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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - October 30, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Al Montoya and the University of Michigan Wolverines blanked Ferris State, 3-0, on Saturday.

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NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:

Montoya, Michigan Extend Winning Streak in 3-0 Win over Ferris State
Al Montoya and the University of Michigan Wolverines opened their two-game set with Ferris State with a 3-0 win on Friday, Montoya's first shutout of the campaign. Montoya's last shutout came on March 12, 2004, vs. Nebraska-Omaha in the CCHA Tournament.

The 1st star of the game has now won five straight games and has not allowed a goal in the third period in each of the last three games. Montoya has posted a 5-1-1 mark, along with a 2.41 goals against average in seven games this season.

* Michigan head coach Red Berenson on the play of Montoya in the win ... "It was a strange game to play. He didn't get a lot of work, and then when he did, it was a real good scoring chance. They came off of some clean plays, off the glass, a couple of fly balls that ended up getting behind our defense. They're a dangerous team on transitions. As far as Montoya's game, when he needed to make the difference, he did."

* Montoya on the game ... "It was a huge game for us. All the games are pretty close. The last few games it has come down to the third period and it's tight. They had the chances and we had our chances and we rolled with it. We got better every period. It's huge."

* Montoya on his play in the win ... "I just played my game, I just went out there and tried to get back into the groove of things. I just went out there, played a simple game, didn't worry about things that I couldn't control."


Ryan Nets Game-Winner as Maine Blanks Merrimack
Maine freshman forward Billy Ryan tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal in his first taste of Hockey East action as the Black Bears blanked Merrimack, 3-0, on Friday. New York's third rounder in 2004, a Massachusetts native, was named the 2nd star of the game and has now tallied two goals and two assists in six games this season.

Junior forward Greg Moore, who was held scoreless in the game, is tied for the team lead with five goals on the season, while adding two assists. He also has three power play goals and two game-winning goals in eight games.

Maine, 4-3-0, after seven games is ranked 7th in the nation is the USCHO/CSTV poll and 9th in the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll.

* Rangers amateur scout Ray Clearwater on the play of Ryan in Maine's win ... "It was an excellent game for Billy. He was proactive, energetic and very creative. He scored a spectacular goal which set the tone for the game. He is definitely headed in the right direction and has all of the ingredients to be a very good player."

* Clearwater on the play of Moore ... "Greg was very good down low and strong in all of the tough areas of the game. He is a very good penalty killer and applies good pressure on the puck. This kid is very strong and has excellent stamina. I see a real improvement in Greg's skating this season. He is responsible defensively but will also score some goals because he has an excellent shot and goes hard to the net."


Harvard's Reese, Flynn Collect Assists in 2-2 Tie in ECAC Opener
Dylan Reese and Rob Flynn each collected assists as Harvard and Brown skated to a 2-2 tie in their ECAC opener on Friday.

Harvard and Brown have now met for the last six years in the season-opening tilt, with Brown holding a 4-2-1 edge. This game marked the earliest date of a season-opener in Harvard history.

The Crimson swept Hockey East's third-seeded Brown Bears out of the playoffs last season, as sixth-seeded Harvard took 4-2 and 3-2 (OT) decisions. Harvard went on to capture the ECAC tournament title, its seventh overall and second in the last three seasons.

Holt, Nebraska-Omaha Suffer First Loss of 2004-05
Chris Holt turned aside 39 of 44 Michigan State shots he faced on Friday but that wasn't enough as the Spartans handed the University of Nebraska-Omaha its first loss of the 2004-05 season, a 5-2 road defeat. MSU outshot UNO 44-19 in the win.

Holt, a sixth round draft choice by the Rangers in 2003, has now registered a 4-1-0 mark, along with a 2.98 goals against average in five games this season.

MSU defenseman Corey Potter did not dress for the game.

Both teams will meet again on Saturday at Munn Arena for the second game of a weekend series.

* Nebraska-Omaha head coach Mike Kemp on the loss ... "We knew that we were playing a team that was going to come out and play with a tremendous amount of fire and enthusiasm. They took it to us real well in the first period and luckily (Chris) Holt was pretty solid or it could have been worse."


CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Bahensky, Saskatoon Hold Off Dawes, Kootenay, 1-0
A showdown between two of the Rangers top prospects took place on Friday in a battle of first place clubs as Zdenek Bahensky's Saskatoon Blades skated past Nigel Dawes and the Kootenay Ice, 1-0. Bahensky was held off the scoreboard on the night, as was Dawes, who was named the 3rd star of the game after appearing in his 200th career WHL game.

Dawes ranks first on his team and second in the WHL with 12 goals and first on the Ice and third in the league with 20 points. He also ranks third on his team with eight assists. Dawes leads Kootenay in scoring on the road with eight points (four goals, four assists).

For the Blades, Bahensky has registered six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 14 games. He ranks second in goals scored by WHL rookies and fourth on his club with six goals and places third on his team with eight assists.

Psurny Nets Pair of Points as Medicine Hat Routs Calgary, 7-0
Roman Psurny netted a goal and an assist and was named the 3rd star of the game as the Medicine Hat Tigres blanked the Calgary Hitmen, 7-0, in WHL action on Friday.

The game marked the second of six meetings between the two clubs this season. Medicine Hat skated to a 1-0 win in the first meeting in Calgary on October 15.

Dubinsky, Portland Blank Kamloops, 3-0
Portland forward Brandon Dubinsky tallied a power play goal and was named the 2nd star of the game as the Winterhawks shutout the Kamloops Blazers, 3-0, in WHL action on Friday. Portland has now won the last six meetings with the Blazers, including three 'Ws' this season. The streak dates back to a 2-0 Kamloops win in Portland on September 28, 2003.

Dubinsky, a second round draft choice by the Rangers in 2004, has tallied three goals and two assists for five points, along with a team-leading 40 penalty minutes in 13 games this season.

Callahan Extends Point Streak in 4-3 OT Win
Plymouth Whaler captain Ryan Callahan extended his point streak to 10 games (10 goals, five assists) as he collected an assist in Guelph's 4-3 OT win over Peterborough in OHL action on Friday.

Callahan, a fourth round draft choice by New York in 2004, has now registered points in every Storm game since October 6, posting 15 points (10 goals, five assists) over the span. He has been kept off the scoresheet just three times in the club's 14 games.

Graham Scores as Moncton's Roll Continues
Moncton forward Bruce Graham tallied his team-leading ninth goal of the season as the first place Wildcats defeated Gatineau, 2-0, in QMJHL action on Friday.

Moncton, who bested the P.E.I Rocket, 4-2, on Wednesday, sits in first place in the division, boosting their record to 12-4-1 and 25 points.


AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Wolf Pack Remain Unbeaten with 3-1 Win in Lowell
The Wolf Pack struck with three unanswered tallies to power past the hometown Lowell Lock Monsters, 3-1. Dominic Moore continued his strong play, providing the game-winning tally along with and assist in the contest. Josef Balej and Jed Ortmeyer also added tallies, while goaltender Stephen Valiquette turned aside 30 of 31 Lock Monster chances. Hartford, who sits in a tie with Manchester atop the Eastern Division with a perfect 5-0-0 slate, will travel to Portland on Saturday to challenge the Pirates.


EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE:
CUTHBERT NETS OT WINNER, CHECKERS IMPROVE TO 3-0-0
Ryan Cuthbert's tally 44 seconds into overtime gave the Charlotte Checkers a 3-2 victory over Columbia and ran the club's record to 3-0-0. Juris Stals also chipped in with a goal in the contest.
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