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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Jan. 17, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Helminen

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Providence Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center, ending their winning streak at five games. The Pack staged a late comeback attempt that fell just short of forcing the game to overtime. Providence had taken a 2-0 lead on a pair of first-period goals by David Krejci, but the Pack made it a 2-1 game with only 14 seconds left in the opening period when Dwight Helminen notched his eighth goal of the season - a shorthanded tally assisted by Greg Moore. After a scoreless second period, the Bruins took a 3-1 lead at 4:05 of the third, but the Pack fought back to make it a one-goal game again with only 1:31 remaining in regulation. Nigel Dawes notched the goal, cutting the Providence lead to 3-2 off an assist from Jarkko Immonen, but Hartford could not get the tying goal against Bruins goaltender Jordan Sigalet. Stephen Valiquette made 12 saves in defeat for the Pack, who outshot Providence by a wide 30-15 margin. Helminen was named the game's No. 3 star for Hartford, which is now 22-17-3 on the season. The Wolf Pack have gone 17-6-2 over their past 25 games to move into second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, just six points behind Manchester. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


Graham

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Ranger prospect Bruce Graham represented the Charlotte Checkers at the East Coast Hockey League All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday night. Graham helped the American Conference score a 6-3 victory over the National Conference. Graham finished the game with one shot on goal and a plus-1 rating, as the American Conference outshot the National Conference 44-37. Graham was on the ice for his team's second goal, scored by Kevin Baker at 1:30 of the middle period. He was playing on a line with Baker and Maxime Boisclair. Graham's Checkers will play their next game on Friday at home against South Carolina. Charlotte is 20-14-3 and in fourth place in the American Conference's South Division -- just five points behind division-leading Florida. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, one Rangers prospects competed in a regular-season game in the WHL on Wednesday. Here is a summary of his performance:

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 41 games, 3 goals, 21 assists, 52 PIM
Jan. 17: Seattle 6, Prince Albert 5 (OT) (at Prince Albert)

Zeliska did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the second period of the Raiders overtime loss to the Thunderbirds.

DornicIvan Dornic
Position: Forward
Team: BK Mlada Boleslav
League: Czech First Division
Dornic's Scoring to Date: 8 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 PIM
Jan. 17: Jihlava 5, Mlada Boleslav 2 (at Jihlava)

Dornic was not in the lineup for his team's loss on the road.
(NOTE: Dornic's 2006-07 Slovak Extraliga stats with Skalica: 20 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM)

Recent Prospect Updates:
Jan. 13 -- Zaborsky gets first two-goal game in OHL
Jan. 14 -- Wolf Pack run winning streak to five
Jan. 15 -- Pyatt scores 23rd goal of season for Saginaw
Jan. 16 -- Russell assists on Kootenay game-winner

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