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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 10, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, completed a sweep of their best-of-3 American Conference South Division quarterfinal playoff series on Tuesday night, beating the Augusta Lynx 3-2 in overtime on the road. Rangers prospect Bruce Graham had the second assist on Charlotte's first goal, scored by Nathan Gillies at 4:35 of the opening period. Graham later came up with the primary assist on the series-winning goal, scored by Daymen Rycroft on a power play at 4:05 of overtime. Rangers goaltending prospect Chris Holt again starred in net for the Checkers, stopping 21 of 23 shots to earn No. 3 star honors as Charlotte outshot Augusta 28-23. Charlotte's playoff run continues Friday with Game 1 of the Checkers' South Division semifinal series vs. Florida. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, two Rangers prospects competed in postseason games in the QMJHL and WHL on Tuesday. Here is a summary of their performances:

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position/Team: Center/Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Dupont's Regular-Season Scoring: 70 games, 37 goals, 33 assists, 121 PIM
Dupont's Playoff Scoring to Date: 10 games, 6 goals, 5 assists, 36 PIM
April 10: Calgary 8, Brandon 1 (at Calgary) (Brandon leads series 2-1)

It was a big night for Dupont, the game's No. 2 star, who had two points in Calgary's runaway win. He began his scoring outburst with a power-play goal at 2:42 of the second period. That goal broke a 1-1 tie and stood up as the game-winner, ushering in a seven-goal Hitmen avalanche. Dupont later picked up the lone assist on Ryan White's goal at 6:15 of the third period, giving Calgary a 5-1 lead. He finished the evening with a plus-1 rating

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position/Team: Left Wing/Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL -- Playoffs
Hillier's Regular-Season Scoring: 70 games, 32 goals, 27 assists, 79 PIM
Hillier's Playoff Scoring to Date: 10 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 16 PIM
April 10: Lewiston 4, Halifax 3 (at Halifax) (Lewiston leads series 3-0)

Hillier did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the second period of a loss that dropped Halifax into a 3-0 series hole.

HunterEric Hunter
Position/Team: Left Wing/ Prince George Cougars
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Hunter's Regular-Season Scoring: 69 games, 24 goals, 31 assists, 139 PIM
Hunter's Playoff Scoring to Date: 6 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 PIM
April 10: Prince George 5, Everett 1 (at Prince George) (Everett leads series 2-1)

Hunter, the Prince George captain, was out of the lineup after breaking his ankle early in Game 2 of the series on Saturday. He will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

Recent Prospect Updates:
April 6 -- Two points for Dupont in Hitmen's series opener
April 7 -- Staal dominates as Sudbury Takes 2-0 Lead
April 8 -- Immonen nets natural hat trick for Hartford
April 9 -- Big night for Sauer in Medicine Hat win

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