Thus far it's been a weekend of repeating occurances for the Kitchener Rangers. Brad Topping as he was during the Rangers' last battle with the Storm was relieved after two periods on Friday night. The Rangers were also down 3-1 late in the second period as they were the night before on home ice. The other comparison that could be drawn would be the ejection of Cam Janssen which took a little longer than it did in Guelph during the teams' previous matchup but ultimately took place when he decided to involve himself with David Clarkson immediately after Clarkson took out one of his teammates. The result, an undesirable one, was also duplicated from one game earlier in Guelph where the Rangers also lost by a 3-goal margin (6-3).
The Rangers weren't able to get the bounces
but without excusing them, they were outplayed and outclassed by the Guelph
Storm. When the Storm weren't taking the play to the Rangers Adam
Dennis was extremely apt in between the pipes. Infact Dennis was
named first star during the matinee game. A game where the Rangers
might have missed the services of one Tyson Kellerman who had a goals against
average of 1.00 and earned a pair of first stars during his only afternoon
performances. The Rangers powerplay which snapped an 0-for-26 spell
the night before was cold again on this afternoon, but it wasn't the Rangers'
play while on the man advantage that was their undoing. The Rangers
were simply guilty of being undisciplined. Kevin Klein opened the
scoring on a man advantage and Matt Ryan put the Rangers of business with
only 4.5 seconds left in the second period with the Storm enjoying a 2
man advantage. Simply put the Storm capitalized on their chances
and the Rangers were guilty of letting too much of these precious chances
go without scoring. On the one goal that captain Michael Richards
was able to score for the Rangers should have been potted by Jesse Boucher
The game didn't leave much to be desired in the physical department, Cam Janssen and Adam Keefe battled during the first period. To start the second Daniel Paille and David Clarkson battled only two seconds in. The fight should have been especially costly for the Storm since Clarkson not only won the fight decisively, Paille was assessed an additional 10-minute misconduct for not having his jersey tied down properly, despite the Storm missing one of their better offensive stars for the majority of the period. When Paille did return he seemed to have the extra jump in his step that many others on either of the two teams were missing late in the second period. Cam Janssen was ejected after his second fight of the game, he instigated a fight with David Clarkson immediately after Clarkson was assessed a penalty for interference for his late hit. Janssen left the game much to the pleasure of the sellout crowd of over 6,100, however that was the highlight of the game from the fans' standpoint.
The struggling Rangers' powerplay is now 1 for it's last 32, while Rangers' netminding continues to prove incapable of getting wins in consecutive starts. Matt Lashoff had a very strong game on the backend for the Rangers and was named the games' second star.