With the determination and utter dominance that the Rangers displayed in defeating the Sudbury Wolves on Friday night, one must wonder if the Rangers actually needed the services of their returned superstar: Derek Roy to get the job done. It was great to see Roy back and had to be a huge lift to the team. A team that thus far was winless in its first four, though in the last two not due to lack of effort. The game started off as Deja Vu for the Rangers who peppered Battalion netminder: Brad Topping with 54 shots only getting one past him in a losing effort. The Rangers appeared snake-bitten around netminder: Whitmarsh who shut the Rangers out through just under 30 minutes of hockey before the flood gates opened as the Wolves got sloppy around their netminder, and allowed 3 goals in the third period (equaling the Rangers' top offensive full game output of the season in Windsor, where they lost 6-3). Whitmarsh at times was simply sensational, stopping many shots from point blank range, without his heroics Rangers sophomores: Rafal Martynowski and Peter Kanko would have both scored easy hattricks instead both had to settle for 2 goal nights.
Matt Harpwood in his second start of the season,
though terribly inactive at points netted his 4th carrer shutout stopping
20 shots but going nearly 10 minutes straight in the second period without
seeing a puck, and when he did it drew bronx cheers from the 5,000+ in
attendance at the Memorial Auditorium. If there was one unsettling
fact, it was that the Rangers who entered the game with a powerplay clicking
at only 11%, posted a goose egg on the man-advantage going 0-for-8 on the
powerplat which now stands at a league low 8.6%. The Rangers in 2001-2002
finished with the second best powerplay in the OHL. The most dominant
powerplay in the OHL is that of the Ottawa 67's firing at 42.3%.