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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 27, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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PHOTO: Rick Kozak scored a pair of goals on Friday to lead Kamloops to a 5-4 win over Prince George in WHL action.

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Lundmark Scores But Pack Falls
The Hartford Wolf Pack held a 1-0 lead going into the third period, but the slim lead wasn't enough as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored three times in the final frame for a 3-1 victory on Friday. Jamie Lundmark scored his third goal in four games since joining the Pack on November 19, but it was not enough for Hartford, who fall to 10-5-1-1 in the Eastern Division. Hartford is back in action on Saturday in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals, as they travel to take on the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins.

Recap: Hartford 1, Bridgeport 3 >>


Six is Unlucky Number for the Charlotte Checkers
Six was an unlucky number for the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night as they were unable to secure their sixth straight victory, falling to the Columbia Inferno, 3-1. Charlotte still owns first place in the American Division with an 11-3-1 record. The Checkers look to get back in the win column on Saturday night when they visit the Pee Dee Pride.


BU Falls to Defending Champ Denver, 4-1
Boston University gave up a pair of second period goals within a span of 2:44 and could never recover as it dropped a 4-1 decision to defending national champion University of Denver in front of a crowd of 6,199 at Magness Arena in Denver on Friday. BU's Ken Roche was held scoreless in the loss.

The game opened a weekend series in Colorado for the Terriers, as they will travel to Colorado College for the two-game finale on Saturday, November 27.

For the 10th-ranked Terriers, it marked the second straight loss after they had won four straight. Overall, B.U. is 7-5-0 and remains 6-1-0 in Hockey East. In the meantime, Denver, which is ranked ninth in the nation, won its second straight game to improve to 7-5-0 overall.

Recap: Boston University 1, Denver 4 >>

Walsh Assists as Irish Earn 3-2 Win over Alaska-Fairbanks
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish went North to Alaska for the Thanksgiving holiday and thanks to goaltender David Brown, strong penalty killing and an opportunistic power play, picked up their second consecutive road win with a 3-2 victory over Alaska Fairbanks at the Carlson Center. Notre Dame junior forward Mike Walsh, collected a power play assist in the win.

The win extended the Notre Dame unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2) and improved the Irish to 3-5-4 overall and 2-4-3 in CCHA play. Alaska Fairbanks falls to 5-4-0 on the season and 4-3-0 in league play.

Recap: Notre Dame 3, Alaska-Fairbanks 2 >>

Tigers Extend Non-Conference Unbeaten Streak with 3-1 Win
The fifth-ranked Colorado College hockey team skated to a 3-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts on Friday night on home ice to improve to 9-2 overall and extended their unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents to 13 games.

Joey Crabb, who has posted five points (one goal, four assists) in his last five games, and Colorado College will host Ken Roche and the Boston University Terriers on Saturday.

Recap: University of Massachusetts 1, Colorado College 3 >>

Cats Drop Third Straight CCHA Game, 3-1
The #13 ranked Northern Michigan Wildcats were a bit rusty as they returned to in action after being off last weekend, falling to Lake Superior State, 3-1. The Cats are 5-4-2 overall. Rangers 2004 draft picks Darrin Olver, who was held scoreless in the game, still leads team with 10 points (three goals, seven assists). The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at the Berry Events Center.

Recap: Northern Michigan 1, Lake Superior 3 >>

Crimson Streak Halted at Four with 4-2 Loss at SLU
The Harvard Crimson skated into Canton, New York looking to give thanks for their fourth straight victory, but it wasn't to be as the hometown St. Lawrence Saints handed the visitors a 4-2 defeat. Dylan Reese and Rob Flynn did not figure in the scoring for the Crimson, who fall to 4-3-1 on the season.

Recap: Harvard 2, St. Lawrence 4 >>

Michigan State Blanks No. 2 Wisconsin, 4-0
Coming in as the only unranked team in the College Hockey Showcase, the MSU Spartans felt like they had something to prove. Well, after blanking the #2 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in Madison, the Spartans case has been heard, loud and clear!

The Spartans dealt Wisconsin their first loss in five games and only their second loss on home ice. Rangers blueline prospect Corey Potter was +2 in the contest. MSU travels to Minneapolis to challenge Minnesota in Game Two of the CHS on Saturday night, which will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net New York at 8:00 PM ET.

Recap: Michigan State 4, Wisconsin 0 >>

Montoya, #1 Michigan Falls to #3 Minnesota, 5-1
It wasn't meant to be for the Michigan Wolverines and Al Montoya on Friday evening, as they fell to the hometown Minnesota Golden Gophers in Game One of the College Hockey Showcase, 5-1. Four first period tallies by the #3 ranked Gophers spelled the end for the #1 ranked Wolverines and Montoya, who would be lifted after 40 minutes and five goals allowed on 26 shots. It was Montoya's first loss since October 30. The Wolverines (10-3-1) will head to Madison, Wisconsin to take the nation's second-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.

Recap: Michigan 1, Minnesota 5 >>

Huskies Stage Comeback but Fall to #7 North Dakota
Jordan Foote was held scoreless as his Michigan Tech Huskies fell to the #7 ranked North Dakota Fighting Sioux, 6-3 on Friday. The loss leaves the Huskies' record at 1-10-0 after losing their eighth straight contest. MTU and UND will wrap up their season series on Saturday.

Recap: North Dakota 6, Michigan Tech 3 >>


Kozak Leads Kamloops Past Prince George, 5-4
Looks like Rick Kozak is enjoying this scoring stuff. After netting his first goal of the season in the Blazers last outing, the Kamloops forward picked up where he left off, tallying two markers in a 5-4 win over Prince George. Kozak was alos named the game's third start for his efforts. The Blazers' record stands at 8-15-2-1 after the victory.

Box Score: Prince George 4, Kamloops 5 >>

Kootenay Ices Red Deer, 3-1
Nigel Dawes and the Kootenay Ice continued their winning ways on Friday evening, connecting on their eighth straight victory with a 3-1 decision over Red Deer. Dawes was held in check on the evening, but his team sees their grip first place of the B.C. Division tighten with a record of 11-7-2. Dawes is the leading scorer on his team with 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points.

Box Score: Red Deer 1, Kootenay 3 >>

Byers Returns in 4-1 Loss to Lethbridge
The result wasn't what Dane Byers had hoped for, but the Prince Alert forward had to be somewhat please as he returned to the lineup in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Byers had missed the last five Raiders contests with a concussion.

Box Score: Lethbridge 4, Prince Albert 1 >>

Bahensky Scoreless in 3-3 Tie with Broncos
Zdenek Bahensky (7-10-17) was held scoreless for the fourth straight contest as his Saskatoon Blades skated to a 3-3 deadlock with the Swift Current Broncos. Bahensky entered the game ranked third in WHL rookie scoring. Saskatoon ranks first in the WHL's East with a16-5-4-0 record.

Box Score: Saskatoon 3, Swift Current 3 >>

Dubinsky Shines but Winterhawks Drop OT Decision
The Portland Winterhawks and Tri-City Americans have both been struggling to get in the win column, and Friday night it took an extra frame to get one of them a W. But the Amerks were able to break through in OT for only their second win in seven outings. In a losing effort, Portland's Brandon Dubinsky captured first star honors with a goal and two assists. It was the Winterhawks forward fourth multiple-point game of the season, and snapped a three-game scoreless stretch. He now has six goals and six assists for 12 points in 19 games. Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen was held off the scoresheet.

Box Score: Tri-City 6, Portland 5 >>


Owen Sound Skates Past Guelph, 3-1
Ryan Callan (14-8-22) collected two penalty minutes in Guelph's 3-1 loss to Owen Sound on Friday to run his season total to 26 minutes. Guelph currently ranks fifth in Midwest at 10-12-2-1.

Box Score: Owen Sound 3, Guelph 1>>

Petruzalek Scores as Ottawa Routs Oshawa, 5-2
Jakub Petruzalek snapped a modest two-game scoreless drought in Ottawa's 5-2 defeat of the Oshawa Generals on Friday, tallying his 13th of the season. Petruzalek, the OHL top rookie scorer, now has 29 points on the 2004-05 campaign. He leads the 67's in all offensive categories. With the win, Ottawa evens their record at 10-10-2-1.

Box Score: Oshawa 2, Ottawa 5 >>


Paiement, Lewiston Blanked by Quebec, 6-0
Jonathan Paiement and the Lewiston MAINEacs were taught a lesson on Friday evening by the Quebec Remparts, suffering a 6-0 whitewashing. Paiment collected nine penalty minutes in the tilt, but could not power the MAINEacs, who are winless in their last five outings.

Box Score: Lewiston 0, Quebec 6 >>

Graham Nets 19th in 5-2 Moncton Win
No better time than the present for Moncton sniper Bruce Graham to start another point streak as he chipped in his 19th tally of the season to help lead Moncton to a 5-2 win over Victoriaville. Graham had his 10-game point streak snapped on Wednesday, but looks to have designs on another one. He ranks second on the 'Cats with 30 points (19 goals, 11 assists) in 22 games and is the QMJHL's third leading goal scorer this season. Moncton currently sits in first in the Atlantic Division with a 20-6-2-0 record.

Box Score: Moncton 5, Victoriaville 2>>
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