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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: March 4, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Jessiman

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, defeated the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears 3-2 on an overtime goal by defenseman Martin Richter on Sunday night in Hershey, Pa. After the Pack fell behind 1-0, Hartford's Hugh Jessiman tied the game with 1:21 remaining in the first period, scoring off assists from Greg Moore and Alex Bourret, the first point for Bourret since joining the Rangers organization in a trade with Atlanta last week. Jessiman, the game's No. 2 star, later delivered the game-tying goal on a power play with 2:57 remaining in regulation. Defenseman Ivan Baranka and goaltender Al Montoya assisted on Jessiman's second goal. In the overtime, Richter, the game's No. 1 star, scored on a power play at the 2:50 mark. The goal, assisted by Marvin Degon and Brandon Dubinsky, gave the Pack their second overtime victory in the past two days. Montoya, recently named the AHL's Goaltender of the month, finished the game with 21 saves, as the Pack outshot the Bears 31-23. Hartford is now 36-21-3 on the season and has gone a remarkable 31-10-2 over the past 43 games and stands third in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division with multiple games in hand over second-place Providence. 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 Florida Everblades 5-4 in overtime at home on Sunday afternoon. Rangers prospect Hannu Pikkarainen, a defenseman who missed most of the season recovering from an injury, had the lone assist on Charlotte's second goal, a shorthanded tally by Mark Rycroft at 18:57 of the opening period. Bruce Graham later made it a 3-1 game off an assist from Pikkarainen at 2:10 of the second period. The two assists earned No. 3 star honors for Pikkarainen, who was playing in only his third game of the season. Rangers goaltending prospect Chris Holt made 35 saves, including four in the overtime. Charlotte is now 30-21-3 and in fifth place in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

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

Olver Darin Olver
Position: Center
Team: Northern Michigan Wildcats
League: CCHA
Olver's Scoring to Date: 39 games, 14 goals, 19 assists, 41 PIM
March 4: Northern Michigan 3, Ohio State 2 (at Ohio State) (CCHA Playoffs, Round 1)

Olver was the hero for the Wildcats, scoring the game-winner that gave Northern Michigan a victory in the best-of-3 series. He scored while the Wildcats were shorthanded at 9:59 of the third period, giving NMU a 3-1 lead at the time. Olver also led the Wildcats with four shots on goal and finished the night with a plus-1 rating. Northern Michigan advanced to the second round of the CCHA playoffs.

Kveton David Kveton
Position: Right Wing
Team: Gatineau
League: QMJHL
Kveton's Scoring to Date: 24 games, 4 goals, 24 assists, 15 PIM
March 4: Drummondville 6, Gatineau 4 (at Gatineau)

Kveton had the primary assist on Paul Byron's goal at 1:14 of the third period, cutting Drummondville's lead to 6-3. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating.
(NOTE: Kveton's 2006-07 Czech stats with Vsetin: 19 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 8 PIM)

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 51 games, 5 goals, 29 assists, 92 PIM
March 4: Brampton 2, Sudbury 1 (OT) (at Brampton)

Staal, the game's No. 3 star, did not score any points or take any penalties as the Wolves fell in overtime. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 59 games, 0 goals, 15 assists, 153 PIM
March 4: Ottawa 4, Oshawa 3 (OT) (at Oshawa)

Koverko did not score any points and took one major penalty for fighting Ottawa's Thomas Nesbitt in the second period of the Generals' overtime loss.

FlattDalyn Flatt
Position: Defense
Team: Brampton Battalion
League: OHL
Flatt's Scoring to Date: 53 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, 190 PIM
March 4: Brampton 2, Sudbury 1 (OT) (at Brampton)

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

SeymourJohn Seymour
Position: Left Wing
Team: Brampton Battalion
League: OHL
Seymour's Scoring to Date: 42 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, 40 PIM
March 4: Brampton 2, Sudbury 1 (OT) (at Brampton)

Seymour did not score any points or take any penalties in Brampton's overtime win

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: HC Hame Zlin
League: Czech Extraliga
Psurny's Regular-Season Scoring: 45 games, 4 goals, 2 assists, 20 PIM
Psurny's Playoff Scoring to Date: 0 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
March 3: Sparta Praha 3, Zlin 2 (at Prague) (Sparta Praha leads series 2-0)

Psurny was not in the lineup as Zlin lost its second straight playoff game.
(NOTE: Psurny's 2006-07 Czech First Division stats with Trebic: 7 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 8 PIM)

Recent Prospect Updates:
Feb. 28-- Pyatt picks up three points in victory
March 1 -- Kveton's Gatineau team blanked at home
March 2 -- Reese scores natural hat trick in Harvard's playoff opener
Feb. 27 -- Dubinsky tallies twice in Pack victory

· Complete 2006-07 Prospect Updates Index
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