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RANGERS PROSPECT UPDATE - April 1, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


A complete look at last night's Rangers prospect notes from around the CHL.

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PHOTO: On Friday, Dubinsky came through with a goal and an assist in Portland's 3-2 win over Everett to keep the Hawks alive in their WHL Quarterfinals series.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Springfield 0, Hartford 1 OT
Leave it to the Wolf Pack's top goal scorer to take control when the chips are down. Hartford's Alexandre Giroux ended a dogfight of a game at the 1:14 mark of overtime, as the Wolf Pack scored a 1-0 victory over Springfield. Hartford's Jason LaBarbera (21 saves) captured his sixth shutout of the season, while Springfield's Jean-Marc Pelletier turned away 23 of 24 shots in a tough loss. The Pack has now grinded out two 1-0 shutout victories in their last three games. They are currently in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 44-21-3-3 record and 94 points.
Box Score >>


ECHL:
Greenville 1, Charlotte 4
The Charlotte Checkers continued their dominance over Greenville Friday night with a 4-1 win over the Grrrowl at the Bi-Lo Center. Juris Stals and Bogdan Rudenko each scored a pair of goals for the Checkers, and Charlotte netminder Alex Westlund made 25 saves in the convincing victory. The win snapped a Checkers two-game losing streak while raising its ten-game season-series mark against the Grrrowl to 7-2-0. In a physical contest, the two teams combined for 121 minutes, and will play one final time in Charlotte next Friday night. The Checkers improved to 38-24-6 for 82 points while the Grrrowl dropped to 35-27-5 for 75 points. Following Charlotte, Columbia, Mississippi and Florida wins, and South Carolina, Gwinnett and Greenville losses Friday, the Checkers moved up to the fifth seed in the American Conference playoff seeding picture.
Recap>> | Box Score >>


WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
WHL Quarterfinals Previews >>

Kootenay (Dawes) 5, Kamloops 2
Kootenay leads series, 3-2
Without their leader, the Kootenay Ice pitched a defensive gem at the Kamloops Blazers and captured pivotal Game Five of the series, beating the Blazers 5-2. Ice standout netminder Jeff Glass only had to make 10 saves for his club as they took a 3-2 advantage in Round One. Kootenay captain Nigel Dawes did not play in the contest. Dawes has totaled two goals and two assists in the first four games of the series. Kootenay can close out the series on Sunday in Game Six.
Game 5 Box Score (KTN 5, KAM 2) >>
Game 4 Box Score (KTN 3, KAM 2) >>
Game 3 Box Score (KTN 2, KAM 3) >>
Game 2 Box Score (KTN 3, KAM 2 - OT) >>
Game 1 Box Score (KAM 4, KTN 3 - OT) >>

Medicine Hat (Psurny) 5, Red Deer 4
Medicine Hat leads series, 3-2
A three-goal third period for the Medicine Hat Tigers was the difference in Friday's Game Five versus Red Deer. The strong final stanza spelled victory for the Cats, who sent the Rebels home with a 5-4 defeat and staring at what could be their final outing of the season on Sunday. Medicine Hat's Roman Psurny charted the Tigers fourth goal of the game, his first of the series, in the victory. Medicine Hat now holds a 3-2 lead in the Round One series with Game Six set for tomorrow in Red Deer.
Game 5 Box Score (MH 5, RDR 4) >>
Game 4 Box Score (MH 2, RDR 3 - OT) >>
Game 3 Box Score (MH 2, RDR 3 - OT) >>
Game 2 Box Score (RD 4, MH 3) >>
Game 1 Box Score (RD 2, MH 3) >>

Portland (Dubinsky) 3, Everett (Baranka) 2
Everett leads series, 3-2
The Portland Winterhawks staved off elimination last night, and they can all thank Brandon Dubinsky. The Rangers 2004 draft pick garnered first star honors in the contest, scoring the Hawks first goal of the game and then assisting on the game-winner with just over two minutes to play in the contest, giving Portland a 3-2 victory over the SilverTips. Dubinsky has been stellar in the series, totaling four goals and three assists for seven points in five games. Not to be overshadowed, Everett's Ivan Baranka notched his first goal and point of the series, scoring the 'Tips first marker. Everett will look to hold serve on home ice tonight and end this best-of-seven Round One series.
Game 5 Box Score (POR 3, EVT 2) >>
Game 4 Box Score (POR 2, EVT 3) >>
Game 3 Box Score (POR 0, EVT 3) >>
Game 2 Box Score (EVT 2, POR 1) >>
Game 1 Box Score (EVT 0, POR 3) >>

Tri-City (Jonasen) 3, Seattle 2 (OT)
Seattle leads series, 3-1
The Tri-City Americans season is still alive, for at least another day. The Amerks used overtime to live another day, beating the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in Game Four of their Round One series. Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen tallied his first goal of the post-season in the victory. The two teams will meet tonight in game Five, with the T-Birds holding a 3-1 advantage in the series.
Game 4 Box Score (TRI 3, SEA 2 - OT) >>
Game 3 Box Score (TRI 2, SEA 3) >>
Game 2 Box Score (TRI 1, SEA 2) >>
Game 1 Box Score (TRI 2, SEA 3 - OT) >>


ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE:
OHL First Round Playoff Previews >>

Ottawa (Petruzalek) 6, Barrie 4
Ottawa leads series, 3-1
In Ottawa, Julian Talbot scored the winning goal and then picked up an assist on the insurance marker to lead the 67's to a 6-4 win over the Barrie Colts. Ottawa leads the series 3-1 and travels to Barrie for Game 5 on Sunday. Jeremy Akeson, Brad Bonello, Brad Staubitz, Bryan Bickell and Chris Hulit also scored for Ottawa, who trailed 3-2 after the first period. 67's standout rookie Jakub Petruzalek collected an assist and two penalty minutes in the win and has now posted two assists and eight penalty minutes in the series.
Game 4 Box Score (OTT 6, BAR 4) >>
Game 3 Box Score (BAR 2, OTT 3) >>
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