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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - January 29, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Darin Olver tallied a goal and collected an assist in Northern Michigan's 4-1 win over Michigan on Friday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Hartford 1, Philadelphia 5
The Philadelphia Phantoms avenged a season-opening 2-1 loss to Hartford, with a 5-1 win over the Pack on Friday at the Wachovia Spectrum. Wolf Pack goaltender Steve Valiquette, who entered the game with a league-leading 1.48 goals against average, made 19 saves on 23 shots. Philadelphia opened the scoring just 1:26 into the game on Ben Stafford's ninth goal of the year. The goal ended Valiquette's personal scoreless streak at 221:50, which came up 28:01 shy of Johnny Bower's AHL record set in 1957. Hartford's lone tally came on a 4-on-4 goal with 4.2 seconds to go in the first period as Jamie Lundmark gained possession in the far corner and fed Jeff Hamilton for a tap-in from the doorstep for his 12th goal of the season. The Wolf Pack had won four of their last five games, but have now lost five of their last seven on the road. Hartford continues its road swing on Saturday in Hershey.
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ECHL
South Carolina 4, Hartford 1
The Charlotte Checkers entered Friday's contest with the South Carolina Stingrays having won every home game of the new year. The Stingrays had won nine straight. In three physical periods, the Rays came out stinging, winning 4-1 against Charlotte. The Checkers are home again on Saturday, hosting the Columbia Inferno at 7:00 PM.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Medicine Hat (Psurny) 2, Lethbridge 1
Roman Psurny collected a power play assist as the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers edged Lethbridge, 2-1, on Friday in WHL action. Psurny ranks third among all WHL rookies with 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 48 games. Medicine Hat hosts Nigel Dawes and the Kootenay Ice on Saturday.
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Moose Jaw 1, Saskatoon (Bahensky) 3
The Saskatoon Blades took it to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriers on Friday, skating to a 3-1 home win. Zdenek Bahensky racked up four penalty minutes in the win. 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points, along with 64 penalty minutes in 46 games this season. The Blades are back in action on Saturday as they host the Regina Pats.
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Portland (Dubinsky) 4, Everett (Baranka) 2
Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland Winterhawks got the best of Ivan Baranka and the Everett Silvertips on Friday, skating to a 4-2 win. Portland's third consecutive win elvetates them to a tie with Everett for second place in the U.S. Division, each team with 50 points. Dubinsky collected a goal, an assist and four penalty minutes en route to being named the third star of the game in the win. He is now tied for second on the team with 43 points (17, 26 assists) in 47 games. His 110 penalty minutes also ranks third on the club. Baranka has registered 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 43 games this season. With the loss, Everett continued its recent slide, dropping four straight and eight of nine.
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Regina 2, Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 4
Rick Kozak collected a pair of assists and two penalty minutes as the host Prince Albert Raiders skated past the Regina Pats, 4-2, on Friday. Raiders forward Dane Byers added four penalty minutes in the win. Kozak has now registed 18 points in 32 games this season and 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 20 games since joining Prince Albert. Byers has registered 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 45 games. His 127 penalty minutes lead the club.
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Kootenay (Dawes) 4, Swift Current 2
Nigel Dawes' team-leading 26th goal of the season, on the power play, proved to be the game-winner for Kootenay as the visiting Ice defeated the Swift Current Broncos, 4-2, on Friday. Dawes is tied for the team lead with 40 points and ranks first with 12 power play goals. Kootenay is on the road again on Saturday as they visit Roman Psurny and the Medicine Hat Tigers.
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Tri-City (Jonasen) 1, Vancouver 3
The Tri-City Americans dropped a 3-1 decision to the host Vancouver Giants in WHL action on Friday. Amerks captain Marcus Jonasen did not figure into the scoring and ranks fifth on the club with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 45 games. Tri-City visits Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday.
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Guelph (Callahan) 1, Kitchener 1
The Guelph Storm and Kitchener Rangers skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday in OHL action. Storm captain Ryan Callahan collected two penalty minutes on the night. Callahan leads Guelph with 22 goals and 39 points in 40 games this season.
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Belleville 2, Ottawa (Petruzalek) 6
A little home cookin' was in order for Ottawa on Friday as they downed the visiting Belleville Bulls, 6-2, on Friday. 67s rookie sniper Jakub Petruzalek did not figure into the scoring in the win. In 39 games this season, he Petruzalek has recorded 47 points (17 goals, 30 assists), ranking second on the team.
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Lewiston (Paiement) 4, Baie-Comeau 2
Lewiston's bus arrived late in Baie-Comeau on Friday, delaying the start of their QMJHL match-up by 45 minutes, but that delay had no ill effects on the MAINEiacs. Lewiston cruised to a 4-2 road win on Friday. Defenseman Jonathan Paiement collected a power play assist in the win. The MAINEiacs visit Chicoutimi on Saturday.
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NCAA
Northern Michigan 4, Michigan 1
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team was defeated by Northern Michigan, 4-1, on Friday at Yost Ice Arena. The loss ends Michigan's 22-game home CCHA winning streak. After a scoreless 10 minutes to begin the game, the Wildcats struck first at 11:42. NMU's John Miller hit Darin Olver with a pass from enemy territory to the Michigan blue line. Al Montoya charged out to deflect the pass but fell just short of the attempt. Olver capitalized on the empty Michigan net and gave the Wildcats the one-goal lead. Olver also collected a third period assist in the win. Montoya stopped 13 of 17 NMU shots to fall to 18-6-1 on the season. Michigan will look to avenge its home loss on Saturday when NMU and U-M meet again.
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Northeastern 0, Maine (Moore, Ryan) 1
The Maine men's ice hockey team shutout Northeastern 1-0 in a Hockey East contest on Friday at Alfond Arena in Orono. The Black Bears lone goal was scored by Mike Lundin in the third period while Jimmy Howard notched his fifth shutout of the season stopping eleven shots. Black Bears forward Greg Moore posted three shots on the night. Maine is 14-8-5 (9-3-3 Hockey East, tied for second) and Northeastern is 9-14-3 (5-8-2 Hockey East) following the game. The two teams meet again on Saturday at Alfond Arena.
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Harvard (Flynn, Reese) 7, Princeton 0
Four Crimson skaters netted their first goal of the season and two Harvard goaltenders combined for 24 saves as the men's hockey team posted a 7-0 victory over homestanding Princeton on Friday at Hobey Baker Rink. The victory completes Harvard's season sweep of the Tigers for the first time since the 1995-96 season, and improves the 11th-ranked Crimson's record to 11-5-2 on the season, and 8-4-2 in conference play. Harvard forward Rob Flynn netted his first goal of the season, with Crimson blueliner Dylan Reese collecting an assist on the tally.
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Notre Dame (Walsh) 1, Bowling Green 4
Ryan Minnabarriet scored a pair of power-play goals and goaltender Jordan Sigalet stopped 29 of 30 Notre Dame shots to lead the Bowling Green Falcons to a 4-1 win over the Irish in front of 4,956 at the Bowling Green Ice Arena on Friday. The Falcons got three goals in the first 12:46 of the game to take a commanding 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back. Irish alternate captain Mike Walsh collected four penalty minutes in the loss. On the night, Notre Dame out shot Bowling Green by a 30-28 margin. The loss, the seventh in a row for the Irish drops them to 5-17-5 on the season and 3-12-4 in CCHA play. The two teams will close out the regular-season series on Saturday night at the Joyce Center.
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Wayne State 2, Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 3
Anothony Adams had a goal and an assist and goalie Chris Holt stoppped 32 shots, leading the University of Nebraska-Omaha to a 3-2 victory over Wayne State. Holt was named the first star of the game, improving to 13-9-2 on the season. The Mavericks delighted a crowd of 6,574 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, the home of Maverick hockey from 1997 until the spring of 2003. UNO has played the last season and a half at the Qwest Center Omaha. UNO improved to 13-10-2 on the year while Wayne State dropped to 12-11-2. The two teams meet again on Saturday at the Civic Auditorium.
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Western Michigan 3, Ohio State (Guenin) 4
Sophomores Matt Beaudoin and Andrew Schembri each had three points to lead the No. 9/10 Ohio State men's hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Western Michigan in CCHA action on Friday in Columbus. The Broncos tied the game 3:20 into the third period, but Beaudoin responded with his second goal of the night less than two minutes later to regain the lead OSU would not relinquish. Buckeyes defenseman Nate Guenin collected four penalty minutes in the win. Ohio State improves to 17-7-3 on the year and sits in second place in the CCHA with a 14-4-1 ledger, three points behind Michigan, who lost to Northern Michigan. The Broncos drop to 10-12-1 on the year and 5-11-1 in league play. The teams will complete the two-game series on Saturday at the Value City Arena.
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Colorado College (Crabb) 4, Michigan Tech (Foote) 2
Senior goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves Friday and junior center Aaron Slattengren scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, lifting Colorado College to a 4-2 victory at Michigan Tech that vaulted the Tigers into first place in the WCHA. With the triumph, second-ranked CC snapped a two-game winless skid and improved to 21-4-2 overall for the season. Forward Joey Crabb got the Tigers on the board with a first period goal.
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