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PHOTO: Henrik Lundqvist
turned aside 22 of 25 shots in Frolunda's 4-3 win over Lulea on Thursday.2004-05 Rangers Prospect Scoring >>RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 25, 2004 >>RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 24, 2004 >>RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 23, 2004 >>RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 22, 2004 >>
While hockey fans in the United States celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, Jarkko Immonen, Lauri Korpikoski and Henrik Lundqvist were helping their clubs earn key wins across the 'Big Pond' in Europe.
Lundqvist turned aside 22 of 25 shots for his 15th win as Frolunda skated past Lulea 3-2 in Swedish Elite League action. In Finland, Immonen collected a pair of assists as JYP blanked Ilves 3-0, while Korpikoski and TPS edged Lukko 2-1. Immonen continues to lead the Finnish League with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 25 games this season.
Box Scores:Lulea 3, Frolunda 4 >>JYP 3, Ilves 0 >>Lukko 1, TPS 2 (OT) >>Blues 4, HIFK 7 >>
Michigan Takes on the Big Boys in the CHS
They don't call it the College Hockey Showcase for nothing! This year's CHS will place host to the nation's top three collegiate clubs: #1 Michigan, #2 Wisconsin and #3 Minnesota, along with unranked but perennial powerhouse Michigan State.
Al Montoya and Michigan will face Minesota tonight in Minneapolis, while Wisconsin hosts Corey Potter and MSU in Madison. The four teams participating in the College Hockey Showcase have won a total of 21 NCAA championships, including back-to-back championships by Minnesota (2002 and 2003) and made 93 post-season appearances. All four are among the top 15 winningest programs in college hockey history and have combined for 4,716 wins. The #1 Wolverines enter the game with four straight victories, while Wisconsin is riding a four-game winning stretch and has lost just once on home ice. The #3 ranked Golden Gophers have lost just once in their seven outings.
The CCHA holds a 26-15-3 record, entering the 2004 edition of the CHS. Last season, however, Minnesota and Wisconsin each posted two wins in the Showcase for the first time in the history of the event. It marked Minnesota's third two-win CHS and Wisconsin's first. Michigan holds the top CHS record with a 14-7-1 mark, followed by Michigan State (12-8-2), Minnesota 11-9-2 and Wisconsin (4-17-1).
Rocky Mountain High or Altitude Sickness
Ken Roche and the #10/#11 ranked Boston University Terries will find out how they adjust to the thin Colorado air this weekend with big tilts against the #9/#10 ranked Denver Pioneers and the #5 Colorado College Tigers.
It will be the rubber match in the BU - DU contest as the Terriers and the Pioneers have each posted 11 wins and 2 ties in the previous 24 meetings. It is only the second time the Terriers have face DU in Colorado, with the first meeting coming back on Nov. 24, 2000 (5-2DU). On Saturday, the Terriers and the Tigers will meet for the 17th time, second in Colorado Springs, with BU holding an 8-6-2 record for the series.
Looking at Rangers prospects in the series, Roche enters the weekend with two goals and three assists for five points in 10 games and CC forward Joey Crabb ranks third on the Tigers with eight points (three goals, five assists).
Wolf Pack Return to TV vs. Sound Tigers
The Hartford Wolf Pack will look to work off their Turkey dinner in front of a national audience Friday. The Wolf Pack will face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (9-8-0-0) on Fox Sports Net New York at 7:35. The Pack are in second place in the Eastern Divison with 10-4-1-1 record while the Sound Tigers are 9-8-0-0 and in fifth place in the Eastern Division.
Charlotte Goes for Sixth Straight
The Charlotte Checkers are like butter because they are on a roll. The American Division-leading Checkers will look for their sixth straight win on Friday as they play host take on the Columbia Inferno. Columbia, who just inked Buffalo Sabres enforcer Eric Boulton, enters the game with a 4-5-3 record and currently sits in fifth place in the American Division. The Checkers haven't lost a game since Nov. 13 and owns the ECHL's second best record at 11-2-1.
Graham Looks to Begin Another Streak
Might as well start another one and Bruce Graham will attempt to do just that on Friday as his WildCats travel to Victoriaville. Graham saw his 10-game point streak come to an end on Wednesday as the QMJHL-leading Moncton Wildcats were blanked by Shawinigan, 2-0. Graham had posted 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) since October 29.TONIGHT'S SCHEDULE:
North. Michigan/Lake Superior
North Dakota/Mich. Tech
Rabat Kladno/Sparta Praha