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RANGERS PROSPECT UPDATE - April 25, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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

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PHOTO: Jakub Petrizalek collected four penalty minutes as the Ottawa 67s took a commanding 3-0 series lead over Peterborough with a 4-3 win on Monday in OHL playoff action.


ECHL:

Charlotte 4, Gwinnett 3 (OT)
ECHL American Conference Semifinals
Series tied, 1-1
The Charlotte Checkers always seem to play their best when their backs are against the wall. Playing without their leading scorer Eddie Pershin and veteran defenseman Regan Darby, the Checkers scored 13 minutes into sudden-death overtime to secure a 4-3 win Monday night over the Gwinnett Gladiators in Duluth, Georgia. Kenton Smith's blast from the left wing circle eluded Gladiators goalie Sean Fields for the game winner, and allowed the Checkers to even their best-of-five, ECHL American Conference Semifinals series at 1-1. Games 3 and 4 of the series now move to Cricket Arena in Charlotte on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Game 5, if necessary, will be played back in Gwinnett Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Bogdan Rudenko, Ryan Glenn and Dwight Helminen scored for the Checkers, all in the first period. Charlotte netminder Alex Westlund was superb once again for the Checkers, with 49 saves. In the first two playoff games against Gwinnett, Westlund has faced a whopping 114 shots and made 109 saves.

Game 2 - CHA 4, GWI 3 (OT): Recap >> | Box Score >>
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Ottawa (Petruzalek) 4, Peterborough 3
OHL SportChek Eastern Conference Championship Series for the Bobby Orr Trophy
Ottawa leads series, 3-0
In Peterborough, Bryan Bickell scored two goals to help the Ottawa 67's to a 4-3 win over the Petes in the OHL Playoffs on Monday. Bickell opened the scoring in the final minute of the first period and added his fourth of the playoffs on a second-period powerplay before Julian Talbot scored with 51 seconds left in the second period. Lukas Kaspar bumped the 67's lead to four 7:22 into the third period. Trevor Hendrikx scored on a Petes powerplay with 9:21 left in the third period before rookie Jordan Staal struck twice in two minutes and six seconds to cut the lead to one. Danny Battochio made 35 saves for the 67's, who can sweep the series with a win at home in Game 4 on Wednesday. Ottawa forward Jakub Petruzalek collected four penalty minutes in the win.

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