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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: March 16, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Immonen

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, beat the Providence Bruins 3-2 on Friday night in Providence, R.I., despite playing without several regulars who had been recalled to the Rangers. Jarkko Immonen, the game's No. 1 star, got the Pack on the board with their first goal at 13:19 of the opening period. Immonen's goal, assisted by Bryce Lampman and Lauri Korpikoski, tied the game at 1-1. Defenseman Corey Potter made it a 2-1 game at 12:03 of the second, picking up his first goal of the season off assists from Dane Byers and Lampman. Only 46 seconds after Potter's goal, the Bruins came back to tie it, but Nigel Dawes delivered the game-winner at 4:43 of the third period. Dawes' 17th goal of the season was assisted by Marvin Degon, the No. 2 star, and Immonen. Hartford goaltender Al Montoya made 27 saves, as the Pack outshot Providence 33-29. The Pack are now 39-23-3 on the season and has gone a remarkable 34-12-2 over the past 48 games to take sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, only four points behind division-leading Manchester. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


Pikkarainen

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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, defeated the Columbia Inferno 6-3 on the road Friday night. Rangers prospect Hannu Pikkarainen had two assists in the game. Pikkarainen had the primary assist on Charlotte's second goal of the game, giving the Checkers a 2-1 lead on a power play at 5:11 of the second period. He later picked up another primary assist on a power-play goal that made it 4-3 at 7:55 of the third. That goal stood up as the game-winner. The Inferno outshot the Checkers 44-31. Charlotte is now 33-23-3 and tied for fifth place in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

In addition, 11 Rangers prospects competed in regular-season games in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL and NCAA on Friday. Here is a summary of their performances:

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 57 games, 29 goals, 45 assists, 50 PIM
March 16: Kootenay 4, Calgary 3 (at Kootenay)

It was a three-assist night for Russell, the game's No. 3 star. He had the second assist on Curtis Billsten's goal with two seconds left in the first period, giving the Ice a 1-0 lead. He followed that up with a primary assist on Billsten's second goal of the game on a power play at 5:28 of the second, tying the score at 2-2. Russell closed out his big evening with the primary assist on Andrew Bailey's game-winning goal on a power play at 5:55 of the final period. Russell also took a minor penalty in the first period and a major penalty for fighting in the second. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 60 games, 4 goals, 25 assists, 68 PIM
March 16: Prince Albert 5, Saskatoon 0 (at Prince Albert)

It was a two-point night for Zeliska, who earned No. 3 star honors with his first multi-point game since Feb. 9. He had the lone assist on Matt Robertson's power-play goal at 8:03 of the third period, giving the Raiders a 3-0 lead. He followed that up with a second assist on Robertson's power-play goal at 13:11 of the third, making it 4-0. Zeliska also took a minor penalty in the third period.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position: Left Wing
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Zaborsky's Scoring to Date: 58 games, 18 goals, 24 assists, 18 PIM
March 16: Saginaw 4, Sarnia 3 (OT) (at Saginaw)

Zaborsky had the primary assist on Nigel Williams' power-play goal at 6:09 of the third period, which put the Spirit up 3-2.

RocheKen Roche
Position: Center
Team: Boston University Terriers
League: Hockey East
Roche's Scoring to Date: 37 games, 12 goals, 17 assists, 28 PIM
March 16: Boston College 6, Boston University 2 (at Boston) (Hockey East Semifinals (BU eliminated)

Roche had the primary assist on his team's final goal, scored by Bryan Ewing at 14:35 of the third period to cut BC's lead to 5-2. He also tied for the team lead with four shots on goal. The Terriers' run for a Hockey East championship ended, but eighth-ranked Boston University (20-9-9) will be getting a bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 52 games, 5 goals, 29 assists, 92 PIM
March 16: Kingston 5, Sudbury 3 (at Kingston)

Staal, who had missed three straight games due to injury, returned to the Wolves' lineup on Friday night. He did not score any points or take any penalties in the game.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Pyatt's Scoring to Date: 57 games, 42 goals, 38 assists, 18 PIM
March 16: Saginaw 4, Sarnia 3 (OT) (at Saginaw)

Pyatt did not score any points or take any penalties in the Spirit's overtime win. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 65 games, 5 goals, 18 assists, 75 PIM
March 16: Medicine Hat 6, Lethbridge 3 (at Lethbridge)

Sauer did not score any points or take any penalties in the Tigers' road win.

SanguinettiBobby Sanguinetti
Position: Defense
Team: Owen Sound Attack
League: OHL
Sanguinetti's Scoring to Date: 66 games, 24 goals, 30 assists, 56 PIM
March 16: Kitchener 4, Owen Sound 2 (at Kitchener)

Sanguinetti did not score any points or take any penalties in the Attack's loss.

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL
Hillier's Scoring to Date: 69 games, 31 goals, 27 assists, 79 PIM
March 16: Moncton 6, Halifax 4 (at Moncton)

Hillier did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the third period of Halifax's loss at Moncton.

HunterEric Hunter
Position: Left Wing
Team: Prince George Cougars
League: WHL
Hunter's Scoring to Date: 68 games, 24 goals, 31 assists, 137 PIM
March 16: Vancouver 2, Prince George 0 (at Vancouver)

Hunter did not take any penalties in his team's shutout loss on the road.

Kveton David Kveton
Position: Right Wing
Team: Gatineau
League: QMJHL
Kveton's Scoring to Date: 29 games, 5 goals, 27 assists, 17 PIM
March 16: Victoriaville 4, Gatineau 1 (at Victoriaville)

Kveton did not score any points and took one minor penalty in the first period of the Olympiques' road loss.
(NOTE: Kveton's 2006-07 Czech stats with Vsetin: 19 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 8 PIM)

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 63 games, 0 goals, 18 assists, 159 PIM
March 16: Ottawa 7, Oshawa 4 (at Oshawa)

Koverko was not in the lineup for the Generals' home game on Friday.

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position: Center
Team: Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL
Dupont's Scoring to Date: 70 games, 37 goals, 33 assists, 121 PIM
March 16: Kootenay 4, Calgary 3 (at Kootenay)

Dupont, out of the lineup with an injury, did not play for the Hitmen on Friday.

Recent Prospect Updates:
March 12 -- Anisimov gets two goals for Yaroslavl
March 13-- Hillier gets two points in Mooseheads' win
March 14 -- Two more points for red-hot Anisimov
March 15 -- Kveton picks up pair of assists for Gatineau

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