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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - March 5, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Roman Psurny tallied a pair of goals on Saturday in Medicine Hat's 5-2 win over Lethbridge.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Hartford 2, San Antonio 0
After dropping the first game of their four-game road trip, 3-1 to Houston on Friday, the Hartford Wolf Pack landed back on their feet on Saturday with a 2-0 win in San Antonio. Jozef Balej tallied both Pack goals, while Alexandre Giroux collected two assists in the win. Jason LaBarbera turned aside all 29 shots he faced. Hartford is back in action on Monday as they visit Utah.
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ECHL
Greenville 0, Charlotte 3
The Charlotte Checkers skated past Greenville, 3-0, on Saturday, picking up their second win of the weekend. The Checkers routed the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, 5-1, on Friday. With the win, the Checkers remained in the top spot in the East Division at 34-20-4 record.
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Guelph (Callahan) 4, Erie 3
Looking for a little home cooking, the Guelph Storm came up one goal short, falling 4-3 to the visiting Erie Otters on Saturday. With the loss, Guelph dropped to 12-16-4-0 on home ice this season. Storm captain Ryan Callahan posted a -1 rating on the night. He leads the club with 27 goals and 50 points.
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Moncton (Graham) 2, Halifax 1
The Moncton Wildcats got back on the winning side of the scoreboard on Saturday with a 2-1 win in Halifax. Moncton forward Bruce Grahm, who returned to action on Friday after missing the previous 22 games with a broken foot, collected a power play assist and five shots on goal in the win. In his two games back this weekend, he registered an assist and 10 shots on goal. Without their 6-6 center in the lineup, Moncton posted a 5-14-3 record over the span.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
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Lethbridge 2, Medicine Hat (Psurny) 5
On the heels of a 4-2 win in Regina on Friday, the Medicine Hat Tigers returned home on Saturday and skated past the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 5-2. Tigers forward Roman Psurny collected a pair of goals, five penalty minutes (fighting major) and second star of the game honors in the win. The two goals pushed the Zlin, Czech Republic native to the 20-goal plateau on the season. Psurny ranks third among WHL rookies and fourth on the team with 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) in 62 games.
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Tri-City (Jonasen) 3, Portland (Dubinsky) 2 (OT)
In a matchup between two of the top Rangers prospects in the Western Hockey League, Marcus Jonasen and the Tri-City Americans edged Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland WinterHawks, 3-2 in OT, on Saturday. Jonasen collected an assist on the OT game-winner. The Amerks captain leads his club with 21 goals and ranks third with 41 points in 64 games this season. Dubinsky, who collected two penalty minutes in the loss, 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 150 penalty minutes rank second on the 'Hawks.
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NCAA
Bowling Green 4, Michigan (Montoya) 5,
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team finished off the regular season with a 5-4 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday at Yost Ice Arena in front of a sellout crowd of 6,938 fans. In a battle of special teams that saw six power play goals and 27 penalties called, the Wolverines were able to capture a series sweep over Bowling Green and their 26th win of the season on Senior Night. Al Montoya turned aside 18 of 22 shots in the win to conclude the 2004-05 regular season at 25-6-3. Michigan, the CCHA regular-season champion and No. 1 seed, hosts No. 12 seed Notre Dame in the first round of the CCHA playoffs next weekend. The first game of the best-of-three series is next Friday (March 11).
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Northern Michigan (Olver) 3, Lake Superior 2
The Northern Michigan University hockey team concluded the 2004-05 regular season on Saturday night at Lake Superior State University by winning their fifth straight game. NMU defeated the Lakers by a score of 3-2. The 'Cats have now won 20 or more games the past four seasons in a row as they are now 20-9-7 overall and 17-7-4 in the CCHA. NMU forward Darin Olver continues his scoring binge, collecting another two assists on the night, including his second straight game-winning helper. Olver, who leads the team with 30 assists and 39 points, has now registered 12 multi-point games and eight multi-assist efforts. He has also notched 13 points in his last seven games and 19 points in his last 13 matches. NMU will host the CCHA Playoffs next weekend at the Berry Events Center. The series is a best-of-three and will get underway on Friday (March 11) with game one, game two is Saturday (March 12) and if necessary game three is Sunday (March 13).
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Michigan State (Potter) 2, Notre Dame (Walsh) 1Michigan State hockey recorded its second sweep of the season, posting a 3-2 win at Notre Dame on Saturday night. With Saturday's win, MSU secured home ice for the first round of the playoffs for the 14th straight year and will entertain Miami next weekend in a best-of-three series at Munn Ice Arena. Combined with Friday's 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Irish, MSU recorded just its second series sweep of the season and the team's first since Nov. 5-6, 2004, when the Spartans posted a 4-2 win in East Lansing and a 5-1 win at Ferris State. MSU defenseman was held off the scoresheet in the win, while Notre Dame alternate captain Mike Walsh collected an assist in the loss.
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Yale 5, Dartmouth (Jessiman) 4 (OT)
Dartmouth junior Jarrett Sampso collected two goals and an assist, but the Big Green men's hockey team narrowly fell to Yale in overtime, 5-4, in an ECAC Hockey League Quarterfinal game on Saturday at Thompson Arena. The best-of-three first round series now stands tied after two games. Yale (5-24-2) and Dartmouth (18-11-2) face off again on Sunday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals to face Vermont. The loss snapped Dartmouth's seven-game winning streak against Yale. Forward Hugh Jessiman posted six shots in the defeat.
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Game 1 (3/4/05) - Yale 2, Dartmouth 7:
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Miami-Ohio 2, Ohio State (Guenin) 2
With Ohio State down 2-0 late in the third period, freshman Domenic Maiani and junior Rod Pelley scored 14 seconds apart (at 16:25 and 16:39) to lead the No. 6/8 Ohio State men's hockey to a 2-2 tie with instate and Central Collegiate Hockey Association rival Miami Saturday in Value City Arena in front of 11,848 fans. The game ended the regular season for both squads, as the league playoffs open next weekend. Ohio State, which ends league play in second place, moves to 24-8-4 on the year and 21-5-2 in CCHA action. The RedHawks are now 15-16-5 and 11-13-4 in conference play. OSU defenseman Nate Guenin collected an assist on Bittner's winner, while adding two penalty minutes on the night. Ohio State will return to action when they play host to the first round of the CCHA playoffs next weekend. No. 2 seed Ohio State will face No. 11 Ferris State in the best-of-three series at 7:05 p.m. March 11-12 (and at 7:05 p.m. March 13 if necessary). The winner advances to the CCHA Super Six at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit March 17-19.
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Maine (Moore, Ryan) 2, Boston College 2
The Maine men's ice hockey team held on for a 2-2 tie against the fifth-ranked Boston College Eagles on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 7,884 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. BC edged the Black Bears in the first game of the weekend series, 4-3, on Friday. Maine forwards Greg Moore and Billy Ryan were held scoreless on the night as the team concluded the regular season at 18-11-7 (13-6-5 Hockey East). On Friday, March 11, Maine will begin the Hockey East quarterfinals at Alfond Arena against UMass-Lowell.
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Boston University (Roche) 3, New Hampshire 2
The Boston University hockey team jumped to a 3-0 lead then had to hold back a New Hampshire rally en route to a 3-2 win over the host Wildcats on Saturday night, March 5, and finished second in the final Hockey East standings. The Terriers, who ended the regular season with an overall record of 21-11-4, posted a 15-5-4 log in league play. BU forward Ken Roche got the Terriers on the scoreboard at 4:01 of the first period with his sixth goal of the season. With its second-place finish, the Terriers will meet seventh-place Providence (11-19-4; 6-14-4) in the best-of-three quarterfinal series beginning next Friday night at Parker Rink at Agganis Arena. The second game will be played on Saturday night with a third game, if necessary, on Sunday night. All three games will be played at Agganis Arena.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 4, Minnesota State 6
Minnesota State, Mankato captured the "Spirit of the Mavericks" trophy Saturday night with a 6-4 victory over Nebraska-Omaha at the Midwest Wireless Center. UNO netminder Chris Holt turned aside 25 of 31 shots in the loss to finish the 2004-05 regular season at 17-13-4. Despite the loss, the Mavericks maintained their hold on the CCHA's fourth spot and will host Lake Superior next weekend in a best of three series.
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