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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 5, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Al Montoya earned his second shutout of the season and his 12th career shutout for Michigan in an 8-0 win over Notre Dame on Saturday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Hartford 6, Worcester 0
Following a 1-0 shootout loss to Lowell on Friday night, the line of Alexandre Giroux, Layne Ulmer and Jed Ortmeyer certainly got the Pack on track offensively on Saturday in Worcester as Hartford skated to a 6-0 win over the IceCats. The three had no problem finding the scoresheet as Giroux recorded a hat trick and added an assist, Jed Ortmeyer collected four helpers and Ulmer pitched in with a goal and an assist in the win. Jason LaBarbera turned aside 15 shots to earn his third shutout of the season.


ECHL

Charlotte 1, Columbia 5
Having already met four times this season, the Charlotte Checkers and Columbia Inferno are getting to know each other very well. But don't expect either team to send the other a Christmas card for the holidays. In a game that the Checkers needed to break out of a three-game winless streak, the Inferno skated to a 5-1 victory on Saturday. Juris Stals netted his fourth goal of the season for Charlotte's lone goal on the night. The loss puts the Checkers at 11-5-2 for 24 points. They return to Cricket Arena on Wednesday, December 8th for a tough contest against the Louisiana IceGators, who have won their last four road games.


WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Saskatoon (Bahensky) 1, Lethbridge 6
The Hurricanes were too much for visiting Saskatton to handle on Saturday as Lethbridge cruised to a 6-1 win. Blades sniper Zdenek Bahensky was held scoreless on the night and has posted seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points along with 37 penalty minutes in 28 games. His 18 points rank seventh among WHL rookies.

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Kootenay (Dawes) 3, Portland 0
It didn't take Nigel Dawes too much time to find his way back onto the scoresheet for Kootenay. After missing the last two Ice games while representing Team WHL in the ADT Canada - Russia Challenge, Dawes netted his team-leading 19th goal of the season in Kootenay's 3-0 blanking of Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland Pirates on Saturday. Aside from his 19 goals, the Kootenay captain also leads the Ice with 28 points. The Ice are now 2-2 on their current five-game road trip and own a 19-9-3-0 record on the season. Dubinsky picked up roughing and fighting penalties in the loss.

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Swift Current 2, Everett (Baranka) 0
The unbeaten streak ended at six games for Ivan Baranka and the Everett Silvertips as they dropped a 2-0 home decision to the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday. The 16-10-3 'Tips had posted a 5-0-1 in their previous six matches. Baranka, who recently selected to represent Slovakia at the 2005 World Junior Championship, was held off the scoresheet in the match.

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Seattle 3, Tri-City (Jonasen) 2 (OT)
The Seattle Thunderbirds stole the Amerks thunder on Saturday, edging Tri-City, 3-2, in overtime. Amerks captain Marcus Jonasen did not find his way onto the scoresheet but played his consistently honest brand of hockey and was named the htird star of the game.

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Regina 4, Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 6
Rick Kozak is adjusting quite nicely to life as a Raider following last week's trade from Kamloops. The rugged winger collected a goal and four penalty minutes to help lead Prince Albert past the Regina Pats, 6-5, on Saturday. Kozak, who was named the second star of the game, has now posted four goals and 37 penalty minutes in 13 games this season.

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Medicine Hat (Psurny) 0, Red Deer 1
A second period goal was all Red Deer needed to defeat Roman Psurny and the Medicine Tigers, 1-0, on Saturday. Psurny, the WHL's third leading rookie scorer with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists), was held scoreless on the night.

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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa (Petruzalek) 2, Belleville 5
One night after a sound 4-1 win over Toronto, the Ottawa 67s couldn't match the host Belleville Bulls, falling 5-2 on Saturday. Ottawa rookie sniper Jakub Petruzalek, who recently made the switch from #93 to #19, was held scoreless on the night. Petruzalek leads all OHL freshmen and all Ottawa skaters with 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 26 games on the season.

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Guelph (Callahan) 5, Owen Sound 8
Owen Sound scored five first period goals and never looked back as they defeated the visiting Guelph Storm, 8-5, on Saturday. After a two-point night on Friday, Storm leading scorer Ryan Callahan was held to two penalty minutes. He leads Guelph with 16 goals and 26 points in 28 games.

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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

Baie-Comeau 2, Moncton (Graham) 5
Following a 2-1 win over the Lewiston MAINEiacs on Friday, Bruce Graham and the Wildcats skated to another victory on Saturday - a 5-2 drubbing of Baie-Comeau at the Moncton Coliseum. Graham collected an assist and two penalty minutes on the night. He leads his club with 19 tallies and is second on the team with 32 points.

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Lewiston (Paiement) 0, Halifax 5
The Lewiston MAINEiacs dropped their second consecutive road game of the weekend with a 5-0 loss to the host Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday. Lewiston blueliner Jonathan Paiement, who saw his two-game point streak come to an end in the loss, ranks among the QMJHL's top defenders with four goals and 25 assists for 29 points in 29 games.

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NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Michigan (Montoya) 8, Notre Dame (Walsh) 0
The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team eased past Notre Dame to earn the series sweeps by a score of 8-0 on Saturday at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Indiana. The Wolverines scored five times on the power play and outshot the Fighting Irish 48-16. Al Montoya earned his second shutout of the season and his 12th career shutout for Michigan. He is now only three shutouts shy of tying Marty Turco's U-M career record of 15. Michigan finishes up its first half of the 2004-05 season when it faces Bowling Green in another home-and-home series on December 10-11. Notre Dame alternate captain Mike Walsh was held scoreless in the series.

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Michigan State (Potter) 6, Bowling Green 4
Michigan State rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Bowling Green on Friday and exacted revenge with a 6-4 road win over their CCHA rivals on Saturday, the second of a two-game series. With the win, MSU improves to 7-8-1 overall and 4-6-0 CCHA. MSU defenseman Corey Potter was not in the lineup after
being tossed out of Friday's 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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Alaska-Fairbanks , Ohio State (Guenin)
No. 9/10 Ohio State completed a two-game sweep of the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks with a 5-2 win on Saturday, remaining undefeated at home (7-0-0) and extending their home winning streak to 12 games dating back to ther 2003-04 season. OSU blueliner and alternate captain Nate Guenin extended his assist streak to two games, boosting his point totals to five points on the season (one goal, four assists). OSU improves to 11-4-1 on the year and 9-2-1 in Central Collegiate Hockey Association play.

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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 3, Northern Michigan (Olver) 6
The Northern Michigan Wildcats stayed perfect at home on the season with the 6-3 win over the visiting University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center. NMU forward Darin Olver collected a goal and an assist in the win. UNO netminder Eric Aarnio started the game in goal, but after giving up two goals in the opening 39 seconds was replaced by Chris Holt. Holt ended the night with 20 saves. NMU is now 6-0-0 at home with the second sweep of the season at The Berry. The 'Cats are now 8-4-2 overall and 6-3-1 in the CCHA and have won their last eight games on home ice dating back to last season. UNO falls to 7-6-1 and 5-6-1 in conference play. NMU will travel to Alaska to take on Alaska Fairbanks next weekend, while UNO returns home next week to host Lake Superior State on December 9-11.

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Denver 4, Michigan Tech (Foote) 2
Michigan Tech led by counts of 1-0 and 2-1 in Saturday's WCHA matchup with seventh-ranked Denver, but it was the visiting Pioneers who skated away with a 4-2 victory. MT freshman Jordan Foote did not factor into the scoring for the host Huskies. Michigan Tech is idle next weekend and return to the ice the following weekend at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on December 17-18.

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Minnesota 7, Colorado College (Crabb) 2
Top-ranked University of Minnesota struck for four goals in a span of 2:30 late in the third period Saturday, breaking open a tight game and cruising to a 7-2 victory over Colorado College in the second game of their WCHA series at the World Arena. With the triumph, the Gophers earned a weekend split after losing to CC by a 3-1 count on Friday. CC's Joey Crabb scored his second goal in as many games for the Tigers, who fell to 11-3 overall and 5-3 in the WCHA with their first home loss of the season. On Friday, Crabb, who tallied the game-winner on Friday, has now posted five goals and six assists for 11 points in 13 games. He has now collected points in four of his last five games (three goals, three assists). Colorado College travels to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for a pair of games next weekend.

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Merrimack 0, Maine (Moore, Ryan) 5
The Maine men's ice hockey team shutout Merrimack, 5-0, on Saturday night at Alfond Arena on the strength of a 48 to 12 advantage on shots. The #9 ranked team in the nation netted two goals in the first period and added three in the third to improve to 10-6-2 (6-3-1 Hockey East). Black Bear forwards Greg Moore and Billy Ryan did not factor into the scoring in the win. Maine will take on Rob Flynn, Dylan Reese and the Harvard Crimson next Saturday night in Cambridge before travelling south for the Florida College Classic on December 28 and 29.

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Boston University (Roche) 7, Massachusetts-Amherst 1
The Boston Terrier hockey team put aside any thoughts of a post-BC, post-700th-career-win-by-the-head-coach funk with a workmanlike performance en route to a 7-1 win over host University of Massachusetts in front of 5638 fans at the Mullins Center in Amherst on Saturday. BU forward Ken Roche collected an assist in the win and has now posted two goals and five assists for seven points. Roche tied for the team high with six shots on goal on the night.

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Harvard (Flynn, Reese) 2, RPI 1
The Harvard men's hockey team completed a weekend sweep of its ECACHL foes with a 2-1 win over visiting Rensselaer on Saturday night at the Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge. Crimson standout blueliner Dylan Reese collected an assist in the win and posted one goal and assist in the weekend set with RPI. Harvard has a big week ahead, as it hosts red-hot Vermont on Tuesday evening before welcoming Hockey East entry Maine on Saturday. The Crimson has been hot of late as well, winning seven of its last eight outings since an 0-2-1 start to the season.

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