10:33PM the Rangers game notes are below
- 9:36PM stats for the game
Ryan Haggerty: 5 shots, 2 PIM
Kevin Hayes: 4 shots
Anthony Duclair: 1 shot
Mackenzie Skapski: 36 saves on 37 shots
Adam Tambellini: 1 goal, 5 shots
9:30PM they have gone to 3 on 3 OT. (Pointstreak)
9:21PM the game goes to OT.
8:55PM from the Sabres "Justin Bailey is robbed by the NYR goaltender. What a glove save."
8:53PM shots are 27-25 NYR with 11 min left. (Pointstreak)
8:26PM after two it's 1-1. Defenseman Samuel Noreau scored for the Rangers. (Pointstreak)
7:34PM 1-0 Buffalo after one. Shots are 13-11 NYR. (Pointstreak)
7:32PM "Haggerty has been very good in both games. Good acceleration and drive to the net" (Treff)
7:22PM Buffalo up 1-0 with 5:17 left in the first. (Pointstreak)
7:15PM shots are 8-6 NYR nine minutes into the first. (Pointstreak)
- 5:33PMThe lines today for the Rangers are
Anthony Duclair, Kevin Hayes, Ryan Haggerty
Logan Nelson, Adam Tambellini, Chris McCarthy
Josh Nicholls, Bryan Moore, Michael Kantor
Paxton Leroux, Nickolas Latta, Keegan Iverson
Ryan Mantha, Dallas Valentine
Daniel Walcott, Troy Donnay
Mackenzie Skapski starts in goal
10:33PMfrom the Rangers
The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, in overtime tonight in their second game of the Traverse City Tournament. The Blueshirts have posted a 1-0-1 record in the tournament, and have one game remaining in round-robin play.
In a first period that featured multiple scoring chances for both teams, the two goaltenders were the best players on the ice. Rangers goaltender Mackenzie Skapski kept the game scoreless early, making five saves in the first four minutes of the game, and two more while New York was killing a penalty. The Blueshirts recorded 13 shots on goal in the opening period, but the Sabres’ Francois Brassard didn’t yield a goal.
The Sabres opened the scoring with just under six minutes remaining in the first period, as Joseph Blandisi beat Skapski with a shot from the faceoff circle.
New York tied the game with a shorthanded goal five seconds into the second period. After Nickolas Latta won the faceoff, Samuel Noreau’s shoot-in attempt from the Rangers blueline bounced past Brassard and into the net. Skapski stopped all 13 shots he faced in the period, and the score remained tied after 40 minutes.
Skapski continued to keep the score tied in the third period. He made 12 saves in the final 20 minutes of regulation, including a diving glove save near the midway point of the period. The Rangers continued to generate chances offensively, but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal. Anthony Duclair was able to beat Brassard with a shot, but hit the goal post. The third period ended with the score still tied at one, forcing the Rangers to play their second overtime contest in as many nights.
Neither team scored while skating 4-on-4 during the first four minutes of overtime. With the teams skating at 3-on-3, Chris McCarthy, the Rangers’ captain in the tournament, set up Adam Tambellini for the game-winning goal with 1:26 remaining in overtime.
- The Rangers were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, and tallied a shorthanded goal in the game. The Rangers have scored three shorthanded goals since they began participating in the Traverse City Tournament, and the tally was New York’s first shorthanded goal since Ryan Bourque recorded a shorthanded goal on Sept. 10, 2011 vs. St. Louis. The Blueshirts are 6-for-6 on the penalty kill in the tournament.
- Mackenzie Skapski made 36 saves in the contest to record the win. Skapski’s 36 saves are the most that a Rangers goaltender has recorded in one game in the Traverse City Tournament since the Blueshirts began participating in 2006. Skapski was drafted by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and plays for the Kootenay Ice in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He ranked sixth in the WHL in save percentage (.916), tied for seventh in wins (28), and ranked 10th in goals against average (2.70) last year.
- Adam Tambellini registered the game-winning goal in overtime and recorded five shots on goal in the game. Tambellini was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 65th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and split last season between the University of North Dakota (NCAA) and the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He registered 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 31 games with Calgary, and added nine points (five goals, four assists) in six playoff games with the Hitmen.
- Chris McCarthy recorded an assist on the game-winning goal. McCarthy, who was signed by the Rangers on March 31, 2014, skated in eight games with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season after completing his senior season at the University of Vermont. He established collegiate career-highs in games played (38), goals (18), assists (24), points (42), plus/minus rating (plus-16), shorthanded goals (two), and game-winning goals (two) while serving as Vermont’s captain in 2013-14, and was named Team MVP for the second consecutive season.
- Samuel Noreau tallied a goal, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded two shots on goal in the contest. Noreau, who was selected by the Rangers in the fifth round, 136th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, split last season between the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) and Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL). He is representing the Rangers at the Traverse City Tournament for the second consecutive year.
- Nickolas Latta registered an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and recorded two shots on goal in the game. Latta skated in 11 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season, registering one goal and one assist. Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, he registered 66 points (38 goals, 28 assists) in 65 games with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Adam Tambellini on his game-winning goal…
“The 3-on-3 is pretty back and forth. We needed just one chance to end it. We got lucky with a full ice 2-on-1 (rush). Mac (Chris McCarthy) made a great pass over to me and gave me an empty net.”
Tambellini on the level of competition at the Traverse City Tournament compared to college and junior hockey…
“It’s a great tournament, there are a lot of skilled players here. Everyone here is a good player.”
Mackenzie Skapski – Goaltender
Skapski continued to flourish in his second season as the starting goaltender for Kootenay in 2013-14. In addition to finishing the year among the top 10 in the WHL in wins, goals against average, and save percentage, he also established career-bests in goals against average and save percentage.
“I had a little bit of slow start to the (2013-14) season and then I had an injury,” Skapski said at the Rangers’ Prospect Development Camp in July. “After that injury, I ended up taking off and that’s where I had streaks of games where I put it all together.”
One of the streaks that Skapski was referring to was a WHL career-high, 10-game winning streak that lasted from January 12 to February 11. He posted a 1.80 goals against average and a .940 save percentage over that stretch.
Scouting Report: “He is big and lanky, and he is confident to come out and handle the puck. His lateral mobility and up and down agility are impressive. He shows exceptional ability.” – Amateur Scout, Tom Thompson