| The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, shut out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-0 on Friday night at the Hartford Civic Center behind a 20-save performance by goaltender Al Montoya, the game's No. 1 star. Defenseman David Liffiton, the No. 3 star, scored what stood up as the game-winning goal at 18:15 of the first period. The goal, assisted by Nigel Dawes and Alex Bourret, was Liffiton's second of the season. Fellow defenseman Bryce Lampman, the No. 2 star, made it a 2-0 game on a power play at 13:16 of the second period off assists from Jarkko Immonen and Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' 2006 first-round draft pick who now has points in two straight AHL games. Dawes eventually closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal from Dwight Helminen at 19:13 of the third. The goal brought Dawes' season total to 26 tallies. The Wolf Pack outshot the Sound Tigers 36-20, with Montoya making nine of his 20 saves in the middle period. Hartford is now 47-28-4 on the season, having gone a remarkable 42-17-3 over the past 62 games to clinch second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with one game remaining in the regular season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site. |
The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Florida Everblades 3-2 in their American Conference South Division semifinal playoff series opener on Friday night. Rangers prospect Bruce Graham, the game's No. 3 star, scored Charlotte's first goal at 17:12 of the opening period, tying the game at 1-1. The host Everblades took the lead early in the second before Charlotte tied the score midway through that period. Florida eventually won on a power-play goal at 14:02 of the third. Rangers goaltending prospect Chris Holt was outstanding in net with 29 saves, as the Checkers were outshot 32-26. Charlotte's playoff run continues on Saturday with Game 2 of the series at Florida. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.
In addition, three Rangers prospects competed in postseason games in the QMJHL and WHL on Friday. Here is a summary of their performances:
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: 12 games, 8 goals, 6 assists, 43 PIM
April 13: Calgary 5, Brandon 4 (OT) (at Brandon) (Calgary leads series 3-2)
Dupont had the primary assist on Ryan White's power play goal just 40 seconds into the opening period. He also took seven minutes in penalties, including a major for fighting Brandon's Ryan Reaves in the first period. Calgary, coached by former Rangers captain Kelly Kisio, won the game on a Derek LeBlanc goal scored only eight seconds into the overtime.
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: 11 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 15 PIM
April 13 Medicine Hat 6 Regina 3(at Regina) (Medicine Hat wins series 4-0)
Sauer did not score any points or take any penalty minutes as the Tigers completed their second-round sweep of the Pats. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating.
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: 12 games, 3 goals, 6 assists, 20 PIM
April 13: Lewiston 5, Halifax 1 (at Halifax) (Lewiston wins series 4-1)
Hillier did not score any points and took minor penalties in both the second and third periods, as the Mooseheads' season came to an end on the road. Hillier tied for the team lead with four shots on goal in the game.
Recent Prospect Updates:
April 8 -- Immonen nets natural hat trick for Hartford
April 9 -- Big night for Sauer in Medicine Hat win
April 10 -- Charlotte sweeps into ECHL's second round
April 11 -- Hillier extends Halifax's season in OT
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