|Veteran netminder shines in
Rangers come from behind win
Scott Dickie (shown in action in Guelph) in each of his last two starts was staked to 2-0 leads and both games resulted in ties. On Friday night the Rangers allowed the 67's to strike first twice and probably would have had the Rangers out of the game far earlier if it weren't for #40 Scott Dickie who had other ideas on his mind. Dickie weathered the Storm and the Rangers offense got their act together in the third. The Rangers were outshot 21-9 in the first period and one could argue that the ugly shot totals in the first period were barely a reflection of how badly the Rangers were outplayed by the Ottawa 67's in that frame. Despite 2 powerplays the Rangers were hardly able to secure a good scoring chance in what was surely their worst 20 minutes of hockey since opening the season against the Windsor Spitfires both at home and on the road. Fortunately with a stroke of luck and some netminding genius the Rangers only hit the locker room down 1-0 to the nation's number 3 ranked: Ottawa 67's. The first half of the second period brought more of the same from the 67's, Julian Talbot increased the Ottawa lead to 2-0 while his teammates simply put a blank on the Rangers offense, with a strong forecheck and at times made the potent Rangers powerplay look simply - incompetent. With increased presure to come from behind some of the veteran players even lost their composure. Trying to increase the tempo on the Rangers bench David Clarkson tried to fight with Ottawa's: Jeremy Akeson twice, but both times had trouble with footing, after the second fight both combatents were sent to the showers, which means that David Clarkson will miss his return to the Belleville Bulls on Saturday serving the first game of a manditory 2-game suspension.
Team Captain: Derek Roy (who has been primarily
setting up goals since his return) brought the Rangers back to within striking
Matt McCann and David Frawley were healthy
scratches again, Rafal Martynowski whom will be out until next weekend
missed his third straight game. Adam Keefe played his first game
of the season, and with the ejection of David Clarkson fit in very nicely
on the first line with Derek Roy and Gregory Campbell. The Rangers
now have a points streak of 7 games (4-0-2-1).