The Rangers four game winning streak came to a screeching halt during a beautiful Monday Thanksgiving Day afternoon in Kitchener. The Guelph Storm hopped onto the ice during the third period and appeared to just want it more, they received the breaks and they also made their own breaks. Evan McGrath received a interference penalty for knocking the stick out of the hands of one of the Storm players and things simply went down hill from that point on.
As they did in Guelph, the Rangers entered the third period with a one goal lead. But a more determined Guelph Storm team hit the ice with just over 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the intermission. The Rangers lead 4-3, and during the second period at one point led: 4-2. Guelph dominated from that point on with 4 unanswered goals. Two of these goals came off of the stick of 4th year Storm player: Martin St. Pierre who throughout his career has been a thorn in the side of the Kitchener Rangers.
As they did in Guelph, the Rangers got off to a quick start. Adam Keefe, who in his fourth season in the OHL is finally showing some of the scoring touch that his older brother Sheldon Keefe showed during his quick stay in the OHL, scored just over two minutes into the game. The goal was Keefe's third of his season. Ryan Garlock would bring the Storm even on the powerplay while Nathan O'Nabigon was in the penalty box for high-sticking. Benoit would regain the lead for the Rangers, on the powerplay, shooting through a David Clarkson screen infront of the net and besting Storm rookie: Danny Taylor through the five-hole.
Martin St. Pierre, who looked snake-bitten
against DiRienzo the day before scored for the Storm to even the score
at two a piece not even one minute into the second period. Shortly
after St. Pierre's goal, Boris Valabik was involved in another fight this
time with the Storm's Colin Power, his 7 minutes in penalties kept him
in 2nd place in all of the OHL in penalty minutes.
The Rangers' powerplay got to work again in the second period. Patrick Davis, who has made the most of his weekend on the Rangers top unit, scored to regain the lead for the Rangers for the second time. David Clarkson added what appeared to be an insurance marker at the midway point of the period, making the score 4-2 Kitchener. A telling goal was then scored by the Storm's Colin Power, Tyler Haskins raced behind the Rangers' net and found his teammate: Colin Power, who was completely abandoned infront of the Rangers goal. Much like Jesse Boucher's goal the day before, he made no mistake in firing the puck towards the top corner before Carlo DiRienzo could even react. Frustrations were apparent at times, but things appeared to be in good shape after what looked like a momentum granting 4 minute penalty kill, on a spearing double minor which was given to: Marcus Smith late in the period.
Things fell apart quickly in the third period. Martin St. Pierre scored on the poweplay early, and then completed the hattrick only minutes later. Ryan Garlock scored what could be best called a back-breaker goal only 10 seconds after St. Pierre had scored. In all, the Storm scored 3 times in a timespan of less than 4 minutes. Danny Taylor made the unfortunate mistake of clearing the puck into the Guelph bench while the Storm were already down a man, but the Rangers failed to convert on the powerplay. The Rangers did create offensive opportunities, but not one of the Rangers was able to influence the tidal wave like momentum of the Storm.
The Rangers for the second straight game dressed
7 defenders. Anthony Potoschnik was removed from the lineup, Cam
Fergus, who was playing in his first game of the season, after suffering
an abdominal injury during the exhibition schedule in Barrie. Franchin
was moved to the wing, since captain Michael Richards was used to captain
the fourth line. Paul McFarland continued his points streak on the
Rangers first goal, he now has points in each of his last 6 games (1-5).
The win for young: Danny Taylor was the first of his career and evens his
record at 1-1. DiRienzo absorbed the loss falling to: 5-2-0 on the
season. The 6 goals during this game were more than DiRienzo
had allowed during his previous three games combined.
Excellent Game night Photography by: Stephen Gardiner