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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Jan. 6, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, beat the Springfield Falcons 6-3 on Saturday night in Springfield, Mass. Nigel Dawes, the game's No. 1 star, was the high scorer for Hartford with two goals and an assist. Lauri Korpikoski got the Pack on the board first with his shorthanded goal, assisted by defenseman Daniel Girardi, at 3:33 of the opening period. Springfield came back with two straight goals by Andy Delmore over the next 2:31 to take a 2-1 lead, but the Wolf Pack pulled into a tie on Brad Isbister's power-play tally off assists from Dawes and Dwight Helminen at 5:10 of the second period. Hartford then ran away with the game by scoring the next three goals in a span of just under 10 minutes. Dane Byers picked up his ninth goal of the year from Bryce Lampman and David Liffiton on a power play at 10:05, and Dawes delivered back-to-back even-strength goals in a span of 3:29 to effectively put the game out of reach. Dawes' first goal was assisted by Bruce Graham, a recent call-up from Charlotte, at 16:05 of the second. That goal would stand up as the game-winner, but Dawes added an insurance tally off an assist from Isbister, the No. 2 star, to make it 5-2 with 26 seconds left in the period. Helminen later closed out the scoring by hitting the empty net at 19:42 of the third. Ryan Callahan picked up an assist on Helminen's empty-netter, scored during a Springfield power play. Stephen Valiquette made 13 saves for the victory on a night when the Pack outshot the Falcons 35-16. Hartford is now 18-16-3 on the season and in sole possession of fourth place in the AHL's Atlantic Division. The Pack have gone 13-5-2 over their past 20 games and are now within two points of third place. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


Bahensky

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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, fell to the Florida Everblades 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night in Estero, Fla. Rangers prospect Hugh Jessiman scored Charlotte's first goal on an assist from Zdenek Bahensky at 8:16 of the first period to make it 1-1. Bahensky, the game's No. 3 star, then picked up the primary assist on a goal by Bryan Rodney just 38 seconds into the middle period, putting the Checkers up 2-1. Charlotte rolled out to a 3-1 lead at 8:04 of the third when Daymen Rycroft scored off a primary assist from Rangers prospect Lee Falardeau. Florida came back with two goals in the last seven minutes to force overtime, and won it on a goal at 1:04 of the OT. Charlotte outshot the Everblades 35-32. The Checkers are now 17-14-2 and in fifth place in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, 16 Rangers prospects competed in regular-season games in the CHL, QMJHL, OHL, WHL, NCAA and Europe on Saturday. Here is a summary of their performances:

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 27 games, 16 goals, 18 assists, 25 PIM
Jan. 6: Kootenay 5, Spokane 2 (at Spokane)

Russell, the Rangers' seventh-round pick in 2005, had a banner night for the Ice in their 5-2 win at Spokane, as he had a hand in all five Kootenay goals - scoring once and assisting on four others. It was the first five-point game of Russell's career. He began his high-scoring evening with the lone assist on Andrew Bailey's goal just 28 seconds into the game. After Spokane tied the score, Russell came back with the primary assist on Steve DaSilva's goal at 11:48 of the first to make it 2-1. He then picked up the second assist on DaSilva's power-play goat with 52 seconds left in the first, putting the Ice up 3-1. Eighteen seconds into the third period, Russell helped DaSilva complete a natural hat trick with the second assist on another power-play goal that gave Kootenay a 4-1 lead. He finished his night with his 16th goal of the season at 0:54 of the third. Russell, the game's No. 2 star behind DaSilva, was also called for a minor penalty in the second period and was plus-2 for the game.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL
Dupont's Scoring to Date: 41 games, 23 goals, 25 assists, 91 PIM
Jan. 6: Calgary 7, Lethbridge 6 (SO) (at Lethbridge)

It was a huge night for Dupont, the game's No. 2 star, who picked up a goal and three assists for four points. Dupont had the second assist on Keegan Dansereau's goal at 4:24 of the first period, putting the Hitmen up 2-0. He later had the primary assist on Ryan White's goal at 14:35 of the second, pulling Calgary into a 4-4 tie after Lethbridge had surged in front. Another second assist from Dupont on White's power play goal at 9:10 of the third period made it a 5-5 game. Dupont saved his best for last, however, connecting on his team-leading 23rd goal of the season at 11:10 of the third to make it a 6-5 game. In the shootout, Dupont was the Hitmen's third shooter and managed to score a goal that pushed the shootout into extra rounds before Carson McMillan won it in Round 8. Dupont also finished the game with a plus-2 rating and took seven minutes in penalties, including a major for fighting Ben Wright in the first period.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 40 games, 5 goals, 8 assists, 50 PIM
Jan. 6: Everett 3, Medicine Hat 1 (at Everett)

Sauer scored his first goal since being traded to the Tigers on a power play at 16:42 of the opening period, pulling Medicine Hat into a 1-1 tie at the time.

Olver Darin Olver
Position: Center
Team: Northern Michigan Wildcats
League: CCHA
Olver's Scoring to Date: 23 games, 8 goals, 13 assists, 22 PIM
Jan. 6: Ferris State 5, Northern Michigan 3 (at Northern Michigan)

Despite his team's loss, Olver had a strong night with a goal and an assist to earn No. 3 star honors. He began his two-point game with the second assist on the Wildcats' first goal, scored by Mike Santorelli on a power play with 1:15 to go in the first period. That goal tied the score at 1-1, but Ferris State scored the next two goals to take a 3-1 lead. Olver then notched his eighth goal of the season on a power play at 7:34 of the second period, cutting the lead to 3-2. Ferris State scored the next goal late in the third period, however, and it stood up as the game-winner.

KozakRick Kozak
Position: Right Wing
Team: Memphis RiverKings
League: CHL
Kozak's Scoring to Date: 15 games, 12 goals, 3 assists, 53 PIM
Jan. 6: Memphis 7, Tulsa 6 (OT) (at Tulsa)

Kozak scored Memphis' first goal of the game at 12:42 of the opening period, giving the RiverKings a 1-0 lead. He was also called for a double-minor penalty in the second period and picked up nine more penalty minutes in the third, including a major for fighting Dave Rattray.
(NOTE: Kozak's 2006-07 ECHL stats with Charlotte: 11 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 41 PIM)

SanguinettiBobby Sanguinetti
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Sanguinetti's Scoring to Date: 40 games, 18 goals, 16 assists, 32 PIM
Jan. 6: Kingston 4, Owen Sound 3 (at Owen Sound)

Coming off a three-point night on Thursday, Sanguinetti picked up the second assist on Thomas Stajan's power play goal at 10:49 of the first period, which gave the Attack a 1-0 lead. He also took one minor penalty in the game.

Ryan Billy Ryan
Position: Center
Team: University of Maine Black Bears
League: Hockey East
Ryan's Scoring to Date: 19 games, 5 goals, 13 assists, 8 PIM
Jan. 6: Maine 5, UMass Lowell 2 (at Lowell, Mass.)

Ryan had the second assist on Josh Soares' power-play goal at 7:48 of the first period, putting the Black Bears up 1-0. Maine went on to complete its weekend sweep.

ReeseDylan Reese
Position: Defense
Team: Harvard Crimson
League: ECAC
Reese's Scoring to Date: 17 games, 4 goals, 3 assists, 12 PIM
Jan. 6: Harvard 3, Union 2 (at Schenectady, N.Y.)

Reese had the second assist on Doug Rogers' game-opening goal just 32 seconds into the game. Reese, who also took one minor penalty in the first period, finished the game with three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position: Left Wing
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Zaborsky's Scoring to Date: 32 games, 6 goals, 15 assists, 8 PIM
Jan. 6: Saginaw 6, Plymouth 2 (at Plymouth)

In his first game back with the Spirit after playing for Slovakia at the World Junior Championships, Zaborsky did not score any points or take any penalties in a big win on the road.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 36 games, 3 goals, 20 assists, 42 PIM
Jan. 6: Saskatoon 4, Prince Albert 2 (at Saskatoon)

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

RocheKen Roche
Position: Center
Team: Boston University Terriers
League: Hockey East
Roche's Scoring to Date: 17 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, 12 PIM
Jan. 6: Boston University 0, Northeastern 0 (at Boston University)

Roche, the game's No. 3 star, led all skaters with six shots on goal and took one minor penalty in the third period of his team's scoreless tie against crosstown rival Northeastern.

BellerGreg Beller
Position: Left Wing
Team: Yale Bulldogs
League: ECAC
Beller's Scoring to Date: 11 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 10 PIM
Jan. 6: Yale 4, Brown 3 (at Yale)

Beller did not score any points or take any penalties as Yale came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first period and beat the Bears 4-3.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 37 games, 0 goals, 13 assists, 92 PIM
Jan. 6: Mississauga 4, Oshawa 2 (at Mississauga)

Koverko did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the Generals' loss at Mississauga.

Foote Jordan Foote
Position: Left Wing
Team: Michigan Tech Huskies
League: WCHA
Foote's Scoring to Date: 21 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 26 PIM
Jan. 6: Minnesota-Duluth 5, Michigan Tech 3 (at Duluth, Minn.)

Foote did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the second period of his team's loss at Duluth.

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Flatt's Scoring to Date: 32 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 140 PIM
Jan. 6: Kingston 4, Owen Sound 3 (at Owen Sound)

Flatt did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the Attack's loss at home.
(NOTE: Flatt's 2006-07 WHL stats with Kootenay: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 35 PIM)

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. 6: Mlada Boleslav 5, Chomutov 4 (at Chomutov)

Dornic did not score any points or take any penalties in his team's road victory.
(NOTE: Dornic's 2006-07 Slovak Extraliga stats with Skalica: 20 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 14 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. 6: Bern 5, Ambri-Piotta 2 (at Bern)

Furrer, recovering from wrist surgery performed on Dec. 29, was not in the lineup. He is expected to return to the team in mid-February.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Pyatt's Scoring to Date: 31 games, 21 goals, 24 assists, 16 PIM
Jan. 6: Saginaw 6, Plymouth 2 (at Plymouth)

Pyatt missed the game because had not yet returned from winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Sweden.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 28 games, 5 goals, 12 assists, 53 PIM
Jan. 6: Sault Ste. Marie 2, Sudbury 1 (SO) (at Sault Ste. Marie)

Staal missed the game because had not yet returned from winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Sweden.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Jan. 2 -- Bahensky picks up four points in Checkers' win
Jan. 3 -- Montoya leads Hartford over .500 mark
Jan. 4 -- Sanguinetti gets three points for Attack
Jan. 5 -- Hillier scores game-winner for Halifax

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