The Rangers started the week on quite the run, defeating divisional rivals: the Storm and then the Otters on home ice by 5-2 and 5-1 margins, but at weekend's end, the Rangers were no further ahead once the week was over and they visited the home of the Otters in Erie. They had to walk away with their heads held high after playing their third game in three nights with what is quickly turning into a severly depleted lineup. The Rangers dominated on the shot clock and held a slim lead going into the third period, but fell to the Otters after the Otters scored a pair of third period goals on a minscule 3 shots on goal.
Josh Patterson got the Otters on the board early during their first period on the team's first powerplay. Jesse Boucher knotted the score at one a piece late in the period. Late in the second Boucher struck again, this time on the powerplay giving the Rangers a lead to enter the third period with. Only 13 seconds into the third period Michael Bluden struck on the powerplay. The Otters only even strength goal, coming off the stick of point-leader: Rob Hisey proved to be the winner. Despite the fact that the Rangers doubled-up on the Otters in shots 30-15, Disher managed to keep the Rangers at bay.
With the loss in Erie the Rangers have now
concluded the season series against the Otters with a 5-2-1 record.
The Rangers were 2-2 in Erie this season and a dominant 3-0-1 on home ice
against the Otters. Andre Benoit tallied a pair of assists on each
of the two Boucher goals. The Rangers went 1 for 5 while on the man-advantage.