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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - February 19, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Roman Psurny tallied a goal and two assists, along with a a +3 rating en route to second star of the game honors as Medicine Hat bested Saskatoon, 6-3, on Saturday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Hartford 4, Springfield 0
Playing before a home crowd of 5,643, the Springfield Falcons could not overcome the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Springfield Civic Center on Saturday night. Former Falcon Steve Valiquette made 19 saves to record the 4-0 win - his fifth shutout of the season. The Pack were led offensively by Jeff Hamilton, Lucas Lawson, Alexandre Giroux and Jamie Lundmark, who also collected an assist in the win. Lundmark has now posted two goals and two assists in his last two outings. The Pack currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with a 35-16-1-2 record. Hartford returns home on Sunday to host Norfolk at the Civic Center as they look to improve on their three-game winning streak.
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ECHL
Mississippi 4 vs. Charlotte 7
The Charlotte Checkers hosted the Mississippi Sea Wolves on Saturday in their second meeting of a two-game weekend series. Charlotte swept the series with a 7-4 win on Friday and a 4-1 victory on Saturday. Last year, the Checkers had 31 wins for the entire season. Tonight, the Checkers tied that win total with 20 games still remaining in the 2004-05 campaign. The Checkers are now 31-18-3 overall and 19-7-1 at home. Thomas Bellemare, Lee Falardeau, Dwight Helminen and Eddie Pershin scored for Charlotte in the win. The Checkers finish their 10 game, 13 day stretch tomorrow afternoon at Gwinnett. They are 6-2-1 in their last nine games.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Kootenay (Dawes) 3, Calgary 3 (OT)
Nigel Dawes scored once again but Kootenay didn't have enough to get past the Calgary Hitmen as the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie on Saturday. Dawes, who is tops on the club with 37 goals and 58 points, has collected points in his last seven games (11 goals, four assists). The Ice captain was named the second star of the game in the win.
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Seattle 1, Portland (Dubinsky) 3
Following a 7-4 loss to Spokane on Friday, the Portland WinterHawks earned a 3-1 home win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday. Brandon Dubinsky picked up a five-minute fighting major in the win. Dubinsky has posted 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points in 55 games. He currently ranks fourth on the club with 20 goals and third with 48 points. Portland is now 3-1-0 in its last four games.
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Red Deer 0, Everett (Baranka) 3
The Everett Silvertips improved to 7-1-1 in their last eight games with a solif 3-0 shutout win over the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday. Everett defenseman Ivan Baranka collected two penalty minutes and a +1 rating in the win. The 'Tips posted a 6-1 win over Prince George on Friday.
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Spokane 2, Tri-City (Jonasen) 6
One night after being on the losing end of an 8-1 drubbing vs. Kelowna, the Tri-City Americans rebounded with a 6-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday. Amerks captain Marcus Jonasen collected an assist, four penalty minutes and a +1 rating in the win. He currently ranks first on the team with 19 goals and tied for fourth with 36 points on the season.
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Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 1, Brandon 6
The Prince Albert Raiders and Brandon Wheat Kings combined for 390 penalty minutes on Saturday in a fight-filled contest ... and oh yeah, they played a little hockey as well. The Wheat Kings earned a 6-1 home win in the PIM-fest. Prince Albert forward Rick Kozak netted his 13th goal of the season, his second tally in as many nights, and 28 penalty minutes in a losing effort. Kozak now has 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points in 42 games for the Raiders this season. Teammate Dane Byers did not dress for the contest. Prince Albert has won just two of ntheir last eight outings.
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Saskatoon (Bahensky) 3, Medicine Hat (Psurny) 6
In a game that pitted two of the top rookies in the WHL, Roman Psurny collected a goal and two assists as Medicine Hat earned a 6-3 win over Zdenek Bahensky and the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday. Psurny also posted a +3 rating and captured second star of the game honors in the win. Bahensky was held scoreless on the night. Psurny ranks third among WHL rookies with 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 58 matches, while Bahensky sits seventh on the list with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 54 games.
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NCAA
UMass-Amherst 1, Boston University (Roche) 2
John Curry stopped 18 of 19 shots, while Dan Spang and Ken Roche each scored a goal to lift the Boston University hockey team to a 2-1 win over the University of Massachusetts in front of 5653 fans at Agganis Arena on Saturday night. The victory completed a weekend sweep of the Minutemen for the Terriers, who had blanked UMass, 3-0, on Friday night. With the win, the Terriers (20-10-2) jumped into second place in Hockey East standings as their 14-4-2 league record gave them 30 points, two points behind front-running University of New Hampshire (15-3-2) and one point ahead of third-place Boston College (12-3-5). Roche, who was named the first star of the game, provided the Terriers with their game-winner when he converted on a pass in front by Eric Thomassian. Roche's shot, which beat UMass goalie Gabe Winer (22 saves), came just 1:46 into the second period.
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Maine (Moore, Ryan) 6, Providence 2
The Maine men's ice hockey team defeated Providence in Hockey East match-up 6-2 on Saturday night at Schneider Arena. The Friars scored 22 seconds into the game, but a three-goal second period was followed by a three goal third period for the Black Bears in the win. Black Bears forward Greg Moore tallied a power play goal in the win, his second points in as many games (one goal, one assist). Maine freshman forward Billy Ryan was held scoreless on the night. Next weekend Maine returns home for the final regular season series on February 25 and 26 against UMass-Lowell, which is shaping up to become a battle for home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Maine is 16-10-6 (11-5-4 Hockey East) on the season.
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St. Lawrence 2, Harvard (Flynn, Reese) 5
The Harvard men's hockey team learned more about its postseason plans on Saturday night, as it collected its eighth straight conference win with a 5-2 victory over visiting St. Lawrence at the Bright Hockey Center. The squad has clinched a top-four spot in the conference standings, and will have a first round bye in the upcoming playoffs. Rob Flynn (+1) and Dylan Reese (+2) each collected a pair of penalty minutes in the win. With the victory, Harvard can now finish no lower than fourth place in the ECACHL standings and will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs, which begin March 4-5 at the home rinks of the fifth through eighth seeds. Harvard has won eight straight quarterfinal games and eight straight ECACHL playoff games on its home ice. The Crimson currently still sits in third place in the ECACHL standings, a point behind Colgate for second place. Harvard has a huge game on the horizon, when travel partner Brown comes to the Bright Center for a 7 p.m. drop of the puck on Tuesday.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 3, Lake Superior State 3
Bryan Marshall's goal with nine seconds left in regulation lifted Nebraska-Omaha to a 3-3 tie with Lake Superior State in front of 1,993 fans at Taffy Abel Arena Saturday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Chris Holt, who finished the game with 26 saves, had three stops in overtime and is now 16-11-4 on the season. The tie kept UNO alone in fourth-place with 28 points, one point ahead of Bowling Green, a 5-2 winner over Western Michigan Saturday. UNO's record is now 16-12-4 overall and 12-10-4 in the CCHA. Nebraska-Omaha returns home next weekend for its final CCHA series of the season against Alaska Fairbanks. The tie with LSSU extended UNO's cluster play unbeaten streak to five games and improved its record to 4-5-1 in cluster play.
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Ohio State (Guenin) 5, Michigan State (Potter) 1
The No. 7 Ohio State men's hockey team used points from 11 players to defeat Michigan State, 5-1, Saturday in a Central Collegiate Hockey Association game in Munn Ice Arena. Ohio State improves to 20-5-1 in CCHA action and 23-8-3 overall. The Spartans fall to 14-14-4 and 9-12-3 in league play. The win gives the Buckeyes a two-game series split with the Spartans.
OSU blueliner Nate Guenin collected a power play assist and four penalty minutes in the win, while MSU defenseman Corey Potter was held off the scoresheet.
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Northern Michigan (Olver) 5, Michigan Tech 2
At Houghton, Michigan, the Northern Michigan Wildcats picked up a 5-3 win over Michigan Tech to clinch the Ramada Cup with a 2-0-2 record against the Huskies this season. Northern Michigan exploded for four third period goals in the win. NMU forward Darin Olver notched two assists and a +2 rating on the night. Olver leads the Wildcats with 25 assists and 32 points and ranks fourth with a +11 rating in 32 games this season.
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Notre Dame (Walsh), Michigan (Montoya) 6
The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6-3 on Saturday in front of 6,938 fans at Yost Ice Arena. Michigan finished off the sweep with the help of Jeff Tambellini's career-high four points (2-2-4) to extend its season-best unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2). Al Montoya, who turned aside 11 of 14 shots to improve to 23-6-3, also recorded his third assist of the season to set a single-season career high. He has five helpers in his career, including two during his freshman campaign in 2002-03. U-M will meet the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 Team next Friday (Feb. 26) in an exhibition game.
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Colorado College (Crabb) 2, Wisconsin 1
Thanks to Brady Greco's power-play goal in the second period and a 23-save performance by Curtis McElhinney, Colorado College remained alive in the hunt for a WCHA title on Saturday as the Tigers squeaked past Wisconsin, 2-1, at a sold-out Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The victory gave first-place CC a split of its two-game series with the Badgers and restored its two-point lead over Denver in the league standings. Rangers forward prospect Joey Crabb was held scoreless for the second straight game. He ranks third on the team with 14 tallies and 26 points on the season.
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