After one of the most disasterous weeks during recent Rangers' history the funk continued as the Rangers were whitewashed by the Attack in Kitchener. Ice that was as sloopy as Kitchener area roads, created frustrations for the Rangers, but certainly were far from an excuse for the Rangers' offensive struggles as well as what could have been called soft Rangers' defensive play. The only things that were even meet with positive approval by the crowd, was Brad Topping's replacement during the second period, a bronx cheer for the final minute of regulation announcement and Kevin Harvey's scrap where he feel before even getting started. In retrospect, perhaps Harvey should have probably stayed on the ice as Valabik was quick to deliver a beating after waiting for Harvey to regain his footing.
The Rangers dressed overager: Alex MacDonell
for the first time since January 16th, but having him in the lineup as
well as dressing 7 defenders didn't seem to thwart the Attack offense.
The Rangers appeared to get on the board very early when Michael Richards
snuck a wrist shot over LaCosta's shoulder during the first period, unfortunately
his wrist shot found the post and despite a red light appearing the puck
did not enter the net, a decision that the official arrived to without
fan approval. Soon after Ruzicka redirected a lazy Jarrett Jarrett
shot through Topping. Just before the period ended, the ever unpopular
Adam Smyth gave the Attack a two goal cushion while on the powerplay.
The second period started off with a bang, resident heavyweights: Adam Smyth and Thomas Harrison squared off at center ice, Smyth had an edge in the scrap and also got the take down. Soon after big Boris Valabik and Kevin Harvey circled each other with their gloves off. Harvey had an embarassing slip, got up and soon hit the ice again at the hands of: Valabik whom has proven dominant amongst the league's best in the light heavyweight category. Ruzicka, then scored his team leading 30th of the season and second of the game. Ruzicka with his three point effort on the night opened up a 5 point lead in the rookie scoring race over Peterborough's: Liam Reddox who is a full year younger. The Rangers pressed late and even held a lengthy two-man advantage to end the period. Mike Chmielewski saw time on the powerplay, and even more ice during the third period. Without David Clarkson in the lineup, Chmielewski found himself alone on the Rangers' 4th line with the Rangers missing two forwards and the WinterHawks already in the post season.
The Rangers dominated the third period, since Topping's replacement, they only allowed 7 shots in 33 minutes. During the third period Patrick Jarrett made good on one of those shots bringing the Attack's lead to 4-0. The Rangers lost five straight for the first time since head coach Peter DeBoer took over the team, more surprisingly the 4 of those 5 games were on home ice. LaCosta, the game's third star, replaced Gherson during the first period of the last meeting of the two teams. He played extremely well and controlled his rebounds suffocating the Rangers' offense which has hit a dry spell. The loss guarantees that the Rangers will lose the season series against the Attack, they currently trail 1-3-1 with one head-to-head matchup left in Owen Sound.