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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: April 7, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Springfield Falcons 4-3 in an overtime shootout on Saturday night at the Hartford Civic Center despite a two-goal night for Brandon Dubinsky, the game's No. 1 star in defeat. Dubinsky got the Pack on the board first at 2:11 of the opening period, scoring his 20th goal of the season off assists from Dane Byers and Marvin Degon. Just under four minutes later, Hartford took a 2-0 lead when Jarkko Immonen scored at 6:08. Nigel Dawes and Lauri Korpikoski picked up the assists on Immonen's 17th goal of the season. Springfield came back with the next three goals, but the Pack managed to tie the game at 3-3 when Dubinsky scored again from Byers and Dylan Reese with only 7:09 remaining in regulation. Dubinsky, Hugh Jessiman and Alex Bourret all scored in the shootout, which went into a sudden-death sixth round, where Springfield's Kyle Wanvig beat Pack goalie Alex Westlund to end the game. The Wolf Pack are now 45-28-4 on the season, having gone a remarkable 40-17-3 over the past 60 games to move into second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with three games remaining in the regular season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, lost to the Columbia Inferno 3-2 at home d on Saturday night. Rangers prospect Bruce Graham had the primary assist on the game's first goal, scored by Dan Murphy at 9:19 of the first period. Graham, the game's No. 3 star, later had the second assist on Murphy's second goal of the evening at 13:55 of the second. That goal pulled Charlotte into a 2-2 tie, but Columbia later got the winner with only 7:34 remaining in the game. Charlotte finished the regular season at 42-27-3 and in fourth place in the American Conference's South Division. The Checkers will open the postseason with a series against the Augusta Lynx. Charlotte was 5-5-0 against Augusta in the regular season. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, six Rangers prospects competed in postseason games in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL and Europe on Saturday. Here is a summary of their performances:

StaalMarc Staal
Position/Team: Defense/Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Staal's Final Regular-Season Scoring: 53 games, 5 goals, 29 assists, 92 PIM
Staal's Playoff Scoring to Date: 7 games, 4 goals, 4 assists, 12 PIM
April 7: Sudbury 4, Barrie 3 (2OT) (at Barrie) (Sudbury leads series 2-0)

Staal, the Wolves' captain and game's No. 1 star, had a tremendous two-goal night in helping Sudbury take a stunning 2-0 series lead favored Barrie. He scored his third goal of the playoffs on a power play at 11:13 of the second period to give the Wolves a 2-1 lead. He followed that up with an unassisted goal at 6:28 of the third, putting Sudbury up 3-1. The Wolves eventually went on to win when Zach McCullough tallied on a power play at 13:15 of the second overtime. Staal also took a minor penalty in the game and is now plus-10 after seven playoff games.

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: 9 games, 5 goals, 4 assists, 36 PIM
April 7: Brandon 3, Calgary 2 (at Brandon) (Brandon leads series 2-0)

Dupont scored his fifth goal of the playoffs with at 19:28 of the final period, but the Hitmen could not manage the tying goal in the final 32 seconds. Dupont also took 12 minutes in penalties during the third period, including a 10-minute misconduct after time expired.

SauerMichael 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: 8 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 15 PIM
April 7: Medicine Hat 4, Regina 1 (at Medicine Hat) (Medicine Hat leads series 1-0)

Sauer did not score any points and took minor penalties in both the second and third periods of the Tigers' series-opening win. He finished the game with a plus-1 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: 9 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 14 PIM
April 7: Lewiston 4, Halifax 1 (at Lewiston) (Lewiston leads series 2-0)

Hillier did not score any points or take any penalties as the Mooseheads lost their second straight game in Lewiston.

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: 6 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 PIM
April 7: Everett 3, Prince George 2 (OT) (at Everett) (Everett leads series 2-0)

Hunter, the Prince George captain, did not score any points or take any penalties as the Cougars slipped into a 2-0 series hole.

FurrerPhilippe Furrer
Position/Team: Defense/SC Bern
League: Swiss Nationalliga A -- Playoffs
Furrer's Regular-Season Scoring: 16 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 41 PIM
Furrer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 10 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 PIM
April 7: Bern 2, Davos 1 (at Bern) (Series tied 3-3)

Furrer did not score any points or take any penalties as Bern beat Davos at home to force a Game 7 for the Swiss championship on Monday.

Recent Prospect Updates:
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
April 6 -- Two points for Dupont in Hitmen's series opener

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