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Rangers Prospects Watch: March 5-11

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Here's a look at some of the upcoming games involving Rangers prospects from March 5-11:

Games of March 6

Tuesday will see a game in the WHL featuring two Rangers prospects, as the Prince George Cougars host the Calgary Hitmen. Cougars captain Eric Hunter suffered a knee injury last week and is listed as day-to-day. His return to the lineup would be a huge boost to Prince George as they come down the home stretch. For the Hitmen, Brodie Dupont looks to continue his outstanding season. He scored a goal in Calgary's only meeting this season with Prince George. Both teams have recently clinched playoff spots, and two points will go a long way towards improving the playoff positioning for both teams.

Games of March 7

Two Rangers prospects will play the first game of a two game set for their respective teams. In the WHL, the Prince Albert Raiders will visit the Brandon Wheat Kings for two straight games. Prince Albert is yet to clinch a playoff spot, and it will not be an easy task against the division leading Wheat Kings. Prince Albert's Lukas Zeliska has already had a goal and four assists this season against Brandon. Another big game would be important for the Raiders playoff chances. In the QMJHL, the top two teams in the Telus Division, the Gatineau Olympiques and the Val-d'Or Foreurs, will face off in a home and home series. Gatineau has been boosted by the return of David Kveton from the Czech Republic. He had two assists in his first meeting with Val-d'Or. His play could shift the balance of power in the QMJHL.

Games of March 9

The playoffs in college hockey heat will heat up this weekend as the quarterfinals begin for many conferences. Rangers prospects will play a big part in the proceedings. In the Hockey East Conference quarterfinals, Boston University, with forward Ken Roche, will host the University of Vermont. Billy Ryan of the University of Maine will look to help his team over UMass. In the CCHA, Northern Michigan will visit perennial powerhouse Michigan. Darin Olver was the hero for Northern Michigan in the first round against Ohio State, and will look to repeat his heroics against Michigan. Harvard will play in the ECAC quarterfinals against Clarkson. Harvard captain Dylan Reese had a hat trick in the first round against Yale, and hopes to keep his hot streak up.

Games of March 10

In the Ontario Hockey League, the Saginaw Spirit will visit the Erie Otters. The Otters certainly haven't forgotten what Saginaw's Tom Pyatt did to them in their last meeting. On Feb. 3, Pyatt had a tremendous game against Erie, recording a natural hat trick and adding two assists. With the way Pyatt has been playing, and considering Erie's status at the bottom of the standings in the OHL, it would not be surprising to see another big game from him. In the WHL, the Kootenay Ice will travel to meet the Spokane Chiefs. Kootenay's Ryan Russell has had a tremendous season for the Ice, and has been especially sharp against the Chiefs. In just four games against Spokane this season, Russell has scored five goals and recorded eight assists. Russell has had a multi-point game in his last four games. Expect another one on Saturday.

Games of March 11

Bobby Sanguinetti is having a great season for the Owen Sound Attack. The Rangers' first-round pick in 2006 is second among all OHL defensemen in goals scored. Owen Sound hosts the league-leading London Knights on Sunday. Sanguinetti has played well against the Knights with four goals and three assists in five games, including a goal and an assist in their last meeting. Also in the OHL, the Oshawa Generals host the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday. Oshawa defenseman Trevor Koverko has four assists against Kingston this season. In the QMJHL, the Halifax Mooseheads will play the second game of a home-and-home series against Acadie-Bathurst on Sunday. Halifax's Ryan Hillier has three goals and an assist against Acadie-Bathurst this season, and will look to have another good game as Halifax makes a push down the stretch.
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