 29 -- Sanguinetti Erupts for Hat Trick, Two Assists
March 30 -- Pyatt saves Saginaw from playoff elimination
March 31 -- Byers gets first pro hat trick in Pack win

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