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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Nov. 1, 2006

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, came back from a late second-period deficit and defeated the Portland Pirates 4-3 at home on Wednesday, thanks to two goals apiece by No. 2 star Ryan Callahan and No. 1 star Craig Weller. The game marked the AHL debut of Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis, who is with Hartford on a 10-day conditioning assignment. Callahan opened the scoring for the Pack on a power play at 4:04 of the first period, extending his goal-scoring streak to three games. Dwight Helminen and Lauri Korpikoski assisted on the goal. Portland tied the score at 1-1, but the Pack's Craig Weller restored the lead for Hartford with a shorthanded tally at 8:42 of the first. In the second, Portland again knotted the score, and then went ahead 3-2 with 1:27 left in the period. Hartford roared back 31 seconds later, making it 2-2 on Weller's second goal, which was assisted by Hugh Jessiman. Callahan then delivered the game-winner on a power-play at 2:05 of the third period, with the assists again going to Helminen and Korpikoski. The Pirates outshot the Wolf Pack 34-28, and Stephen Valiquette made 31 saves for the win. The Pack are now 2-6-0 on the season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.

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

Cliche Marc-Andre Cliche
Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston MAINEiacs
League: QMJHL
Cliche's Scoring to Date: 15 games, 9 goals, 12 assists, 12 PIM
Nov. 1: Moncton 9, Lewiston 8 (SO) (at Moncton)

Cliche returned to the MAINEiacs lineup in style, picking up a goal and two assists after suffering a minor head injury that had kept him out of the team's previous game. He had the second assist on Lewiston's first goal, scored on a power play by Pierre-Luc Faubert at 11:56 of the first period to tie the score at 1-1. He later had the second assist on David Perron's power play goal at 11:03 of the third, which tied the score at 6-6, and then scored his ninth goal of the season with 2:29 remaining in the game to make it 7-7. Cliche did not participate in the overtime shootout, which featured only one goal by Moncton's Jerome Samson.

PyattTom Pyatt
Position: Center
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Pyatt's Scoring to Date: 16 games, 15 goals, 12 assists, 4 PIM
Nov. 1: Saginaw 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4 (at Sault Ste. Marie)

Pyatt moved into a tie for the OHL goals lead with his 15th tally of the season, scored at 4:48 of the third period to give the Spirit a 4-3 lead. He then picked up the assist on the game-winner, scored by Garrett Sinfield at 6:39 of the third. Pyatt finished the night with a plus-1 rating.

HunterEric Hunter
Position: Left Wing
Team: Prince George Cougars
League: WHL
Hunter's Scoring to Date: 15 games, 4 goals, 7 assists, 67 PIM
Nov. 1: Brandon 9, Prince George 2 (at Prince George)

Hunter, the Prince George captain, had the second assist on Vladimir Mihalic's goal just 27 seconds into the second period, which pulled the Cougars into a 1-1 tie. He later had the primary assist on Ty Wishart's power-play goal at 5:45 of the third period, cutting Brandon's lead at the time to 7-2. He was also called for 19 minutes in penalties, including a fighting major and game misconduct late in the third period.

MarekJan Marek
Position: Forward
Team: Magnitogorsk Metallurg
League: Russian Superleague
Marek's Scoring to Date: 20 games, 13 goals, 8 assists, 26 PIM
Nov. 1: Magnitogorsk 4, Moscow Dynamo 1 (at Magnitogorsk)

Marek continued his hot scoring run with two assists, pushing his points per game average over 1.0 for the season. He had the lone assist on Evegeny Gladskikh's goal at 17:34 of the second period, which gave Magnitogorsk a 3-0 lead. He later had the primary assist on Vitaly Atyushov's goal, which closed out the scoring at 2:18 of the third period.

ZaborskyTomas Zaborsky
Position: Left Wing
Team: Saginaw Spirit
League: OHL
Zaborsky's Scoring to Date: 15 games, 4 goals, 13 assists, 8 PIM
Nov. 1: Saginaw 5, Sault Ste. Marie 4 (at Sault Ste. Marie)

Zaborsky, recently named the Spirit's Player of the Week, had the secondary assist on linemate Pyatt's third-period goal. He also took a minor penalty in the first period.

ZeliskaLukas Zeliska
Position: Center
Team: Prince Albert Raiders
League: WHL
Zeliska's Scoring to Date: 14 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, 24 PIM
Nov. 1: Regina 6, Prince Albert 5 (OT) (at Prince Albert)

Zeliska picked up the primary assist on Matt Robertson's power play goal at 13:38 of the third period. The goal cut Regina's lead at the time to 4-3.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position: Defense
Team: Portland Winter Hawks
League: WHL
Sauer's Scoring to Date: 14 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 22 PIM
Nov. 1: Spokane 4, Portland 3 (at Spokane)

Sauer did not score any points or take any penalty minutes in the Winter Hawks' loss. Spokane scored the game-winner on a power play at 2:47 of the third period.

RussellRyan Russell
Position: Center
Team: Kootenay Ice
League: WHL
Russell's Scoring to Date: 12 games, 10 goals, 8 assists, 23 PIM
Nov. 1: Kootenay 5, Moose Jaw 4 (OT) (at Moose Jaw)

Russell was not in the lineup as the Ice weathered a late Moose Jaw comeback and won in overtime. Russell is out with a broken finger, suffered during Kootenay's Oct. 20 game at Swift Current and is expected to miss one month. It was the third game he has missed due to the injury.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Oct. 28 -- Zaborsky earns first-star honors with three points
Oct. 29 -- Marek gets two more goals for Magnitogorsk
Oct. 30 -- Dupont scoring streak reaches 11 games
Oct. 31 -- Graham scores two goals for Charlotte

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