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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 4, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, beat the Portland Pirates 7-4 on Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center. It was a tremendous game for Brandon Dubinsky, who had two goals and two assists to earn No. 1 star honors. The game also marked the Wolf Pack debut of defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, the Rangers' No. 1 draft pick in 2006. Craig Weller also scored twice for the Pack. After a scoreless first period, Weller got Hartford on the board first, scoring off assists from David Liffiton and Dubinsky at 4:58 of the second period. Portland soon tied the game, but Nigel Dawes, the game's No. 2 star, restored the Hartford lead at 9:12 of the second, with Alex Bourret and No. 3 star Jarkko Immonen picking up assists. Dubinsky stetched the lead to 3-1 less than two minutes after Dawes' goal with Greg Moore and Dane Byers picking up assists. Marvin Degon got the first of four Hartford goals in the third period, scoring at 1:27 off assists from Dylan Reese and Immonen to make it 4-2. Portland then fought back with two goals in 3:17 to make it a 4-4 game before Dubinsky notched the eventual game-winner at 13:00 of the third. The goal, Dubinsky's 19th of the season, came off assists from former Boston University player Ken Roche, who notched his first AHL point, and Reese. Moore scored shorthanded at 15:56 of the third, with Byers getting an assist to make it 6-4, and Weller closed out the scoring with 1:58 remaining. Dubinsky and Bourret had the assists on Weller's second goal of the night. Goaltender Al Montoya made 21 saves for the Pack, who outshot the Pirates 32-25. The Wolf Pack are now 45-27-3 on the season, having gone a remarkable 40-16-2 over the past 58 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, fell to the Texas Wildcatters 4-0 at home on Wednesday night. Rangers prospects Zdenek Bahensky and Bruce Graham tied for the Checkers' lead with four shots on goal each. Charlotte is now 41-26-3 and has clinched a playoff spot. The Checkers are fourth in the American Conference's South Division, just six points behind the division-leading Wildcatters. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, two Rangers prospects competed in a postseason Game 7 in the WHL on Wednesday. Here is a summary of their performances:

RussellRyan Russell
Position/Team: Center/Kootenay Ice
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Russell's Regular-Season Scoring: 58 games, 30 goals, 46 assists, 50 PIM
Russell's Playoff Scoring to Date: 7 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, 2 PIM
April 4: Calgary 3, Kootenay 2 (OT) (at Kootenay) (Calgary wins series 4-3)

Despite the loss that ended his season, it was a solid evening for Russell, the Kootenay captain, who picked up two assists in defeat. He had the second assist on Steve DaSilva's goal at 17:20 of the second period, which cut Calgary's lead to 2-1. He later had the primary assist on DaSilva's game-tying goal at 7:57 of the third period. Russell led all Kootenay players with a plus-2 rating.

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: 7 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 24 PIM
April 4: Calgary 3, Kootenay 2 (OT) (at Kootenay) (Calgary wins series 4-3)

Dupont had the second assist on the evening's first goal, scored by Dylan Yeo at 13:20 of the second period, helping Calgary to a Game 7 win on the road. The Hitmen pulled out the victory when Robin Figren scored at 7:01 of overtime. Dupont 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 4: Usti nad Labem 6, Mlada Boleslav 4 (at Mlada Boleslav) (Usti nad Labem wins series 3-0)

Dornic was not in the lineup as Mlada Boleslav's season came to an end. (NOTE: Dornic's 2006-07 Slovak Extraliga stats with Skalica: 20 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM)

Recent Prospect Updates:
March 31 -- Byers gets first pro hat trick in Pack win
April 1 -- Saginaw's playoff run comes to end
April 2 -- Russell's Kootenay team forces Game 7
April 3 -- Holt lifts Charlotte to brink of third place

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