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Rangers Prospects Go Mano Y Mano This Weekend

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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PHOTO: Al Montoya will be making his New York metropolitan area TV debut this weekend as Michigan battles Notre Dame on FSN NY on Friday (7:30 PM ET).

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It's the weekend and that can only mean one thing: a full slate of Future Blue hockey! This weekend's schedule offers some great challenges for our top talent, including eight games pitting prospects against one another. On Friday, Al Montoya and the University of Michigan will look to get back on track as they host Mike Walsh and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. That game can be seen on Fox Sports Net NY beginning at 7:35.

A matchup of top WHL rookie snipers take place out in Medicine Hat as Roman Psurny and the Tigers host Zdenek Bahensky and the #10 ranked Saskatoon Blades.

Other Friday games include: Everett (Ivan Baranka) at Portland (Brandon Dubinsky); Lewiston (Jonathan Paiment) at Moncton (Bruce Graham); UNO (Chris Holt) vs. Northern Michigan (Darin Olver).

On Saturday, Nigel Dawes leads his Kootenay Ice into Portland to challenge Brandon Dubinsky and the Winterhawks. Northern Michigan's Darin Olver will try to close out their weekend set with Chris Holt and the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in CCHA play.

Overall, 18 games will be played Friday featuring Future Rangers, while Saturday's docket boasts 21 tilts.
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Kozak to Play First Game for Prince Albert
Recently acquired forward Rick Kozak will don the green, gold and black of the Prince Albert Raiders for the first time on Saturday when the Raiders host Regina. Kozak was acquired from the Kamloops Blazers on Nov. 30 in exchange for Ben Street and a 2006 4th round draft pick. In 12 games with the Blazers, Kozak totaled three goals and 33 penalty minutes.

#3/#4 Colorado College to Host #1 Minnesota on FSN NY on Saturday
Joey Crabb and the #3/#4 ranked Colorado College will take a shot at the "title" on Saturday night as they host the nation's top-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. The game, which can be seen on Fox Sports Net NY beginning at 9:00 PM, pits the Tigers who are unbeaten in three against the Gophers who rocked former #1 Michigan and Michigan State in last weekend's College Hockey Showcase.
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Reese, Flynn and the Harvard Crimson Open Four-Game Homestand
Dylan Reese, Rob Flynn and the Harvard Crimson will look to climb above the .500 mark in the ECACHL this weekend as they begin a four-game homestand with games against Union and RPI. The Crimson have won five of their last six outings and currently stand at 5-3-1 overall and 3-3-1 in league play. The Crimson is undefeated at home this season, and owns a six-game winning streak against Friday night opponent Union.
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Kootenay, Tri-City Try to Pluck #3 Ranked Thunderbirds
Nigel Dawes and Marcus Jonasen will be going bird hunting this weekend,. Thunderbird hunting, that is. Dawes and the Kootenay Ice and Jonasen and the Tri-City Americans will face the CHL's #3 ranked Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Seattle enters the weekend with a 17-6-0-0 record in the U.S. Division, while the Ice try to reestablish their lead in the B.C. Division at 17-9-3-0 and the Americans look to build upon their 10-12-3-1 slate.

Callahan, Storm Look to Upend #5 Ranked Owen Sound
Ryan Callahan and the Guelph Storm are staring up at the rest of the Midwest Division, but what better way to turn things in your favor than to beat the #5 team in the country. It may be a tall order, but the Storm captain will lead his mates against Owen Sound tomorrow night, and try to defeat the 16-7-2-1 Attack. Guelph currently sits in last place in the Midwest Division with an 11-12-3-1 record.
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