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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 19, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Roman Psurny tallied a goal in Medicine Hat's 4-2 win on Saturday and has now posted four points in his last four games.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Providence 2 vs. Hartford 3 - Shootout
If he couldn't have gotten between the pipes, he probably would have done that, too! Lawrence Nycholat had a whale of a game for the Wolf Pack last night, as the outlasted the Providence Bruins 3-2 in a thrilling shootout victory. Nycholat assisted on both regulation goals for the 'Pack, and then converted on his shootout attempt. Jeff Hamilton also starred for Hartford with a goal in the second period and in the shootout. Hartford's record now stands at 19-7-1-2 and second place in the Atlantic Division.


ECHL

Charlotte 4 vs. Texas 3 Shootout
Is there a more fitting place for a shootout than Texas? Obviously not on Saturday evening as the Charlotte Checkers and Texas Wildcatters needed penalty shots to decide their ECHL contest. Both teams' first three shooters missed while the next two shooters each scored. Juris Stals was Charlotte's sixth shooter and connected with a bullet to the upper right hand corner of the net. Mark Wires was up next for the Wildcatters and misfired, giving the Checkers the 4-3 victory. The shootout win snaps a two-game skid for the Checkers and boosts their record to 14-8-2.

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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Calgary 4 vs. Saskatoon (Bahensky) 3 OT
The Saskatoon Blades held a 2-1 lead after the first 20 minutes of play in Saskatoon last night, but couldn make it stick, as they fell to Calgary 4-3 in overtime. Blades rookie forward Zdenek Bahensky missed his third game as he prepares to compete with Czech Republic in the 2005 IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship, which begin on December 25. The Blades are sporting a 19-8-5-3 overall record.

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Tri-City (Jonasen) 6 vs. Vancouver 0
It's not too tough to figure out why the Tri-City Americans are currently on a four-game winning streak. Goaltending. Amerks goaltender Carey Price has posted three consecutive shutouts for his club after blanking Vancouver on Saturday, 6-0. The Tri-City goaltender shutout streak stands at 221:24 since last surrendering a goal at the 18:36 mark of the first period of their Dec. 11 4-1 win over Prince George. Amerks captain Marcus Jonasen chipped in with an assist in the whitewash, and now has points in five of his last six outings (4-4-8). Tri-City is in third place in the US Division with a 14-14-4-2 record.

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Everett (Baranka) 2 vs. Portland (Dubinsky) 2 OT
For the second time in just over a week, the Everett Silvertips and the Portland Winterhawks skated to a dead heat in WHL play, fighting to a 1-1 draw last night. Portland's Brandon Dubinsky posted an assist in the contest and earned first star honors. Everett's Ivan Baranka did not skate in the game, as he joined Team Slovakia in their preparation for the 2005 World Junior Championships which begin on Christmas day. With the tie, the Hawks winless skid climbs to six games (0-4-2) while their record now stands at 14-15-2-4 and fourth place in the US Division. Everett sits in second place in the US Division with a 17-10-5-2 slate.

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Kelowna 2 vs. Medicine Hat (Psurny) 4
Bad news for WHL teams; it looks like Medicine Hat rookie scoring leader Roman Psurny has regained his scoring touch. For the third consecutive game, Psurny finds his name in the scoring column, as he helps pace a 4-2 Tigers victory over Kelowna. Psurny now has three goals and one assists in his last four outings, and 24 points for the season (11goals, 13 assists).

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Guelph (Callahan) 3 vs. London 4
Facing the top team in Canadian junior hockey without your team captain doesn't sound like an enviable task, but the Guelph Storm didn't go down without a fight. The visitor's couldn't hold onto a 3-2 lead heading into the final frame, and fell to the London Knights, 4-3. Storm captain Ryan Callahan did not suit up in the contest as he has joined Team USA as it prepare to defend their gold medal at the 2005 World Junior Championships.

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Ottawa (Petruzalek) 6 vs. Barrie 5
It wasn't a night for goaltenders on Saturday in Barrie, but you can't blame Jakub Petruzalek. Away at Team Czech Republic training camp for the 2005 World Junior Championships, Petruzalek would surely have loved to be involved in the shootout in this OHL game, as his 67's outpointed the Colts, 6-5.

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NCAA

Minnesota State University 3 vs. Colorado College (Crabb) 4
Colorado College overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Minnesota State 4-3 on Saturday night and complete a sweep of the two-game series with the Mavericks. The second-ranked Tigers improved to 15-3-0 overall and moved into a tie for third place with Minnesota in the WCHA standings. Joey Crabb collected an assist in the game, and boosted his season point totals to 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 18 games.

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Michigan Tech (Foote) 5 vs. Lakehead 1
In exhibition play, the Michigan Tech Huskies posted their second straight "W" over Lakehead University, this time by a 5-1 decision.

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