As different as things might be since the Rangers won the Memorial Cup championship in 2003, things are also extremely similar. Last season the Rangers dominated the Eastern division, this season they're up to the same, last season they frustrated the Erie Otters this year the torment continues. There are several other trends which have continued including the Rangers balanced scoring, after this game the Rangers had four, 20 goal scorers including Richards, Benoit, O'Nabigon and now Clarkson, last year 7 players achieved the feat. Now, with the victory over the Owen Sound Attack the Rangers have defeated 19 of the 20 teams in the OHL, as they did last season. This season the Rangers have failed to defeat the Majors last season it was the Battalion that troubled the Rangers most.
Paul McFarland's line as they have made a habit
of lately, started the scoring only minutes into the game. His wrist
shot handcuffed Gherson and eventually he found himself with the rebound
and puck behind Gherson. Then, immediately after an ill advised interference
penalty to Gherson, Evan McGrath put the Rangers up 2-0 on the powerplay.
Boucher, with his third in two nights and O'Nabigon with his 6th in 4 games,
would chase Gherson from the Attack net later in the period. It was
the third time in three weekend games that the Rangers would chase the
starting netminder of the opposition. The extremely potent Rangers'
offensive is still on track to match last season's totals, the same cannot
be said about the team defense. With Dan LaCosta in goal for the
Attack, Adam Smyth got the Attack on the board later in the period.
Impressive rookie: Stefan Ruzicka scored his 28th, a questionable goal
to bring the Attack to within 2 just over a minute later.
Early in the second period Andrew Maksyn put a vicious slash on Michael Richards who was very frustrated retaliated, creating an Owen Sound powerplay, but not before Nathan O'Nabigon dominated in a fight against Todd Griffith who was acquired from the Belleville Bulls at the trade deadline. On the ensuing powerplay Patrick Jarrett scored his 19th of the season, suddenly the Rangers' 4 goal lead had nearly completely evaporated. The Rangers enjoyed a two-man advantage late in the period and David Clarkson beat LaCosta down low to give the Rangers another cushion to work with. Nathan O'Nabigon followed up in the third period with his second of the game to give the Rangers a 6-3 lead. Mike Angelidis chipped a one-timer just barely over the outstretched pad of Topping to bring the Attack back to within 2, but with the netminder out for the extra attacker the Rangers would enjoy the best opportunities once ringing the puck off of the crossbar.
The Rangers, winless in their previous three
meetings with the Attack deserve full points for the victory, after starting
in such a dominating fashion over their division rivals. Richards
who was dominate in the Rangers two previous games with 6 points (5-1)
was held pointless on this night. Nathan O'Nabigon who enjoyed a
two goal performance was named the game's first star, Keefe who chipped
in with a pair of assists as well as some strong positional play was the
second star for the Rangers. Brad Topping's peformance was solid,
but not as inspiring as the one by DiRienzo the night before.