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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - January 15, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Nate Guenin tallied the game-winning goal and added four penalty minutes as Ohio State skated past Notre Dame, 4-1, on Friday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Hartford 1, Albany 5
The Albany River Rats used a three goal second period to jump out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back Friday night, beating the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-1. Former Ranger Pascal Rheaume led the Rats with two goals and an assist in the game. Jozef Balej scored the lone Wolf Pack goal, with assists going to Dominic Moore and Lawrence Nycholat. Goaltender Jason Labarbera suffered the loss in the Hartford net, snapping his franchise record 14-game winning streak. The Wolf Pack, who sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 27-10-1-2 record, return to the Hartford Civic Center tonight to face-off against Bridgeport.
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ECHL
Greenville 2, Charlotte 5
A whole year undefeated at home? That's a reality thus far for the Charlotte Checkers who extended their four-game home win streak Friday night against the Greenville Grrrowl. The Checkers 5-2 victory came as a result from the production of Charlotte's leading scorers, namely forwards Dusty Jamieson, Lee Falardeau, and Juris Stals. The victory puts the Checkers at 21-13-2 for 44 points and in a tie with Pee Dee for first place in the American Division. The Checkers next game is Saturday, January 15th at Cricket Arena against the Texas Wildcatters (6-21-7). This was the fourth meeting between the teams, with the Checkers winning all three previous games.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Portland (Dubinsky) 4, Moose Jaw 4 (OT)
Like the Portland Winter Hawks bus on the team's eight-game, 16-day road trip, Hawks center Brandon Dubinsky continues to roll along. The Portland center collected three assists and third star honors in last night's 4-4 tied against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Dubinsky, who now has points in 10 of his last 11 games (five goals, 13 assists), currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 39 points and 24 assists.
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Seattle 3, Tri-City (Jonasen) 1
It was déjàvu all over again for the Tri-City Americans on Friday, as they fell on home ice to the Seattle Thunderbirds for the second straight time, 3-1. The two clubs also met in Tri-City on Tuesday, with the same 3-1 outcome. Marcus Jonasen collected two penalty minutes in the losing effort. Seattle, the top team in the WHL, owns a 30-11-0-1 record while the Amerks fall to 15-19-4-2 after dropping their fourth straight.
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Brandon 1, Prince Albert 2 (Byers, Kozak)
Prince Albert forward Rick Kozak collected an assist on the Raiders first goal as P.A. beat Brandon, 2-1, in the first of a two-game set against the Wheat Kings. Kozak now has six goals and two assists for eight points in 16 games since joining P.A. back on November 30. He also chipped in four penalty minutes on the night. Fellow Rangers prospect and teammate Dane Byers was held off the stat sheet on Friday.
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Saskatoon (Bahensky) 3, Red Deer 4
Saskatoon and Zdenek Bahensky continue to struggle against opponents from the province to their west. On Friday, the Blades dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the Red Deer Rebels, and with it saw their record against Alberta WHL teams fall to 2-7-1. Bahensky did not appear on the scoresheet for the Blades in the contest. Saskatoon will look to improve on their mark against teams from Alberta when they continue their six-game road swing in Lethbridge tonight.
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Everett (Baranka) 2, Vancouver 4
Two Vancouver Giants goals in the third period spelled doom for the Everett SilverTips on Friday, as they fell, 4-2. Ivan Baranka collected two penalty minutes on the evening. Everett, who has dropped three straight, currently sits in second place in the U.S. Division with a 20-15-6-2 record and 48 points.
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Sault Ste. Marie 0, Guelph (Callahan) 3
Ryan Callahan tallied his 17th of the season as the Guelph Storm won their first game of the 2005 calendar, beating Sault Ste. Marie, 3-0. Callahan now ranks second on the team with 17 goals and 29 points in 34 games. The Storm, 14-18-8-1, now hit the road for a three-game road swing beginning tonight in Plymouth.
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Peterborough 3, Ottawa (Petruzalek) 5
In a battle of the top two clubs in the OHL's East Division, The Ottawa 67's jumped up and bit the top-ranked Peterborough Petes, 5-3. Ottawa rookie sniper Jakub Petruzalek led the way for the 67's, contributing a goal and two assists to the winning effort. He now ranks second in the OHL in scoring among rookies, registering 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points in 34 games. Petruzalek now has points in three straight games dating back to January 9 (1-4-5) and points in four of his last five since returning from the World Jr. Championships (1-5-6).
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Quebec 1, Lewiston 2 (OT)
It's a tale of two years for the Lewiston MAINEiacs in their season series with the Quebec Remparts. In the 2004 portion of their schedule, Lewiston was winless in three attempts against the Remparts (0-3-0), but since turning the calendar to 2005, the MAINEiacs have scored back-to-back victories over Quebec. Last night, the MAINEiacs need an extra frame to get the "W", with a 2-1 OT victory. Lewiston defensemen Jonathan Paiement recorded two penalty minutes in the contest.
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NCAA
Western Michigan 5, Michigan State (Potter) 4
Michigan State hockey dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to Western Michigan at Lawson Arena on Friday. In a back-and-forth game that featured heavy checking and hard play by both sides, the Spartans fell just short of the win, putting them at 11-11-1 on the season. MSU defenseman Corey Potter collected four penalty minutes in the loss. The teams will meet again on Saturday for the final game of their home-and-home series.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 2, Ferris State 2
Bryan Marshall's goal with 31 seconds remaining in regulation lifted UNO to a 2-2 tie with Ferris State Friday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena. It looked as if UNO was going to come up empty for the seventh straight road game but Marshall knocked home a rebound at 19:29 to give UNO its first CCHA road point since October 30. The Mavs extended their CCHA unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1), its longest since the 2001-2002 season. UNO netminder Chris Holt turned aside 34 of 36 shots on the night. The Mavs (10-9-2, 8-7-2 CCHA) meet the Bulldogs Saturday night in the series finale.
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Michigan (Montoya) 5, Alaska-Fairbanks 2
The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team subdued the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks by a score of 5-2 on Friday at Yost Ice Arena. The tightly knotted game was blown open in just over five minutes of play in the third period when the Wolverines rallied for three unanswered goals to secure their 21st consecutive regular-season CCHA home victory. Michigan goaltender Al Montoya stopped 26 of 28 shots in tying his career-best winning streak of seven games, which began on December 3, 2004 vs. Notre Dame. The Wolverines will meet the Nanooks again on Saturday at Yost.
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Ohio State (Guenin) 4, Notre Dame 1 (Walsh)
The No. 12 Ohio State men's hockey team defeated Notre Dame, 4-1, on Friday in the Joyce Center in a CCHA matchup. OSU blueliner Nate Guenin tallied the eventual game-winner in the second period and added four penalty minutes on the night. The win improves the Buckeyes' record to 14-6-3 and 11-3-1 in CCHA play, while Mike Waslsh and the Irish drop to 5-12-5 overall and 3-10-4 in the league. The teams will end the two-game series on Saturday at the Joyce Center.
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Boston College 6, Boston University (Roche) 3
The Boston College hockey team made the most of its special team opportunities scoring three goals on the power play and two shorthanded en route to a 6-3 win over the Terriers on Friday night, Jan. 14. It was the opener of a home-and-home series, as the two teams will meet at the Terriers' Agganis Arena on Saturday night.

For the nation's eighth-ranked Terriers, it was just their second loss in Hockey East play as they are now 9-2-0, while they are 13-8-0 overall. In the meantime, the second-ranked Eagles improved to 13-3-3 overall and 7-1-3 in the league. BU's Ken Roche did not figure in the scoring for the Terriers.
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Maine (Moore, Ryan) 2, Massachusetts 2
The Maine men's ice hockey tied Massachusetts 2-2 in overtime on Friday night at the Mullins Center in front of 4,133 fans. Maine had goals by Gregg Moore and Derek Damon, both on the power play. Maine, ranked fifteenth in the nation, is 11-8-4 (6-3-2 Hockey East) and Massachusetts is 10-11-2 (4-6-2 Hockey East) following the game. For Rangers' prospects Greg Moore, his eight tally of the season was also his team-leading sixth on the man advantage. Freshmen forward Billy Ryan was held in check in the contest. The two teams will do battle again tonight at UMass.
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Northern Michigan (Olver) 1, Miami 0
Dirk Southern scored his third game-winning goal of the season and Tuomas Tarkki picked up his third career shutout on Friday night against Miami (Ohio) to give the 'Cats the 1-0 CCHA win over the visiting RedHawks. NMU has now won seven home games in a row for the 2004-05 season and add two from the end of last season and the 'Cats have nine home wins in a row. NMU was playing their first game at the Berry Events Center in over a month. With the win the 'Cats are now 10-7-4 overall and 8-5-2 in the CCHA. Miami falls to 8-12-3 and 4-9-2 respectively.
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FINLAND
JYP (Immonen) 0, Jokerit 3
Jarkko Immonen and the rest of JYP's offense has gone dormant in their four games, and Friday's effort was no better. For the fourth straight time, JYP was shutout by its opponent, this time losing to Jokerit, 3-0. JYP has scored just two goals during this five game losing skid.
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