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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - October 28, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Ryan Callahan collected an assist in Guelph's 3-2 loss to Erie in OHL action on Wednesday, October 27.

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CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Byers's Raiders Halt Sniper Dawes and his Kootenay Ice
Nigel Dawes, who brought a six-game point streak into last night's contest in Prince Albert, couldn't find the mark as he and his Kootenay Ice teammates were blanked by the hometown Prince Albert Raiders, 1-0, in WHL action.

Rangers' 2004 second round pick Dane Byers didn't figure in the scoring but played a major role in this grinding game, slowing down the offense of the first-place Ice. Dawes, a fifth round pick in 2003, currently leads the Ice with 20 points and 12 goals; his 12 tallies rank second in the WHL and he's third in the league with 20 points.

This was the fourth road game in five nights for the Ice as they travel through the Eastern Conference. Dawes and the Ice will wrap up the Eastern swing on Friday night when they visit Rangers prospect Zdenek Bahensky and the Saskatoon Blades.

Box Score: Prince Albert 1, Kootenay 0 >>
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Callahan Notches Assist, but Guelph is Upended
Guelph captain Ryan Callahan's ran his point streak to nine games last night with an assist against the Erie Otters, but he would most likely trade the streak and his assist for a "W", as his Storm dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the Otters in a Midwest Division battle.

With the loss, Guelph sees the Otters vault over them into second place in the division.

Callahan has now registered points in every Storm game since October 6, posting 14 points (10 goals, four assists) over the span. He has been kept off the scoresheet just three times in the club's 14 games.

Box Score: Erie 3, Guelph 2 >>


Moncton and Graham Win Battle for Atlantic Division Lead
Rangers 2004 second round pick Bruce Graham didn't make the scoresheet, but that's the last thing from his mind as his Moncton Wildcats bested the P.E.I Rocket, 4-2, in QMJHL action on Wednesday.

With the win, the Wildcats held onto first place in the division, boosting their record to 11-4-1 and 23 points. P.E.I. falls to 10-6-1 and 21 points. Graham entered game as the club's leading goal scorer with eight tallies.

Moncton hosts Gatineau on Friday and Rimouski on Sunday.

Box Score: Moncton 4, P.E.I. 2 >>


Paiement Scoreless as Lewiston Skates to Tie
The top scoring defenseman in the QMJHL was held off the scoresheet as the Lewiston MAINEiacs and Rouyn-Nornada Huskies skated to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday. Lewiston outshot Rouyn-Nornada 46-21 on the night.

MAINEiacs blueliner Jonathan Paiement collected seven penalty minutes in the tie. Paiement, New York's 2004 eighth round draft choice, leads the QMJHL with 23 points in 15 games.

Lewiston now prepares for a three-game road slate this weekend as they face Baie-Comeau on Friday, Chicoutimi on Saturday and Shawinigan on Sunday.

Box Score: Lewiston 1, Rouyn-Noranda 1 >>


EUROPEAN LEAGUES:

Laatikainen Scores as Blues Blank Immonen, JYP
Espoo Blues defenseman Arto Laatikainen tallied his first goal of the season to help his club skate past Jarkko Immonen and JYP, 3-0, in Finnish League play on Wednesday.

Laatikainen, who was named the second star of the game, has netted one goal and three assists for four points, along with 12 penalty minutes in 16 games this season.

Despite being held scoreless, Immonen remains tied for first in the Finnish League with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 17 games.

Box Score: Blues 3, JYP 0 >>
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