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RANGERS PROSPECT UPDATE - January 16, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Dwight Helminen netted his first AHL goal in Hartford's 4-0 win over Bridgeport on Saturday.

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Bridgeport 0 vs. Hartford 4
A 33-save performance fro Steve Valiquette and a three-point effort from Alexandre Giroux spelled victory for the Wolf pack Saturday, as they shutout Bridgeport, 4-0. Valiquette, who now leads the AHL with a 1.73 goals against average and is second with a .937 save ratio, recorded his second shutout of the season. Giroux contributed a goal and two assists in the contest while Craig Weller tallied the game-winner. The Wolf Pack, who sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 28-10-1-2 record, return to the ice next on January 19 when they host the Springfield Falcons.
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ECHL
Texas 1 vs. Charlotte 3
The Charlotte Checkers hosted the Texas Wildcatters in the fifth game of a six-game homestand. In the fourth meeting of these teams this year, the Checkers came away with a 3-1 victory, making it their fifth win in a row at home. The win makes them undefeated at home in 2005. Rory Rawlyk tallied twice in the contest, including the game-winner, and Eddie Pershin figured in each of the Charlotte scoring plays with a goal and two assists. The victory puts the Checkers at 22-13-2 for 46 points and in first place in the American Division. Charlotte takes on the Johnstown Chiefs on Thursday, January 14 at Cricket Arena.
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Portland (Dubinsky) 4 vs. Kootenay (Dawes) 4
In a battle of two of the Rangers hottest prospects, Nigel Dawes once again came away with the gold. Dawes scored the game-winning tally and added an assist and first-star honors in Kootenay's 5-2 win over Brandon Dubinsky and the Portland Winterhawks. Dawes now has points in five straight games since returning from his gold-medal performance at the 2005 World Jr. Championships, registering nine points (four goals and five assists) over the span. He ranks first on his team with 37 points and first on his team and eight in the WHL with 23 goals. Dubinsky, who entered the game having collected points in 10 of his last 11 games (five goals, 13 assists), was held scoreless in the contest.
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Regina 3 vs. Medicine Hat (Psurny) 9
It was an offensive showcase for the Medicine Hat Tigers, as they routed the Regina Pats, 9-3. Roman Psurny joined in on the scoring spree with a goal and an assist. He now ranks fourth among WHL rookies with 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 43 games.
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Vancouver 5 vs. Everett (Baranka) 4
The Everett Silvertips played a close game with the Vancouver Giants but could not pull out ahead before time ran out. The game ended with Vancouver on top of Everett 5-4. The Giants are now undefeated against the Silvertips this season with only one more meeting between the two clubs left next month. Everett extends its losing streak to four. The Silvertips remain in second place in the US Division with 48 points and a record of 20-16-6-2. The
Giants are in 3rd place in the BC Division with 53 points with a record of
25-17-1-2.
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Saskatoon (Bahensky) 4 vs. Lethbridge 1
Saskatoon and Zdenek Bahensky have solved their Alberta woes, at least for one night. Bahensky contributed an assists, along with 11 penalty minutes as the Blades lit the lamp three times in the first 20 minutes to beat Lethbridge, 4-1. The win was just the third of the season for the Blades against teams from Alberta (3-7-1 overall). Bahensky did not appear on the scoresheet for the Blades in the contest. The win also snaps Saskatoon's four-game losing skid.
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Spokane 3 vs. Tri-City (Jonasen) 1
The Tri-City Americans continue to struggle in the New Year, as they dropped their fifth straight contest Saturday evening to the Spokane Chiefs, 4-2. The Amerks have won just once in 2005, ushering in the New Year with a 5-3 victory over Portland way back on New Year's Day. Marcus Jonasen did not appear on the scoresheet in the contest. With the loss, the Amerks fall to 15-20-4-2.
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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
< a name="Callahan"> Guelph (Callahan) 4 vs. Plymouth 7
Ryan Callahan continues to do all he can do for his team, but it just doesn't seem to be enough. Despite registering a goal and two assists last night in Plymouth, Callahan and his Guelph Storm mates fell to the Whalers, 7-4. Callahan, who has points in three of four outings since returning from the World Jr. Championships, now leads the team with 18 goals and 32 points in 35 games. The Storm, 14-198-8-1, continue their three-game road swing tonight in Saginaw.
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QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Quebec 1 vs. Lewiston (Paiement) 2 OT
2005 continues to be a "MAINEiacal" year. The Lewiston MAINEiacs beat the Val d'Or Foreur Saturday, 3-1, for their fifth straight "W" of their schedule. Lewiston has yet to lose in the new calendar year (5-0-0). Lewiston defensemen Jonathan Paiement recorded two penalty minutes in the contest. The MAINEiacs will look to stay perfect in '05 on Sunday when they travel to Drummondville for their third games in as many days.
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NCAA
Boston College 2 vs. Boston University (Roche) 0
Ryan Shannon scored the only goal his team would need midway through the second period, while Patrick Eaves added an insurance goal when he scored into an empty net as the Boston College hockey team blanked host Boston University, 2-0, in Hockey East action on Saturday night. The victory completed a weekend sweep of the Terriers for the Eagles who had skated to a 6-3 win on Friday night. It marked the eighth straight win for BC, which is now 14-3-3 overall and 8-1-3 in the league. In the meantime, the Terriers, who entered the weekend in first place in Hockey East with a 9-1-0 record, left the weekend with a 9-3-0 league mark and an overall record of 13-9-0-0.
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Maine (Moore, Ryan) 5 vs. UMass 2
The Maine men's ice hockey picked up a Hockey East win over Massachusetts 5-2 on Saturday night at the Mullins Center in front of 4,583 fans. Maine was led by Bret Tyler with two goals. Maine, ranked fifteenth in the nation, is 12-8-4 (7-3-2 Hockey East) and Massachusetts is 10-12-2 (4-7-2 Hockey East) following the game. Rangers' prospect Greg Moore recorded his ninth tally of the season, which was also his team-leading seventh on the man advantage. Freshmen forward Billy Ryan was held in check in the contest. Maine returns to Alfond Arena on February 21 and 22 for a two-game series with Boston University, who is currently in first place in the conference.
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Alaska-Fairbanks 2 vs. Michigan (Montoya) 5
The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team completed its weekend sweep of Alaska Fairbanks at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday (Jan. 15) with another 5-2 final. Al Montoya (Glenview, Ill.) stopped 28 of the Nanooks' 30 shots, allowing goals only when Michigan skated a man down on the penalty kill in the final minutes of the game. Montoya opened the night looking solid as he denied a breakaway opportunity by Nanook forward Aaron Lee five minutes into the first period. Montoya also set a career-best winning streak on Saturday with his eighth straight win dating back to Dec. 3 vs. Notre Dame. He now leads the CCHA with 17 victories. The Wolverines will take to the road next weekend (Jan. 21-22) to face the CCHA's second-place team in Ohio State. Faceoff is set at 7:05 p.m. for both games at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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Miami-Ohio 1 vs. Northern Michigan (Olver) 1
The Northern Michigan University hockey team kept their streak alive at the Berry Events Center on Saturday night, sort of. NMU was a perfect 7-0 at home for the 2004-05 season and throw in two home wins from last year and the 'Cats were 9-0 at the Berry Events Center entering the game on Saturday since the end of last season. Well the 'Cats did not win or lose to the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks as the teams skated to a 1-1 tie. That makes the 'Cats still unbeaten at home and 10-7-5 overall on the season and 8-5-3 in the CCHA. The RedHawks fall to 8-12-4 and 4-9-3 respectively. NMU leading scorer Darin Olver was held in check in the contest.
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Nebraska-Omaha (Holt) 4 vs. Ferris State 1
The UNO hockey team extended its CCHA unbeaten streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over Ferris State Saturday night at Ewigleben Ice Arena. Nebraska-Omaha took three of four points from the Bulldogs in the two-game CCHA set and won its first road game since October 30. The tie and the win on the weekend against FSU marks the first time in 16 conference road series' that the Mavericks earned two or more points, dating back to December 6-7, 2002 at Lake Superior. The second star of the game, UNO's Chris Holt made 33 saves in recording his 11th win of the season. In the weekend series, Holt stood on his head, making 67 stops on 70 Ferris State attempts.
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Michigan State (Potter) 3 vs. Western Michigan 1
Sophomore goalie Dominic Vicari made 21 saves and only allowed one goal in Michigan State's 3-1 comeback victory over Western Michigan Saturday, Jan. 15, earning a split of the weekend series. After losing its fifth one-goal game of the year Friday, Michigan State (12-11-1 overall, 7-9-0 CCHA) turned the tables and won for only the second time this season after allowing the first goal. The Spartans are now 2-7-0 when they allow the game's first goal. MSU defenseman Corey Potter was held in check in the contest.
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North Dakota 0 vs. Colorado College (Crabb) 1
North Dakota took 36 shots, but none of them could get past Colorado College goaltender Matt Zaba as the normally high-scoring Tigers turned to their defense to preserve a 1-0 victory over UND Saturday night at the World Arena. Braydon Cox tallied the game's only goal midway through the second period when he took a cross-ice feed from Brandon Polich and buried a shot just inside the near post. The Tigers have now won six straight home games against the Fighting Sioux, dating back to a 4-3 overtime loss on Dec. 9, 2000. Rangers' prospect Joey Crabb was held off the scoresheet in the contest.. The top-ranked Tigers remain one point behind Wisconsin in the WCHA standings and have two games in hand on the Badgers. Colorado College will be at home again next weekend when they play host to Minnesota-Duluth.
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Ohio State (Guenin) 3 vs. Notre Dame (Walsh) 1
The No. 12 Ohio State men's hockey team completed a two-game series sweep of Central Collegiate Hockey Association foe Notre Dame, 3-1, Saturday in the Joyce Center. Freshman Domenic Maiani led the way with three assists and points for the Buckeyes. OSU scored one goal in each period for the win. The win moves Buckeyes' record to 15-6-3 and 12-3-1 in CCHA play. The Irish fall to 5-13-5 overall and 3-11-4 in the league. Rangers' prospects Nate Guenin collected two penalty minutes for OSU while Mike Walsh was held off the scoresheet for Notre Dame. Ohio State returns home to open a four-game homestand next weekend. OSU plays host to Michigan at 7:05 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan 21-22 in Value City Arena.
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