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Rangers Prospect Weekly Review No. 7

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Week of Nov. 20-26

Marc-Andre Cliche -- After being held without a point the previous night vs. Team Russia, Cliche was named the game's first star on Nov. 21 with two first period goals to lead the QMJHL All-Stars to a 4-3 victory in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Although he was held without a point upon his return to Lewiston, the MAINEiacs captain got back on track in a 4-2 victory over Victoriaville on Nov. 26. He was named the second star of that game with a power play assist in the first period followed by a game-winning shorthanded tally in the second.

Jan Marek -- Marek, the oldest player on the Rangers' reserve list at age 26, had a strong outing on Nov. 21 against Omsk, powering Magnitogorsk to a 4-2 victory. He tallied a shorthanded goal just 2:04 into the game to give his team a 2-0 lead before adding a 5-on-3 power play goal to put the game out of reach with 4:47 remaining in the third period. Marek is averaging a point-per-game in the Russian Superleague, recording 16 goals and 13 assists for 29 points in 226 games. He currently ranks fourth in the Superleague in points and second to former NHL player Alexei Morozov in goals. The 5-foot-10 center was chosen by the Rangers in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Lukas Zeliska -- The Slovakian native had a strong week, highlighted by his two-assist performance in Prince Albert's 4-3 rousing come from behind shootout victory over Portland on Nov. 21. After recording a power play assist at 3:37 of the third to cut the Raiders' deficit to one goal, Zeliska notched his second assist with just 52 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. In Prince Albert's next game on Nov. 24, he notched the game-tying assist in a 2-1 victory over Red Deer before adding another assist via the power play in the Raiders' loss on Nov. 26.

Ryan Hillier -- Hillier notched the fifth goal of the game in the first of two meetings between the QMJHL All-Stars and Team Russia. His goal at 1:26 of the third period put the All-Stars ahead 5-1 in a game they would eventually win 6-2.

Michael Sauer -- The defenseman taken in the 2005 draft's second round recorded a big-time assist in the Winter Hawks' 1-0 overtime victory over Vancouver by needling a pass to Kyle Bailey at exactly 1:00 of the extra frame. In 26 games, Sauer has four goals and five assists for nine points and 38 penalty minutes,

Brodie Dupont -- After a relatively quiet week for the high-scoring power forward that saw him tally only an assist on Nov. 25 vs. Seattle, Dupont exploded for a two-goal night and was named the second star of the game on Nov. 26 vs. Portland. Both of his goals were scored while shorthanded, withd the first coming at 8:16 of the first and the second at 1:52 of the second. In 29 games this season, the Calgary center has notched 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points along with an impressive 71 penalty minutes.

Eric Hunter -- Hunter continued to punish the competition, kicking off the week with his 10th goal of the season on Nov. 21 in a 3-0 victory vs. Regina. In Prince George's next game against Chilliwack, the captain notched a pair of assist in guiding his squad to their second straight shutout. Hunter closed out the week with another assist the next night's rematch vs. Chilliwack in which the Cougars prevailed 3-2.

Marc Staal -- Although he did not record any points, Staal played a remarkable game on defense to help the OHL All-Stars shutout Team Russia 5-0 in the first game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Then, in his first game back with the Wolves on Nov. 24, Staal notched the primary assist on the power play to put his squad up 3-0 vs. Ottawa. The Sudbury captain topped that performance the next night vs. Barrie, notching an assist and an empty-net goal in a 4-2 victory.

Bobby Sanguinetti --Sanguinetti scored his 14th goal of the season on the power play at 10:15 of the first period in a high-scoring affair on Nov. 24 vs. Sault Ste. Marie.

Tom Pyatt -- After tallying a primary assist on Nov. 23 vs. Sault Ste. Marie, Pyatt scored the game-winning goal in the fifth-round of a shootout vs. London the very next night. Earlier in the game, he recorded another primary assist in the first period to give the Spirit a 3-2 lead at the time.

Billy Ryan -- On Nov. 25, Ryan was named the third star of the game when he scored his second goal of the season with only 31 seconds left in the third period, cutting Vermont's lead to 2-1. Despite his heroics, the Black Bears still fell 3-1 to the Catamounts, who handed No. 2 Maine only their third loss of the season.
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