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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: March 31, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, beat the division-leading Manchester Monarchs 5-4 on Saturday night at the Hartford Civic Center. Tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Pack broke the game open with four goals in the second period, thanks to a hat trick from Dane Byers, the game's No. 1 star. Hugh Jessiman got Hartford on the board first with an unassisted goal just 4:18 into the game, but the floodgates really opened early in the second period, when Dane Byers connected off assists from Brandon Dubinsky and Bryce Lampman on a power play at 2:24. That goal made it 2-1, and the Pack quickly stretched the lead to 3-1 when Byers scored again just 1:04 later off assists from Dwight Helminen and Greg Moore. Nigel Dawes, the No. 3 star, then picked up his 23rd goal of the season on a power play at 8:46 of the second period, making it 4-1 off assists from defensemen Hannu Pikkarainen and Marvin Degon. Byers completed his hat trick with a shorthanded tally at 17:02 of the second, and the Pack held on through the Manchester's third-period comeback attempt for the win. Byers' hat trick was the second in two nights for the Pack, who also got a hat trick from Dawes on Friday. Goaltender Al Montoya made 24 saves to nail down the win, as Hartford outshot the Monarchs 46-28. With the victory, Hartford improved to 44-26-3 on the season, having gone a remarkable 39-15-2 over the past 56 games to move into second place in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, now just two points behind Manchester. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, beat the Columbia Inferno 4-1 at home on Saturday night. Rangers prospect Zdenek Bahensky, the game's No. 3 star, scored the eventual winning goal for the Checkers at 12:01 of the first period, giving Charlotte a 2-0 lead at the time. The Checkers outshot Columbia 46-17. Charlotte is now 39-25-3 and tied for fourth place in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

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

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: 5 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 0 PIM
March 31: Kootenay 4, Calgary 0 (at Kootenay) (Calgary leads series 3-2)

Russell, the Kootenay captain, scored his team's second goal at 11:39 of the second period as the Ice avoided elimination and forced a sixth game. Russell ended the night with a plus-1 rating.

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: 5 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 4 PIM
March 31: Brandon 4, Prince Albert 2 (at Prince Albert) (Brandon wins series 4-1)

Zeliska had the second assist on Matt Robertson's power-play goal at 7:44 of the first period, which gave Prince Albert a 1-0 lead. He also took a minor penalty in the third period of his team's final playoff game.

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: 5 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, 22 PIM
March 31: Kootenay 4, Calgary 0 (at Kootenay) (Calgary leads series 3-2)

Dupont's Hitmen team missed a chance to close out its first-round series, which will go to a Game 6 on Monday night in Calgary. Dupont took six minutes in penalties in Game 5, including a double-minor late in the third period.

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 Final Playoff Scoring: 5 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 PIM
March 31: Rouyn-Noranda 4, Gatineau 3) (at Gatineau) (Rouyn-Noranda wins series 4-1)

Kveton did not score any points or take any penalties as the Olympiques' season ended with a loss at home.
(NOTE: Kveton's 2006-07 Czech stats with Vsetin: 19 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 8 PIM)

FurrerPhilippe Furrer
Position/Team: Defense/SC Bern
League: Swiss Nationalliga A -- Playoffs
Furrer's Regular-Season Scoring: 16 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 41 PIM
Furrer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 7 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 PIM
March 31: Davos 3, Bern 1 (at Davos) (Davos leads series 2-1)

Furrer did not score any points or take any penalties as Bern slipped into a 2-1 deficit in the Swiss championship series.

Recent Prospect Updates:
March 27 -- Sauer assists in big win for Medicine Hat
March 28 -- Big day for Bourret as Pack crush Bridgeport
March 29 -- Sanguinetti Erupts for Hat Trick, Two Assists
March 30 -- Pyatt saves Saginaw from playoff elimination

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