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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: Nov. 19, 2006

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Helminen

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The Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate, defeated the Houston Aeros 4-3 on Sunday night at Houston's Toyota Center, thanks to a late game-winning goal by Dwight Helminen. Greg Moore got the Wolf Pack off to a quick start by scoring at 2:03 of the opening period off an assist from Brandon Dubinsky. After Houston scored twice to make it 2-1, former Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton put in the equalizer at 4:38 of the second. Lauri Korpikoski assisted on the goal. Houston went up 3-2 early in the third, but the Pack refused to go down, scoring two late goals for the victory. Purinton got the crucial tying goal off assists from Daniel Girardi and No. 3 star Moore with only 7:57 remaining in the game. Then, with only 27 seconds remaining, Helminen notched the game-winner. Nigel Dawes and Ryan Callahan assisted on the play. Al Montoya started in goal for the Pack, making three saves through the first period. He was replaced by Stephen Valiquette, who stopped 19 of 20 shots for the win. Hartford is now 5-10-1 on the season. For more information, visit the Wolf Pack's official site.


Holt

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The Charlotte Checkers, the Rangers' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, fell to the South Carolina Stingrays 1-0 at home on Sunday afternoon. Matt Stefanishion scored the game's only goal with five minutes remaining in the second period, and South Carolina netminder Darren Machesney made 23 saves to earn the shutout and No. 1 star honors. The loss came despite an outstanding performance by Rangers prospect Chris Holt, the game's No. 3 star, who made 24 saves for the Checkers. The Checkers are now 8-4-0 and only three points behind first-place South Carolina in the American Conference's South Division. For more information, visit the Checkers' official site.

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

Cliche Marc-Andre Cliche
Position: Right Wing
Team: Lewiston MAINEiacs
League: QMJHL
Cliche's Scoring to Date: 24 games, 14 goals, 18 assists, 22 PIM
Nov. 19: Lewiston 4, Moncton 2 (at Moncton)

Cliche, the game's No. 1 star, had a big two-goal afternoon, sparking the MAINEiacs' comeback from a 2-0 deficit that saw Lewiston score four unassisted goals. He notched Lewiston's first goal at 19:01 of the opening period, cutting the score to 2-1. He then scored the tying goal on a power play with 3:13 remaining in the second period. The MAINEiacs scored twice in the third period to seal the victory.

HunterEric Hunter
Position: Left Wing
Team: Prince George Cougars
League: WHL
Hunter's Scoring to Date: 24 games, 9 goals, 11 assists, 81 PIM
Nov. 19: Prince George 5, Seattle 1 (at Seattle)

Hunter continued to be a big force on offense for the Cougars, registering a goal and an assist. He began his night with the lone assist on Dana Tyrell's power-play goal at 4:44 of the opening period. He then picked up his ninth goal of the season with 2:15 remaining in the period to make it 3-0. Hunter was also called for one minor penalty and finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

Ryan Billy Ryan
Position: Center
Team: University of Maine Black Bears
League: Hockey East
Ryan's Scoring to Date: 11 games, 1 goal, 7 assists, 2 PIM
Nov. 19: Boston College 4, Maine 3 (OT) (at Maine)

Ryan had the primary assist on Michel Leveille's goal at 2:59 of the third period, giving the Black Bears a commanding 3-1 lead at the time. But the tide turned against Maine over the period's final 13 minutes, as Boston College came back with two goals for the tie and then won on Joe Rooney's goal at 4:08 of overtime. The loss to the No. 7 Eagles was the second in a row for No. 2 Maine, which dropped out of the top ranking after falling to New Hampshire last week.

KoverkoTrevor Koverko
Position: Defense
Team: Oshawa Generals
League: OHL
Koverko's Scoring to Date: 21 games, 0 goals, 7 assists, 60 PIM
Nov. 19: Oshawa 6, Sudbury 5 (OT) (at Oshawa)

Koverko did not score any points and took one minor penalty as Oshawa came back from a 3-0 deficit in the second period and won the game on James DeLory's goal with two seconds left in overtime.

StaalMarc Staal
Position: Defense
Team: Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL
Staal's Scoring to Date: 21 games, 4 goals, 7 assists, 39 PIM
Nov. 19: Oshawa 6, Sudbury 5 (OT) (at Oshawa)

Staal, the Sudbury captain, did not record a point and took one minor penalty in the Wolves' OT loss in Oshawa.

Hillier Ryan Hillier
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads
League: QMJHL
Hillier's Scoring to Date: 27 games, 12 goals, 6 assists, 29 PIM
Nov. 19: St. John's 5, Halifax 4 (OT) (at Halifax)

Hillier did not score any points or take any penalties as the Mooseheads fell on Ryan Graham's goal just 44 seconds into overtime.

PsurnyRoman Psurny
Position: Left Wing
Team: HC Hame Zlin
League: Czech Extraliga
Psurny's Scoring to Date: 24 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 12 PIM
Nov. 19: Trinec 1, Zlin 0(at Zlin)

Psurny did not score a point or take any penalties as Zlin fell at home.

Kveton David Kveton
Position: Right Wing
Team: HC Vsetin
League: Czech Extraliga
Kveton's Scoring to Date: 11 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 6 PIM
Nov. 19 Vitkovice 2, Vsetin 1 (at Vsetin)

Kveton, who was hurt during the Four Nations Under-20 tournament, was not in the lineup for his team's loss to Vitkovice. It was the third game he has missed due to the injury.

DornicIvan Dornic
Position: Forward
Team: HK 36 Skalica
League: Slovak Extraliga
Dornic's Scoring to Date: 20 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 14 PIM
Nov. 19: Skalica 4, Zilina 1 (at Skalica)

Dornic was not in the lineup as Skalica won at home.

FurrerPhilippe Furrer
Position: Defense
Team: SC Bern
League: Swiss Nationalliga A
Furrer's Scoring to Date: 12 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, 33 PIM
Nov. 19: Bern 3, Basel 0 (at Basel)

Furrer did not play because of a knee injury suffered in Bern's Oct. 22 game at Ambri-Piotta. It was the eighth game he has missed due to the injury.

Recent Prospect Updates:
Nov. 15 -- Olver picks up three points for Wildcats
Nov. 16 -- Marek resumes Russian schedule with a flourish
Nov. 17 -- Kozak scores twice in Charlotte victory
Nov. 18 -- Hunter nets a pair for Prince George

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