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RangersRush playoff MVP: "Jeff Larmer award"

Netminder Scott Dickie recipient of Jeff Larmer Award

Preamble:  RangersRush.com has continually worked to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of former Rangers while in the OHL.  Many players, the Trevor Gallants, the David Lattas, and Mike Torchias often are left forgotten because they were not able to excel at the pro level, specifically the NHL.  RangersRush.com would like to take time out to acknowledge one such Ranger who's name might have been lost inbetween high-profile grads such as: Brian Bellow, Al MacInnis, and Scott Stevens in 1982.  Jeff Larmer who spent part of his final junior season with the Colorado Rockies of the NHL, was perhaps the most deadly Rangers' playoff scorer of all-time.  In his three seasons with the Rangers, the first inwhich they failed to qualify for the postseason, he posted point totals of  

Scott Dickie, the game's #3 star shutout the 67's after allowing a first
period goal to Corey Locke.

They got their names on the scoresheet, but one goal and an assist from Corey Locke and Matt Foy most of the time isn't sufficient in a game's worth.  The dynamic duo who scored 60 goals each during the regular schedule has a combined two points through three OHL finals games.  Their chance to strike appeared to be this night, a night when the Rangers would be testing out their veteran defender: Marcus Smith who hadn't played since departing early in game one against the Plymouth Whalers in the Conference finals.  Unfortunately for the 67's Smith passed all of the tests with flying colors and looked as if he did not miss a beat heading into the game.

The storyline of the visiting team scoring early continued as a Corey Locke blast found it's way up into the top corner past Dickie from the blueline as a Ottawa rush was on it's way up ice.  No home teams had enjoyed a lead all series long, that is until the Rangers were presented with an opportunity that no one could refuse.  They found themselves on a two-man advantage and Kanko finished, after a wicked shop to the side after the goal, the Rangers were immediately back to the powerplay where Nathan O'Nabigon, the game 2 overtime hero buried the puck to give the Rangers the lead on home ice.

Peter Kanko had one goal on this night, but also had a pair of breakaway's foiled on either side of the goal.  The Rangers didn't get some of the bounces where they were just destined to score, however when they weren't they found creative ways to put the puck into the net.  During game one of the series the two regulation 67's goals were scored by the team's 4th line.  Though they weren't all fourth line personel on the ice Grennier, the team's fourth line center capitalized when given the opportunities, or at least found ways for inanimate objects around to score for him.  In the second period he deflated the 67's with a clear in off of the boards which hit the back of Lukas Mensator's leg, deflecting into the net.  In the third a misdirected shot his Chad McCaffery's skate and bounced in the net.

The Rangers powerplay was 2 for 8 on the night and is 4 for 16 in the series (25%), the Ottawa powerplay has been held scoreless in 12 opportunities.  Marcus Smith returned to the Rangers lineup and took a regular shift after a 9 game absense.  Elmira native: Rodney Bauman was dressed after missing the last 67's game with an undisclosed injury.  The Rangers outshot the 67's 39-38, which was by no means a true reflection on the amount of scoring chances that the Rangers enjoyed.  Derek Roy, the game's first star, after recording two assists was phenominal on the penalty kill, which featured as much edge of the seat excitement as the Rangers' powerplay, and sometimes more.

Special thanks to: Duct Tape for the excellent game night photography.