|Injured veteran Soo defender
is now the center of attention in the series
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Any media is good media, the case is not always so. For Trevor Daley media attention has been a nightmare throughout his OHL career, just recently this month there was an altercation between former head coach John Vanbiesbrook and several Greyhound players which caused Daley to temporarily leave the team and for Vanbiesbrook to resign his post as head coach of the Greyhounds. In Daley's first postseason game, the media sharks might be circling again with an apparent knee injury caused by a collesion with teammate: Jeffrey Doyle and Kitchener's Derek Roy. As Roy was following through on a wrist shot, Doyle ran him over catching Roy off balance and forcing him into his own teammate, Daley's knee buckled and his status for the remainder of the series and potentially the remainder of the postseason is now in question. Daley as a 16 year old was looking like a prolific scorer, Steve Eminger the Rangers first pick (4th overall) was drawing some very negative comparisons to his Sault Ste. Marie counterpart. After a weak 2000-2001 campaigne Daley had a very strong two-way season last year which prompted a selection by the Dallas Stars in the second round at this past year's NHL draft.
Apparently Daley wasn't the only defensive kingpin fighting the injury bug. Much had been speculated about the health of Rangers' veteran defender: Steve Eminger who missed each of the final two games of the season after departing early in a 4-2 win over the Guleph Storm exactly one week ago. Eminger was used exclusively on the powerplay, and as commented by play-by-play broadcasters: Don Cameron and Gary Doyle was obviously wearing a brace on his shoulder. The loss of Trevor Daley from the Greyhounds lineup would prove to be a significant blow to the team considering the fact that he logs close to 30 minutes in ice time a night and is considered to be one of the more premier penalty killers along with powerplay specialists in the league. The Rangers even had a scare of their own after Michael Richards took a shot to the midsection and barely managed to stumbled on to the Rangers' bench.
Going into the matchup one of the key Rangers' weaknesses was supposed to be the team's netminding: in three full years in the OHL Scott Dickie had yet to register even one win in the postseason. During Dickie's first season in the league he served as backup to Reg Bourcier who could only steal one win against a very talented Greyhounds team who unfortunately lost the services of their top netminder: Jason Flick in that series. In Dickie's second campaign in the OHL the Rangers failed to qualify for a playoff spot finishing only two points back of the London Knights who claimed the final playoff spot. The third season without a playoff victory for the then veteran OHL netminder must have been the most painful dropping a series with their cross-town rivals: the Guelph Storm in four straight games. In this game Dickie was more than up to the task, he made the easy stops when he was called upon but also had to make a fistful of saves of the spectacular variety. The end result for Dickie was a 3-0 shutout along with first star honors.
The Rangers stumbled out of the gate with what may have been some early playoff jitters, and finally Gregory Campbell opened the scoring the second period with the Rangers playing 4-on-4 and Marcus Smith just about to step out of the Rangers' penalty box. The Rangers shifted things into overdrive in the third period and suddenly their powerplay which had looked so lackluster in the first two periods clicked, first Clarkson wired a shot to the top corner of the net beating Munro to make the score 2-0, and then with former Ranger: Mike Amodeo in the box for roughing Marcus Smith who only had two goals all season long made short work of the next Rangers' powerplay. The Greyhounds pulled their netminder: Adam Munro several times late in order to try and solve Rangers' netminder: Scott Dickie who was very strong on this night but failed ot generate much in the way of quality scoring chances, even through a Greyhounds' powerplay. Andre Benoit, the game's second star, assisted on all three Rangers goals.
The Rangers now lead the best of seven series 1-0, with game two
at the Aud on Saturday night at 7:30, it is the first time that the Rangers
have lead a playoff series, since the Rangers held a 2-1 advantage on the
Owen Sound Platers in the 1998 playoffs.
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