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Rangers Prospect Notes - January 22, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Nate Guenin and Ohio State University skated to a 4-1 win over Al Montoya and the University of Michigan on Friday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Worcester 4 vs. Hartford 1
A three-goal third period spelled trouble for the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night, as they fell to the Worcester IceCats, 4-1. Bryce Lampman scored the Pack's lone tally, on the power play, with assists going to Jed Ortmeyer and Layne Ulmer. Jason Labarbera suffered the loss in the nets for Hartford, making 21 stops on 24 IceCat opportunities. The Wolf Pack, who sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 29-11-1-2 record, will host Lowell tonight at the Hartford Civic Center, looking to extend their home-winning streak to eight games.
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ECHL
Greenville 2 vs. Charlotte 4
The Charlotte Checkers recovered from a slow start and stretched their winning streak to seven games with a come-from-behind 4-2 win over the Greenville Grrrowl Friday night in Greenville, South Carolina. The Checkers trailed 2-1 after two periods before exploding for three goals in the final period. Eddie Pershin scored twice in the third including the game winner, while Mike Wirll tallied once. Lee Falardeau had the other Charlotte goal. The victory improved Charlotte's record to 24-13-2 for 50 points, while the Grrrowl dropped to 18-17-3 for 39 points. The Checkers will continue their two-game road trip Saturday night in Columbia when they'll meet the Inferno at 7:30 p.m.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Portland (Dubinsky) 1 vs. Kelowna 2
The Portland Winterhawks winless streak was extended to four games after falling to the Kelowna Rockets on Friday, 2-1. It was the club's seventh game in an eight-game road swing, which concludes tonight in Seattle. Portland center Brandon Dubinsky continued to be a factor on the offensive end, collecting an assist on the Hawks lone marker. He now has 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in 44 games and assists in three of his last four outings (0-5-5).
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Seattle 5 vs. Everett (Baranka) 2
After snapping their four-game losing skid against the Spokane Chiefs on Sunday, the Everett Silvertips couldn't repeat their effort last night, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Chiefs on enemy ice. The 'Tips trailed by four goals before Ivan Baranka tallied his fifth goal of the season at the 11:31 mark of the second period. The Silvertips remain in second place in the US Division with 48 points and a record of 21-17-6-2.
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Saskatoon (Bahensky) 3 vs. Brandon 0
After being walloped by the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday by a 7-3 margin, the Saskatoon Blades adjusted to their Manitoba climate and were able to bounce back for a 3-0 whitewash in the second game of the weekday series. Zdenek Bahensky recorded two penalty minutes in the contest for the Blades, as they finish off their six-game road trip (2-4-0).
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Vancouver 1 vs. Tri-City (Jonasen) 2
Marcus Jonasen got things started for the Tri-City Americans Friday night, and his team was able to hang on for a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants. The goal snapped a seven-game scoring drought for the Amerks captain and the win was Tri-City's first since New Year's Day. Jonasen leads the club with 14 goals and also has recorded 24 points.
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Red Deer 5 vs. Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 4
The Prince Albert Raiders couldn't hold onto a slim 4-3 lead heading into the final period in enemy territory as the Red Deer Rebels stormed back to win, 5-4. Both Prince Albert Rangers prospects, Rick Kozak and Dane Byers, asserted themselves on the physical end of the contest, collecting 19 and seven penalty minutes, respectively.
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Swift Current 0 vs. Medicine Hat (Psurny) 4
Roman Psurny picked up an assist, along with two penalty minutes and his Medicine Hat Tigers collected their fourth straight victory, beating Swift Current, 4-0. Psurny now has points in four straight contests, collecting five points (three goals, two assists) over the span. He has registered 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 45 games, which ranks him tied for third among WHL rookies in scoring. The Tigers have lost just twice in their last 12 games (10-2-0).
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Guelph (Callahan) 3 vs. Erie 7
Game-winning goal, assist, first star. Any questions on how Ryan Callahan played in the Guelph Storm's 3-1 win over Erie on Friday evening? The Storm captain strung together his third multi-point effort in his last four outings in leading his club to victory. He now leads the team with 20 goals and 36 points in 38 games. Callahan has recorded points in four of his last five games (4-4-8).
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Ottawa (Petruzalek) 5 vs. Saginaw 3
Jakub Petruzalek continues to carry the momentum he gained from his bronze medal-winning performance at the 2005 World Jr. Championships into his OHL performances. On Friday, the league's top rookie scorer registered a goal and two assists in the 67's 5-3 victory over Saginaw. It was the fifth straight contest in which Jakub recorded a point (3-7-10). Since returning for the World Jr.'s, Petruzalek has points all but one of the games he has played (3-8-11).
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Baie Comeau 3 vs. Lewiston (Paiement) 5
In Game One of a three-game series between Lewiston and Baie-Comeau, the MAINEiacs and their star defenseman, Jonathan Paiment, took control with a 5-3 decision. Paiment collected a goal and an assist for the MAINEiacs, snapping a four-game scoreless drought. He now ranks fourth among QMJHL blueliners with 42 points (five goals and 37 assists). Lewiston has now won seven straight.
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NCAA
Maine (Ryan, Moore) 1 vs. Boston University (Roche) 1
The Maine men's ice hockey team notched a 1-1 tie in a Hockey East contest against Boston University Friday night at Alfond Arena in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,641 fans. Maine's lone goal was scored by Rangers prospect Greg Moore on a pass from Josh Soares. Maine is 12-8-5 (7-3-3 Hockey East) and Boston University, ranked eleventh in the nation, is 13-9-1 (9-3-1 Hockey East) following the game. 2005 has been good to Moore, who has registered points in every Maine contest in the New Year (three goals, three assists). Maine freshman Billy Ryan was held scoreless in the game while BU's Kenny Roche did not dress.
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Michigan (Montoya) 1 vs. Ohio State (Guenin) 4
Special teams was the story in this "Big 10" classic match up between the Wolverines of Michigan and the Ohio State Buckeyes. A 4-1 decision in the Buckeyes favor featured five power play goals, with OSU tallying the final three markers to capture the win. U-M goaltender Al Montoya, suffered the loss, snapping a career-best eight-game winning streak. His record now stands at 17-5-1. OSU captain Nate Guenin collected four penalty minutes in the game and now leads the Buckeyes with 84 minutes. The teams will end the two-game series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena.
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Bowling Green 1 vs. Northern Michigan (Olver) 3
The Northern Michigan University hockey team used the home ice to their advantage once again on Friday night as the 'Cats defeated the Falcons of Bowling Green State University 3-1. For the 2004-05 season the 'Cats are now 8-0-1 at the Berry Events Center. NMU scored more than one goal in a game for the first time since scoring five markers at Fairbanks, Alaska on Dec. 11. NMU also scored a power-play goal for the first time in five games on Friday night. The 'Cats are now 11-7-5 overall on the season and 9-5-3 in the CCHA. BGSU falls to 10-8-3 and 7-6-2 respectively. NMU leading scorer Darin Olver was held in check in the contest, but did collect two penalty minutes.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 5 vs. Miami-Ohio 2
The UNO hockey team ended its six-game winless streak at Goggin Ice Arena with a 5-2 win over Miami on Friday night. Bill Thomas scored two goals to lead the offensive attack and Chris Holt made 27 stops to extend UNO's CCHA unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1). The Mavs (12-9-2, 10-7-2 CCHA) are unbeaten in their last three road games for the first time since January 2002 when they went 2-0-1 against Northern Michigan and Notre Dame.
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Minnesota-Duluth 3 vs. Colorado College (Crabb) 3
Colorado College moved to within one point of first place in the WCHA standings after battling to a 3-3 tie with Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night at the World Arena. The Tigers appeared ready to grab a share of the lead with Wisconsin after Joey Crabb's power-play goal gave CC a 3-1 lead with 9:41 remaining in the second period, but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game with a pair of goals in a span of 3:04 late in the frame. UMD had a chance to claim its biggest win of the season late in the third period when the Bulldogs had a 4:49 power play after CC's Jimmy Kilpatrick was ejected for spearing. The Tigers allowed just four shots while shorthanded and were able to improve their undefeated streak to 11 games (9-0-2). Crabb now has 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 25 games this season, and has points in three of his last four outings (3-1-4). The two teams will face off again on Saturday night.
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Wisconsin 2 vs. Notre Dame (Walsh) 0
The fifth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers got goals from Robbie Earl and Ryan MacMurchy and goaltender Brian Elliott stopped all 19 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season as Wisconsin handed Notre Dame its fifth straight loss, this time by a 2-0 score at the Joyce Center.
The Irish, who have struggled all season to score goals, were blanked for the third time this season and have now scored nine goals in eight games during the month of January. The loss drops Notre Dame to 5-15-5 on the year while Wisconsin improves to 18-6-1 for the season.
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Lake Superior State 0 vs. Michigan State (Potter) 8
Freshman Bryan Lerg tallied four points including his first career hat trick, leading the Michigan State Spartans to a dominating 8-0 win over the Lake Superior State Lakers on Friday, Jan. 21, at Munn Ice Arena. The Spartans (13-11-1 overall, 8-9-0 CCHA) entered the game tied with the Lakers (7-13-3 overall, 6-7-2 CCHA) for sixth in the CCHA. In a season where the puck seems to naturally bounce against the Spartans, Michigan State created good bounces and stayed a step ahead of the Lakers all night, controlling the contest from start to finish. Rangers prospect Corey Potter chipped in an assist in the blowout for his first point since recording an assist in a 5-4 loss vs. Michigan on November 20.
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