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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 21, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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PHOTO: Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 28 shots to help Frolunda skate past Timra, 5-2, on Saturday

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It was a battle of Sweden's best, and the cream rose to the top Saturday night, with Henrik Lundqvist and his Frolunda mates besting Miikka Kirprusoff and Timra, 5-2. Lundqvist made 28 stops in capturing his 14th victory of the season, while Kiprusoff, who's usually guarding the nets for the Calgary Flames, turned aside 24 attempts.

In addition to increasing his league-leading win total, Lundqvist also regained ownership of the league's top spot with a 1.68 GAA and a .939 save percentage. He is now unbeaten in his last four outings (3-0-1). The win gives Frolunda a 14-3-3 record and sole position of first place in the Swedish Elite League.

Making an Immpact
Jarkko Immonen just keeps putting up numbers, plain and simple. Entering last night's game with a five-game point streak, Immonen kept it rolling with a goal, an assist and first star honors in JYP's 5-1 win over Lukko.

The JYP center now has recorded points in six straight contests (four goals and four assists) and has charted points in 11 off his last 12 outings (8-7-15). For the season, Immonen leads the league with 25 points (10 goals and 15 assists) in 23 games.

Box Score (JYP vs. Lukko) >>

Break Out the Brooms
Hail to the Victors! The first round of the Battle of Michigan goes the Michigan Wolverines as they finished off a sweep of cross-state rival Michigan State with a 5-4 decision on Saturday night.

Offense was the story in this tilt, with MSU scoring :30 seconds into the contest, but Al Montoya would shake it off and make several Grade A saves en route to his ninth win of the season. On the evening, Montoya would turn aside 20 Spartan attempts for the win. The junior netminder currently ranks fifth in the CCHA with a 2.40 GAA, sixth with 263 saves and first with 725:09 minutes played. MSU's Corey Potter recorded his first point of the season with an assist in the contest.

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Lundmark Scores Again, Pack Fall in Shootout
Looks like Jamie Lundmark has come back from his Italian siesta fully rested. Lundmark registered his second goal in as many games last night in the Hartford Wolf Pack's 3-2 shootout loss in Springfield. Bryce Lampman also tallied for the Wolf Pack, who suffered their first shootout loss of the season, and second straight loss. Hartford currently sits in second place in their division with a 10-3-1-1 record.

Box Score (Hartford at Springfield) >>

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Crabb and CC Too Much for Michigan Tech
The red light got a workout in Colorado this weekend as the #4/#5 ranked Colorado College Tigers finished off a weekend sweep of the Michigan Tech Huskies last night, beating the Huskies 5-1. In the two-game set, CC outgunned Michigan tech 11-2. Joey Crabb contributed an assist in Saturday's win, and has now registered points in three of his last four games (1-4-5). He now ranks third on the team in scoring with two goals and six assists for eight points on the season. Colorado College climbs to 8-2-0 with the win.

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Kozak Tallies First
Kamloops winger Rick Kozak provides muscle every time he touches the for the Blazers, but Saturday he provided some scoring punch as well. The rough and tumble forward scored his first goal and point of the 2004-05 season, on the power play, in the Blazers 4-3 OT loss to Vancouver. Kozak came into the contest with 18 penalty minutes in nine games. The loss puts the Blazers record at 7-15-2-2 through 26 games.

Baranka Collects Assist in Penalty-filled Win
In a fight-filled contest, the Everett Silvertips posted their fourth victory in their last five outings, besting the Tri-City Americans, 4-1. Silvertips blueliner Ivan Baranka collected an assist in the game, increasing his point totals to nine points (three goals and six assists). He has posted points in three of his last four contests (2-2-4). Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen was held scoreless in the game. With the win, Everett sits in second place in the U.S. Division with 28 points and a record of 13-9-2.

Another Game, Another Point For Psurny
Medicine hats Roman Psurny continues to climb the rookie scoring charts in the WHL, tallying a goal in the Tigers 4-4 tie in Prince Albert. Psurny now ranks in a tie for first among WHL freshmen with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists). With the tie, Medicine Hat adds to its Central Division-leading record, which now stands at 16-4-2. Prince Albert's Dane Byers missed his fifth straight game due to a concussion.

Petruzalek Blanked but 67's Win
Ottawa sniper Jakub Petruzalek was held in check by the Owen Sound Platers last night, but it wasn't enough to spell victory for the Platers, as they fell 4-3. The 67's top rookie still ranks first among all OHL freshmen with 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. Last night marked only the fifth time this season that Petruzalek hasn't made it onto the scoresheet.

Dawes' Streak Snapped; Ice Continue to Roll
Nigel Dawes was held scoreless in the contest, snapping a five-game point scoring streak (5-2-7). The Kootenay sniper now ranks tied for 12th in the WHL scoring race with 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 25 games. The ice are currently on a seven-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 3, and sit atop the BC Division with a 16-7-2 record.

Roche and Terriers capture fourth straight W

Other Scores
Portland 0 vs. Seattle 6
No points for Brandon Dubinsky; game was ended prematurely due to fights.

Saskatoon 3 vs. Red Deer 3 (OT)
No points for Zdenek Bahensky.
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