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Rangers get back on winning track in the Soo
 


David Clarkson gave the Rangers a short-lived 2 goal lead in the third with a shorthanded goal, he also
scored during the second period.


After losing for the first time in 16 starts the Rangers went back to work, seeking a new unbeaten streak in Sault Ste. Marie, who play in a division which they have dominated to this point in the season.  The Rangers ultimately succeeded after the Rangers assembled several two-goal leads during a shootout third period earning their 20th victory of the season.  Adam Keefe showed up with his usual strong work ethic, but this time was rewarded several times on the score sheet, a career-high three-point performance of two goals and an assist paced the Rangers to victory with the team still missing many of its more talented players: Smith, and Lashoff whom remain out with injury and Kanko and Richards who are still participating the World Junior Championships in Finland.

Adam Keefe, the game's first star, opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period.  Keefe enjoyed time playing with Peter Franchin and Paul McFarland who scored the empty net goal.  Scott Dobben drew the Greyhounds even during the second period on a powerplay.  Brad Larsh and David Clarkson traded even strength goals, while Adam Keefe and Jordan Smith traded right hands during the second period, in a bout which was a return match from a wild fight in Kitchener earlier in the season.

The Rangers spent most of the game in penalty trouble, but in a wild third, a shorthanded situation may have turned out to be the catalyst for the Rangers' victory.  David Clarkson picked up his second goal of the game with 3:40 left on a clock during a Greyhound powerplay opportunity which could have brought the 'Hounds back even.  The Greyhounds, like the Rangers were playing without one of their main offensive stars in Jeff Carter who is also enjoying time with Michael Richards in Finland, the two are also property of the Philadephia Flyers when they begin their pro careers.  Immediately after Clarkson's shorthanded goal, Brad Larsh would reply with his second of the game, but it would be a case of two little too late.  Paul McFarland connected with the Soo empty net with 1:22 left on the clock.

The Rangers are now finished with the Greyhounds for the duration of the season, they posted a 3-1 record against Sault Ste. Marie.  Combined this season's as well as last regular season and post season the Rangers are an incredible 9-1-2 against the a Greyhounds who defeated the Rangers 4 games to one during the 2000 playoffs.  Andre Benoit leads the Rangers in both goals and points, he is bidding to be the first defenceman to lead the Rangers in points since Paul Coffey amassed 102 points during a dreadful 1979-'80 season.

The found themselves in penalty trouble all night long, the 'Hounds went 2 for 9 on the powerplay while the Rangers could not connect in their 6 opportunities.