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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Dec. 23, 2006

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Baranka

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Providence Bruins 3-1 on Saturday night at the Hartford Civic Center. Defenseman Ivan Baranka scored the lone Wolf Pack goal on a power-play at 8:33 of the third period, cutting Providence's lead at the time to 2-1. Ryan Callahan and Greg Moore picked up the assists on Baranka's second goal of the season. The Bruins later put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal at 19:38. Jed Ortmeyer, who had the game-winner for the Wolf Pack one night earlier, had two shots on goal, as he continued his comeback from a pulmonary embolism. Goaltender Stephen Valiquette made 19 saves for Hartford, which is now 13-14-2 on the season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

In addition, two Rangers prospect competed in regular-season and exhibition games in the CHL and Europe on Saturday. Here is a summary of their performances:

KozakRick Kozak
Position: Right Wing
Team: Memphis RiverKings
League: CHL
Kozak's Scoring to Date: 10 games, 8 goals, 1 assist, 36 PIM
Dec. 23: Memphis 4, Wichita 2 (at Wichita)

Kozak had a big night for the RiverKings, scoring two goals in the opening period. His first goal came at the 3:04 mark, giving Memphis an early 1-0 lead. He then tallied again, getting the eventual game-winner with 2:33 left in the period to make it 3-1. He 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)

Zaborsky Tomas Zaborsky
Position: Forward
Team: Slovak National Under-20 Team
Event: Prep for World Junior Tournament
Zaborsky's Pre-Tournament Scoring to Date: 2 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0 PIM
Dec. 23: Slovakia 5, Belarus 3 (at Langshyttan, Sweden) (exhibition game)

Centering his team's third line, Zaborsky scored Slovakia's first goal at 8:56 of the opening period, tying the score at 1-1.

FurrerPhilippe Furrer
Position: Defense
Team: SC Bern
League: Swiss Nationalliga A
Furrer's Scoring to Date: 16 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 41 PIM
Dec. 23: Bern 4, Geneva Servette 3 (at Geneva)

Furrer was not in the lineup for Bern's win in Geneva.

AnisimovArtem Anisimov
Position: Center
Team: Yaroslavl Lokomotiv
League: Russian Superleague
Anisimov's Scoring to Date: 25 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 20 PIM
Dec. 23: St. Petersburg 5, Yaroslavl 3 (at St. Petersburg)

Anisimov was not in the lineup because he is preparing for the World Junior Championships with Team Russia.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Dec. 19 -- Kozak scores in Memphis victory
Dec. 20 -- Kveton gets assist for Czech Republic
Dec. 21 -- Marek picks up assist as Russian league resumes
Dec. 22 -- Montoya stops 30 shots in Hartford's win

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