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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - February 13, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Darin Olver collected three points in Northern Michigan's 5-1 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Portland 2, Hartford 3
In their first game in almost one week, the Hartford Wolf Pack earned a 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates on Saturday night at the Civic Center. Layne Ulmer, Dominic Moore and Jeff Hamilton scored for the Pack, while Jamie Lundmark added a pair of assists in the win. Steve Valiquette turned aside 23 of 25 shots in the win. The AHL All-Star Classic begins on Sunday with the All-Star Skills Competition, before Monday's All-Star Classic in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jason LaBarbera and Lawrence Nycholat will start for the Canadian All-Stars.
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ECHL
Charlotte 0, Pee Dee 1 (OT)
The Charlotte Checkers played their fourth game in five nights Saturday night and had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Pee Dee Pride in Florence. Ben Knopp's winner at three minutes, ten seconds of sudden death overtime was the game's only goal, and ended a ten-game winless for the Pride. On Monday Charlotte began a stretch of five games in six days and ten games in 14 days. So far through four games, Charlotte is 3-0-1 garnering seven of a possible eight points. Charlotte will continue its five-game in six-day schedule Sunday afternoon when the Checkers meet the Augusta Lynx in Georgia at 4:00 p.m. Charlotte returns home Tuesday night at Cricket Arena to host the Columbia Inferno.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Swift Current 1, Kootenay (Dawes) 3
One night after netting a hat trick to lead Kootenay to a 5-2 win over Medicine Hat, Ice captain added an empty-netter in a sound 3-1 win over the visiting Swift Current Broncos. With the goal, Dawes continued his incredible offensive pace, posting 13 points (nine goals, four assists) in his last nine games and leads Kootenay with 34 goals and 52 points in 48 games this season.
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Lethbridge 4, Saskatoon (Bahensky) 3
One night after a 2-1 win over Moose Jaw, Saskatoon dropped a 4-3 decision to the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Saturday. Blades rookie forward Zdenek Bahensky collected an assist for the second straight night in the loss. Bahensky has posted 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points, along with 77 penalty minutes in 52 games.
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Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 3, Regina 2 (OT)
The Prince Albert Raiders skated to a 3-2 OT win over the Regina Pats on Saturday in WHL action. Raiders forwards Dane Byers (four penalty minutes) and Rick Kozak (12 penalty minutes) were active of the physical front in the victory.
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Portland (Dubinsky) 4, Tri-City (Jonasen) 2
Brandon Dubinsky didn't have an overtime tricks up his sleeve like the night before, but he'll take the win regardless. Portland earned a 4-2 win over the Tri-City Americans on Saturday. Amerks captain Marcus Jonasen tallied a goal and an assist in the loss. The goal was Jonasen's team-leading 19th of the season to go along with his 15 assists and 34 points in 53 games this season. Dubinsky, scoreless in the win, ranks third on the club with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 52 games.
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Everett (Baranka) 1, Seattle 1 (OT)
Ivan Baranla tallied his sixth goal of the season as the Everett Silvertips earned a 1-1 tie with the host Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday. Baranka has now posted 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 50 matches.
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Lewiston (Paiement) 4, Acadie-Bathurst 2
Jonathan Paiement and the Lewiston MAINEiacs skated to a 4-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst on Saturday in QMJHL action. Paiement, who did not reach the scoresheet in the win, ranks fourth among QMJHL defensemen with 48 points (five goals, 41 assists) in 53 games. He has also amassed 144 penalty minutes on the season.
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NCAA
Michigan (Montoya) 4, Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 3
The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team rallied for its first third-period comeback of the season to earn a 4-3 win and a series sweep over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday. T.J. Hensick (Howell, Mich.) sparked the team with two goals and an assist to bring the Wolverines back after trailing 3-1 in the second period. Goalie Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill.) only had to make 16 saves, but several were of the outstanding variety to hold U-M in the game. The Michigan netminder, who was named the third star of the game, also added an assist in the win, improving to 21-6-3 on the season. The win gives head coach Red Berenson the 555th victory of his career, which ties him with John MacInnes (Michigan Tech) for eighth place on the all-time coaching wins list. UNO goaltender Chris Holt made 32 saves in the loss, dropping to 15-11-3.
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Bowling Green 2, Ohio State (Guenin) 3
Freshman Tom Fritsche had two assists, classmate Kyle Hood had the gamewinning goal and junior goalie Dave Caruso made 26 saves as the No. 7 Ohio State men's hockey team downed Bowling Green, 3-2, Saturday in front of 11,570 fans in Value City Arena. The Buckeyes clinch at least second place in the final CCHA regular-season standings with the victory. The win, Ohio State's sixth in a row, gives OSU a two-game Central Collegiate Hockey Association sweep of the Falcons after a 3-2 victory Friday. The win also moves the Buckeyes' record to 22-7-3 on the year, 19-4-1 in league play. Second-place Ohio State remains one point behind first-place Michigan in the league standings, as the Wolverines swept Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Neb., this weekend, including a 4-3 win Saturday. The Falcons fall to 13-11-4 on the year and 10-9-3 in the conference. OSU defenseman Nate Guenin did not figure in the scoring in the win.
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Ferris State 4, Notre Dame (Walsh) 2
Left wing Derek Nesbitt sparked a four-goal Ferris State second period with a goal and two assists and center Jeff Legue added a goal and an assist to help lead the Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over Notre Dame at the Joyce Center sweeping the season series. The Ferris State win extended the Irish winless streak to 13 games (0-11-2) as Notre Dame has been looking for a win since Jan. 2, when the Irish handed Rensselaer a 2-1 loss. The loss gives Notre Dame a 5-21-6 record overall and a 3-16-5 ledger in CCHA play. Irish left wing Mike Walsh was the recipient of a major penalty at the end of the first period for hitting Ferris State defenseman Matt York from behind, deep in the Ferris State zone. Walsh was given five minutes and the game misconduct and Ferris State was able to regain the momentum.
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Michigan State (Potter) 0, Alaska-Fairbanks 1
Michigan State dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker at Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday night. With the loss, MSU falls to 13-13-4 overall, 8-11-3 in the CCHA. MSU blueliner Corey Potter posted two penalty minutes in the loss. Michigan State returns home to face Ohio State in a two-game set at Munn Ice Arena next weekend.
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St. Cloud 0, Colorado College (Crabb) 3
Sophomore left wing Braydon Cox scored an unassisted goal 2:45 into the second period and sophomore goaltender Matt Zaba stopped 30 shots as Colorado College defeated St. Cloud State 3-0 at the World Arena on Saturday night. The Tigers improved to 24-5-3 overall and 16-5-2 in the WCHA, and saw their lead over second-place Denver increase to two points after the Pioneers and Wisconsin skated to a 3-3 tie. With the victory, the Tigers have assurred themselves of no worse than a third-place finish in the conference. CC junior forward Joey Crabb tallied a power play goal in the win.
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Western Michigan 1, Northern Michigan (Olver) 5
The Northern Michigan University hockey team used two short-handed goals on Saturday night to propel them to a 5-1 win over the Broncos of Western Michigan University. The 'Cats now have seven short-handed goals on the season. With the win NMU improves to 15-9-6 overall and 13-7-4 in the CCHA. Norhtern Michigan sophomore forward Darin Olver collected a goal, two assists and two penalty minutes en route to second star of the game honors in the win.
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