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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: March 28, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, crushed the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon at the Hartford Civic Center. Several Wolf Pack players had multi-point performances, including No. 2 star Alex Bourret, who scored two goals and added an assist, and No. 3 star Lauri Korpikoski, who had a goal and two assists. Korpikoski got the Pack off to a fast start at 2:03 of the opening period, scoring off assists from Corey Potter, the game's No. 1 star, and Jarkko Immonen. Greg Moore stretched the lead to 2-0 at the 9:08 mark, with Francis Lessard and Potter picking up the assists. Potter added a goal on a power play with 2:14 left in the opening period to give Hartford a commanding 3-0 lead. Bryce Lampman and Dwight Helminen assisted on the Potter goal. Bourret then made it 4-0 just 55 seconds into the middle period with former Harvard captain Dylan Reese and Nigel Dawes picking up the assists. Bourret, acquired from Atlanta at the Feb. 27 trade deadline, scored his second goal of the game from Korpikoski at 12:04 of the second period, making it 5-1. Lessard connected on a power play to make it 6-1 at 15:48 of the second of assists from Korpikoski and Immonen, and Dawes closed out the scoring with 4:01 to go in the third. Helminen and Bourret picked up the assists. Goaltender Al Montoya made 18 saves in two periods of work, and Chris Holt finished up with five saves in the third period. The Pack outshot the Sound Tigers by a whopping 43-25 margin. Hartford is now 42-26-3 on the season and has gone a remarkable 37-15-2 over the past 54 games to move into second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, four points behind division-leading Manchester. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

In addition, nine Rangers prospects competed in postseason games in the QMJHL, OHL and WHL on Wednesday. Here is a summary of their performances:

DupontBrodie Dupont
Position/Team: Center/Calgary Hitmen
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Dupont's Regular-Season Scoring: 70 games, 37 goals, 33 assists, 121 PIM
Dupont's Playoff Scoring to Date: 3 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, 16 PIM
March 28: Calgary 3, Kootenay 2 (at Calgary) (Calgary leads series 2-1)

Dupont, the No. 1 star, scored the game-winning goal with 31 seconds left in the third period as the Hitmen took a 2-1 lead in the series. He also finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

HunterEric Hunter
Position/Team: Left Wing/ Prince George Cougars
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Hunter's Regular-Season Scoring: 69 games, 24 goals, 31 assists, 139 PIM
Hunter's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 6 PIM
March 28: Prince George 4, Kamloops 3 (OT) (at Kamloops) (Prince George wins series 4-0)

Hunter, the Prince George captain, played a key role as the Cougars roared back from a 3-0 first-period deficit to win in overtime and sweep their first-round playoff series. Hunter had the primary assist on Devin Setoguchi's power-play goal at 11:02 of the third period, which tied the game at 3-3. Setoguchi later scored at 2:32 of OT to make the Cougars the first WHL team to reach the playoffs' second round. Hunter also took a minor penalty in the third period and finished the first-round series averaging a point per game.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position/Team: Center/Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Pyatt's Regular-Season Scoring: 58 games, 43 goals, 38 assists, 18 PIM
Pyatt's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 0 PIM
March 28: Sault Ste. Marie 5, Saginaw 3 (at Sault Ste. Marie) (Sault Ste. Marie leads series 3-1)

Pyatt was again shut down offensively as the Greyhounds pushed the Spirit to the brink of playoff elimination. Sault Ste. Marie came back from a 3-2 deficit with three straight goals in the game's final 10:30.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position/Team: Defense/Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Sauer's Regular-Season Scoring: 65 games, 5 goals, 18 assists, 75 PIM
Sauer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 7 PIM
March 28: Red Deer 6, Medicine Hat 4 (at Red Deer) (Series tied 2-2)

Sauer did not score any points or take any penalties as the Tigers gave up four unanswered goals after taking a 4-2 lead.

RussellRyan Russell
Position/Team: Center/Kootenay Ice
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Russell's Regular-Season Scoring: 58 games, 30 goals, 46 assists, 50 PIM
Russell's Playoff Scoring to Date: 3 games, 3 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
March 28: Calgary 3, Kootenay 2 (at Calgary) (Calgary leads series 2-1)

Russell was held off the scoresheet as the Ice were beaten on a late goal by fellow Rangers prospect Dupont.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position/Team: Left Wing/Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Zaborsky's Regular-Season Scoring: 59 games, 19 goals, 24 assists, 18 PIM
Zaborsky's Playoff Scoring to Date: 4 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 PIM
March 28: Sault Ste. Marie 5, Saginaw 3 (at Sault Ste. Marie) (Sault Ste. Marie leads series 3-1)

Zaborsky did not score any points or take any penalties as the Spirit fell victim to a big comeback by the Greyhounds.

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position/Team: Left Wing/Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL -- Playoffs
Hillier's Regular-Season Scoring: 70 games, 32 goals, 27 assists, 79 PIM
Hillier's Playoff Scoring to Date: 5 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 6 PIM
March 28: Halifax 5, Moncton 0 (at Moncton) (Halifax leads series 3-2)

Hillier did not score any points or take any penalties in the Mooseheads' shutout victory that put Halifax just one win away from the playoffs' second round. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

Kveton David Kveton
Position/Team: Right Wing/Gatineau
League: QMJHL -- Playoffs
Kveton's Regular-Season Scoring: 31 games, 5 goals, 27 assists, 17 PIM
Kveton's Playoff Scoring to Date: 3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 PIM
March 28: Rouyn-Noranda 6, Gatineau 2 (at Rouyn-Noranda) (Rouyn-Noranda leads series 2-1)

Kveton did not score any points and took a minor penalty in the first period as the Olympiques fell into a 2-1 series hole.
(NOTE: Kveton's 2006-07 Czech stats with Vsetin: 19 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 8 PIM)

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position/Team: Center/Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Zeliska's Regular-Season Scoring: 61 games, 4 goals, 25 assists, 77 PIM
Zeliska's Playoff Scoring to Date: 3 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 0 PIM
March 28: Prince Albert 2, Brandon 0 (at Prince Albert) (Brandon leads series 2-1)

Zeliska did not score any points or take any penalties as the Raiders got their first playoff win in style with a shutout.

Recent Prospect Updates:
March 24 -- Russell scores hat trick in Kootenay win
March 25 -- Pack's Montoya shuts out Providence
March 26-- Hillier scores twice as Halifax evens series
March 27 -- Sauer assists in big win for Medicine Hat

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