Carlo DiRienzo attempts to look through a screen durint a Colts powerplay in the third period.
Every once in a while in sports and especially in hockey the game can hinge on just one event. Early in the third period Carlo DiRienzo was beat by a shot which may or may have not entered the net, what is for sure is that the puck carromed away from the net in quick fashion for Mike Chmielewski to score a goal less than ten seconds later on the ensuing rush up the ice. For Chmielewski it was his 3rd goal in only two exhibition games. The goal gave the Rangers a 5-4 lead, one which they would increase to 7-4 in quick succession, Evan McGrath's second goal of the night provided some insurance for the Rangers. Another nice wrister from the point by: Matt Lashoff, created the Rangers' 7th goal, Chad McCaffery simply backed it in around Rowan.
Things started off easy enough for the Rangers who entered the game 0-1 in the preseason, Jesse Boucher, Paul McFarland, and Evan McGrath scored on starter: Thomas Lee early in the first period. The 3-0 lead was somewhat of a surprise for the Colts who were 2-0 in the preseason after defeating the Attack 4-2 on the road and then by a tremendous 7-1 mark on home ice. The Rangers got into penalty trouble and plenty of it. After taking a commanding lead the Rangers went nearly 6 minutes down two men, allowing the Colts to open the scoring. They drew to within one goal late in the first period.
With the score 3-2, the Colts swaped netminders at the halfway point of the second period. Rookie: Chris Rowan wasn't busy, infact his team did tie the game fairly quickly after the change in netminders, for Michael Tuomi it was his second of the night. With the momentum against them Jesse Boucher quickly restored the Rangers' lead with his second goal of the night. The Colts then quickly replied on the powerplay. A potent combination of passing and shooting lead to the Colts having their entire goal production on the man advantage with 4 powerplay goals.
Boris Valabik, who looked very reserved in the exhibition opener in Kitchener, was constantly involved with the rough stuff. After an infraction around the Rangers' net in the first period Valabik ended up violently tossing a Colt player into the ice. In the second period he'd pick up another minor after a little dust-up, before his night would finally end in the third period during a scirmish after a 10-minute misconduct was issued.
Adam Keefe for the second straight game would serve as captain, and despite some suffling of the numbers, the Rangers' lineup remained the same for their second exhibition game. Rookie winger: Peter Franchin gave fans and teammates a scare after blocking a very hard shot from the point. The Rangers' defense had a strong game while playing at full strength, they did however look a little out of sync with their forwards while playing shorthanded. The determined skating of: Matt Lashoff rushing down into the offensive zone.
Joey Biasucci was to have started the game, but was unable to dress due to back problems. Rookie: Matt Leduc backed Carlo DiRienzo up but failed to enter the game. DiRienzo played significantly better than he did in Kitchener as the Rangers absorbed nearly 40 shots in the first two periods. Particularly in the first period while down two men, DiRienzo got some help, the Colts found some posts and Rafal Martynowski made a spectacular diving stop, saving the Rangers from what appeared to be a sure goal. It was a good time for young Carlo to rebound after a less than satisfying performance against the Oshawa Generals.