Sean Day New York Rangers
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Prospects for the New York Rangers outplayed prospects for the Chicago Blackhawks as both teams got their first Traverse City Tournament action in.

After a summer filled with hearing how good the New York Rangers prospects are, they finally stepped on the ice to show everyone if they are more than just talk.

Gabriel Fontaine and Malte Stromwall both had two-point nights in the Rangers victory. It was Stromwall, in fact, who opened the scoring in the first period, deflecting a shot by Brandon Crawley to put the Rangers up 1-0.

Ryan Gropp made the lead 2-0 midway through the first, putting a wrist shot past Blackhawks goalie Collin Delia to put the Rangers up 2-0. Ty Ronning assisted on Gropp’s goal.

Rangers defenseman Sean Day lit the lamp halfway through the second period to give the Blueshirts a 3-0 lead. Fontaine and Stromwall both had helpers on the play.

But Chicago charged back late in the third period, with Carl Dahlstrom and Alex DeBrincat both scoring on Rangers netminder Chris Nell with less than four minutes left in regulation.

The Rangers named Ronning captain for the game, with Lias Andersson and Vince Pedrie serving as the alternates. It’ll be interesting to see if that remains the case throughout the tournament or if they’ll switch things up from game-to-game.

What’s Next

The Rangers will take on Carolina’s prospects Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. All games are being streamed live on

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