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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 7, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Northern Michigan center Darin Olver netted a hat trick in NMU's 6-3 win over Michigan Tech on Saturday.

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Tricky 'Cat Guides NMU Past Michigan Tech
Northern Michigan standout sophomore Darin Olver saw his teammate Nathan Oystrick light the lamp three times on Thursday, so he thought he'd follow suit. Olver torched the Michigan Tech Huskies for three goals and led the WildCats to a 6-3 victory in Saturday NCAA action.

"It was good to see (Darin) Olver come out and do what he did tonight," said NMU Head Coach Walt Kyle. "We all know he is capable of that."

Olver, who now has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in eight games, is tied for the team lead in assists (seven) and points (10). The win was NMU's seventh straight without a loss as their record is now 5-1-2 overall on the season.



Tiger Psurny is GRRREAT!
Medicine Hat standout Roman Psurny continues to impress in his freshman WHL season, tallying his seventh goal of the season in a the Tigers 5-1 victory over Kelowna on Saturday.

For the season, Psurny has posted seven goals and eight assists for 15 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 15 games. He currently ranks third on his team and second among WHL rookies with 15 points. With last night's effort, Psurny has now recorded points in six of his last seven games, tallying five goals and three assists over the span. The Tigers sit atop the Central Division with an impressive 13-1-1 mark.



Five and Counting for Graham
Moncton Wildcats forward Bruce Graham posted the first goal of the 'Cats 2-1 victory over Halifax on Saturday in QMJHL play, running his current point streak to five games, recording eight points (four goals, four assist) since October 29. He ranks third on the 'Cats with 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 20 games.

Moncton has won five of their last six outings and sit in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 15-5-1-0 slate.



Montoya Leads Wolverines to Victory ... Again
It's just not meant to be for the Miami-Ohio RedHawks when it comes to facing Al Montoya's Michigan Wolverines. The junior netminder made 18 saves in a 5-3 victory over the RedHawks on Saturday in CCHA action, continuing the Maize and Blue's dominance over the Ohio school.

With the win, Michigan extends its home winning streak (counting CCHA playoffs) to 19 games against Miami. All-time, U-M's home record against the RedHawks is 40-2-1.

Montoya has posted a 7-2-1 record,a long with a 2.20 GAA and a .910 save percentage, and has loss just once in his last nine outings (7-1-1). He ranks fourth in the CCHA with a 2.20 GAA, first with 545:30 minutes played and tied for second with 202 saves.

The #2 ranked Wolverines are off next weekend before taking to the ice against theit bitter rivals, the Michigan State Spartans, in a home-and-home series beginning November 18.



Jessiman, Dartmouth Blanked by Princeton
Dartmouth suffered its second loss of the 2004-05 campaign on Saturday in ECAC action, after being whitewashed by the Princeton Tigers, 3-0. Junior standout Hugh Jessiman and his Big Green teammates outshot the Tigers by a lop-sided 37-28 margin, but couldn't sneak one past Princeton netminder Eric Leroux.

The loss wasn't the only bad news for Dartmouth on the night as Jessiman
suffered an apparent ankle injury as his legs tangled with a Princeton skater near the Tigers' bench on a Dartmouth power play at 8:58 of the first period. The junior hit the ice hard, holding his right ankle in obvious pain and silencing the Thompson Arena sellout crowd of 4,500.

Crabb, Colorado College Rally Past Fighting Sioux
A turnaround was in order in North Dakota Saturday evening as WCHA rivals Colorado College and North Dakota battled to a 2-1 decision in favor of the hometown club. Last evening, the Tigers captured a hard-fought 3-2 OT decision over the Fighting Sioux. The series reaffirmed the intense rivalry between Colorado and UND, who came in ton the weekend set ranked #7 and #6, respectively, in the national polls. CC's Joey Crabb was held off the scoresheets in Saturday's contest.

Reese's First Not Enough for Harvard
Harvard blueliner Dylan Reese potted his first goal of the season, but it wasn't enough for the Crimson, as they fell tot he Colgate Red Raiders, 4-1, in ECAC play on Saturday. Reese now has two points (one goal, one assist) on the young season. Fellow Crimson skater Rob Flynn was held scoreless in the contest.


Holt, Nebraska-Omaha Drop Pair in Alaska
Chris Holt and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks didn;t fare too well on their trip to Alaska this weekend, dropping a pair of games to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2, last night and 3-1 on Friday. UNO netminder Chris Holt turned aside 24 of 27 shots in the loss.


Guenin Sits, OSU Romps Sacred Heart
Junior bluleliner Nate Guenin was forced to sit out Saturday's contest vs. Sacred Heart after collecting a 5:00 minute major penalty for spearing and 10:00 minute misconduct penalty. The #14 ranked Ohio State finished a two-game sweep of the Pioneers with a 7-1 triumph on home ice last evening.

Jonasen Assists, Amerks Down Chiefs
Marcus Jonasen and the Tri-City Americans rebounded from Friday's tough 3-2 loss vs. the Portland Winterhawks, with a 3-0 blanking of the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday in WHL action.

Jonasen, who collected and assist in the contest, ranks first on the Amerks with six goals and 12 points in 16 games. He has recorded points in four of his last five outings (two goals, three assists).

Kozak, Kamloops Fall to Prince George
Kamloops forward Rick Kozak appeared in his second game since returning from his 15-game suspension on Friday, and added to his penalty minute totals with six PIM's in the Blazers 2-0 loss to Prince George on Saturday in WHL play. On Friday, he posted two penalty minutes in his first action since September 26 as Kamloops bested the Spokane Chiefs, 2-0.

Baranka, Silvertips Skate Past Bahensky, Blades
Ivan Baranka posted two penalty minutes as his his Everett Silvertips earned a 5-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday in WHL play. It was Everett's second road victory in as many nights as they shutout Prince Albert, 1-0, on Friday.

The 'Tips are on a five-game Eastern Conference road swing, and currently own a 9-5-2 record in the US Division. Saskatoon's rookie scoring sensation Zdenek Bahensky was held scoreless on the evening, but did post a +2 rating in the loss.
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