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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 6, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Helminen

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Worcester Sharks 4-1 on Friday night in Worcester, Mass. The game marked the pro hockey debut of forward Tom Pyatt, the Rangers' 2005 draft pick who was one of the top players in the Ontario Hockey League in 2006-07. Pyatt had two shots on goal in the game. Other recent Wolf Pack additions who played on Friday included 2006 first-round pick Bobby Sanguinetti and former college players Dylan Reese and Ken Roche. Dwight Helminen scored Hartford's lone goal at 16:30 of the second period, cutting Worcester's lead at the time to 3-1. Jarkko Immonen and Craig Weller picked up the assists on Helminen's 14th goal of the season. Goaltender Al Montoya made 11 saves in 29:23 of work before yielding the net to Alex Westlund. The Pack outshot the Sharks by a whopping 52-30 margin, but were frustrated all night by Worcester goalie Thomas Greiss, who made 51 saves. The Wolf Pack are now 45-28-3 on the season, having gone a remarkable 40-17-2 over the past 59 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.


Holt

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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, beat the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 on the road on Friday night. Rangers prospect Bruce Graham scored his 33rd goal of the season on a power play at 1:47 of the third period to pull Charlotte into a 2-2 tie. The Checkers later took the lead at 5:48 of the third. Goaltender Chris Holt got the win for Charlotte, stopping 18 of 20 shots to earn No. 3 star honors. Charlotte is now 42-26-3 and will play its final regular-season game on Saturday before beginning postseason play. The win lifted the Checkers into a tie for third place in the American Conference's South Division. 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:

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: 8 games, 4 goals, 4 assists, 24 PIM
April 6: Brandon 4, Calgary 3 (OT) (at Brandon) (Brandon leads series 1-0)

Dupont, the game's No. 3 star, had a two-point effort in defeat. He had the second assist on the evening's first goal, scored by Ryan White just 18 seconds into the game. Dupont later continued his trend of scoring clutch goals when he forced overtime by hitting the net with just 2:33 left in regulation. He finished the game with a plus-2 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: 8 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 14 PIM
April 6: Lewiston 8, Halifax 4 (at Lewiston) (Lewiston leads series 1-0)

Hillier had the primary assist on the game's first goal, scored by Bryce Swan at 3:34 of the opening period. He also took six minutes in penalties, including a double-minor in the third period.

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: 5 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 PIM
April 6: Everett 3, Prince George 2 (at Everett) (Everett leads series 1-0)

Hunter, the Prince George captain, did not score any points or take any penalties as the Cougars suffered their first loss of the 2007 WHL playoffs.

Recent Prospect Updates:
April 2 -- Russell's Kootenay team forces Game 7
April 3 -- Holt lifts Charlotte to brink of third place
April 4 -- Dubinsky erupts for four-point night
April 5 -- Staal helps Sudbury win Round 2 opener

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