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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 12, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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PHOTO: Darin Olver collected three assists as Northern Michigan skated past Alaska-Fairbanks, 5-3, on Saturday.

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Hartford 3, Manchester 2
Ken Gernander scored with 3:42 left in regulation to lift Hartford to a 3-2 win over Manchester in a battle of AHL powers on Saturday night. The Monarchs entered the game with the league's top-ranked offense, while the Wolf Pack were first in defense. In a game that featured 20 power plays and 106 minutes in penalties, Manchester took a 2-1 lead on goals by Mike Cammalleri and Noah Clarke 26 seconds apart, both on two-man advantages. Ryan Hollweg tied the game later in the second period before Gernander put the Pack in front to stay. Jason LaBarbera (12-4-1) made 21 saves to earn the win in net. Alexandre Giroux also scored for Hartford (16-6-1-2), who closed to within six points of first-place Manchester (20-3-1-0) in the Atlantic Division. The Monarchs have lost three in a row since their 13-game winning streak.


Charlotte 4, Augusta 3
The Charlotte Checkers built a two-goal, second-period lead and held on to edge the Augusta Lynx, 4-3, on Saturday in Georgia. The victory was the first on the Checkers current, eight-game, season-long road trip after Charlotte dropped the opener of the trip Friday night in Gwinnett. The Checkers improved to 13-6-2 for 28 points and will continue its eight-game road trip Tuesday night in Charleston, South Carolina for a match with the Stingrays.


Portland (Dubinsky) 3, Kelowna 4
Brandon Dubinsky collected two assists and a +2 rating despite a 4-3 Portland Winterhawks loss at the hands of the Kelowna Rockets. Dubinsky now has points in his last three outings (1-3=4). Portland sits at 14-13-2-3 in third place in the WHL's U.S. Division.

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Swift Current 0, Kootenay (Dawes) 4
Nigel Dawes and the Kootenay Ice bounced back from a 3-0 loss at the hands of Lethbridge on Friday with a 4-0 white-washing of the Swift Current Broncos. Dawes registed a +1 rating and four penalty minutes on the night for the Ice, who improve to 22-10-3-0 on the season.

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Medicine Hat (Psurny) 3, Moose Jaw 5
Psurny / 0, -2
The Medicine Hat Tigres dropped another on Saturday, falling to the Moose Jaw Warriors, 5-3. Roman Psurny is now scoreless in his last four games. Despite the loss, Medicine Hat holds on to second place in the WHL's Central Division at 17-12-2-1.

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Everett (Baranka) 3, Spokane 3 - OT
It was another tie for Ivan Baranka and the Everett Silvertips on Saturday as they skated to a 3-3 finish with Spokane. The 'Tips earned a point on Friday as well with a 2-2 deadlock with Portland. Baranka posted two penalty minutes on the night as Everett kept its lead atop the U.S. Division at 17-8-5-2.

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Calgary 1, Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 2
The Prince Albert Raiders bounced back from Friday's 3-1 loss to the Saskatoon Blades with a 2-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. Rugged Raiders forwards Dane Byers and Rick Kozak found their way into the box score, but it wasn't by way of scoring. Each Blueshirt prospect picked up a fighting major and a +1 rating in the win. Kozak saw his four-game goal/point streak come to an end. He had posted four goals and one assist over the span since joining Prince Albert on Nov. 30 in a trade from Kamloops.

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Tri-City (Jonasen) 4, Prince George 1
Tri-City and Prince George battled for the second time in as many nights on Saturday ... this time with a slightly different outcome. On the heels of their 2-1 loss on Friday, the Americans cruised to a 4-1 win the following night to exact some revenge. For the third consecutive game, Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen figured in the scoring, collecting a goal and an assist - good for third star of the game honors.

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Ottawa (Petruzalek) 1, Peterborough 1 - OT
The Ottawa 67s skated to a 1-1 tie with the Peterborough Petes on Saturday in OHL action to improve to 14-12-2-1 on the season. Ottawa rookie sniper Jakub Petruzalek did not dress in the game.

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Moncton (Graham) 0, Drummondville 3
Bruce Graham and the Moncton Wildcats couldn't find the scoresheet on Saturday as they were blanked 3-0 by Drummondville in QMJHL action. Graham, who netted his 20th of the season in a 2-2 tie on Friday, collected two penalty minutes in the loss and ranks second no his club with 33 points.

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MODO Hockey 3, Frolunda HC (Lundqvist) 1
Without Swedish Elite League star Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes, Frolunda dropped a 3-1 decision to Peter Forsberg and MODO Hockey on Saturday.

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Lake Superior 1, Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 5
The UNO hockey team snapped a four-game winless streak Saturday night with a 5-1 victory over Lake Superior State in front of 5,634 fans at the Qwest Center. LSSU's Alex Dunn then spoiled UNO goaltender Chris Holt's shutout bid on a shorthanded goal with 8:24 remaining in the game. Holt turned aside 25 of 26 shots in the win. UNO (8-7-1, 6-7-1 CCHA) is idle for the next two weeks and will head east for two games with Boston University and Massachusetts on December 29 and 30.

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Michigan (Montoya) 5, Bowling Green 4
The No. 4-ranked Michigan Wolverines came from behind for the second straight night to defeat Bowling Green 5-4 on Saturday at BGSU Ice Arena. The Wolverines overcame deficits of 1-0, 3-2, and 4-3 to pull out the victory. Al Montoya stopped 22 of 26 shots in the win. With the victory, Michigan improved its CCHA road record to 4-1-0 on the season and has now won six straight games against Bowling Green including CCHA playoff games. At BGSU Ice Arena, U-M is unbeaten (5-0-1) in its last six trips there. Michigan is off for 18 days until it competes in the 40th annual Great Lakes Invitational on December 29, taking on Michigan Tech at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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Northern Michigan (Olver) 5, Alaska-Fairbanks 3
With the temperature hovering around -20 on the outside of the Carlson Center the Northern Michigan University hockey team was hot on the inside of the building. The 'Cats struck for four third period goals to break open a close game against the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks and win their ninth game of the season 5-3. Northern Michigan forward Darin Olver collected three assists on the night. NMU is now 9-4-3 overall on the season (7-3-2 in the CCHA) and will not be back in action until December 22 when they will face Harvard at the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis.

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Notre Dame (Walsh) 1, Michigan State (Potter) 4
The last thing Michigan State (8-9-1, 5-7-0 CCHA) wanted to do was get swept at the hands of Notre Dame (4-9-4, 3-8-3) before heading into the break. After dropping an overtime game in South Bend Friday, Saturday's game in East Landsing became critical for MSU to gain some much-needed momentum heading into the second half. And with the game deadlocked at 1 late in the third period, the Spartans scored twice within a minute to rip an otherwise-tight game open, scoring four unanswered goals en route to a 4-1 win at Munn Arena. MSU blueliner Corey Potter posted a +3 rating in the win, while Fighting Irish alternate captain Mike Walsh collected two penalty minutes in the loss. The next contest for the Spartans will come in the Great Lakes Invitational against New Hampshire. The Irish will open 2005 with a New Year's Day tilt with RPI.

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Ohio State (Guenin) 1, Clarkson 3
Nate Guenin and the No. 8 Ohio State men's hockey team didn't fare very well on Saturday, dropping a 3-1 decision to Clarkson at Cheel Arena. The loss ended a four-game (2-0-2) unbeaten streak for the Buckeyes. OSU alternate captain Nate Guenin posted four penalty minutes in the loss. Ohio State drops to 11-5-2 (9-2-1 CCHA) on the year. The team will return to action in the Ohio Hockey Classic December 29-30 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

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Colorado College (Crabb) 7, Alaska-Anchorage 2
Colorado College completed a weekend sweep of host Alaska-Anchorage with a 7-2 win on Saturday. The Tigers received points from 10 different players and has now won seven of its last eight games while improving to 13-3 for the season. CC forward Joey Crabb did not figure in the scoring in the win.

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Boston University (Roche) 4, Rensselaer 1

The Boston University Terrier hockey team ended its first-semester schedule with a 4-1 win over host Rensselaer on Saturday night in Troy, New York. It was the third straight victory for the Terriers, who go into their exam schedule with an overall record of 10-6, while they remained 8-1-0 in Hockey East play. BU forward Ken Roche did not figure into the scoring but was praised by head coach Jack Parker following the win.

"While the Red Line (Zancanaro, Van der Gulik, and Laliberte) had the three goals, I thought the White Line (center Brian McConnell, left wing Kenny Roche, and right wing Ryan Weston) had a heckuva game."

The Terriers can enjoy this win until December 29th when they host the University of Nebraska-Omaha - the club's next-to-last game at B.U.'s Walter Brown Arena. The final men's game will be played on January 2nd against the University of Minnesota. Then, the next night, the Terriers will open their state-of-the-art, 6300-seat Agganis Arena against Minnesota.

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Maine (Moore, Ryan) 1, Harvard (Reese, Flynn) 4
The Harvard men's hockey team continued on its recent hot streak with a convincing 4-1 victory over Hockey East rival Maine on Saturday at the Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge. The Crimson won its season-high fifth straight game of the season, and ninth in its last ten outings to improve to 9-3-1 on the season. Harvard standout blueliner Dylan Reese collected a pair of assists in the win, while forward Rob Flynn posted four penalty minutes. Maine forwards Greg Moore and Billy Ryan were held scoreless in the loss. Harvard now has a 10-day hiatus before its next game, when it will travel to Minneapolis to participate in the Dodge Holiday Classic at Minnesota. The Crimson's first round opponent will be Northern Michigan, which has spent much of the season in the national top 15. The Black Bears will travel south for the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida, facing St. Cloud State on December 28 and either Cornell or Boston College on December 29.

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