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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Dec. 2, 2006

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Valiquette

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, rolled to their fourth consecutive victory on Saturday night, shutting out the Manchester Monarchs 3-0 at the Hartford Civic Center. Newcomer Brad Isbister got the Pack on the board with the eventual game-winner at 7:56 of the first period, with Jarkko Immonen getting the lone assist. Craig Weller, the game's No. 3 star, then scored at 1:49 of the second period to make it 2-0 off an assist from Dwight Helminen, named the game's No. 2 star. Helminen later closed out the scoring with his fifth goal of the season at 4:26 of the third, as Weller and Dane Byers picked up assists. Stephen Valiquette, the game's No. 1 star, made 26 saves to earn his first shutout of the season for the Pack. Hartford dominated the game despite playing without their leading scorer, Ryan Callahan, who was recently recalled to the Rangers. Hartford is now 9-11-1 on the 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, beat the Augusta Lynx 6-3 at home on Saturday night behind a four-point performance from Rangers prospect Bruce Graham, the game's No. 2 star. Fellow Rangers draftee Lee Falardeau scored his second goal in two games to open the scoring for the Checkers at 14:02 of the first period. Falardeau's goal, which tied the game at 1-1 came off a primary assist from Graham. Four minutes later, Graham collected his second assist of the night, setting up a go-ahead goal by Kirk DeWaele. Graham's third assist came on the eventual game-winner -- a shorthanded goal by Mark Lee at 17:02 of the second that made it 4-2. Graham finished off his offensive onslaught by closing out the scoring with his lone goal of the evening, and his 14th of the season, at 14:31 of the third period. That goal moved him into a tie for second in the ECHL. Rangers goaltending prospect Chris Holt made 30 saves to earn the win for Charlotte. The Checkers are now 11-7-0 and tied for fourth place in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, 14 Rangers prospects competed in regular-season games in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL, NCAA and Europe on Saturday. Here is a summary of their performances:

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 27 games, 3 goals, 17 assists, 41 PIM
Dec. 2: Prince Albert 3, Moose Jaw 0 (at Prince Albert)

Continuing to show a flair for setting up goals, Zeliska had two more points in the Raiders' shutout victory at home, earning No. 1 star honors. He had the second assist on the game-winning goal, scored by Matt Robertson at 7:28 of the third period. Zeliska followed that up with the second assist on Milan Jurik's goal at 16:49 of the third and finished the game with a plus-2 rating.

SanguinettiBobby Sanguinetti
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Sanguinetti's Scoring to Date: 28 games, 14 goals, 13 assists, 28 PIM
Dec. 2: Owen Sound 4, Toronto St. Michael's 3 (OT) (at Owen Sound)

It was a two-point night for Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first-round pick in Vancouver last June. He picked up the second assist on the game's opening goal, scored by Anton Hedman on a power ply at 11:00 of the first period. He followed that up with the lone assist on Thomas Stajan's power play goal at 17:09 of the first, making it 3-0 for Owen Sound. Sanguinetti was also called for a minor penalty in the second period.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Pyatt's Scoring to Date: 30 games, 20 goals, 22 assists, 14 PIM
Dec. 2: London 5, Saginaw 4 (SO) (at Saginaw)

It was another multi-point night for Pyatt, who registered two assists. He had the primary assist on the Spirit's first goal, scored by Patrick Asselin at 3:38 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. He later picked up the second assist on Patrick McNeill's power play goal with 29 seconds left in the opening period, cutting London's lead to 3-2. Pyatt was also the first shooter for Saginaw in the overtime shootout, but his scoring bid was stopped by London goalie Steve Mason.

Olver Darin Olver
Position: Center
Team: Northern Michigan Wildcats
League: CCHA
Olver's Scoring to Date: 17 games, 6 goals, 10 assists, 16 PIM
Dec. 2: Lake Superior 5, Northern Michigan 2 (at Northern Michigan)

Olver, the game's No. 3 star, had a two-point night in defeat. He scored his sixth goal of the season on a power play at 6:26 of the third period, cutting the Lakers' lead to 3-1. He also had the primary assist on NMU's other goal, scored by Matt Maunu at 12:59 of the third period. That goal made it 3-2, but Lake Superior opened up a 4-2 lead just 13 seconds later. Lake Superior swept the home-and-home series from the Wildcats.

HunterEric Hunter
Position: Left Wing
Team: Prince George Cougars
League: WHL
Hunter's Scoring to Date: 29 games, 12 goals, 14 assists, 85 PIM
Dec. 2: Chilliwack 5, Prince George 4 (SO) (at Chilliwack)

Hunter, the Cougars' captain, scored the first Prince George goal in what turned out to be an amazing comeback to force overtime. With his team down 4-0, Hunter connected on a power play at 8:24 of the second period to start a run of four unanswered Cougars goals. Hunter, who also took a minor penalty in the third period, was Prince George's leadoff shooter in the shootout. He was stopped by Chilliwack goalie Alex Archibald. Each of the first two Bruins shooters scored to clinch the shootout.

FurrerPhilippe Furrer
Position: Defense
Team: SC Bern
League: Swiss Nationalliga A
Furrer's Scoring to Date: 14 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 37 PIM
Dec. 2: Davos 4, Bern 3 (at Davos)

In his second game back with Bern after missing 11 games due to a knee injury, Furrer contributed the second assist on Sebastien Bordeleau's goal at 13:27 of the third period. The goal tied the game at 3-3, but Davos went on to score the game-winner only 1:20 later. Furrer also took two minor penalties in the game.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Portland Winter Hawks
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 27 games, 4 goals, 6 assists, 36 PIM
Dec. 2: Everett 4, Portland 3 (at Portland)

Sauer had the primary assist on Colton Sceviour's power-play goal at 16:47 of the second period, which cut Everett's lead at the time to 4-2.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL
Dupont's Scoring to Date: 31 games, 17 goals, 18 assists, 75 PIM
Dec. 2: Calgary 3, Medicine Hat 2 (at Calgary)

Dupont did not score any points and took two minor penalties in a game the Hitmen won with three seconds remaining in regulation. Calgary had trailed 2-0 as late as eight minutes into the second period before storming back for three unanswered goals. Dupont finished the night with a plus-1 rating.

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Flatt's Scoring to Date: 22 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 113 PIM
Dec. 2: Owen Sound 4, Toronto St. Michael's 3 (OT) (at Owen Sound)

Flatt did not score any points or take any penalties in the Attack's overtime win.
(NOTE: Flatt's 2006-07 WHL stats with Kootenay: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 35 PIM)

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 26 games, 0 goals, 7 assists, 74 PIM
Dec. 2: Oshawa 8, Ottawa 2 (at Oshawa)

Koverko did not score any points or take any penalties as the Generals rolled over the 67s at home.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position: Left Wing
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Zaborsky's Scoring to Date: 29 games, 6 goals, 14 assists, 8 PIM
Dec. 2: London 5, Saginaw 4 (SO) (at Saginaw)

Zaborsky did not score any points or take any penalties in the Spirit's overtime shootout loss at home.

BellerGreg Beller
Position: Left Wing
Team: Yale Bulldogs
League: ECAC
Beller's Scoring to Date: 7 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 PIM
Dec. 2: St. Lawrence 5, Yale 2 (at New Haven)

Beller was back in the lineup after not playing in five games for the Bulldogs, but did not score any points or take any penalties in his team's loss to St. Lawrence.

RocheKen Roche
Position: Center
Team: Boston University Terriers
League: Hockey East
Roche's Scoring to Date: 12 games, 5 goals, 6 assists, 8 PIM
Dec. 2: Boston College 1, Boston University 0 (at Boston University)

Roche's entire Terriers team was shut down by their archrivals, the Eagles, and BC goaltender
Cory Schneider, a Vancouver Canucks first-round draft pick who made 34 saves for the victory. Roche fired five of the shots at Schneider.

Foote Jordan Foote
Position: Left Wing
Team: Michigan Tech Huskies
League: WCHA
Foote's Scoring to Date: 13 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 14 PIM
Dec. 2: St. Cloud State 3, Michigan Tech 2 (OT) (at Michigan Tech)

Foote did not score any points or take any penalties in the Huskies' overtime loss at home. He finished the game with four shots on goal.

Cliche Marc-Andre Cliche
Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston MAINEiacs
League: QMJHL
Cliche's Scoring to Date: 28 games, 15 goals, 19 assists, 24 PIM
Dec. 2: Lewiston 3, St. John's 1 (at Lewiston)

Cliche, who is suffering from the flu, was not in the lineup for the MAINEiacs' win over St. John's.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Nov. 28 -- Roche picks up 11th point for Terriers
Nov. 29 -- Russell helps WHL All-Stars top Russians
Nov. 30 -- Dupont scores hat trick for WHL All-Stars
Dec. 1 -- Staal gets two assists in Sudbury's comeback win

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