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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Dec. 17, 2006

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Dubinsky

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Manchester Monarchs 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Manchester, N.H. The Pack's Brandon Dubinsky scored Hartford's goal on a power play at 2:54 of the opening period, givinge his team a 1-0 lead. Defenseman Thomas Pock and goaltender Stephen Valiquette picked up the assists on Dubinsky's sixth goal of the season. Manchester came back to tie the game just under three minutes later, when Patrick O'Sullivan converted a power play. O'Sullivan, who led all AHL rookies in goals last season later later got the game-winner on a power play with 41 seconds left in the third period. Valiquette, the game's No. 3 star, made 23 saves in defeat for the Wolf Pack, and Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer played in his third AHL game since returning from the pulmonary embolism that had sidelined him for the past four months. Ryan Callahan led all players with seven shots on goal, but former Rangers netminder Jason LaBarbera shut him down, making 29 saves to earn No. 2 star honors behind O'Sullivan. Hartford is now 12-13-2 on the season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


Bahensky

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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Gwinnett Gladiators 2-1 on Sunday afternoon in Duluth, Ga. Rangers prospect Zdenek Bahensky had the primary assist on the Checkers' lone goal, scored by Nathan Gillies just 41 seconds into the game. Gwinnett's Jon Awe tied the score on a power play midway through the first period and the got the winner on another power play at 0:54 of the second. Rangers goaltending prospect Chris Holt made 30 saves, including 15 in the second period. The Checkers are now 15-10-1 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, three Rangers prospects competed in a regular-season games in the QMJHL, OHL and Europe on Sunday. Here is a summary of their performances:

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL
Hillier's Scoring to Date: 37 games, 18 goals, 11 assists, 45 PIM
Dec. 17: Halifax 4, Cape Breton 1 (at Halifax)

Hillier, the game's No. 2 star, scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season at 12:36 of the second period, giving the Mooseheads a 3-1 lead.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 32 games, 0 goals, 11 assists, 86 PIM
Dec. 17: Oshawa 5, Saginaw 3 (at Oshawa)

Koverko had the second assist on Dale Mitchell's goal at 14:52 of the second period, giving the Generals a 3-2 lead. He also took a minor penalty in the third period and finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

Marek Jan Marek
Position: Forward
Team: Czech Republic National Team
Tournament: Channel One Cup (Czechs finish fourth)
Marek's Stats in Tournament: 3 games, 3 goals, 0 assists, 8 PIM
Dec. 17: Russia 4, Czech Republic 1 (at Moscow, Russia)

Marek did not record a point and took minor penalties in the first and third periods of the Czechs' loss to Russia in the tournament's bronze-medal game.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 28 games, 5 goals, 12 assists, 53 PIM
Dec. 17: Sudbury 4, Mississauga (at Mississauga)

Staal 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. 17: Oshawa 5, Saginaw 3 (at Oshawa)

Zaborsky missed the game because he is now training with Team Slovakia 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. 17: Oshawa 5, Saginaw 3 (at Oshawa)

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

Recent Prospect Updates:
Dec. 13 -- Callahan stars in Wolf Pack victory
Dec. 14 -- Marek scores for Team Czech Republic
Dec. 15 -- Dupont gets three points in OT victory
Dec. 16 -- Marek gets two goals at Channel One Cup

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