The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Providence Bruins 4-2 in a first-round Calder Cup playoff game on Friday night at the Hartford Civic Center. The Atlantic Division semifinal series is now even at 1-1. Providence led the game 2-0 after one period before Hugh Jessiman got the Pack on the board with an unassisted goal at 6:05 of the second. With only 1:50 left in the middle period, however, the Bruins got the eventual game-winner on a power play to make it 3-1. Hartford's Nigel Dawes, who had five points in the series opener on Wednesday, notched his third goal in two playoff games at 12:54 of the third to make it 3-2. Dawes, the game's No. 2 star, was set up by linemates Jarkko Immonen and Alex Bourret. Providence later wrapped up its victory with an empty-net goal at 19:39. The Pack outshot the Bruins 24-15, and Hartford goaltender Al Montoya ended the night with 11 saves. Hartford returns to action for Game 3 on Saturday night in Providence. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.
In addition, two Rangers prospects competed in a postseason game in the WHL on Friday. Here is a summary of their performances:
Michael 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: 12 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 19 PIM April 20: Medicine Hat 2, Calgary 0 (at Medicine Hat) (Medicine Hat leads series 1-0)
Sauer did not score any points and took two minor penalties in the Tigers' shutout win at home.
Brodie 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: 14 games, 9 goals, 6 assists, 45 PIM April 20: Medicine Hat 2, Calgary 0 (at Medicine Hat) (Medicine Hat leads series 1-0)
Dupont took one minor penalty as the Hitmen lost their series opener.