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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 4, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Everett Silvertips defenseman Ivan Baranka was recently selected to represent Slovakia at the 2005 World Junior Championships.

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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Everett (Baranka) 2, Portland (Dubinsky) 1
Ivan Baranka and the Everett Silvertips continued rolling along in the WHL's US Division, scoring a 2-1 victory over the Portland Winterhawks. 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. Baranka, who recently selected to represent Slovakia at the 2005 World Junior Championships, and Portland forward Brandon Dubinsky did not appear on the scoring summary on the evening.

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Saskatoon (Bahensky) 2, Medicine Hat (Psurny) 3 - OT
Two of the WHL's best clubs faced off Friday evening and the Saskatoon Blades and the Medicine Hat Tigers did not disappoint. In an exciting finish, the hometown Tigers pulled out the victory in OT, besting the CHL's 10th ranked Blades, 3-2. Medicine Hat rookie scoring leader Roman Psurny assisted on the game-winner and snapped a five-game scoreless drought. Psurny now has eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 27 games. Bahensky also chipped in an assist in a losing effort, snapping his own six-game pointless skid. The Blades freshmen scoring threat now has seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points along with 37 penalty minutes in 27 games.

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Kootenay (Dawes) 3, Seattle 1
Even without their leading man, the Kootenay Ice scored a big-time victory on Friday, upending the Seattle Thunderbirds in Seattle. 3-1. Nigel Dawes, who leads the Ice in goals (18) and points (27), was given the night off after appearing in the ADT Canada - Russia Challenge with Team WHL on Wednesday and Thursday. The Ice, who are unbeaten in their last 10 games (9-0-1), own an 18-9-3-0 record, while Seattle, who entered the game as the CHL's #3-ranked club, falls to 17-7-0-0.

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Kelowna 2, Tri -City (Jonasen) 2 - OT
Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen collected two penalty minutes in the Americans' 2-2 tie against the Kelowna Rockets Friday evening.

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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Barrie 2, Guelph (Callahan) 2
Not much more that Ryan Callahan could have done in this one. The Guelph Storm captain registered a shorthanded tally and an assist to garner first star honor in the Storm's 2-2 deadlock with the Barrie Colts. Callahan now leads his team with 26 points and 16 goals and has posted seven multiple point games.

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Toronto 1, Ottawa (Petruzalek) 4
New number, same result. Ottawa rookie sniper decided to switch from #93 to #19 for tonight's game against Toronto, but whatever the number, Petruzalek still made his impact felt. The OHL's top rookie scorer tallied his 14th goal of the season in the 67's 4-1 victory, extending his point streak to three games (2-3-5). Petruzalek leads all OHL freshmen and all Ottawa skaters with 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 25 games.

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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Lewiston (Paiement) 1, Moncton (Graham) 2
A two goal first period was the key to victory for the #4 ranked Moncton Wildcats, as they hung on to beat the Lewiston MAINEiacs, 2-1. Moncton's Bruce Graham and Lewiston's Jonathan Paiement were held off the scoresheet in the game. Graham still leads his club with 19 tallies and is second on the team with 31 points. Paiment, who had recorded points in his last two outings (0-3-3), ranks among the QMJHL's top defenders with four goals and 25 assists for 29 points in 28 games.

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NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:

Alaska- Fairbanks 1, Ohio State (Guenin) 2
Junior Rod Pelley scored a power-play goal in the third period to lift the Ohio State men's hockey team to a 2-1 win over Central Collegiate Hockey Association rival Alaska Fairbanks Friday in front of 7,529 fans in Value City Arena. Nate Guenin assisted on the game-winning tally, boosting his point totals to four points on the season (one goal, three assists). The two teams will meet again on Saturday in Columbus. The victory lifts #9/10 Ohio State's season record to 10-4-1 overall and 8-2-1 in league play. The Nanooks fall to 6-5 on the year and 5-4 in the CCHA.

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Bowling Green 2, Michigan State (Potter) 1
The Michigan State hockey team (6-8-1 overall, 3-0 CCHA) dropped a tough, 2-1 decision against Bowling Green Friday, Dec. 3, at Munn Ice Arena. The Falcons received an outstanding performance from senior goalie Jonathan Sigalet who had 46 saves in the victory. MSU's Corey Potter was tossed out of the game at the 18:46 mark of the second period for a punch after the whistle. The Spartan blueliner has one assist and 33 penalty minutes in seven games this season.

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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 2, Northern Michigan (Olver) 3
The Northern Michigan University hockey team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks tied the game with a goal in the second and third periods. The 'Cats pulled out the 3-2 win as the game-winning goal was scored with 24 seconds left in the game, courtesy of a Nathan Oystrick tally. Darin Olver collected an assist on the game-winner, increasing his team-leading assist total to eight and his season point total to 11. UNO goaltender Christ Holt made 21stops in a losing effort, as he his record drops to 7-5-1. The #15 ranked Wildcats record climbs to 7-4-2 with the win.

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Notre Dame (Walsh) 1, Michigan (Montoya) 6
The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team notched a 6-1 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tonight (Friday, Dec.3) at Yost Ice Arena. With the rally over the Irish, U-M head coach Red Berenson takes the ninth spot on the all-time collegiate coaching wins list with 543 career victories. Al Montoya recorded his league-leading 10th win of the season, turning aside 21 of 22 ND attempts. For the Irish, who were playing a nationally ranked team for the eighth time this season, captain Mike Walsh was held scoreless.

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Denver 5, Michigan Tech (Foote) 1
Michigan Tech continues to struggle against some of the nation's best teams, falling to #/7/#8 ranked Denver University, 5-1. Tech is now winless in their last nine outings (0-8-1) and owns a 1-13-1 record. Their last three weekend series have come against top 10 teams North Dakota, Colorado College and now Denver. Jordon Foote was not in the lineup for the Huskies on Friday.

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Minnesota 1, Colorado College (Crabb) 3
In the biggest series of the weekend in the WCHA and probably the entire country, Joey Crabb and the #3/#4 Colorado Tigers stunned the nation's top ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, 3-1, at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. Crabb tallied the game-winning marker, increasing his season totals to four goals and six assists for 10 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 12 games. He has points in three of his last four games (2-3-5). The Tigers, 11-2-0 on the season, have won five of their last six outings.

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Merrimack 2, Maine (Moore/Ryan) 2 - OT
The Maine men's ice hockey team tied Merrimack 2-2 in overtime on Friday night at Alfond Arena. Merrimack scored two goals in the second period to take the lead, but Maine's Keith Johnson tied the game 2-2 in the third period. Maine had a commanding 39 to 12 advantage on shots in the game, but could not score in overtime. Maine, ranked ninth in the nation, is now 9-6-2 (5-3-1 Hockey East) and Merrimack is 4-9-2 on the season (1-7-1 in Hockey East). Both Greg Moore and Billy Ryan were held off the scoreboard for the hometown Black Bears.

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Boston University (Roche) 3, Boston College 2
The third time was a charm for BU head coach Jack Parker who notched his 700th career victory on Friday night, as his Terrier hockey team skated to a 3-2 upset win over second-ranked Boston College in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 3806 fans at B.U.'s Walter Brown Arena. BU's Kenny Roche was held off the scoresheet in the contest, but it was the victory the all Terrier players coveted the most. With the win, the Terriers snapped a three-game losing skid and strengthen their grip on first place in Hockey East with 14 points.

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Union 1, Harvard (Reese/Flynn) 4
Dylan Reese, Rob Flynn and the Harvard Crimson climbed above the .500 mark in the ECACHL this weekend as they begin a four-game homestand on the winning foot with a 4-1 victory over Union. The Crimson have won six of their last seven outings and currently stand at 6-3-1 overall and 4-3-1 in league play. The Crimson continue their dominance at home this, where they have yet to lose, and now own a seven-game winning streak against Union. Dylan Reese registered Harvard's third tally of the game, increasing his season statistics to three goals and two assists for five points in ten games. Crimson teammate Rob Flynn was held of the scoresheet in the game.

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