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RANGERS PROSPECT UPDATE - March 26, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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

PHOTO: Rick Kozak netted a pair of goals and was named the first star of the game as Prince Albert skated to a 3-0 win over Saskatoon, taking a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven WHL Quarterfinals series.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Hartford 2, Bridgeport 3 (OT)
The Hartford Wolf pack squandered a 2-0 lead and dropped a 3-2 OT decision in Bridgeport on Saturday. Hartford took a 1-0 lead with a goal by Lucas Lawson at the 14:28 mark of the first period. Lawson's fourth goal of the season came off assists from Jeff Hamilton and Jamie Lundmark. Alexandre Giroux upped the Wolf Pack's lead 1:57 later to 2-0 with his team-leading 27th goal of the season. Trevor Gillies and Bryce Lampman were each awarded an assist on the play. Steve Valiquette turned aside 22 of 25 shots in the loss. The Pack are now idle until next Friday when they visit the Springfield Falcons on April 1.
Recap >> | Box Score >>


ECHL:
Charlotte 2, South Carolina 5
The Charlotte Checkers played much better on Saturday night than they did in Friday's 2-0 defeat, but the end result was still the same. Kevin Spiewak and Trevor S. Johnson each scored a pair of goals and goalie Justin Eddy sparkled with 33 saves as the South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Checkers 5-2 at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston. Charlotte outshot the Stingrays 35-28 for the game, but gave up three, first-period goals to South Carolina in falling behind 3-0. Juris Stals scored both Checkers goals, while Alex Westlund took the loss in goal making 23 saves. Charlotte has slumped in its last seven games with a record of 1-4-2, dropping to 37-24-6 in the loss. Charlotte will now return home for their final two regular-season games of the season at Cricket Arena. On Friday, April 8, the Checkers will host the Greenville Grrrowl, with South Carolina coming to the Queen City on Saturday, April 9.
Recap >> | Box Score >>


WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
WHL Quarterfinals Previews >>

Kamloops 4, Kootenay (Dawes) 3
After dropping a 4-3 OT decision to the Kamloops Blazers in Game One of their WHL Quarterfinals series one night earlier, the Kootenay Ice reveresed their fortunes on Saturday with a 3-2 OT win. Nigel Dawes, who failed to reach the scoresheet in Game One, netted a goal - the game-winner 35 seconds into the extra session - and an assist in being named the first star of the game. Dawes ended the regular season riding a 20-game point streak, collecting 33 points (24 goals, nine assists) from February 5 to March 19. With the series tied, the two teams will square-off again on Tuesday, March 29.
Game 2 Box Score (KTN 3, KAM 2 - OT) >>
Game 1 Box Score (KAM 4, KTN 3 - OT) >>

Saskatoon (Bahensky) 0, Prince Albert (Byers, Kozak) 3
Rangers prospects Rick Kozak and Dane Byers kicked it up a notch on Saturday and the result was a 3-0 Prince Albert Raiders win and a 2-0 series lead over the Saskatoon Blades. Kozak tallied a pair of goals and two penalty minutes as the first star of the game, while Byers collected two assists in being named the second star in guiding the Raiders to victory. Prince Albert earned a 2-1 road win to open the series on Wednesday. Byers posted an assist in the opener for PA. Blades forward Zdenek Bahensky was held scoreless for the second straight game on Saturday. The two teams meet again in Game Three on Monday, March 28 in Saskatoon.
Game 2 Box Score (SAS 0, PA 3) >>
Game 1 Box Score (PA 2, SAS 1) >>

Red Deer 2, Medicine Hat (Psurny) 3
In Game One of their WHL Quarterfinals match-up, the Medicine Hat Tigers earned a 3-2 win over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Saturday. Tigers forward Roman Psurny posted a +2 rating and two penalty minutes in the win. The two teams prepare to meet again in Game Two on Sunday, March 27.
Game 1 Box Score (RD 2, MH 3) >>

Tri-City (Jonasen) 2, Seattle 3 (OT)
Tri-City captain Marcus Jonasen collected an assist but it wasn;t enough for the Americans who suffered a 3-2 overtime loss in Game One of their WHL Quarterfinals opener with the Seattle Thunderbirds. The two teams will battle again on Monday, March 28 in Game Two.
Game 1 Box Score (TRI 2, SEA 3 - OT) >>


QMJHL:
Complete 2005 QMJHL Playoff Info >>

Lewiston (Paiement) 4, Shawinigan 1
One night later ... same result. On Saturday, the Lewiston MAINEiacs posted a carbon copy Friday's 4-1 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes to jump to a 2-0 lead in the first round QMJHL series. Lewiston defenseman Jonathan Paiement posted his second straight two-point effort with a pair of assists. On Friday, the blueliner netted a goal and an assist, while being selected the second star of the game. The two teams are back in action on Tuesday, March 29 for Game Three.
Series Notes >>
>Game 2 Box Score (LEW 4, SHA 1)>>
Game 1 Box Score (LEW 4, SHA 1)>>

Drummondville 3, Moncton (Graham) 4 (OT)
Building off Friday's 3-1 win over Drummondville, the Moncton Wildcats earned a 4-3 OT victory in Game Two of the QMJHL first round series on Saturday to take a 2-0 series lead. Moncton forward Bruce Graham notched an assist in the win. Game Three is slated for Tuesday, March 29 in Drummondville.
Series Notes >>
Game 2 Box Score (DRU 3, MON 4 - OT)>>
Game 1 Box Score (DRU 1, MON 3)>>
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