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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - March 4, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Bruce Graham reurned to the Moncton lineup on Friday after missing the previous 22 games due to a broken foot suffered in January.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Hartford 1, Houston 3
The Hartford Wolf Pack opened their four-game road trip with a 3-1 loss in Hosuton on Friday as the Aeros avenged an earlier 1-0 shootout loss at the Civic Center on November 1. Jason LaBarbera, who made 21 saves on the night, saw his shutout streak versus the Aeros come to a halt at 226:11, including three straight shutouts. Jozef Balej tallied a power play goal for the Wolf Pack. For Hartford, the loss was their first against the West (4-1-0-0) this season. The Pack are back in action on Saturday when they visit San Antonio.
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ECHL
Hartford 1, Houston 3
Charlotte snapped a 1-1 tie and exploded for three goals in the second period to cruise to a 5-1 win over host Atlantic City on Friday. With the win, the Checkers remained in the top spot in the East Division at 33-20-4 record. Charlotte is back in action on Saturday with a home tilt against third place Greenville (31-20-5).
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Brampton 2, Guelph (Callahan) 2 (OT)
The Brampton Battalion and Guelph Storm skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday in Guelph as the host team dropped to 12-15-4-0 on home ice this season. Storm captain Ryan Callahan collected six penalty minutes on the night. He leads the club with 27 goals and 50 points. Callahan and the Storm are back in action on Saturday as they visit Erie.
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Barrie 3, Ottawa (Petruzalek) 6
The Ottawa 67s opened their weekend with a 6-3 home drubbing of the Barrie Colts on Friday. 67s rookie forward Jakub Petruzalek netted a pair of power play points (one goal, one assist) on the night. Petruzalek is tied for second among OHL rookies with 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 53 games. With the win, Ottawa improved to 29-5-6-1, good for second place in the OHL's Central Division, and snapped a three-game losing streak. The 67s return to action on Sunday as they host Kitchener.
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Moncton (Graham) 1, PEI 1 (OT)
After missing the last 22 games due to a broken foot suffered in early January, Bruce Graham returned to the Moncton lineup on Friday as the Wildcats skated to a 1-1 draw with the host PEI Rocket. Graham recorded two penalty minutes and five shots on the night. Without their 6-6 center in the lineup, Moncton posted a 5-14-3 record over the span. The Wildcats are back in action on Saturday as they visit Halifax.
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Lewiston (Paiement) 1, Cape Breton 4
The Lewiston MAINEiacs suffered a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles on Friday in QMJHL action. Lewiston blueliner Jonathan Paiement continued to pile up the points, collecting a power play assist on the lone goal. Paiement ranks fourth among QMJHL defensemen with 55 points (10 goals, 45 assists) in 60 games this season.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
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Kamloops 0, Kootenay (Dawes) 3
Nigel Dawes extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist as the host Kootenay Ice blanked the Kamloops Blazers on Friday. Dawes, who was recently named the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month of February after recording 23 points in 13 games during the month, has posted 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) during his recent scoring stretch. The Ice captain leads the club with 67 points (42 goals, 25 assists) in 56 games. Kootenay sits in second place in the WHL's Western Conference at 42-15-6 and has regsitered a solid 10-1-0 in their last 11 games on home ice. Kootenay is idle until Tuesday when they host the Calgary Hitmen.
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Saskatoon (Bahensky) 1, Regina 1 (OT)
The Saskatoon Blades and Regina Pats skated to a hard-fought 1-1 tie on Friday in WHL action. Saskatoon is now winless (0-3-1) in their last four games but remain in second place in the East Division at 34-21-6. Blades forward Zdenek Bahensky posted four penalty minutes on the night. He is currently tied for eighth place among WHL rookies with 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) in 61 games this season.
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Medicine Hat (Psurny) 4, Red Deer 2
The Medicine Hat Tigers improved to 17-12-2 on the road and 3-1-1 against Regina this season with a 4-2 win over the host Pats on Friday. Tigers forward Roman Psurny collected a power play assist in the win and has now posted six points (two goals, four assists) in the five-game season series with Regina this season. Psurny ranks third among WHL rookies and fourth on the team with 43 points (18 goals, 25 assists) in 61 games. Medicine Hat is back in action on Saturday as they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
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Portland (Dubinsky) 4, Vancouver 2
The Portland WinterHawks opened their weekend with a 4-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday, improving to 6-3-2 in their last 11 road matches. Portland forward Brandon Dubinsky collected two penalty minutes and a +2 rating in the win but watched his recent three-game point streak come to an end. He is tied for third on the club with 21 goals and 30 assists and ranks third on the team with 51 points this season. His 148 penalty minutes rank second on the 'Hawks. Portland is back in action on Saturday as they host Marcus Jonasen and the Tri-City Americans.
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NCAA
Michigan (Montoya) 4, Bowling Green 1
Al Montoya stopped 21 shots as #4 Michigan won their fifth straight game on Friday, a 4-1 decision over Bowling Green in CCHA action. The win improved Montoya's career mark to 8-0-1 against Bowling Green and Michigan's road record on the season to 9-4-0. The victory also gives Michigan the CCHA regular-season championship for the third time in four years and the ninth time overall. Montoya was named the second star of the game in the win as he improved to 24-6-3. The two clubs conclude the home-and-home set on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
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Notre Dame (Walsh) 2, Michigan State (Potter) 3In another CCHA battle on Friday, Corey Potter and the Michigan State Spartans edged Mike Walsh and the struggling Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 3-2. The win pushed MSU above the .500 mark for the season at 16-15-4, while the Irish fell to 5-24-6. Potter added to his team-lead in penalty munutes (59) with a high-sticking call in the first period. Neither Blueshirt prospect factored into the scoring.
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Yale 2, Dartmouth (Jessiman) 7
Dartmouth opened the first round of the 2005 ECAC tournament with a convincing 7-2 win over Yale on Friday. The Big Green (18-10-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period before Yale (4-24-2) answered. The best two-of-three series resumes on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Dartmouth's Thompson Arena. The winner advances to the quarterfinal round next weekend at the University of Vermont in another two-out-of-three set. The Big Green has won seven straight games against Yale, dating back to the 2002-03 season. Forward Hugh Jessiman was held scoreless on the night.
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Lake Superior 2, Northern Michigan (Olver) 4
The Northern Michigan University hockey team scored four straight goals against the Lake Superior State University Lakers on Friday night at the Berry Events Center to cruise to a 4-2 win. NMU is now 19-9-7 overall on the season and 16-7-4 in the CCHA. The 'Cats have now won four straight games and five of the last six. NMU forward Darin Olver is on fire, collecting another two assists on the night, including one on the game-winner. Olver, who leads the team with 28 assists and 37 points, has registered 11 multi-point games and seven multi-assist efforts. He has also notched 11 points in his last six games and 17 points in his last 12 matches. The two teams conclude their home-and-home series on Saturday night in Sault Ste. Marie.
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Ohio State (Guenin) 3, Miami-Ohio 1
Senior captain JB Bittner's third-period goal led the No. 6/8 Ohio State men's hockey team to a 3-1 victory over in-state and CCHA rival Miami-Ohio Friday in Goggin Ice Arena. The teams will end the two-game series and close out the regular season on Saturday in Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU defenseman Nate Guenin collected an assist on Bittner's winner, while adding two penalty minutes on the night. Ohio State improves to 24-8-3 on the year and 21-5-1 in CCHA actio and will finish second in the CCHA regulars-season standings, as Michigan clinched the title with a 4-1 victory over Bowling Green.
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Maine (Moore, Ryan) 3, Boston College 4
The Maine men's ice hockey team was defeated 4-3 by the fifth-ranked Boston College Eagles on Friday night in front of 7,884 fans at Conte Forum. The Black Bears had goals from Michel Léveillé, Greg Moore and Travis Ramsey, but gave up four goals, including one on the power play. Maine is 18-11-6 (13-6-4 Hockey East) and Boston College is 21-6-6 (14-3-6 Hockey East) following the game. The Black Bears playoff picture has become clearer, as they can now finish either third or fourth in the conference. Freshman Black Bear forward Billy Ryan notched an assist in the loss. On Saturday the Maine wraps-up the regular season with the second game of the series against BC.
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Colorado College (Crabb) 0, Denver 5
The top-ranked Colorado College Tigers were blanked, 5-0, by in-state rival Denver University on Friday. With the loss, CC drops to 26-7-3 and 10-4-1 on the road in the WCHA. CC forward Joey Crabb, who ranks third on the team with 14 goals and 26 points, was held in check on the night.
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