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Harrison charges infront of the Rangers' net, with Boris Valabik and Matt Lashoff in pursuit.


A little role reversal is never a bad thing, especially when things don't work out the first time.  The Rangers turned the tables on the Battalion and got a little payback in the process with a 6-4 victory over the Battalion, including an empty netter by Peter Franchin to seal the deal with time about to expire, much like Ryan Bowness' goal two nights before.  The two game exhibition series was not intended to be a home-at-home for the Rangers who originally were scheduled to visit Barrie, before a rather large parking problem was discovered and the game was rescheduled to Thursday night.

Jesse Boucher scored the eventual winning goal in the third period, Boucher has continued to gather points in the exhibition schedule, as have fellow veterans: Martynowski, and McGrath.  Matt Lashoff, who leads the Rangers' defense core in scoring along with big Boris Valabik (his linemate for this afternoon) opened the scoring with his first of the exhibition schedule while the teams were playing four on four hockey early in the first period.  Tyler Harrison (the younger brother of former 1st overall pick Jay Harrison who also suited up for the Battalion) evened the score at one on the powerplay, scouping a rebound past DiRienzo.  Harrison has started to emerge as one of the league's power forwards and looked dominant at times during this exhibtion game, he also scored a goal which would knot the score at 3, midway throught the second period.  Then the Battalion would receive a four-on-four goal from one of their defenders: Tim Sullivan.  The goal gave the Battalion their first and only lead (2-1) of the afternoon.

The troubled Rangers' powerplay would then get to work in the second period, Rafal Martynowski would score his first of two goals on the afternoon while the Rangers were up two men and Evan McGrath who going into the game led all Rangers' scorers with 6 points (2-4) scored on the powerplay himself, giving the Rangers' back the lead.  The prettiest goal of the afternoon had to have been scored by either team took place early in the third period when Chad McCaffery threaded a pass perfectly to an open Rafal Martynowski who simply deposited the puck in the gapping side of the net.

Each team fired 34 shots on goal in what appeared to be a very balanced game between the two squads.  Brampton started rookie: Machesney for the second straight game, while the Rangers countered with DiRienzo who improved his pre-season record to 2-1-0, with his second consecutive win.  For the most part DiRienzo played very well.  The Rangers' defense at times let him down allowing members of the Battalion and specifically Tyler Harrison to get multiple chances before finally scoring.  When all is said and done Carlo performed as well as one might expect, there was one shot in the third period that nearly beat him, but grazed the point from a long way out.  There were several rookie errors made by the young defense corps, even Valabik and Lashoff whom have been the Rangers' most consistent pairing struggled at times.

Both teams involved had their share of penalty problems during this game, there were far too many 4-on-4's with non-coincidental minors to count on one hand.  Rookie forward: Peter Franchin impressed with his ability to burst up ice and gain the zone, something that fellow rookie: Matt Lashoff has done so exceptionally for the Rangers as well.   Biasucci continued to be out with a strained back, Patrick Davis, Chris Gravelding, and Cam Fergus all missed the game due to injury, because of this the Rangers went with only 15 skaters, 9 of them forwards.
 
 

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