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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Jan. 3, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The surging Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, defeated the Providence Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center to go over the .500 mark for the first time season. Rookie Ryan Callahan, the No. 3 star, got the game off to a big start for Hartford, scoring his 22nd goal at 10:49 of the first to make it 1-0. Fellow rookies Brandon Dubinsky and Dane Byers picked up assists on the goal. Providence came back to tie the game at 1-1 just under five minutes later, and the score remained deadlocked until late in the third period, when the Pack ran away down the stretch with three unanswered goals. Byers, the No. 2 star, notched the eventual game-winner from defensemen David Liffiton and Marvin Degon at 15:27 of the third. Nigel Dawes then made it 3-1 at the 17:04 mark, picking up assists from Brad Isbister and Dwight Helminen. Isbister closed out the scoring by sending the puck into an empty net at 19:13. Assists on that goal went to Martin Richter and Helminen. Goaltender Al Montoya, the AHL's most recent Player of the Week, continued his sensational play in goal, stopping 28 shots for the Pack to earn No. 1 star honors for the second straight game. Hartford is now 17-16-2 on the season and only three points out of second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

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

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL
Dupont's Scoring to Date: 39 games, 22 goals, 21 assists, 84 PIM
Jan. 3: Calgary 6, Prince Albert 2 (at Calgary)

Dupont scored his 22nd goal of the season on a power play with 3:48 remaining in the second period to give the Hitmen a commanding 6-1 lead. The goal capped off a run of six straight Calgary goals in a span of 10:20.

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL
Hillier's Scoring to Date: 41 games, 20 goals, 15 assists, 53 PIM
Jan. 3: Cape Breton 7, Halifax 2 (at Cape Breton)

It was another multi-point night for Hillier, even though the Mooseheads were routed on the road. He had the second assist on Peter-James Corsi's goal at 8:11 of the second period, which put Halifax on the board after Cape Breton broke out to a 6-0 lead. He later had the primary assist on Bryce Swan's goal at 3:56 of the third period, making it a 6-2 game. Hillier also took a minor penalty in the third period and was one of only four players on his team who did not finish the game with a negative plus-minus rating.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 38 games, 4 goals, 8 assists, 50 PIM
Jan. 3: Kelowna 3, Medicine Hat 2 (at Kelowna)

Sauer did not score any points or take any penalties as the Tigers lost a 2-1 lead in the third period and fell at Kelowna.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 35 games, 3 goals, 20 assists, 42 PIM
Jan. 3: Calgary 6, Prince Albert 2 (at Calgary)

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

DornicIvan Dornic
Position: Forward
Team: BK Mlada Boleslav
League: Czech First Division
Dornic's Scoring to Date: 7 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 PIM
Jan. 3: Mlada Boleslav 6, Brno 5 (at Mlada Boleslav)

Dornic did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the opening period of his team's win at home.
(NOTE: Dornic's 2006-07 Slovak Extraliga stats with Skalica: 20 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM)

Cliche Marc-Andre Cliche
Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston MAINEiacs
League: QMJHL
Cliche's Scoring to Date: 30 games, 15 goals, 20 assists, 28 PIM
Jan. 3: Lewiston 3, Saint John 4 (at Lewiston)

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

Recent Prospect Updates:
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
Jan. 2 -- Bahensky picks up four points in Checkers' win

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