Big Barrie netminder Paulo Colaiacovo absorbs a Rangers shot in the first period. Colaiavoco
allowed two Rangers' goals in this nearly 30 minutes of playing time.
Chad McCaffrey was the story of the night providing fans with highlight reel goals at either end of the ice during the first and second period. The goals, the first of which came unassisted, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead early in the first and knotted the score at two during the second period. The Rangers did receive some help on this night with the addition of: David Clarkson and Andre Benoit who returned from pro camps but the team continued to roll along missing their entire top line of O'Nabigon, Richards and Kanko. The Rangers' netminding situation all at once became completely unraveled when sophomore: Carlo DiRienzo went down with a knee injury in practice forcing the hand of head coach Peter DeBoer who going into the day was debating which netminder to start during the Rangers' fifth exhibition game.
19-year-old, Joey Biasucci continues to be ailing with a back problems. He did dress for the first time since the Rangers entertained the Oshawa Generals during fan appreciation day but clearly was in no shape to play. Joey Biasucci still has yet to play for the Rangers and his injury combined with that of DiRienzo, could lead to the Rangers starting a relative unknown netminder: Matt Leduc in the season opener against the Plymouth Whalers which will take place exactly one week from the Rangers final home exhibition game. Leduc whom has played in two home games in Kitchener looked more impressive than he did during his first start where he surrendered 4 goals against the Battalion. Leduc looked quick as last game, but a little more poised giving the Rangers the edge they would require to earn a point during their second matchup with the Colts of the pre-season.
Late in the first period after Chad McCaffrey's goal, Mark Langdon scored; with 16-26-42 totals last season will be looked upon to contribute a very large portion of the Barrie scoring during his overaged season. After playing the Rangers with 2 of their 3 overagers in Barrie, the Colts would return to Kitchener with all three overagers including Nick Lees who also dressed in Barrie, and Paulo Colaiacovo whom is expected to be one of the elite netminders in all of the OHL this season. Colaiacovo was replaced by Michael Ouzas, whom was the fourth netminder that the Rangers have seen in a Colts uniform during the preseason. Chad McCaffrey who stands under 5'10" was hardly impressed by the impossing 4th year 6'2" netminder and bested him twice.
Boris Valabik who was tormented throughout the game in Barrie, and managed to accumulate 14 minutes in penalties while there, continued his unique brand of toss-'em around hockey, during the second period who dropped the mitts with Barrie tough guy Andrew Shennan, and the results were hardly encouraging for the Colts. Valabik got the upper hand early and then held off Shennan with his long reach, before landing a few shots then finally pounding the Colt into the ice, as Andrew Shennan exited the arena he hardly seemed as cocky as Battalion rookie hopeful: Robert Heickert, infact he may have been hurt. Shennan picked up the instigator enabling Valabik to remain in the game. Very late in regulation time, more frustrations boiled over. The captians of each team: Nick Lees of the Colts, and Adam Keefe of the Rangers battled. Keefe struggled with Lees' helmet, before finally getting the upper hand after removing it.
Tyler Doig's goal in the second period came on a 2-on-1 rush with Deveraux Heshmatpour trapped up ice. Mass fed the pass perfectly through Valabik who was inbetween both of the forwards. Rather than unleashing a one-timer, Doig waited for Leduc to commit sliding across the crease before wristing the puck into the top corner. In the third period misfortune got the best of Leduc on Barrie powerplay midway through the period. A shot handcuffed the rookie netminder and ended up being misplayed on its way into the net.
The Colts improved their pre-season record
to 3-1-1, while the Rangers continued to be at .500 with a 2-2-1 record.
The two games against the Rangers are the Colts only pre-season blemishes
to their otherwise perfect record. Matt Leduc continues to be winless,
however his record did improve to 0-1-1. Matt Lashoff did not dress
for the Rangers who ended up playing with only 5 defenseman after assigning
Daniel Larocque to Tier II. Despite an injury in Hurricanes' rookie
camp David Clarkson did play and was his usual pesky self on this night.
Excellent Game night Photography by: Stephen Gardiner.