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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - January 1, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Brandon Dubinsky tallied a pair of goals in Portland's 5-3 loss to Tri-City on Sunday, extending his point streak to five games.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Utah 2, Hartford 5
A string of three goals in the third period broke open a 2-2 hockey game, as the Hartford Wolf Pack swept the New Year's weekend series against Utah Grizzlies, beating the visitors, 5-2. Chad Wiseman tallied his 10th and 11th of the season in the final frame to put the game out of reach after Lawrence Nycholat scored what would be the game-winner on the power play at the 10:34 mark of the third. Steve Valiquette captured his seventh victory of the season after turning aside 20 of 22 Utah attempts. Valiquette currently ranks second behind goaltending partner Jason Labarbera in the AHL with a 1.75 goals against average. The Pack, who sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 24-8-1-2 record and have lost just once in their last eight outings, are next in action on Friday, January 7 when they host the Portland Pirates at the Hartford Civic Center.

ECHL
Charlotte 0, Florida 3
The Charlotte Checkers will most definitely look to spend New Year's weekend somewhere other than the Sunshine State next season. The Checkers, who have played 11 of their last 13 games on the road, concluded the holiday set against the Florida Everblades on Saturday by being blanked, 3-0. Charlotte, who has dropped their last three games, currently sits in first place in the American Division with a 17-13-2 record.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Portland (Dubinsky) 3, Tri-City (Jonasen) 5
If only his team's results could match his personal efforts. Portland centerman Brandon Dubinsky shined again last night for the Hawks, tallying two goals in a 5-3 loss to the Tri-City Americans on New Year's Day. Dubinsky now has points in five straight contests dating back to December 18, recording eight points (three goals, five assists) over the span. He currently ranks fourth on the club with 29 points and tied for second with 11 goals in 36 games. Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen was held off the scoresheet in the winning effort. The Amerks, who have won five of their last six, reach the .500 mark with the victory and now sit in fourth place in the U.S. Division with a 15-15-4-2 slate. The Hawks, which have dropped three in a row, now stand at 15-18-3-4 and third place in the U.S. Division.
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Prince Albert (Kozak, Byers) 1, Red Deer 2
The Prince Albert Raiders began the 2005 portion of their schedule on the road in red Deer, and feel to the hometown Rebels, 2-1. P.A.'s Rick Kozak tallied his eight goal of the season in a losing effort, and also collected seven penalty minutes and third star of the game honors. Fellow Rangers prospect Dane Byers charted two PIMS in the contest. The Raiders continue their three-game road swing in Regina on January 5. 005 on the bus, as they begin a three-game road trip in Red Deer tonight.
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Calgary 2, Medicine Hat (Psurny) 3 - OT
The Medicine Hat Tigers needed the extra frame to usher in 2005 in winning fashion, as they beat the Calgary Hitmen,3-2, on New Year's Day. Roman Psurny collected four penalty minutes in the contest as the Tigers increased their Central Division record to 21-12-3-1 and currently sit in second place. Medicine Hat has won four straight outings.
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NCAA
Notre Dame (Walsh) 1, Rensselaer 3
Mike Walsh and Notre Dame Fighting Irish came up short on the first day of 2005, falling to the Rensselaer Engineers, 3-1. Walsh was held scoreless in the contest, which saw the Irish's record fall to 4-10-4 on the 2004-05 season.
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