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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Jan. 19, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Dawes

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, defeated the Portland Pirates 5-4 on Friday night in Portland, Me., as they continued their remarkable run of success over the past several weeks. Trailing 3-1 late in the second period, the Pack came back with four straight goals, including the winner. Nigel Dawes, the game's No. 1 star, opened the night for Portland by scoring his 10th goal of the season just 12 seconds into the game. All-Star defenseman Daniel Girardi picked up the lone assist on the goal. Portland came back with three goals, including one just 1:18 into the second period, before the Wolf Pack mounted their tremendous comeback. Bryce Lampman cut the Pirates' lead to 3-2 on a power play with 4:10 remaining off assists from Dawes and Dwight Helminen, and Lauri Korpikoski tied the game at 3-3 at 1:25 of the third period with his sixth goal of the season. Brandon Dubinsky and No. 3 star Ivan Baranka assisted on Korpikoski's tying goal. David Liffiton then scored his first of the season to give the Pack a 4-3 lead at 9:55 of the third. Dawes, picking up his third point, and Dubinsky assisted on the go-ahead goal. Jarkko Immonen finally came through with the eventual game-winner on a power play at 12:49 of the third. Marvin Degon and Helminen assisted on Immonen's goal, which made it a 5-3 game. Goaltender Al Montoya made 21 saves to pick up the victory for Hartford, which outshot Portland 26-25. Hartford is now 23-17-3 on the season. The Wolf Pack have gone 18-6-2 over their past 26 games and have a firm hold on second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, just six points behind Manchester. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


Falardeau

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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, shut out the South Carolina Stingrays 5-0 at home on Friday night. Rangers prospects Lee Falardeau and Rick Kozak helped get the rout going for the Checkers, assisting on Dan Murphy's goal at 2:37 of the first period. Falardeau then picked up another assist on Murphy's second goal of the night at 13:53 of the first. Hugh Jessiman made it 3-0 on a power play at 5:57 of the second period, and Zdenek Bahensky put the Checkers up 4-0, with Jessiman assisting at 2:19 of the third. Falardeau, the No. 3 star, helped finish off the scoring with his third assist of the night on Murphy's hat-trick goal at 15:08 of the third period. The Checkers are now 21-14-3 and in fourth place in the American Conference's South Division -- just five points behind division-leading Gwinnett. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, 17 Rangers prospects competed in regular-season games in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL, NCAA and Europe on Friday. Here is a summary of their performances:

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 33 games, 5 goals, 19 assists, 57 PIM
Jan. 19: Saginaw 6, Sudbury 5 (at Sudbury)

Despite the loss, it was a tremendous four-point night for All-Star defenseman Staal. Staal had the second assist on Devin DiDiomete's goal at 5:42 of the second period, giving Sudbury a 2-1 lead at the time. He followed that up with another assist on a power-play goal by Kevin Baker just two minutes later, making it 3-1. Trailing 6-3, Staal got another second assist on Gerome Giudice's goal with 3:25 remaining. He capped off his evening with yet another second assist on Nick Foligno's power-play goal with 15 seconds left to play.

Olver Darin Olver
Position: Center
Team: Northern Michigan Wildcats
League: CCHA
Olver's Scoring to Date: 26 games, 10 goals, 14 assists, 24 PIM
Jan. 19: Northern Michigan 4, Bowling Green 1 (at Northern Michigan)

It was a big night for Olver, the game's No. 1 star with a pair of goals. Olver scored the eventual game-winner at 8:10 of the opening period to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. He then notched his second of the evening at 1:26 of the third period to make it 3-0. Olver also took a minor penalty in the first period.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position: Left Wing
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Zaborsky's Scoring to Date: 35 games, 9 goals, 16 assists, 10 PIM
Jan. 19: Saginaw 6, Sudbury 5 (at Sudbury)

Zaborsky scored the game-winning goal for the Spirit at 15:40 of the third period. His ninth goal of the season made it 6-3 at the time and capped off a run of five straight Saginaw goals.

HunterEric Hunter
Position: Left Wing
Team: Prince George Cougars
League: WHL
Hunter's Scoring to Date: 44 games, 14 goals, 19 assists, 106 PIM
Jan. 19: Prince George 4, Chilliwack 0 (at Prince George)

Hunter delivered the game's first goal, scoring shorthanded at 10:49 of the first period. That goal stood up as the game-winner.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL
Dupont's Scoring to Date: 47 games, 24 goals, 27 assists, 91 PIM
Jan. 19: Calgary 3, Prince Albert 0 (at Prince Albert)

Dupont closed out the scoring with his 24th goal of the season with 14 seconds left in the third period. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 32 games, 17 goals, 22 assists, 31 PIM
Jan. 19: Kootenay 6, Kamloops 4 (at Kootenay)

Russell had the primary assist on Andrew Bailey's goal at 4:14 of the first period, pulling the Ice into a 1-1 tie. That goal set off a run of five straight Kootenay tallies over a span of slightly more than 20 minutes until the Ice held a 5-1 lead with 13:55 left in the middle period.

Kveton David Kveton
Position: Right Wing
Team: Gatineau
League: QMJHL
Kveton's Scoring to Date: 8 games, 1 goal, 9 assists, 4 PIM
Jan. 19: Gatineau 9, Halifax 4 (at Gatineau)

Kveton had the primary assist on Kevin Petit's power-play goal at 2:26 of the first period, giving the Olympiques an early 1-0 lead. He also took a minor penalty in the first period.
(NOTE: Kveton's 2006-07 Czech stats with Vsetin: 19 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 8 PIM)

RocheKen Roche
Position: Center
Team: Boston University Terriers
League: Hockey East
Roche's Scoring to Date: 20 games, 7 goals, 11 assists, 14 PIM
Jan. 19: Boston University 3, Merrimack 0 (at Merrimack)

Roche had the second assist on Bryan Ewing's game-winning goal at 7:45 of the opening period.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Pyatt's Scoring to Date: 35 games, 23 goals, 26 assists, 16 PIM
Jan. 19: Saginaw 6, Sudbury 5 (at Sudbury)

Pyatt, an OHL All-Star, did not score any points or take any penalties in the Spirit's win at Sudbury.

Cliche Marc-Andre Cliche
Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston MAINEiacs
League: QMJHL
Cliche's Scoring to Date: 33 games, 15 goals, 21 assists, 30 PIM
Jan. 19: Shawinigan 1, Lewiston 0 (OT) (at Lewiston)

Cliche took one minor penalty in the first period of the MAINEiacs' shutout loss at home.

SanguinettiBobby Sanguinetti
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Sanguinetti's Scoring to Date: 44 games, 20 goals, 18 assists, 46 PIM
Jan. 19: Guelph 5, Owen Sound 0 (at Guelph)

Sanguinetti, recently named to the OHL All-Star Game, took a 10-minute misconduct penalty midway through the second period of the Attack's loss at Guelph.

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL
Hillier's Scoring to Date: 47 games, 22 goals, 18 assists, 73 PIM
Jan. 19: Gatineau 9, Halifax 4 (at Gatineau)

Hillier did not score any points and took a minor penalty in the first period of the Mooseheads' loss.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 42 games, 3 goals, 21 assists, 52 PIM
Jan. 19: Calgary 3, Prince Albert 0 (at Prince Albert)

Zeliska did not score any points or take any penalties as the Raiders were blanked at home.

Ryan Billy Ryan
Position: Center
Team: University of Maine Black Bears
League: Hockey East
Ryan's Scoring to Date: 22 games, 5 goals, 13 assists, 12 PIM
Jan. 19: Providence 3, Maine 0 (at Providence)

Ryan did not score any points or take any penalties as the Black Bears were shut out on the road.

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: HC Hame Zlin
League: Czech Extraliga
Psurny's Scoring to Date: 39 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 18 PIM
Jan. 19 Zlin 4, Slavia Praha 0 (at Prague)

Psurny did not score any points or take any penalties in his team's shutout victory.
(NOTE: Psurny's 2006-07 Czech First Division stats with Trebic: 4 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 PIM)

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 42 games, 0 goals, 14 assists, 108 PIM
Jan. 19: Oshawa 7, Windsor 5 (at Oshawa)

Koverko did not score any points and took one major penalty for fighting with 32 seconds left in the game

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Brampton Battalion
League: OHL
Flatt's Scoring to Date: 37 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, 156 PIM
Jan. 19: Kingston 4, Brampton 1 (at Kingston)

Flatt did not score any points and took seven minutes in penalties in the opening period.
(NOTE: Flatt's 2006-07 WHL stats with Kootenay: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 35 PIM)

BellerGreg Beller
Position: Left Wing
Team: Yale Bulldogs
League: ECAC
Beller's Scoring to Date: 13 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 10 PIM
Jan. 19: Yale 2, Cornell 2 (at Cornell)

Beller was not in the lineup for his team's tie on the road.

Foote Jordan Foote
Position: Left Wing
Team: Michigan Tech Huskies
League: WCHA
Foote's Scoring to Date: 23 games, 2 goals, 6 assists, 28 PIM
Jan. 19: Alaska-Anchorage 3, Michigan Tech 2 (at Anchorage, Alaska)

Foote did not score any points or take any penalties as the Huskies lost a one-goal game in Alaska.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Jan. 15 -- Pyatt scores 23rd goal of season for Saginaw
Jan. 16 -- Russell assists on Kootenay game-winner
Jan. 17 -- Helminen No. 3 star as Hartford streak ends
Jan. 18 -- Marek gets two assists in Magnitogorsk win

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