It has been a tough season for the
Belleville Bulls, once the class of the East along with the Ottawa
67's, they have now fallen on tougher times. On Saturday night
they had an exclamation point put on what has been a season filled with
struggle. Even with the severely depleted lineup of the Rangers,
the Bulls still found themselves in a 3-0 hole early in the first
period. However, James Boyd a former Kitchener draft pick and
player, managed to rally his team, and have them eventually draw even
with the Rangers. Mike Roelofsen got the bears going late in the
first period and there appeared to be many more bears that occured
during the Kingston game the night before. Earlier in the period,
the many Rangers' fans that had made the trip, participated in their
own mini bear vigil prompted by an Adam Keefe powerplay goal.
Cam Fergus while playing the point on
the Rangers' powerplay for the second straight night, picked up an
assist on the opening goal of the game. Craig Voakes followed up
that goal quickly, before Evan McGrath scored his second in two games
to give the Rangers what then appeared to be a commanding lead.
By the time that the two teams departed from the ice, the Rangers would
still hold a commanding 3-1 lead, and enjoyed a similar shots on goal
advantage to the one that they held in Kingston in the early going the
night before. The second period would bring change, a new look in
goal, in the form of Belleville Bulls player of the month Eric
Tobia. Marc Rancourt scored and Josh Francis scored his first OHL
goal on the powerplay to bring the Bulls back even with the
Rangers. Rancourt batted the puck out of the air and DiRienzo
didn't stand a chance on the goal.
The win added on to the Rangers now monsterous 12 game unbeaten streak (8-0-4). Patrick Davis was an easy choice for first star with his three point effort. Evan McGrath chipped in with a goal and an assist, and for the second straight night Marcus Smith was the games' third star. Smith contributed a pair of first period assists. Mike Roelofsen had points on all three Belleville goals. James Boyd wasn't the only familiar face to have played in both a Rangers' jersey as well as a Belleville Bulls one in the mid-90's, former first round pick: Travis Riggin, who was originally drafted by the Bulls, 4th overall, was eventually traded to the Rangers he was one of the two linesmen. After a tough second period Carlo DiRienzo came up with a big third period including one spectacular glove stop. With the Rangers leading in the third period, Paul McFarland had a terrible solo penalty killing effort down in the Belleville corner of the rink.