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RANGERS PROSPECT UPDATE - February 26, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Mavs goaltender Chris Holt stopped 24 shots to earn his 17th win of the year. He ranks third in the CCHA with 880 saves on the season.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Manchester 4 vs. Hartford 1
Manchester's Matt Ryan scored on a penalty shot during a four-goal second period and Mathieu Garon made 30 saves on the night as Manchester posted a 4-1 win in Hartford on Saturday night in a battle of the top two teams in the Atlantic Division. For the Pack, Jed Ortmeyer tallied the lone goal and Steven Valiquette suffered the loss, making 26 stops on 30 Manchester attempts in two periods of play. Jason LaBarbera came on in the third period and shut the door on the Monarchs, stopping all 10 shots he faced.

The Wolf Pack had a chance to tie the Monarchs for first place. Instead, they find themselves four points back. Hartford's record now stands at 36-18-2-2.
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EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE
South Carolina 4 vs. Charlotte 3 OT
In an East Division battle, the Charlotte Checkers were upended in overtime by the South Carolina Stingrays, 4-3. The Checkers jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead and outshot the Stingrays 48-31, but it wasn't enough as they Stingrays received strong play from their goaltender Justin Eddy. Dusty Jamieson scored his 23rd and 24th goals for the Checkers in the loss. Charlotte still maintains a share of first place in the East Division with a 31-20-4 record.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Portland (Dubinsky) 1 vs. Seattle 1 OT
Brandon Dubinsky chipped in with an assist and ran his point streak to three games last night in the Winterhawks 1-1 tie in Seattle. Dubinsky now has points in three straight (1-2-3) and four of his last five (2-2-4). He is tied for third in goals (21) and third in points (51) on the club.
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Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 3 vs. Saskatoon (Bahensky) 0
Turn-about was fair play between the Prince Albert Raiders and the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday. 24 hours after dropping a tough 3-2 decision to the Blades in Saskatoon, the Raiders scored a 3-0 victory on home ice. Rick Kozak picked up an assist in the contest, while teammate Dane Byers returned to the lineup after missing two games. Saskatoon's Zdenek Bahensky did not register a point in the game.
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Vancouver 3 vs. Everett (Baranka) 4 OT
The Everett SilverTips jumped back into the win column Saturday night, and they did it without the services of their top blueliner, Ivan Baranka. The 'Tips used overtime to beat Vancouver, 4-3, for their first win in their last three games. Baranka did not dress in the contest.
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Kootenay (Dawes) 1 vs. Kelowna 4
The Kootenay Ice have hit a little hiccup in their schedule, but their leader continues to set an example to follow. The Ice dropped their second straight game last night, falling to Kelowna 4-1. Kootenay's Nigel Dawes did his part once again for the Ice, scoring their lone marker of the contest. He now has points in 12 straight games (16 goals, seven assists) and he has only been held scoreless in two games since returning from the World Junior Championships on January 7.
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Spokane 4 vs. Tri-City (Jonasen) 2
The Tri-City Americans were trying to win their fourth game in their last five outings, but the Spokane Chiefs would have none of it, beating the visitors, 4-2. Marcus Jonasen did not register any points in the game, but did collect four penalty minutes. He currently ranks first on the team with 20 goals and fourth with 38 points on the season.
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Swift Current 1 vs. Medicine Hat (Psurny) 4
In a home-and-home series against the Swift Current Broncos, the Medicine Hat Tigers left no doubt as to who was supreme. The Cats swept the weekend set, finishing of the Broncos 4-1 on Saturday after beating them 2-1 in OT on Friday. Roman Psurny did not dress in the game last night. .
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ottawa (Petruzalek) 2 vs. Erie 4
The Ottawa 67's have not started their three-game road trip they way they would have liked. Playing their second of three consecutive away games for the weekend, Ottawa suffered a 4-2 setback in Erie on Saturday night. Jakub Petruzalek collected an assist in a losing effort for the 67's. He now has points in three of his last four games (1-3-4) and leads the club with 36 assists and 56 points.
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NCAA
Northeastern 2 vs. Boston University (Roche) 1
Mike Morris scored a pair of goals and Keni Gibson turned aside 27-of-28 Boston University shots as the Northeastern hockey team skated to a 2-1 upset win over the ninth-ranked Terriers in Hockey East action on Saturday night. The win improved Northeastern's overall record to 14-15-5 and 9-9-4. With the victory, coupled with a 5-3 loss by UMass/Lowell, the sixth-place Huskies moved to within a point of fifth played UML.

In the meantime, the Terriers (20-11-3 overall; 14-5-3 Hockey East), who entered the night in second place in the league standings, slipped to third, just one point behind second-place Boston College. BC had been in third but moved ahead of the Terriers based on their 5-2 win over front-running New Hampshire. BU's Kenny Roche registered three shots in the contest.
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UMass-Lowell 3 vs. Maine (Moore, Ryan) 5
The Maine men's ice hockey team clinched home ice in the Hockey East quarterfinals on Senior Night with a 5-3 win over UMass-Lowell on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,641 fans at Alfond Arena. The Riverhawks had a 2-1 lead in the second period before goals by Derek Damon and John Ronan gave Maine a 3-2 lead going into the third period. The Black Bears added goals by Brent Shepheard and Michel Léveillé for the 5-3 final. Maine is 18-10-6 (13-5-4 Hockey East) and UMass-Lowell is 19-9-4 (10-9-3 Hockey East) following the game. Rangers prospect Greg Moore did chip in an assist in the win, while freshman teammate Billy Ryan did not dress in the contest.
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Michigan State (Potter) 6 vs. Bowling Green 3
Sophomore Drew Miller (East Lansing, Mich.) recorded a career-high four points as the Michigan State hockey team (15-15-4 overall, 10-13-3 CCHA) downed Bowling Green by a 6-3 final, Saturday night (Feb. 26) at Munn Ice Arena. MSU received a 34-save effort from sophomore goaltender Dominic Vicari (Clinton Township, Mich.), while BGSU's Jordan Sigalet made 30 saves in the losing effort. The Spartans' Corey Potter did not record any points in the game.
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Northern Michigan (Olver) 6 vs. Ferris State 3
The Northern Michigan University hockey team received a big game out of line mates, Andrew Contois and Dirk Southern on Saturday night at Ferris State University. Contois scored four goals while Southern added five points in the 6-3 win over the Bulldogs. The sweep was the 'Cats first road sweep of the season. NMU holds onto their third place slot in the CCHA with an 18-9-7 overall record and a 15-7-4 slate in the conference. Ferris falls to 11-9-4 and 6-16-4 respectively. One night after keying the 'Cats 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs with two tallies, NMU standout Darin Olver chipped in an assist and ran his point streak to five games (three goals, six assists).
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 7 vs. Alaska-Fairbanks 2
Freshman forward Bryan Marshall tallied his first career hat trick to lead the University of Nebraska-Omaha to a 7-2 CCHA victory over the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. UNO rebounded from a loss to the Nanooks Friday night to improve to 17-13-4 overall and 13-11-4 in the CCHA. UAF is now 12-15-3 on the season and 11-14-3 in the CCHA. Mavs goaltender Chris Holt stopped 24 shots to earn his 17th win of the year. He ranks third in the CCHA with 880 saves on the season.
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Vermont 2 vs. Harvard (Flynn, Reese) 2
The Harvard men's hockey team closed the 2004-05 regular season with a 2-2 tie at Vermont on Saturday evening. With the one point - coupled with a loss by Colgate - the Crimson finishes in second place in the ECACHL with a 18-8-3 mark, 15-5-2 in conference play. The Crimson took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission, potting the only goal of the frame. Dylan Reese started the play from the blueline on the power play, putting a shot on net. Vermont goalie Joe Fallon made the initial save, but Brendan Bernakevitch (Regina, SASK) and Dan Murphy (North Andover, MA) were there at the goalmouth, and kept chipping at the puck until it made its way past the goalie. Reese also collected two penalty minutes in the game, while teammate Rob Flynn was held off the scoresheet.
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Brown 2 vs. Dartmouth (Jessiman) 6
Three Dartmouth players recorded three-point nights as the Dartmouth Big Green defeated the Brown Bears, 6-2. Eric Przepiorka (Grosse Point, Mich.), Tanner Glass (Craven, Sask.) and David Jones (North Vancouver, B.C.) each had a goal and two assists. Dartmouth finished the regular season with a 17-10-2 overall record and 13-8 in the ECACHL. Brown fell to 14-12-3, 9-11-2. In his second game back from his ankle injury, Hugh Jessiman finished plus-1 on the evening for the Big Green.
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FINLAND
Lahti 0 vs. TPS (Korpikoski) 3
Lauri Korpikoski and TPS got back into the win column after dropping their last two outings, beating Lahti 3-0. Korpikoski did not collect any points in the outing.
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SWEDEN
Mora 3 vs. Frolunda (Lundqvist) 4 OT
After resting for the past two games, Henrik Lundqvist was back in between the pipes for Frolunda on Saturday, and although he needed an extra frame, he once again got the job done. Frolunda beat Mora 4-3 in OT to give Lundqvist his league-leading 33rd win. Lundqvist has not lost since December 28 (13-0-2). He is also among the Swedish Elite League leaders in several categories, including: goals against average (1.72, first), saves (1125, third), save percentage (.938, first), shutouts (six, first) and minutes (2582, first).
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