The Rangers are slowly losing grip on home advantage down the stretch run. Their lead over the Plymouth Whalers, whom they ousted during the third round of the playoffs last April, is rapidly shrinking, not only is that lead down to only 2 points, but the Rangers have lost a critical game to the Spitfires, who currently sit 9th in the 10 team Western conference. The Spitfires who entered the night trailling the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds by 3 points for the 8th and final playoff spot, managed to close to the gap to only a single point as the Greyhounds who were also in action fell 4-0 in Sarnia. Unfortunately on this night the Spitfires were extremely determinded, and the Rangers weren't adequately prepared and got down 3-0 in the early going.
Rob Hennigar who had scored 4 goals during the first 3 games of the season against the Kitchener Rangers this season, and he was right on queue early in the game. Scoring within the first minute, he'd assist on the the Spitfires 2nd goal giving the Spitfires a 2-0 lead. Brett Liscomb helped the Spitfires jump out to a 3-0 lead. Then predictably the going started to get tough. First, Mitch Maunu fought with Adam Keefe and then Jeff Leavitt tussled with big Rangers' blueliner: Boris Valabik. The Valabik bout came shortly after Matt Lashoff's shorthanded goal. Unfortunately the Spitfires had some shorthanded plans of their own later in the second period. Rob Hennigar and Darryl Lloyd scored within 42 seconds of each other both goals came during the same Rangers' powerplay.
Going into the third period the Rangers replaced
Carlo DiRienzo with: Brad Topping who stopped 9 of 9 shots on goal, unfortunately
the Rangers could only muster one goal of offense, that goal coming off
of the stick of Michael Richards during the first minute of the third period.
The Rangers finished the season 0-2 in Windsor with an overtime loss.
The road loss was the 5th straight for the Rangers whom have been outscored
29-13 during that stretch. It also marks the first time since the
first road game of the season also in Windsor that the Rangers have had
a sub .500 record on the road during this season. David Clarkson
returned to the Rangers' lineup and Joe McCann a 17-year-old rookie played
his first ever game with the Rangers.