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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - January 23, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Jed Ortmeyer recorded a hat trick in Hartford's 6-4 win over Lowell on Saturday in AHL action.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Lowell 4, Hartford 6
The Hartford Wolf Pack notched win number nine in a row at home defeating the Lowell Lock Monsters 6-4 Saturday at the Hartford Civic Center. The Wolf Pack came back from a 3-0 first-period deficit to beat the Lock Monsters and improve their league-best home record to 21-3-0-1, going 15-1-0-1in their last 17 starts on home ice. Jed Ortmeyer recorded the team's first hat-trick at home, with three goals - one in the first period and two in the third, while Jamie Lundmark added three assists in the win. Goaltender Steve Valiquette played 33:20 of shut-out hockey after replacing netminder Jason LaBarbera. Along with two previous back-to-back shut-out performances, Valiquette has now played 153:20 without allowing a goal.

The Pack's game versus the Lock Monsters tomorrow in Lowell has been postponed due to the winter storm conditions. A rematch date will be announced shortly. With the game postponement, the team embarks on a six game road swing starting Wednesday in Norfolk. The Wolf Pack will return to the Civic Center on February 12 when they face the Portland Pirates in a special fundraising night for the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief effort.
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ECHL
Charlotte 3, Columbia 6
The Checkers seven-game winning streak came to a screeching halt at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia Saturday night, as the Columbia Inferno scorched Charlotte 6-3. Former Checkers winger Walker McDonald had a pair of goals for Columbia and Matt Ulwelling had three assists for the Inferno. The Checkers got goals from Brian Escobedo, Dusty Jamieson and Eddie Pershin, while goalie Kelly Guard took the loss in net. Referee Dean Sanborn gave each team a whopping eight power-play chances.

The Checkers will have five days off for the ECHL All-Star break and return to action on Friday, January 28 when they'll open up a four-game homestand by hosting the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:00 p.m. at Cricket Arena.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Everett (Baranka) 2, Kootenay (Dawes)4
Nigel Dawes tallied a goal and added two penalty minutes as the host Kootenay Ice skated past Ivan Baranka and the Everett Silvertips, 4-2, in WHL action on Saturday. Kootenay (B.C. Division) and Everett (U.S.) Division both sit in second place in their respective divisions. Dawes leads the Ice with 25 goals and 39 points in 38 games this season.
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Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 3, Moose Jaw 0
The rugged duo of Dane Byers and Rick Kozak struck again for Prince Albert as the Raiders blanked host Moose Jaw, 3-0, on Saturday. Byers collected a goal and an assist, while Kozak added two assists and earned third star honors on the night. Kozak also added four penalty minutes and Byers collected two for Prince Albert.
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Red Deer 1, Saskatoon (Bahensky) 2
Following a 2-4-0 road trip, the Saskatoon Blades returned home to defeat the Red Deer Rebels, 2-1, on Saturday. Blades forward Zdenek Bahensky was held off the scoresheet in the win.
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Tri-City (Jonasen) 4, Spokane 4 (OT)
Amerks captain Marcus Jonasen collected an assist as Tri-City earned a 4-4 road tie with host Spokane on Saturday. Jonasen leads the club with 14 goals and also has recorded 25 points.
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Portland (Dubinsky) 3, Seattle 2
The Portland Winterhawks snapped a four-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over host Seattle on Saturday. The game concluded an eight-game road swing for the 'Hawks. Portland forward Brandon Dubinsky was held scoreless on the night. He has registered 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points in 45 games this season.
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Swift Current 4, Medicine Hat (Psurny) 2
Medicine Hat watched its four-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as the visiting Swift Current Broncos edged the Tigers, 4-2. Medicine Hat forward Roman Psurny also saw his four-game point streak end in the loss, collecting four penalty minutes on the night. Psurny had collected five points (three goals, two assists) over the span. He has registered 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in 46 games, tying him for third among WHL rookies in scoring. The Tigers have lost just three times in their last 13 games (10-3-0).
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Baie-Comeau 4, Lewiston (Paiement) 3
Lewiston's seven-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday as Baie-Comeay edged the MAINEiacs, 4-3, in QMJHL action. Lewiston blueliner Jonathan Paiement tallied a goal in the loss and ranks fourth among QMJHL blueliners with 43 points (six goals, 37 assists).
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NCAA
Michigan (Montoya) 6, Ohio State (Guenin) 3
The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan hockey team earned a weekend split with No. 10 Ohio State thanks to a 6-3 victory on Saturday at Value City Arena. After no scoring in the first period, Michigan exploded for five goals in 12:01 during the second frame. OSU mounted a comeback in the final period, but the Wolverine defense clamped down and preserved the win. As a result, the Maize and Blue reestablished its five-point lead over second-place Ohio State in the CCHA standings. Wolverine goaltender Al Montoya turned aside 26 of 29 shots in the win to improve to 18-5-1 on the season. Buckeyes blueliner Nate Guenin collected two penalty minutes in the loss. Michigan returns to Yost Ice Arena next weekend (Jan. 28-29) to take on Northern Michigan in a two-game series.
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Boston University (Roche) 2, Maine (Moore, Ryan) 4
The Maine men's ice hockey team picked up a 4-2 Hockey East win over Boston University on Saturday night at Alfond Arena in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,641 fans. The Black Bears scored three power play goals on the night while killing seven Boston University power plays as they moved into a tie for second place in the Hockey East standings. Maine is 13-8-5 (8-3-3 Hockey East) and Boston University, ranked eleventh in the nation, is 13-10-1 (9-4-1 Hockey East) following the game. Black Bears forward Greg Moore tallied a power play goal, added an assist and collected two penalty minutes en route to second star of the game honors. Maine returns to Alfond Arena next weekend for a two-game series against Northeastern.
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Lake Superior St. 2, Michigan St. 2 (Potter) (OT)
Behind a 27-save effort from sophomore goaltender Dominic Vicari, the Michigan State hockey team (13-11-2 overall, 8-9-1 CCHA) captured three of a possible four points on the weekend, skating to a 2-2 tie with the Lake Superior State Lakers Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena. MSU is now 6-3-1 in its last 10 games. Spartans defenseman Corey Potter was held off the scoresheet on the night. The Spartans return to action Friday, Jan. 28 when they take on the USA National Under-18 Team in an exhibition game at Munn Ice Arena.
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Michigan Tech (Foote) 3, Minnesota 1
Michigan Tech scored two second-period goals and added an empty net marker in the third for a 3-1 victory over #3 Minnesota tonight at Mariucci Arena in front of 9,677 fans. With the win, the Huskies completed their first sweep of the Gophers on the road since 1971.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 2, Miami-Ohio 4
Miami snapped the Nebraska-Omaha hockey team's six-game unbeaten streak in the CCHA with a 4-2 victory at Goggin Ice Arena Saturday night. The loss was the first for the Mavericks in 2005 and moved UNO to 12-10-2 overall and 10-8-2 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. UNO goaltender Chris Holt (12-9-2) stopped 35 of 39 shots on the night and was named the third star of the game. Nebraska-Omaha will return home next week to play Wayne State in a non-conference series at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
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Bowling Green 2, Northern Michigan (Olver) 4
All of a sudden the Northern Michigan University hockey team is a scoring machine. The 'Cats now have back-to-back games of scoring more than one goal. Tonight the 'Cats swept the Falcons of Bowling Green State University with the 4-2 win to keep their record at home 9-0-1 for the 2004-05 campaign. Overall, NMU is now 12-7-5 and 10-5-3 in the CCHA. BGSU falls to 10-9-3 and 7-7-2 respectively. Wildcats forward Darin Olver notched two assists in the win. After spending the past two weekends at home the 'Cats hit the road for Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the University of Michigan on January 28-29.
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Wisconsin 2, Notre Dame (Walsh) 0
For Notre Dame, only the venue changed. For the second night in a row, the Fighting Irish were blanked by fifth-ranked Wisconsin, 2-0. This time though, the loss came at Allstate Arena where 8,317 fans braved a winter storm to see the non-conference game for both teams. The loss was the sixth in a row for the Irish as their record falls to 5-16-5 on the year. The Badgers move to 19-6-1 on the year and should move up in the national rankings this coming week. Irish alternate captain Mike Walsh collected two penalty minutes in the loss. Notre Dame returns to CCHA action next weekend when the Irish face Bowling Green in a home-and-home series. The Irish travel to Bowling Green on Friday, January 28 and play host to the Falcons on Saturday, Jan. 29.
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Minnesota-Duluth 4, Colorado College (Crabb) 3
Minnesota-Duluth finally looked like the team that was picked to win the WCHA this year. The Bulldogs continued their recent domination of Colorado College with a 4-3 victory over the No. 1 Tigers Saturday night at the Colorado Springs World Arena. CC forward Joey Crabb netted a pair of power play points (one goal, one assist) and added two penalty minutes in the loss. UMD took three of four points in the series and moved within two points of idle North Dakota for fifth place in the conference standings and home ice in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Colorado College will face the suddenly red-hot Michigan Tech Huskies in Houghton, Michigan.
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FINLAND
Assat 2, JYP (Immonen) 4
Jarkko Immonen collected an assist and was named the second star of the game as JYP skated to a 4-2 win over Assat in Finnish League action on Saturday. Immonen ranks third in the Finnish League in both assists (24) and points (40) and has collected five points in his last three games.
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