Help is on the way, and for the Rangers it couldn't be soon enough. On Sunday afternoon their is anticipation that Mark Fraser (just acquired from the Barrie Colts) will be joining the Rangers and one weekend afterwards the Rangers should have access to the services of: Boris Valabik again. Until then the Rangers have the indubious honor of leading the entire OHL in goals against. The hurting blueline is partly to blame, the netminding as also been suspect at times. Eric Pfligler has allowed at least 4 goals in each of his last three starts, on this night, 5 pucks made their way past the 19-year-old sophomore. With the win and play strategy that DeBoer has employed, Carlo DiRienzo should pick up the next start (his first in over 2 weeks), Eric Pfligler's personal 3 game winning streak, and 4 game unbeaten streaks (both career highs) were interrupted when the Greyhounds scored 3 consecutive goals to oust the Rangers 5-4.
The Rangers as they did a night before struggled
early in the first period but righted things are the period continued on.
Jason Pitton opened the scoring for the Greyhounds with his 1st goal of
the season. The Rangers' reply late in the period wouldn't be half
as pretty, but Mike Duco dug a puck out of a scrum backing it into the
Greyhound's net. The first period also featured a heavyweight tilt
between big Rangers' sophomore defender: Devereaux Heshmatpour and big
Greyhounds' overager: Blair Jarrett, Jarrett got the takedown in the evenly
The Rangers finally got their first lead of the night early in the second period when Craig Voakes zipped a seeing eye shot over the arm of Jakub Cech and just barely under the crossbar. The Greyhound would reply with a goal of their own while the two teams played 4-on-4 hockey with staggered minors to both the 'Hounds and Rangers. Minutes later the Rangers would go on a powerplay of their own, when Andre Benoit exited the box before Carter's penalty expired the Rangers gained their second two-man advantage of the game, Evan McGrath and Michael Richards combined to ensure that Cech wouldn't have a chance, restoring the Rangers one-goal lead. The Rangers lead would evaporate late in the period when Jeff Carter stepped through both: Heshmatpour and Pepe before undressing the Rangers' netminder.
The Greyhounds got the late goal, and they
were sure to carry that momentum into the dressing room. In the third
period they came out quick with a pair of goals. One, a blast from
Jeff Larsh and the second a chip shot over Pfligler's shoulder by: Chris
Lawrence. The Rangers' faithful, nearly 5,800 strong tried to get
behind the team, to bring them back to even terms. It wasn't meant
to be, Patrick Davis scored to bring the Rangers back to within one, but
a complete comeback was not in the books. The Greyhounds frustrated
the Rangers in the final minutes heeming them into their own zone.
The game completed the home portion of the season-series against the Greyhounds
this season. Evan McGrath's 6 points in his last two games (2-4)
have vaulted him to second in the OHL scoring race with 20 points behind
Corey Perry who has 22 points this season.