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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Dec. 31, 2006

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, shut out the Portland Pirates 2-0 on Sunday in Portland, Me., to reach the .500 mark on the season. Goaltender Al Montoya, the No. 1 star, picked up his second shutout in the past three games with a brilliant 28-save performance. No. 2 star Brad Isbister scored the eventual game-winner for Hartford off an assist from Nigel Dawes at 7:34 of the second period. Rookie scoring sensation Ryan Callahan added his 21st goal of the season on a shorthanded situation at 12:57 of the third. The Pack outshot the Pirates 38-28, but the game was a true goaltending duel between Hartford's Montoya and Portland's Dov Grumet-Morris, the No. 3 star. Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer had a shot on goal and took one minor penalty in the final game of his conditioning stint with the Wolf Pack. Hartford is now 16-16-2 on the season and only three points out of fourth place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, fell to the August Lynx 5-2 on Sunday in Augusta, Ga. Charlotte held a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Lynx stormed back with five unanswered goals, including an empty-netter. Rangers goaltending prospect Chris Holt made 19 saves for Charlotte. The Checkers are now 16-13-1 and in fifth place in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, three Rangers prospects competed in regular-season games in the WHL and NCAA on Sunday. Here is a summary of their performances:

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 24 games, 15 goals, 13 assists, 23 PIM
Dec. 31: Kootenay 5, Prince Albert 1 (at Kootenay)

Russell continued to rack up the points for the Ice with another multi-point game. He had the second assist on Michael Busto's power-play goal at 0:53 of the second period, giving Kootenay a 3-0 lead. He closed out the game with his 15th goal of the season on a power play at 14:20 of the third period.

Olver Darin Olver
Position: Center
Team: Northern Michigan Wildcats
League: CCHA
Olver's Scoring to Date: 21 games, 6 goals, 12 assists, 20 PIM
Dec. 31: Notre Dame 4, Northern Michigan 2 (at Notre Dame)

Olver had the second assist on Mike Santorelli's power-play goal at 19:16 of the third period, cutting Notre Dame's lead to 3-2. The Irish later sealed the game with an empty-net goal at 19:51. Olver was also called for a minor penalty in the second period.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 34 games, 3 goals, 20 assists, 42 PIM
Dec. 31: Kootenay 5, Prince Albert 1 (at Kootenay)

Zeliska did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the Raiders' loss on the road.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 28 games, 5 goals, 12 assists, 53 PIM
Dec. 31: Brampton 4, Sudbury 1 (at Brampton)

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

Recent Prospect Updates:
Dec. 27 -- Hillier scores twice, adds assist for Halifax
Dec. 28 -- Resurgent Russell gets two assists for Kootenay
Dec. 29 -- Ryan gets goal, assist for Black Bears
Dec. 30 -- Sanguinetti scores twice for Owen Sound

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