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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - January 27, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Marcus Jonasen collected a pair of assists in Tri-City's 8-1 win over Seattle in WHL action on Wednesday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Hartford 1, Norfolk 0
Steve Valiquette continues to shut-down the American Hockey League and the Wolf Pack continue to find ways to win. Valiquette turned aside 22 shots and Jeff Hamilton netted the winner in a shootout as the Pack earned a 1-0 win to open a seven-game road trip on Wednesday in Norfolk. Hamilton as scored earlier in the shootout round for Hartford, as did Alexandre Giroux.

Valiquette leads all AHL netminders with a stingy 1.48 goals against average (Hartford's Jason LaBarbera ranks second with a 1.90 GAA) and and a .945 save percentage on the season. Valiquette has posted an 11-6-0-1 mark in 20 games and is now tied for fourth in the league with four shutouts.

"He's played very well all year," Hartford head coach Ryan McGill said of Valiquette after Wednesday's win. "Valley, in the last three games, seems to be seeing and following the puck very well. He hasn't been giving up a lot of rebounds."

Hartford continues its road swing on Friday in Philadelphia.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Everett (Baranka) 1, Kelowna 4
Ivan Baranka assisted on the lone Everett goal on the night on Wednesday as the Silvertips dropped a 4-1 decision to the Kelowna Rockets in WHL action. Baranka has posted two points (one goal, one assist) in his last three games and 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 42 games this season. With the loss, Everett continued its recent slide, dropping three straight and seven of eight.
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Saskatoon (Bahensky) 4, Moose Jaw 6
Zdenek Bahensky netted a shorthanded goal in Saskatoon's 6-4 loss to the host Moose Jaw Warriers on Wednesday. Bahensky leads all Blades rookies with 12 goals, 13 assists and 25 points in 45 games this season. Saskatoon's mini two-game winning streak was snapped with the loss. The Blades have posted a 4-2-0 mark in their last six games after dropping the previous four games.
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Tri-City (Jonasen) 8, Seattle 1
Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen collected a pair of assists as the Americans routed the host Seattle Thunderbirds, 8-1, on Wednesday. He has now posted points in three of his last four games (one goal, three assists) and ranks fifth on the club with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 44 games.
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