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Wild Prospects Report - Mar. 22

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

 Danny Irmen and the Minnesota Gophers begin a quest for a national title on Friday night in Grand Forks against Holy Cross.
HOUSTON AEROS: (45-19-2-2, 1st place West Division) – Houston clinched a spot in the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs despite 0-2-1-0 in four games played last week and leads second place Milwaukee by two points in the West Division with 12 games remaining in the regular season…Karl Goehring made 41 saves and Yanick Lehoux scored the game’s lone goal 25 seconds into overtime, as San Antonio shutout Houston, 1-0, at Toyota Center on Sunday…G Seamus Kotyk made 15 saves the Aeros…David LeNeveu made 53 saves and Lehoux scored two goals as the Rampage defeated Houston 3-0 in San Antonio on Saturday…Kotyk made 20 stops for the Aeros…Sheldon Brookbank scored Milwaukee’s fourth power play goal of the night with 4:23 left in regulation as the Admirals held on for a 4-3 victory over the Aeros at Bradley Center on Friday...LW Peter Olvecky scored twice, LW Roman Voloshenko added a goal and G Miroslav Kopriva made 24 saves for Houston…RW Matt Foy and D Erik Reitz added two assists each…C Patrick O’Sullivan netted one of Houston’s team record five power play goals and added two assists, and newcomer D Shawn Belle added a goal and a helper, as the Aeros held on for a 6-5 victory over Chicago at Allstate Arena on Wednesday...LW Kirby Law, Voloshenko and Foy each added had a goal and an assist and Kopriva made 33 saves…C Erik Westrum and D Curtis Murphy each supplied two assists…Law (36-57=93) leads the AHL in scoring with 93 points…O’Sullivan ranks third in the AHL in goals with 42 and fifth in scoring with 78 points (42-36=78)…Houston starts a five-game road trip with games at Omaha (Thursday), Chicago (Friday) and Iowa (Saturday) this week.

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C Kyle Bailey - Portland (WHL): Has scored 18 goals and 35 assists for 53 points in 66 games with Portland. Ranks fourth on his team in scoring, third in assists and in penalty minutes with 145. Scored six power play goals and six game-winners.

LW Patrick Bordeleau - Val-D’Or (QMJHL): Has scored 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points in 67 games with Val-D’Or. Ranks fifth on the team in scoring and has picked up 13 goals on the power play.

D Riley Emmerson - Tri-City (WHL): Has scored one goal and one assist in 66 games with Tri-City while accumulating 109 penalty minutes.

LW Matt Kassian - Kamloops (WHL): Has scored five goals and six assists for 11 points in 67 games with Kamloops.

LW Benoit Pouliot - Sudbury (OHL): Scored 35 goals and 30 assists for 65 points in 51 games with Sudbury. Leads the team in goals and plus/minus rating (+23), and ranks second in scoring. Has 11 power play goals, five shorthanded goals, and three game-winners. Collected five assists and 14 penalty minutes in helping Canada to a gold medal victory at the World Junior Championships.

D A.J. Thelen - Prince Albert (WHL): Has scored 13 goals and 23 assists for 36 points in 72 games. Finished the season fourth on the team in scoring and tied for third with seven power play goals.


D Anthony Aiello - Boston College (Hockey East): Picked up eight assists in 36 games during freshman season with B.C. The Eagles will face Miami-Ohio in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday night.

RW Mike Erickson - Western Michigan (CCHA): Scored nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 39 games with Western Michigan, finishing the season ranked tied for third on the team in scoring and third in goals.

C Danny Irmen - Minnesota (WCHA): Scored 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 29 games, ranking third on the Gophers in goals and tied for third in scoring. The Gophers will face Holy Cross on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

F Ryan Jones - Miami (CCHA): Scored 22 goals and 13 assists for 35 points in 38 games with Miami. Ranks first on the team in goals and second in scoring. Miami will face Boston College on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

C Kyle Wilson - Colgate (ECAC): Scored 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points in 39 games. Finished the season ranked first on the team in goals and in scoring.


C Morten Madsen - Frolunda Jr. (SWE): Scored six goals and 20 assists for 26 points in 25 games with Frolunda. Ranks fourth on the team in scoring and second in assists. Has played five games for Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League.

D Georgi Misharin - CSKA Moscow (RUS): Scored four goals and 9 assists for 13 points in 50 games with CSKA Moscow.

RW Julien Sprunger - HC Fribourg (SUI): Scored 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points in 44 games with HC Fribourg. Ranks first on his team in goals and fifth in scoring. Scored two goals and three assists for seventh place Switzerland at the World Juniors.

D Mikhail Tyulyapkin - Novokuznetsk (RUS): Scored two goals and four assists for six points in 51 games.


Anton Khudobin - Saskatoon (WHL): Owns a 23-13-1 record with a 2.90 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts. Posted a 4-1-0 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .932 save percentage for second-place Russia at the World Juniors.

Miroslav Kopriva - Austin (CHL): Owns a 12-3-0 record with a 2.33 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. Named the CHL Goaltender of the Week on December 5, and was recalled by Houston on March 8.

Kristofer Westblom - Kelowna (WHL): Owns an 16-6-1 record with a 2.87 goals against average and a .892 save percentage.


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