The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Portland Pirates 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in their regular-season finale in Portland, Me. Nigel Dawes got the Pack on the board first, scoring his 27th goal of the season just nine seconds into the game. Alex Bourret and Marvin Degon assisted on Dawes' tally. Portland came back to score the game's next five goals, running up a 5-1 lead with 6:54 remaining in the second period. Bourret scored the final goal on a power play at 13:09 of the third period, as Dawes and Bryce Lampman picked up the assists. Goaltender Al Montoya played the first period before Alex Westlund came on in relief for the final 40 minutes. Montoya stopped 10 of 12 shots, as Portland ended up outshooting the Pack 31-30. Hartford finished the regular season with a 47-29-4 record, having gone a remarkable 42-18-3 over the last 63 game to claim second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. The Pack will open their playoff run on Wednesday night, when they face Providence in the Atlantic Division semifinals. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.
In addition, one Rangers prospect competed in a postseason game in the WHL on Sunday. Here is a summary of his performance:
Dupont opened the scoring for Calgary at 3:32 of the second period, pulling the Hitmen into a 1-1 tie. That goal set off a run of four unanswered tallies, enabling Calgary to wrap up the series in six games. Dupont also finished the night with a plus-1 rating.