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Rangers Prospect Review No. 14

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Week of Feb. 26-March 4

Darin Olver -- Things were not looking good for the Northern Michigan Wildcats. On Friday, they had lost at Ohio State 6-2 in the first game of a best-of-three series in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. The Wildcats suddenly had to win back-to-back games in Columbus to stave off elimination. That's when Olver took over and became the hero for the Wildcats. On Saturday, he scored both goals in regulation, as Northern Michigan went on defeat the Buckeyes 3-2 in overtime. This set the stage for more dramatics on Sunday night's series finale. Olver scored a shorthanded goal at 9:59 of the third period, giving the Wildcats a 3-1 lead. The goal stood up as the game-winner as Northern Michigan won the game 3-2, taking the series two games to one. Northern Michigan advanced to the CCHA quarterfinals against Michigan at Ann Arbor..

Tom Pyatt -- Multi-point games have been a common occurance for Tom Pyatt this season. In fact, 21 of his 53 games played this season have seen Pyatt's name appear more then once on the scoresheet. Pyatt added two more multi-point games this past week in two wins for the Saginaw Spirit. On Wednesday, he was named the games No. 1 star as the Spirit won at Sault Ste. Marie 4-1. He scored the game's first goal just 54 seconds into the contest. He later added the primary assist on Ryan O'Marra's power-play goal early in the third period, making it a 3-1 game. Pyatt then scored the game's final goal with 5:09 remaining in the third period. On Saturday, Pyatt helped lead Saginaw to an 8-2 rout over Mississauga. Pyatt scored two goals, and had the primary assist of both of Jan Mursak's goals, including the eventual game-winner. Pyatt now has 38 goals and 37 assists in the OHL this season.

Ryan Russell -- Russell has been on a roll in the WHL. The Kootenay captain had a hand in all three of the Ice's games this past week. On Wednesday, Russell had the primary assist on two power-play goals, helping Kootenay squeak by Lethbridge 4-3. Friday was even better for Russell, who scored two goals, including the game-winner, as Kootenay shut out Red Deer 4-0 and Russell was named the game's No. 1 star. Saturday saw Kootenay fall to Swift Current by a score of 4-2, but it didn't see Russell slow down any bit. He had the primary assist on Kootenay's first goal in the first period. He then scored on the power play at 11:37 of the first period, giving the Ice a 2-1 lead before they surrendered three unanswered goals. Russell has scored 28 goals and 42 assists in just 53 games this season.

Dylan Reese -- This past weekend saw one of the oldest college rivalries resume with even higher stakes then usual. It's always a big deal when Harvard and Yale face-off against each other, and last weekend, the schools met in the opening round of the ECAC playoffs. On Friday, Harvard defenseman Reese had his biggest game of the season in the series opener. Harvard found themselves down 2-0 to the Bulldogs. This is where Reese took over. He scored three consecutive goals for a natural hat trick, giving Harvard a 3-2 lead as the Crimson went on to win 5-2. Harvard rode this momentum into Saturday's game, winning 2-1 and sweeping their bitter rivals Yale. Harvard will now face Clarkson in the ECAC quarterfinals.

Eric Hunter -- It was a busy night last Tuesday for the Prince George Cougars and their captain Hunter. They completed a game against the Everett Silvertips that was started on Oct. 28, but was suspended until Tuesday. Hunter had scored a goal and added an assist in the first period of the game in October, and was finally given credit for it upon the game's completion. Prince George lost in a shootout, but Hunter was named the game's No. 1 star. The teams then played their regularly scheduled game for the evening. Hunter added an assist in the first period, as Prince George skated past Everett 6-4.
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