A season high crowd of 6,166 witnessed the biggest teddy bear freefall in Kitchener Rangers. Each year the teddy bear attendance has risen steadily, culminating in the Kitchener Rangers' and OHL record of 5069. The attendance of 6,166 was also a record for all teddy bear games. The Rangers ventured into overtime for their 8th out of 13 games, all of which have occured during the teams' now massive 14 game unbeaten streak, the Rangers are undefeated in those 8 games (3-0-5). Patrick O'Sullivan opened the scoring for the Ice Dogs prior to a scramble deep into the Mississauga crease for the Rangers. Both Craig Voakes and Jesse Boucher swung at the puck and the jury is still out as to who finally batted it into the net. Jesse Boucher was credited with the goal, he was the 9th Ranger to score the infamous teddy goal during the event's nine year history.
The steady downpour of bears triggered by the
Boucher goal seemed to go on for over five minutes until the ice nearest
to the boards was nearly completely covered. The first period would
end with the Rangers down 2-1 after a Kyle Quincey point shot was deflected
through DiRienzo. The strongest period for the Rangers was easily
the second. Things started with a Rangers powerplay. Andre
Benoit's point shot would find it's way into the back of the net.
The Rangers would proceed to take two leads during the second period after Benoit knoted the score at 2 with his 15th goal of the season. Boucher who doesn't seem to be overly interested in slowing down his scoring pace notched his 13th goal, and second of the night to give the Rangers a short-lived lead. Chad Painchaud would stuff the puck underneath Carlo DiRienzo's pad to bring the Ice Dogs back even with the Rangers. Adam Keefe would give the Rangers the lead nearing the end of the period Matt Lashoff who was playing in his first game after sitting out all three on the weekeend set that goal up. Brad Efthimou scored the games' final goal early in the third enabling the Ice Dogs to earn a point for the first time against the Rangers. Each team enjoyed a powerplay during the overtime period, the Rangers fired 6 shots at David Shantz who looked extremely sharp against the Rangers. The Rangers all-time record against the Ice Dogs is now 11-0-1.
For the 4th consecutive game the Rangers were missing forwards: Petr Kanko, Michael Richards and David Clarkson, Michael Richards will be joining team Canada in Finland for the World Junior championships. Andre Benoit had a spirited scrap with Tom Zanoski who was formerly the Attack's expert pest, Benoit won the fight decisively to the joy of the Rangers fans who gave the 4th year defender a much deserved standing ovation. After Matt Lashoff and Andre Benoit returned the Rangers lost Marcus Smith who didn't play in the second half of the game. Though neither team won, it was obvious that the real winners were the children's charities of Kitchener-Waterloo.