|Roy's spectacular shorthanded
effort draws a standing ovation
After being held off of the scoresheet in consecutive games against the Storm captain Derek Roy broke out in a big way. Roy had 4 points including a spectacular shorthanded goal at the end of the second period that turned out to be the difference against the Oshawa Generals. The game was a classic barn-burner involving two of the OHL's hotest and most historically prominant franchises. Former Storm member: Colt King, got the Generals on the board early, beating DiRienzo on a weak 5-hole short on the powerplay. Unfortunately for the Generals it would be their only tally on the powerplay and the only weak moment for DiRienzo who turned in a great effort from that point onwards making several key saves to preserve the Rangers lead in the late going.
The slumbering Rangers powerplay, finally awoke in the first period. Kanko scored on two consecutive powerplay opportunities and gave the Rangers 2-1 lead. Infact each of the first three Ranger goals came on the man advantage with Richards and O'Nabigon whom were joined by Martynowski scoring the third Rangers goal of the night on the powerplay which went 3 for 8 overall on the night after a very quick start. Richards' goal was after one of the most insane scrambles that the Aud has seen in a while. It started with O'Nabigon and two Oshawa defenders on top of an irrate: Beckford-Tseu and ended with a cross-ice pass to Richards from O'Nabigon to knot the game at three a piece. For the hot Richards - O'Nabigon connection it was their only goal of the night, but with Roy, Campbell and Kanko netted a combined 9 points scoring 5 of the 6 Rangers goal including the empty netter.
With only one minute left in the first Ben Eager beat DiRienzo and despite the Rangers domination in the second period the Generals did take a short-lived 3-2 lead after defender Paul Rangers' shot found its way into the back of the Rangers' net. In all DiRienzo had to make 30 saves, and his 3 goals against raised his league leading goals against to 2.04. Scott Dickie sits back at 7th with 2.67.
The third period was probably the most balanced
for the two teams, both teams fired 14 shots at each other's goal.
DiRienzo stopped all 14, while Beckford-Tseu allowed a very pretty give
and go goal up to Campbell before Roy set up Campbell with a generous empty
net goal. Many felt that Roy's pass to Campbell was the very selfless
and generous. The third period did have its share of fireworks, after
a mamoth collision or should we say 'Roy sandwich' took out the Rangers
top scorer on a clean but mean bodycheck by Ben Eager, the impact of the
hit was so great that even Nolan lay on the ice hurt. Roy would return
but Eager would be made to pay for his hit as Thomas Harrison delivered
a clear decision over the tough and often dirty Oshawa winger.