|DiRienzo stars with first shutout
It just wasn't the same without a visit to North Bay, but the Rangers managed to take 4 of 4 points. Carlo DiRienzo just one week after earning his first win, receieved second star in his first OHL shutout, coming on Friday night in Sudbury. Roy filled the empty net late for a 3-0 Rangers win. On Sunday the continued to roll, besting the Greyhounds 7-4 for the Rangers 7th win and 23rd of a possible 26 points since starting the season 0-3-0. The Rangers have won the season series with the 'Hounds 2-0-1 with one game left. The Wolves have been shut out by the Rangers in 3 consecutive games, by three goalies (Dickie, Harpwood, and DiRienzo), the Wolves now have 1 goal in two seasons (4 games) including a massive along with active 229:22 shutout streak over the Wolves with the last goal coming 14:12 into the first period 4 games back.
The Rangers have traditionally visited North Bay, Sudbury and the Soo in 4 days (Thurs, Fri, Sun nights). Last year North Bay broke the rotation electing to move their home games to Saturday night. The move turned out to be a disaster and the all of the history and nostalgia of the Centennials franchise was lost by seasons' end with the franchise relocating to Saginaw Michigan. The Rangers didn't appear to be overly remorseful about the loss of the Centennials as they continued to ride the wave and won their 7th straight game, an impressive streak but still a distance from the team record 25 game winning streak from back in 1984. Coincidentally the Rangers are on pace for a season which will have the team finish second to only the 1984 season in terms of total points (at the current pace the Rangers will have 98 points at the end of the season, the franchise high was 106 points (this done without the aid of overtime loss points, however they did have a 70 game schedule). Derek Roy now has a 12 game point streak, which is tied for a season high in the OHL, there is no coincidence that the Rangers are 10-0-1-1 in that timespan, Roy is: 9-20-29.
In Sudbury Greg Campbell scored what would
turn out to be the winning goal nearly half way through the first period
on the powerplay. Campbell had two points on the night and continued
to hold the hot hand for the Rangers picking up first star. Martynowski
scored his his first game back with the Rangers after a nagging stomach
injury. O'Nabigon assisted on Martynowski's goal, then picked up
his first goal in Sault St. Marie. Derek Roy scored the first 2 goals
in the Soo and also contributed 2 assists in another strong effort.
Something that Rangers fans are almost taking for granted from the Rangers
captain who has provided a series of strong efforts and quality work ethic
since being returned to the Rangers late from the Buffalo Sabres camp.