After being embarassed by the Rangers during their only visit to the Barrie Molson Center the Colts weren't about to let the Rangers walk away with yet another win. Only 8 days before the Rangers bolstered by the return of: Michael Richards, and Petr Kanko from the World Junior Championships in Helsinki downed the Colts 5-1, thoroughly dominating the Colts in the process only allowing the Colts to finally break a 5-0 shutout midway through the third period on a chilly Thursday night. They weren't about to let the Rangers dominate again, defender: Jeremy Swanson beat: Carlo DiRienzo early on the powerplay. The Rangers were very quick to respond, Nathan O'Nabigon got things going with a five hole shot that illuded Coliaicovo and Petr Kanko struck on the powerplay only seconds later to turn the tables on the Colts. O'Nabigon has been playing some very good hockey since being placed on a line with Keefe and McFarland one of the hardest working lines in the entire league.
Ryan Hamilton scored on the powerplay late
during the first period to bring the Colts even at two goals a piece, and
only moments later: Peter Franchin gave the Rangers the lead with his fourth
goal on the season. The Rangers would never give up up that illusive
tying goal after this point in the first though the Colts did come close
to drawing even during the third period. During the second period
the Rangers took what may have seemed like a commanding lead early in the
second period. Craig Voakes scored, but all of the leg work was done
by Petr Kanko, and in theatrical fashion. Kanko lost a man at the
point, and proceeded to deke his way throught the entire Colts team before
drifting the puck to Voakes who promptly fed the empty half of the net.
Unfortunately the Colts would again sneak right back into the game.
With the Rangers leading 4-2, the Colts again went on the powerplay, where
they had scored their previous two goals, while DiRienzo attempted to poke
the puck off of Chad Robinson's stick, Robinson fed it through the five-hole.
The third period wasn't overly impressive for the Rangers. Despite the Colts somewhat dominating play Paul McFarland managed to break in and feed a very weak shot through Coliaivoco's legs backhanded. The weak goal didn't seem to faze the Colts who again pushed on, with just over two minutes left in regulation time: Cambridge native: Bryan Little. With Coliaicovo out of the net the Rangers refused to fold and for the 13th time in a row, visitors to the Memorial Auditorium were unable to beat the Rangers who have won 11 and tied two of their last 13 on home ice.
Bryan Little who scored the 5-4 goal for the
Colts in his first game in Kitchener, closest to his hometown of Cambridge,
he was named the game's third star. Paul McFarland, who has thrived
along with Adam Keefe since being united with O'Nabigon, he scored the
eventual winner and had a very strong two-way performance. The game's
first star: Andre Benoit had only one assist but with the absence of Alex
MacDonel who went down very early in the game had to log a tremendous amount
of ice time. The Colts finished the night 3 for 7 on the powerplay
which the Rangers were a rather average 1 for 5.