|Magers stars in major upset
Only 24 hours after one of the most humiliating loses in team history up in Barrie the Owen Sound Attack defeated the Rangers by a score of 4-3. Magers who allowed 4 goals in just over 5 minutes in the first period against the Colts bounced back, making some sensational saves against the Rangers, infact 51 of them. The Rangers threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Attack netminder, they even backed him into the net on seveal occasions, but they couldn't make one count in the thrid period.
The Rangers as they did against the London Knights, threw 4 lines at the Attack, unfortuantely for the Rangers only their fourth line of Grennier, Kinkel and McFarland were able to solve the Magers puzzle while playing at full strength, some thundering hits by the trio along with some relentless pursuit of the puck allowed them to beat Magers with the only goal of the night which wasn't either screened or tipped. It was surprising that the Rangers could capitalize in that situation since the Attack had all of their top guns on the ice, it also serves as a testiment to the depth that the Rangers possess. The Rangers had 7 powerplay opportunities to the Attack's three, and managed to scored twcie, but the first of those goals didn't come before the Attack had staked themselves out to a 3-0 lead over the Rangers. The Rangers had a three-goal outburst in the second period within 7 minutes never tied the game after Dan Rogers scored early to give the Attack a 1-0 lead.
Dan Rogers who had an excellent game tying up Ranger forwards and annoying them as well with some after whistle antics could have very well made the grade for the three star selections after the game. In addition to scoring a goal, he also assisted on the second Attack goal which chased Rangers starter: Scott Dickie from the game. It was the second time this season that Dickie had been removed in favour of DiRienzo the first of those coming on opening night against the Windsor Spitfires. Jarrett named the game's second star, scored on a Attack powerplay halfway through the second giving the Attack a commanding 3 goal lead. Roy and Benoit scored within a minute of each other, and it appeared as if the Attack were back on their heals, until Jesse Gimblett scored what turned out ot be the winner just minutes after.
Brad Richardson was the only Attack player that did could not capitalize on opportunities given, the crafty sophomore had a semi-break thwarted by Andre Benoit who forced a bad angle shot on DiRienzo in the second and then in the third with a chance to put the game away had both Eason and DiRienzo beat before DiRienzo blindly put his stick behind him desperately trying to prevent a goal, and managed to keep the puck infront of him, though he had no idea where.
Derek Roy and Gregory Campbell continued to
score in the absense of linemate: Peter Kanko both recorded a goal and
an assist, however neither were on the ice for any even strength goals.
Owen Sound's man-on-man coverage was strong and Magers netminding even
stronger. Magers received help from the posts, as well as a few visits
by lady luck, but was primarily responsible for keeping the Rangers off
of the board by keeping the rebounds small and infront of himself.
Marty Magers was more or less a shoe-in for top star honors. Magers
whom was also extremely strong in a 3-2 overtime loss in Kitchener, appears
to have the number of many of the Rangers' snipers. Peter Kanko missed
his second straight game nursing an injury, and the Rangers will not play
again until they meet the Storm in Guelph on Thurday. For three of
the Rangers, next weekend entails 4 games in 4 nights with the All-Star
game being played in Kitchener on Wednesday night.