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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - February 18, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Hartford netminder Jason LaBarbera posted his 22nd victory of the year, making 30 stops on 31 Icecat opportunities on Friday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Worcester 1 vs. Hartford 3
The Hartford Wolf Pack returned from their All-Star Break refreshed and continued their home ice winning ways, beating Worcester, 4-1. The Pack, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead for their 23rd home ice win of the season. Dominic Moore and Jeff Hamilton chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece and All-Star goaltender Jason LaBarbera posted his 22nd victory of the year, making 30 stops on 31 Icecat opportunities. The Pack currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with a 34-16-1-2 record. Hartford travels to nearby rival Springfield Saturday evening as they look to improve on the two-game winning streak.
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ECHL
Mississippi 4 vs. Charlotte 7
The Charlotte Checkers, scoring at will, were able to pull out a physical 7-4 victory in the first of a two-game weekend series with the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Although the second period was defensively unsound for the Checkers, they ended the game 3-4 on the power play and outshot the Sea Wolves 48-22. With the win, Charlotte's record stands at 30-18-3, good for first place in the East Division. The Checkers are now 5-2-1 in their 10 game series spanning 13 days. Join the Checkers tomorrow as they continue their two day series against the Mississippi Sea Wolves at Cricket Arena.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Portland (Dubinsky) 3 vs. Spokane 7
Brandon Dubinsky stepped up with a goal and third star honors for the Portland Winterhawks, but it wasn't enough for his club, as they fell to Spokane, 7-3. Dubinsky now has 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 54 games. He currently ranks fourth on the club with 20 goals and third with 48 points. With the loss, Portland sees it's modest three-game winning streak go by the boards.
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Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 1 vs. Swift Current 0
Rick Kozak's 12th tally of the season was all the offense the Prince Albert Raiders need on Friday night, as the blanked theSwift Current Broncos, 1-0. Kozak's goal, which came at the 8:22 mark of the first period, gave the raiders just their second win in their last seven outings. Kozak now has 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 41 games for the Raiders this season. Teammate Dane Byers did not dress for the contest.
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Prince George 1 vs. Everett (Baranka) 6
Looks like the Everett SilverTips have righted the ship. After dropping five straight at the end of January, the Tips have now lost just once in their last eight games (6-1-1). Last night Everett pasted the Prince George Cougars, 6-1. Everett standout blueliner Ivan Baranka collected two penalty minutes in the contest.
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Kootenay (Dawes) 5 vs. Lethbridge 6 OT
It took and extra frame to do it, but the Lethbridge Hurricanes found a way to snap the recent dominance of the Kootenay Ice, beating the visitors, 6-5 in OT. Kootenay, who had won six in a row coming into the game, received a goal from team leader Nigel Dawes. Dawes, who is tops on the club with 36 goals and 57 points, has collected points in his last six outings (10 goals, four assists).
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Kelowna 8 vs. Tri-City (Jonasen) 1
The Kelowna Rockets, winners of four straight and seven of their last 10, flexed their muscles against the cellar-dwelling Tri-City Americans on Friday with an 8-1 victory. Amerks captain Marcu Jonasen did not appear in the stat columns for the team. He currently ranks first on the team with 19 goals and tied for fourth with 35 points on the season.
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Guelph (Callahan) 1 vs. Plymouth 3
Guelph Storm captain Ryan Callahan couldn't do much about the score on Friday night, so he made sure his presence was felt in another way. In Guelph's 3-1 loss to Plymouth last night, the Storm's captain took out his frustration with three minor penalties and a fight. Callahan ranks first on the team with 26 goals and 46 points, along with 80 penalty minutes in 48 games.
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Ottawa (Petruzalek) 4 vs. Brampton 0
In a battle of the top two clubs in the OHL's East Division, Jakub Petruzalek and the Ottawa 67's jumped and bit first place Peterborough, 4-0 last night. Petruzalek, who collected two assists in the win, now leads all OHL rookies with 35 assists and is third among freshmen scorers with 54 points. Last night was Jakub's ninth multi-assist of the season for the 67's.
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Baie-Comeau 3 vs. Lewiston (Paiment) 1
Eight games against one another, and no blood drawn. Last night's eight and final meeting between the Lewiston MAINEiacs and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar ended in a 3-1 victory for Baie-Comeau and evened the season series as four games apiece. Lewiston's Jonathan Paiment did not record any points, but did collect eight penalty minutes in the game. He now has seven goals and 42 assists for 49 points, along with 160 penalty minutes in 56 games.
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NCAA
UMass- Amherst 0 vs. Boston University (Roche) 3
John Curry posted his first collegiate shutout and Chris Bourque, Bryan Miller, and Brian McConnell provided the bulk of the offense as the Terrier hockey team blanked host Massachusetts, 3-0, in Hockey East action on Friday night, Feb. 18.

The win, coupled with Boston College's 3-1 loss to UMass/Lowell, moved the Terriers to within one point of the second-place Eagles in the Hockey East standings, while they are just two points behind idle New Hampshire. Overall, the Terriers, who are 6-0-1 in their last seven games, are 19-10-2, while they are 13-4-2 in the league. BU's Kenny Roche registered three shots in the contest.
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Providence 3 vs. Maine (Moore, Ryan) 2
The Maine men's ice hockey team was back on the ice for the first time in thirteen days and dropped a key Hockey East match-up 3-2 to Providence on Friday night at Schneider Arena. Maine had goals by Brent Shepheard and Josh Soares, but the Friars came up with two quick goals to start the second period in the win. Maine is 15-10-6 (10-5-4 Hockey East) and Providence is 8-18-4 (3-13-4 Hockey East) following the game. Rangers prospect Greg Moore did chip in an assist in a losing effort for the Black Bears, while freshman teammate Billy Ryan was held pointless.
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Michigan State (Potter) 6 vs. Ohio State (Guenin) 3
The No. 7 Ohio State men's hockey team was defeated by Central Collegiate Hockey Association foe Michigan State, 6-3, Friday in Munn Ice Arena. Ohio State, which saw its season-high winning streak ended at six, falls to 22-8-3 on the year and 19-5-1 in CCHA play. Second-place OSU drops to three points behind first-place Michigan in the conference standings after the Wolverines defeated the Irish Friday. The Spartans improve to 14-13-4 and 9-11-3 in league play. The Spartans' Corey Potter collected his third assist of the season, along with four penalty minutes which increase his team lead in the category to 55 PIMs. OSU's Nate Guenin collected two penalty minutes in the game.
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Michigan (Montoya) 9 vs. Notre Dame (Walsh) 2
The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team dominated Notre Dame by a final score of 9-2 on Friday (Feb. 18) at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Michigan set season bests for both goals and goal scorers (seven). Matt Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) tied his single-game career best with three assists, while T.J. Hensick (Howell, Mich.) tied his single-game season best with three points (2-1-3). UM's Al Montoya made 14 stops on 16 Fighting Irish shots through two periods, before being lifted for the final frame once the game was well in hand. The win was Montoya's league-leading 22nd of the season. Notre Dame captain Mike Walsh did not figure in the scoring.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 5 vs. Lake Superior State 2
Maverick freshmen Mick Lawrence and Bill Thomas scored twice and sophomore Scott Parse had four assists as Nebraska-Omaha downed Lake Superior State, 5-2, Friday at Abel Arena. UNO's Chris Holt stood tall for the Mavs, making 26 saves for his 16th win of the season. The victory improves the Mavericks' record to 16-12-3 on the year and 12-10-3 in the CCHA. Nebraska-Omaha and Lake Superior State will close out the two-game series at 6:05 p.m.
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Wisconsin 5 vs. Colorado College (Crabb) 1
It took less than 10 minutes to spell doom for Colorado College in the opener of their two-game WCHA series at a sold out Kohl Center on Friday. CC watched Wisconsin erupt for four goals in a span of 9:51 early in the third period, and a close game quickly turned into a 5-1 rout for the third-place Badgers. Rangers prospect Joey Crabb was held scoreless for the first time in three games. He ranks third on the team with 14 tallies and 26 points.
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Clarkson 0 vs. Harvard (Flynn, Reese) 5
Hobey Baker candidate Dov Grumet-Morris tied the school record with his ninth career shutout and a 28- save effort as the Crimson won its sixth straight ECACHL game, a 5-0 decision over Clarkson at the Bright Hockey Center. Harvard gets its fourth consecutive win over the Golden Knights, and runs its record at the Bright Center to 10-1 this season. Rangers prospect Rob Flynn scored his fourth of the season for the Crimson, while teammate Dylan Reese collected two penalty minutes in the win. Harvard can guarantee itself the bye in the first round with a win tomorrow night at home against St, Lawrence, 3-0 winners on Friday night at Brown.
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CZECH REPUBLIC
Karlovy Vary 0 vs. Pardubice (Prucha) 5
Peter Prucha scored his fourth goal of the season as Pardubice rolled over Karlovy Vary, 5-0. Prucha now has four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 43 games this season. Pardubice wraps up its regular season on Sunday vs. Trinec.
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Jihlava 3 vs, Sparta Praha (Marek, Richter) 6
Sparta Praha's Jan Marek collected two assists for the second straight game and Rangers draft pick Martin Richter scored in Sparta Praha's 6-3 over Jihlava last night. Marek now has five goals and 18 assists in 34 games this season.
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