Eventually the Rangers grip over the Otters has to come to an end, fortunately for the Rangers it would not be on this night. The pesky Rangers would walk into the Tulio arena and ransack the Otters with 6 goals during a disasterous first period, en route to their 2nd victory in a row, and bringing the Otters 3 game winning streak to a disasterous halt. The most talked about Rangers' line was against the catalyst on this night. Nathan O'Nabigon, Adam Keefe and their center: Paul McFarland combined for 7 points including three goals. Nathan O'Nabigon led the charge with a pair of goals and an assist.
Carlo DiRienzo started consecutive games for
the first time since the Rangers were on the road playing in Sault Ste.
Marie in consecutive nights. Suprisingly DiRienzo has not started
an of the games against the Otters thus far this year. Kellerman
has started 3, two of which he was first star in, and Topping has started
the only other game to this point against the Otters. DiRienzo now
has a 2-0 record against the Otters this year, including one game in Erie
where he relieved Kellerman wiht the score tied 4-4 going into the third
period. After a one goal against performance in Kitchener the night
before the Rangers returned to bad defensive habits allowing a total of
five goals against in total, most of them after taking a massive
6-1 lead into the second period. Perhaps the Rangers could not be
blammed for allowing their concentration to lapse.
The Rangers powerplay, as it has been for a long while now continues to struggle despite the 8-goal output. The Rangers ended the weekend 0 for 7 on the powerplay and have not scored in a total of 22 opportunities dating back to their 5-4 victory over the Barrie Colts on home ice. This was never more evident than during the third period when the Otters took a bench minor after an infraction was called. The penalty gave the Rangers a nearly full 2 minutes of time on the powerplay up two men, and they failed to put away the Otters who would score soon after to bring themselves to within two. Michael Richards closed the scoring, by filling the empty Otters net during the final minute of play giving the Rangers an 8-5 victory. McGrath assisted on the goal for his 3rd point of the night (1-2); Adam Keefe also tallied three points.
Andre Benoit finished the weekend with 4 points (1-3) he leads the Rangers in points with 61. What is more incredible is the +7 that Benoit managed to collect in only two games on the weekend. He only trails a trio of London Knights for the league lead, his season total is a +30. Michael Richards became the second Ranger to surpass the 20 goal plateau, Petr Kanko kept pace scoring his 19th of the season. Last season the Rangers had a total of 7, 20 goal scorers on the team. Geoff Platt scored a hat trick for the Otters, scoring twice in the second and once in the third, trying to lead the Otters back into the game. Boris Valabik had a total of 19 minutes in penalties most were received when he was penalized for instigating a fight with David Herring of the Otters.
Game photography provided by: Duct Tape