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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Dec. 27, 2006

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 3-1 on Wednesday night in Springfield, Mass. Rookie Ryan Callahan's 20th goal of the season was Hartford's only tally. Callahan, the game's No. 3 star, scored on a power play with one second remaining in the first period to give the Pack a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Brad Isbister and Daniel Girardi picked up the assists on Callahan's goal. Springfield answered on a 5-on-3 power play just over five minutes into the second period to tie the game at 1-1, and the Falcons got the eventual game-winner while still on the power play just 37 seconds after the tying goal. Former NHL player Norm Milley had each of the first two Springfield goals, and Marek Kvapil found the empty net with 17 seconds left to close out the Falcons' win. Goaltender Stephen Valiquette made 27 saves for Hartford, which is now 14-15-2 on the season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

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

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL
Hillier's Scoring to Date: 38 games, 20 goals, 12 assists, 45 PIM
Dec. 27: Halifax 5, Saint John 3 (at Halifax)

It was a huge night for Hillier, coming off a 10-day holiday break, as he scored two goals and assisted on another to earn No. 1 star honors. Hillier tallied his first goal on a power play at 10:13 of the opening period, pulling the Mooseheads into a 1-1 tie. He later scored his 20th goal of the season at 12:58 of the second, again tying the score at 2-2. He closed out his big night with the primary assist on Bryce Swan's goal with 1:54 remaining in the game and finished the game with a plus-3 rating.

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 22 games, 14 goals, 10 assists, 23 PIM
Dec. 27: Red Deer 4, Kootenay 3 (OT) (at Red Deer)

Despite the overtime loss for the Ice, it was a big night for Russell, the Kootenay captain, who had a goal that forced overtime after picking up an earlier assist. He began his evening with the second assist on Andrew Bailey's power-play goal at 9:21 of the first period, which gave the Ice a 2-0 lead. Russell later scored his 14th goal of the season, tying the game at 9:46 of the third period and earning No. 3 star honors for the night. Red Deer won the game when Brandon Sutter, the son of Red Deer general manager/coach and former NHL player Brent Sutter, completed his hat trick at 2:13 of overtime.

HunterEric Hunter
Position: Left Wing
Team: Prince George Cougars
League: WHL
Hunter's Scoring to Date: 36 games, 14 goals, 16 assists, 91 PIM
Dec. 27: Spokane 4, Prince George 3 (OT) (at Prince George)

Hunter, the Cougars' captain, scored the game-tying goal for Prince George on a power play at 10:25 of the third period. That goal forced an overtime, when ended with a goal by Michael Grabner at the 0:30 mark. Hunter also took one minor penalty in the game and ended the night with a plus-1 rating.

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: HC Hame Zlin
League: Czech Extraliga
Psurny's Scoring to Date: 32 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM
Dec. 27 Karlovy Vary 4, Zlin 0 (at Karlovy Vary)

Psurny did not score any points or take any penalties as Zlin was shut out on the road
(NOTE: Psurny's 2006-07 Czech First Division stats with Trebic: 4 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 PIM)

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 32 games, 3 goals, 19 assists, 40 PIM
Dec. 27: Prince Albert 4, Regina 3 (SO) (at Prince Albert)

Zeliska was not in the lineup for the Raiders' overtime shootout win at home.

Kveton David Kveton
Position: Right Wing
Team: HC Vsetin
League: Czech Extraliga
Kveton's Scoring to Date: 19 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 8 PIM
Dec. 27 Litvinov 6, Vsetin 1 (at Vsetin)

Kveton missed the game because he is playing for the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships.
(NOTE: Kveton's 2006-07 QMJHL stats with Gatineau: 5 games, 0 goals, 5 assists, 2 PIM)

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. 27: Moncton 4, Lewiston 2 (at Lewiston)

Cliche missed the game because he is playing for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 33 games, 4 goals, 8 assists, 46 PIM
Dec. 27: Traded, did not play

Sauer, the former Winter Hawks captain, was traded from Portland to Medicine Hat just hours before the Winter Hawks' scheduled road game against Tri-City. Coming over to Portland in the deal were 16-year-old defensemen Patrick Wiercoich and Lee Morrow.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Dec. 22 -- Montoya stops 30 shots in Hartford's win
Dec. 23 -- Zaborsky scores in Slovakia's pre-WJC win over Belarus
Dec. 24 -- Marek helps Magnitogorsk edge CSKA
Dec. 26 -- Kozak picks up two points for Memphis

· Complete 2006-07 Prospect Updates Index
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