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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Dec. 15, 2006

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Dawes

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Worcester Sharks 5-4 in overtime on Friday night at the Hartford Civic Center, despite two goals by Nigel Dawes, the game's No. 1 star. Ryan Callahan opened the scoring for Hartford just 1:30 into the first period, netting a goal in his eighth consecutive game to extend his team record streak. The goal, assisted by Dane Byers and Brandon Dubinsky, made it 1-0 for the Pack and gave Callahan 19 goals on the season. Worcester came back and scored the next two goals, taking a 2-1 lead midway through the first period, before Dawes pulled Hartford into a tie with his first goal of the season on a power play at 13:15. Lauri Korpikoski and goaltender Al Montoya got the assists on Dawes' goal. Dawes then wasted little time scoring again for Hartford, connecting at 5:04 of the second period, off assists from Greg Moore and David Liffiton, to make it 3-2. Byers, the No. 3 star, stretched the Hartford lead to 4-2 on a power play at 10:38 of the second period, with Dubinsky and Daniel Girardi picking up the assists. That was the high point of the game for Hartford, which gave up power-play goals at 16:24 of the second and 8:32 of the third, enabling Worcester to force an overtime. The Sharks then won the game on a third power-play goal, scored by Garrett Stafford at 3:15 of OT. Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer, playing in Hartford after missing several months recovering from a pulmonary embolism, did not record any points or take any penalties in the game after starting on a line with Brad Isbister and Dwight Helminen. Stephen Valiquette started in goal for Hartford but was replaced by Al Montoya after giving up two goals in the first period. Montoya stopped 26 of 29 shots down the stretch before giving up the overtime winner. Hartford is now 11-12-2 on the season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


Graham

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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, beat the Trenton Titans 5-2 on Friday night in Charlotte, as Rangers prospect Bruce Graham continued to light up ECHL scoresheets with his first hat trick of the season. Graham, the game's No. 1 star, notched Charlotte's second goal at 2:37 of the second period to give the Checkers a 2-1 lead. He then picked another goal at 3:37 of the third, making it 4-2. Graham finished off his big night on a power play at 9:09 of the third, closing out the scoring with his 17th goal of the season. Graham is now one goal behind ECHL leader Kevin Baker of Texas, and the Checkers are now 14-9-1 and in fourth place in the American Conference's South Division, just five points behind division-leading Texas. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, 12 Rangers prospects competed in a regular-season games in the CHL, OHL, WHL, NCAA and Europe on Friday. Here is a summary of their performances:

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL
Dupont's Scoring to Date: 36 games, 21 goals, 21 assists, 80 PIM
Dec. 15: Calgary 4, Kelowna 3 (OT) (at Calgary)

It was a huge night for Dupont, who picked up two goals and one assist to earn No. 1 star honors. He scored his first goal of the game on a power-play at 8:13 of the second period, tying the score at 2-2. He added his second goal, and team-leading 21st of the season, at 9:44 of the third, giving the Hitmen a 3-2 lead. He then assisted on Ryan White's game-winning goal just six seconds into overtime. Completing his "Gordie Howe hat trick", Dupont fought Kelowna's Luke Schenn late in the second period. With his three points, Dupont moved into the WHL's top 10 in scoring.

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 20 games, 12 goals, 9 assists, 23 PIM
Dec. 15: Kootenay 3, Medicine Hat 0 (at Kootenay)

Russell scored his 12th goal of the season with 27 seconds remaining in the game to seal the 3-0 win for the Ice. He finished the game with a team-high plus-3 rating.

KozakRick Kozak
Position: Right Wing
Team: Memphis RiverKings
League: CHL
Kozak's Scoring to Date: 6 games, 4 goals, 1 assist, 28 PIM
Dec. 15: Memphis 6, Wichita 2 (at Memphis)

Kozak scored his fourth goal in six games for Memphis with two minutes remaining in the second period, giving the RiverKings a 4-1 lead. He also fought Wichita's Dave Starenky at 8:52 of the third period and finished the game with a plus-2 rating.
(NOTE: Kozak's 2006-07 ECHL stats with Charlotte: 11 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 41 PIM)

SanguinettiBobby Sanguinetti
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Sanguinetti's Scoring to Date: 34 games, 15 goals, 13 assists, 28 PIM
Dec. 15: Sarnia 4, Owen Sound 2 (at Sarnia)

Sanguinetti did not score any points or take any penalties in the Attack's road loss.

HunterEric Hunter
Position: Left Wing
Team: Prince George Cougars
League: WHL
Hunter's Scoring to Date: 34 games, 13 goals, 16 assists, 89 PIM
Dec. 15: Kamloops 3, Prince George 1 (at Prince George)

Hunter did not score any points and took one minor penalty late in the third period of the Cougars' loss at home.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 32 games, 3 goals, 19 assists, 40 PIM
Dec. 15: Prince Albert 5, Moose Jaw 1 (at Moose Jaw)

Zeliska did not score any points or take any penalties in the Raiders' rout of the Warriors in Moose Jaw.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 31 games, 0 goals, 10 assists, 84 PIM
Dec. 15: Plymouth 5, Oshawa 1 (at Oshawa)

Koverko did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the Generals' loss at home.

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Flatt's Scoring to Date: 28 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 130 PIM
Dec. 15: Sarnia 4, Owen Sound 2 (at Sarnia)

Flatt did not score any points but took 17 minutes in penalties in the Attack's loss. After being called for a roughing minor at 0:56 of the second period, Flatt was whistled for a checking-from-behind major and given a game misconduct penalty at 12:46 of the third.
(NOTE: Flatt's 2006-07 WHL stats with Kootenay: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 35 PIM)

Foote Jordan Foote
Position: Left Wing
Team: Michigan Tech Huskies
League: WCHA
Foote's Scoring to Date: 16 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 22 PIM
Dec. 15: Michigan Tech 3, North Dakota 1 (at North Dakota)

Foote did not score any points and was called for a minor penalty in the first minute of the Huskies' home win over the Sioux.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Portland Winter Hawks
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 31 games, 4 goals, 7 assists, 44 PIM
Dec. 15: Tri-City 5, Portland 2 (at Tri-City)

Sauer did not score any points and was called for two minor penalties in his team's loss at Tri-City.

Olver Darin Olver
Position: Center
Team: Northern Michigan Wildcats
League: CCHA
Olver's Scoring to Date: 19 games, 6 goals, 10 assists, 18 PIM
Dec. 15: Northern Michigan 5, U.S. Under-18 Team 4 (OT) (at Northern Michigan) (exhibition game)

It was a three-point night for Olver in an exhibition game against the U.S. Under-18 team. Olver had the primary assist on the game's first goal, scored by Nick Sirota on a power play at 1:14 of the first period. He later had the primary assist on an even-strength goal by Andrew Sarauer at 5:42 of the third, which put the Wildcats up 3-2. After the U.S. Under-18 team rallied with two goals to take a 4-3 lead, Olver averted disaster for NMU by scoring with 2:28 remaining in the game to force overtime. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating.

Anisimov Artem Anisimov
Position: Forward
Team: Russian National Under-20 Team
Event: Prep for World Junior Tournament
Anisimov's Scoring to Date: 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
Dec. 15: Team Russia 4, Soviet Wings 4 (at Moscow, Russia) (exhibition game)

Anisimov did not score any points or take any penalties as the Russian team assembled to compete in the upcoming World Junior Championships tied the Soviet Wings in exhibition play.

Cliche Marc-Andre Cliche
Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston MAINEiacs
League: QMJHL
Cliche's Scoring to Date: 30 games, 15 goals, 20 assists, 28 PIM
Dec. 15: Lewiston 4, Val d'Or 2 (at Lewiston)

Cliche missed the game because he is now training with Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position: Left Wing
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Zaborsky's Scoring to Date: 31 games, 6 goals, 15 assists, 8 PIM
Dec. 15: Kitchener 5, Saginaw 3 (at Kitchener)

Zaborsky missed the game because he is now training with Team Slovakia for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 28 games, 5 goals, 12 assists, 53 PIM
Dec. 15: Sudbury 4, Brampton 1 (at Sudbury)

Staal missed the game because he is now training with Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Pyatt's Scoring to Date: 31 games, 21 goals, 24 assists, 16 PIM
Dec. 15: Kitchener 5, Saginaw 3 (at Kitchener)

Pyatt missed the game because he is now training with Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Dec. 10 -- Dupont assists in Calgary's shutout win
Dec. 12 -- Kozak nets pair of power-play goals for Memphis
Dec. 12 -- Callahan stars in Wolf Pack victory
Dec. 15 -- Marek scores for Team Czech Republic

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