RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 19, 2004
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PHOTO: Al Montoya made 29 saves as Michigan skated past rival Michigan State, 4-2, on Thursday in CCHA action.2004-05 Rangers Prospect Scoring >>RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 18, 2004 >>RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 17, 2004 >>RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 14, 2004 >>Be sure to check back later today for a complete recap of Thursday's games and a preview of the weekend ahead for Blueshirt prospects.
Montoya's 29 Saves Guides Michigan Past Michigan State
It was a night of firsts for Michigan goaltender Al Montoya on Thursday. The Wolverine netminder turned aside 29 shots, including 16 in the first period in earning 1st star of the game honors in Michigan's hard-fought 4-2 road win over defenseman Corey Potter and CCHA-rival Michigan State. Montoya (8-2-1) also picked up his first career win Munn Ice Arena after posting a 0-2-1 in three prior games in East Lansing. The two teams square-off again on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
Michigan head coach Red Berenson on the play of Al Montoya ... "I think Al knew he had to come in here and give us a chance. We'd be a little rusty and he had to be focused. Our team has something to prove in here. I thought he was solid, like really looked solid. That gives your team confidence. I don't know how many great saves he had to make but he was really quick around the net on the loose pucks. He looked sharp on the good-angle shots. When a goalie makes it look easy you know he's playing well."
Montoya on his performance ... "I felt good. I did what I do best. I just try to keep the puck out of the net. Luckily for me, my team put more in tonight going our way. I felt good. I just try to keep my game simple and do my job and not worry about anything else."Box Score >>
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Immonen Extends Point Streak to Five in JYP Loss
Jarkko Immonen collected a pair of assists to extend his point streak to five games in a losing effort on Thursday as JYP fell to Jokerit, 4-2, in Finnish League action. Immonen has now posted six points (three goals, three assists) over the span dating back to October 28. The forward ranks ninth in the league with nine goals and first with 14 assists for 23 points in 21 games. Immonen has also collected points in 10 of his last 11 games, posting 13 points (seven goals, six assists) over the span.
Lundqvist Turns Aside 20 in 1-1 Tie
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 20 of 21 shots as first place Frolunda skated to a 1-1 tie at home vs. Malmo on Thursday. Lundqvist leads all Swedish Elite League netminders with a 1.66 goals against average, a .939 save percentage, 1085 minutes played and 463 saves in 18 games on the season.