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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Jan. 2, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, crushed the Columbia Inferno 8-0 at home on Tuesday night. Rangers prospects played a huge role in the win. No. 3 star Zdenek Bahensky led the way with a career high four points on a goal and three assists. No. 2 star Bruce Graham had two goals and one assist, and Lee Falardeau had two assists for the Checkers. Bahensky opened the scoring with the eventual game-winner for Charlotte at 14:39 of the first period. He picked up his second point of the night with the second assist on Dan Murphy's goal at 5:17 of the second period, making it 2-0. Hugh Jessiman, recently reassigned by the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, notched his first ECHL goal of the season at 6:41 of the second for a 3-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Graham and Lee Falardeau. Graham then tallied his 20th goal of the season at 3:09 of the third period off a primary assist from Falardeau, giving the Checkers a 4-0 lead. Bahensky's third point came when he registered the second assist on Charlotte's fifth goal, scored by Dan Murphy at 3:59 of the third period. Three minutes later, Graham picked up his second goal of the game at 6:58 of the third period, stretching the lead to 7-0. With 21 goals, Graham is now alone in second place in the ECHL, just two goals behind league-leader Mike Pandolfo. Bahensky closed out his big night with the second assist on Mike Ouellette's goal at 12:34 of the third, the last goal scored in the rout. Alex Westlund, who attended the Rangers' 2006 training camp, got the shutout with 27 saves to earn No. 1 star honors. The Checkers are now 17-13-1 and in fourth place in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

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

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 25 games, 15 goals, 14 assists, 23 PIM
Jan. 2: Kootenay 5, Medicine Hat 3 (at Kootenay)

Russell, the Kootenay captain, had the primary assist on Ben Maxwell's goal at 7:26 of the first period, giving the Ice a 1-0 lead. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 37 games, 4 goals, 8 assists, 50 PIM
Jan. 2: Kootenay 5, Medicine Hat 3 (at Kootenay)

Sauer did not score any points and took one minor penalty in his team's loss on the road.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 35 games, 3 goals, 20 assists, 42 PIM
Jan. 2: Lethbridge 4, Prince Albert 2 (at Lethbridge)

Zeliska did not score any points or take any penalties in the Raiders' loss on the road.

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: HC Hame Zlin
League: Czech Extraliga
Psurny's Scoring to Date: 34 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM
Jan. 2 Zlin 5, Trinec 4 (SO) (at Trinec)

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

FurrerPhilippe Furrer
Position: Defense
Team: SC Bern
League: Swiss Nationalliga A
Furrer's Scoring to Date: 16 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 41 PIM
Jan. 2: Lugano 3, Bern 2 (at Bern)

Furrer was not in the lineup for Bern's loss to Lugano at home. Former Rangers defenseman Jason Strudwick played for Lugano.

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
Jan. 2 Vitkovice 4, Vsetin 2 (at Vitkovice)

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)

Recent Prospect Updates:
Dec. 29 -- Ryan gets goal, assist for Black Bears
Dec. 30 -- Sanguinetti scores twice for Owen Sound
Dec. 31 -- Pack's Montoya shuts out Portland with 28 saves
Jan. 1 -- Koverko's Oshawa team routs Sudbury at home

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