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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 11, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Bruce Graham's 20th goal of the season would turn out to be the game-tying tally on Friday as Moncton knotted Shawinigan, 2-2, in QMJHL action.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Hartford 2, Providence 3
Two former members of the Rangers organization spelled defeat for the Wolf Pack on Friday, as they couldn't hold onto a 2-1, 40-minute lead and dropped a tough one to Providence, 2-1. Former Hartford defender Jayme Filipowicz notched the game-winner at the 18:54 mark with an assist going to former Ranger Dan Lacouture. Ryan Hollweg and Dominic Moore recorded second period goals for the 'Pack, but they couldn't hold off the Baby B's in the third. Hartford's record now stands at 15-6-1-2.


ECHL

Charlotte 2, Gwinnett 5
A four-goal first period was too tough for the Charlotte Checkers to overcome as they fell to Gwinnett on Friday, 5-2. Lee Falardeau posted his seventh tally of the season for the Checkers, who fall to 12-6-2 on the season.

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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Prince Albert (Kozak, Byers) 1, Saskatoon (Bahensky) 3
The Saskatoon Blades kicked off their weekend home-and-home series against the Prince Albert Raiders with a 3-1 victory on home ice Friday night. In a losing cause, newly acquired Rick Kozak continued to impress his new mates by extending his point/goal-scoring streak to four games (4-1-5). He has tallied in every game since joining Prince Albert on Nov. 30, and now has seven goals and eight points on the season. Teammate Dane Byers saw his three-game point streak go by the boards, but he did have an impact in the contest, collecting 12 penalty minutes and two fighting majors. Saskatoon rookie Zdenek Bahensky was held off the scoresheet. The two teams will face-off again on Sunday in Prince Albert.

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Tri-City (Jonasen) 1, Prince George 2
For the second consecutive game, Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen figured in all the Americans scoring. Unfortunately, it was also the second straight game where his offensive efforts were not enough, as Tri-City dropped a 2-1 decision to Prince George on Friday. Jonasen tallied his team-leading 10th marker of the season, but it wasn't enough to best the hometown Cougars. The two teams will do it all over again on Saturday night.

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Everett (Baranka) 2, Portland (Dubinsky) 2 - OT
In a matchup of U.S. Division foes and Rangers prospects, no blood was drawn and the Ivan Baranka and the Everett Silvertips tied the Portland Winterhawks and Brandon Dubinsky, 2-2. Dubinsky chipped in an assist in the game, and now has points in his last two outings (1-1-2). Baranka was held off the scoresheet in the game. The Hawks wrapped up a five-game homestand with the tie (2-2-1) and now embark on a four-game road trip. The 'Tips are unbeaten in their last six outings (5-0-1) and sit in first place in the division with a record of 16-9-3.

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Medicine Hat (Psurny) 3, Brandon 7
Medicine Hat rookie scoring leader Roman Psurny was held in check along with the rest of his teammates, as they harvested by the Brandon Wheat Kings, 7-3. Psurny is scoreless in his last three games.

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Kootenay (Dawes) 0, Lethbridge 3
Nigel Dawes and the Kootenay Ice were blanked 3-0 on Friday by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. It was the Ice's sixth shutout loss of the season out of a total of 11 team losses for the year.

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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

Guelph (Callahan) 0, London 0 - OT
If this is how they end up in the record books, then the Guelph Storm can do it with their heads held high. Facing history and the mighty London Knights Friday, Ryan Callahan's Storm gave the #1 team in Canada all it could handle, fighting to a 0-0 draw. The tie extends the Knights unbeaten streak to a record -setting 30 games (28-0-2), surpassing the 26-year-old record of 29 games held by the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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Oshawa 2, Ottawa (Petruzalek) 5
Ottawa 67's rookie scoring leader Jakub Petruzalek continues to dazzle the OHL competition, posting two assists in his teams 5-2 victory over Oshawa Friday evening. Petruzalek now has points in five of his last six games (2-6-8) and owns 10 multi-point games and seven multi-assist contests. The first year left wing is the OHL's top freshmen point producer with 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists) in 28 games. The 67's have lost just once in their last six outings (5-0-1).

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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

Chicoutimi 5, Lewiston (Paiement) 3
Sheldon Wensel had 2 goals and Eric Castonguay had the other in a 5-3 loss to Chicoutimi. Brandon Verge earned the win for Chicoutimi with 24 saves on the night. MAINEiacs star blueliner Jonathan Paiement did not dress for last night's contest.

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Moncton (Graham) 2, Shawinigan 2 - OT
Bruce Graham's 20th goal of the season, coming at the 18:35 mark of the second period, would turn out to be the game-tying tally on Friday as Moncton knotted Shawinigan, 2-2. Graham now has points in three of his last four games (1-2-3) and ranks second no his club with 33 points. He and his #4 ranked WildCat mates continue their five-game road swing in Drummondville tonight.

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NCAA

Ohio State (Guenin) 3, Clarkson 3 - OT
Buckeye sophomore defenseman Sean Collins scored a power-play goal in the third period to lift the No. 8 Ohio State men's hockey team to a 3-all tie with Clarkson Friday in Cheel Arena. Defense Nate Guenin added two minutes to his team leading penalty minute total and now stand at 60 minutes for the season. The teams will end the two-game non-conference series at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cheel Arena in Potsdam. With the tie, Ohio State moves to 11-4-2 (9-2-1 CCHA) on the year. Ohio State is undefeated in its last four games (2-0-2), and has lost just once in its last 10 outings (7-1-2).

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Michigan State (Potter) 2, Notre Dame (Mike Walsh) 3 - OT
Notre Dame alternate captain Mike Walsh kicked off the scoring in Friday's game with the Michigan State Spartans, and the Irish followed their leader to a 3-2 OT win over the Spartans. For Walsh it was his first lamp-lighter of the season. With the win, the Irish climb to 4-8-4, while MSU sags to 7-9-1. The two teams will travel to East Lansing, MI tonight for the second half of the home-and-home weekend set.

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Bowling Green 3, Michigan (Montoya) 8
The No. 4-ranked Michigan Wolverines took over the top spot in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association by way off an 8-3 come-from-behind victory over Bowling Green on Friday (Dec. 10) at Yost Ice Arena. U-M trailed 3-0 after the opening period of play before its offense took flight in the second and third periods with the help of a 3-for-5 power-play conversion rate during the span. The Wolverines overcame a three-goal deficit for the first time since March 26, 1999, when U-M beat Denver 5-3 in an NCAA East Regional contest. Al Montoya righted the ship in the Wolverines net, ending up with 19 saves in his 12th win of the season.

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Northern Michigan (Olver) 2, Alaska - Fairbanks 2
The Northern Michigan University hockey team played four games in Fairbanks, Alaska during the 2003-04 season. The 'Cats were swept during the regular season and then did the sweeping in the playoffs. But this is a new season and the 'Cats and Nanooks skated to a 2-2 tie in their first meeting for the 2004-05 season. With the tie the 'Cats are now 8-4-3 overall and 6-3-2 in CCHA play. UAF is 6-6-1 and 5-5-1. Jamie Milam was all that the 'Cats needed on the night as he was selected the first star of the game. Rangers prospect Darin Olver assisted on Milam's first tally, extending his point-scoring streak to three games (1-3-4). He now ranks tied for first on the club with 10 assists and second on the club with 14 points.

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Colorado College (Crabb) 6, Alaska - Anchorage 1
Another of the Rangers top prospect journeyed to the Klondike for a weekend set of games. Joey Crabb and the #2/#3 Colorado College Tigers headed to Anchorage for a two-game set and made a big statement with a 6-1 drubbing of the hometown Seawolves. Crabb scored in the offensive outburst, raising his season total to six goals and running his point-scoring streak to four games (3-1-4). Colorado College now owns a record of 12-3-0 in 15 games this season.

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