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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 31, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Jason Labarbera stopped 23 of 24 Utah shots to help the Wolf Pack to a 2-1 Victory over the Utah Grizzlies on Friday

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Utah 1 vs. Hartford 2
The Hartford Wolf Pack rang out 2004 with heck of an effort against the Utah Grizzlies on Friday night, besting the visitors, 2-1. Chad Wiseman tallied his ninth of the season at the 3:34 mark of the third frame and Jason Labarbera closed the door on the Grizz to capture his 17th victory of the season. Labarbera, who turned away 23 of 24 attempts Friday night, currently ranks first in the AHL with a 1.57 goals against average. The 2003-04 AHL MVP also ranks second in save percentage (.942) and wins (17). The Pack, who sit in second [place in the Atlantic Division with a 23-8-1-2 record and have lost just once in their last seven outings, will wrap-up their holiday set against the Grizzlies tonight at the Hartford Civic Center.

EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE
Charlotte 3 vs. Florida 4
The Charlotte Checkers fought back to a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but could not hold on as the homestanding Florida Everblades scored to late goals to win, 4-3 on New Year's Eve. Juris Stals collected a goal and an assists for the visiting Checkers. Charlotte, who has dropped their last two games, currently sits in first place in the American Division with a 17-12-2 record. The Checkers will look to even the score with the Everblades tonight as they wrap-up the two-game set.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Seattle 3 vs. Portland (Dubinsky) 1
In a losing effort, Portland centerman Brandon Dubinsky extended his four-game assist/point streak, chipping in his 16th helper in a 3-1 defeat to Seattle on New Year's Eve. Dubinsky, who was named third star in the contest, now has totaled five asssits and six points in his last four outings. He currently ranks fourth on the club with 27 points (11 goals and 16 assists) in 35 games. With the loss, the Hawks' record now stands at 15-17-3-4 and third place in the US Division.
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Kootenay 2 vs. Prince Albert (Kozak, Byers) 3
The Prince Albert Raiders ended the 2004 calendar on the right foot, besting the Kootenay Ice 3-2 on New Year's Eve. Neither Rick Kozak or Dan Byers figured in the scoring the hometown Raiders, but their effort was good enough to snap a three-game losing skid. Prince Albert rang in 2005 on the bus, as they begin a three-game road trip in Red Deer tonight.
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Spokane 3 vs. Tri-City (Jonasen) 1
The Tri-City Americans and captain Marcus Jonasen saw the year 2004 and their four-game win streak come to end on Friday night, as the Amerks fell to the Spokane Chiefs, 3-1. Jonasen, who leads the team with 13 goals, did not figure in the scoring. Tri-City will look to start a new year and a new winning streak tonight as they host Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland Winter Hawks in another U.S. Division battle.
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