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Rangers close out winning season with loss to London


 
 
Loss to the Knights the Rangers first in 5 games
 


The Rangers, a few of them in street clothes, out on the ice prior to the game accept
congradulations for winning the regular season championship.
 

The season series with the Knights started the same way that it ended with a loss to the Knights, sandwiching 4 straight Rangers victories.  The season also ended the same way that it started with the Rangers losing 3 of the final four games (1-1-0-2).  After the game several Rangers explained that they were looking past the final regular season games and into the postseason.  DeBoer both to rest his regulars and give some of his lesser lights some playing time again scratched several veteran players including: Michael Richards, Steve Eminger, Peter Kanko, Andre Benoit, Scott Dickie and Marcus Smith.  Unfortunately the plan to keep all of the vets healthy may have not worked to its full potential as: Gregory Campbell took a slapshot off of the shoulder and did not return after the second period.

For the second time in two games the Rangers started Carlo DiRienzo who played solidly, but unlike in the Rangers' visit to Plymouth, Neil Hoch sat on the bench backing up DiRienzo, coach DeBoer after the game said that he would have put Hoch in, if the opportunity had presented itself.  Even without many of the star players the Rangers managed to take it to the Knights in the third period but could not beat Gerald Coleman who looked very sharp in the Knights' net.

Nathan O'Nabigon opened the scoring for the Rangers early in the first period, Gerald Coleman shut the door from that point on.  Carlo DiRienzo held a shutout until the 16:33 mark of the second period when Brandon Purst beat him.  Corey Perry would score twice in the third period including an empty net goal with under a minute to play to give the Knights a 3-1 victory.  
 
 

Exceptional game night photography done by: Duct Tape.
 

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