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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 20, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Jamie Lundmark's shootout goal proved to be the game-winner for Hartford on Sunday as the Pack edged Portland, 3-2.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Hartford 3 vs. Portland 2
Appearances can be deceiving. The needle on the gauge can be on empty and yet there still might be some gas in the tank. The Wolf Pack used whatever fumes they had left to take a 3-2 shootout victory over the Portland Pirates before 3,446 Sunday at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Hartford won the shootout 3-0 when Jamie Lundmark's wrister slithered through the pads of Pirates goalie Maxime Ouellet to seal the victory. It was the Pack's second shootout victory in as many nights and third in five games as they improved to 10-2-0-1 since a five-game losing streak. "We kept it simple," said Wolf Pack captain Ken Gernander, who scored the first Hartford goal. "We stayed within the system, and that really made the difference." Hartford, which doesn't play again until December 26, sits in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 20-7-1-2 record.


2005 WJC EXHIBITION

United States (Callahan, Montoya) 3, University of North Dakota 0
Team USA opened its 2005 World Junior Championship exhibition schedule with a 3-0 shutout win over the University of North Dakota at Ralph Engelstad Arena here this afternoon. The United States' top line of Patrick O'Sullivan (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mississauga Ice Dogs), Drew Stafford (Faribault, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) and Ryan Callahan (Rochester, N.Y./Guelph Storm) accounted for five points, while U.S. goaltenders Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill./ Univ. of Michigan) and Cory Schneider (Marblehead, Mass./Boston College) made a combined 22 saves in the win.

Team USA plays one more exhibition game, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. CST in Thief River Falls, Minn., where it will face Germany. The 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship opens in earnest on Dec. 25 and will be played at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks and Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls from Dec. 25, 2004-Jan. 4, 2005.
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

Gatineau 1 vs. Lewiston (Paiement) 3
Jonathan Paiment wasn't going home for the holidays without some extra gifts. Lewiston's top blueliner gift wrapped his team-leading 34th assist and a 3-1 MAINEiacs victory over Gatinuea on Sunday. Paiment heads into the holiday break with four goals and 34 assists for 38 points, along with 110 penalty minutes. He ranks second among all QMJHL blueliners in assists (34) and points (38).

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Cape Breton 5 vs. Moncton (Graham) 1
In a battle of Altantic Division clubs, the Moncton WildCats ended up receiving a stocking full of coal on Sunday night, as they were handed a 5-1 defeat courtesy of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Bruce Graham was sent packing for his holiday break with no points in the contest, but he did collect five penalty minutes. Graham currently ranks first on the 'Cats and tied for fifth in the league with 21 goals, along with 14 assists for 35 points in 38 games.

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