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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Feb. 28, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Lowell Devils 2-1 on Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center, snapping their six-game winning streak. Hugh Jessiman, the game's No. 3 star, scored the lone Hartford goal off assists from Ivan Baranka and Dwight Helminen at 5:55 of the second period. That goal closed out the scoring after the Devils had gone up 2-0 on a pair of early second-period goals. Jessiman's goal came only nine seconds after Lowell's Ryan Murphy made it 2-0. Jessiman has now scored in each of the last three games. Wednesday night also marked the Wolf Pack debut of forward Alex Bourret, obtained by the Rangers in a trade on Tuesday. Hartford goaltender Al Montoya made 27 saves in defeat, as the Devils outshot the Pack 29-22. Hartford is now 34-21-3 on the season and has gone a remarkable 29-10-2 over the past 41 games to take over second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

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

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Pyatt's Scoring to Date: 51 games, 36 goals, 35 assists, 18 PIM
Feb. 28: Saginaw 4, Sault Ste. Marie 1 (at Sault Ste. Marie)

It was another big night for Pyatt, who scored two goals and added an assist to earn No. 1 star honors. He opened the scoring with his first goal just 54 seconds into the first period. Pyatt later picked up the primary assist on Ryan O'Marra's power-play goal at 1:30 of the third period, making it a 3-1 game. He closed out his outstanding performance with his 36th goal of the season on a power play with 5:09 remaining in the third period. Pyatt finished the night with a plus-1 rating.

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 51 games, 25 goals, 41 assists, 43 PIM
Feb. 28: Kootenay 4, Lethbridge 3 (at Kootenay)

Kootenay's captain Russell enjoyed his second straight two-point night. He had the primary assist on Chad Greenan's power-play goal, which opened the scoring at 9:38 of the first period. He followed that up with another primary assist on a power play goal by Steve DaSilva at 3:56 of the second. Russell also took a minor penalty in the second period.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 52 games, 4 goals, 23 assists, 62 PIM
Feb. 28: Moose Jaw 7, Prince Albert 4 (at Moose Jaw)

Zeliska closed out the scoring with his fourth goal of the season on a power play at 14:46 of the third period. It was his first goal since Oct. 21.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position: Left Wing
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Zaborsky's Scoring to Date: 51 games, 17 goals, 19 assists, 14 PIM
Feb. 28: Saginaw 4, Sault Ste. Marie 1 (at Sault Ste. Marie)

Zaborsky had the primary assist on Patrick Asselin's game-winning goal, scored on a power play at 14:45 of the second period. The goal gave Saginaw a 2-1 lead.

SanguinettiBobby Sanguinetti
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Sanguinetti's Scoring to Date: 61 games, 23 goals, 28 assists, 50 PIM
Feb. 28: Guelph 4, Owen Sound 1 (at Guelph)

Sanguinetti did not score any points or take any penalties in the Attack's road loss.

RocheKen Roche
Position: Center
Team: Boston University Terriers
League: Hockey East
Roche's Scoring to Date: 33 games, 11 goals, 16 assists, 24 PIM
Feb. 28: Northeastern 4, Boston University 2 (at Northeastern)

Roche did not score any points or take any penalties in the Terriers' loss to Northeastern. He tied for the Boston University lead with four shots on goal.

DornicIvan Dornic
Position: Forward
Team: BK Mlada Boleslav
League: Czech First Division
Dornic's Scoring to Date: 15 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 8 PIM
Feb. 28: Mlada Boleslav 6, Havlickuv Brod 3 (at Mlada Boleslav)

Dornic did not score any points or take any penalties as Mlada Boleslav won at home.
(NOTE: Dornic's 2006-07 Slovak Extraliga stats with Skalica: 20 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM)

Recent Prospect Updates:
Feb. 23-- Dupont scores pair of goals for Calgary
Feb. 24 -- Pyatt's 33rd goal is game-winner for Saginaw
Feb. 25 -- Wolf Pack run winning streak to six games
Feb. 26 -- Hunter No. 1 star as Cougars finish game with Everett

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