Justin Azevedo's first round fluke wraparound attempt turned goal, seemed to be a sign of the times for an Attack team who received a London-like beating in Kitchener infront of a sellout crowd all too eager to watch the Rangers administrate that beating. The Rangers first pick in the 2004, broke the ice with an early wrap around which he banked off of Dan LaCosta's foot and into the net. Exactly one minute later, Andre Benoit would float a deceptive shot into the top corner of the Owen Sound net increasing the Rangers lead to 2-0, it was Benoit's 3rd goal in his last two games. The Attack would then start to pressure the Rangers, Patrick Jarrett, Stefan Ruzicka, Brad Richardson and newcomer: Robin Big Snake would pin the Rangers down in their own zone. Eventually with Keefe in the box for interference Bobby Ryan would slip the puck past DiRienzo, his powerplay goal seemed to turn the tide. The Rangers appeared back on their heals with the Attack taking the play to them, the home stayed strong in their own zone and got some timely stops from DiRienzo. Once the Rangers broke out of their funk, Evan McGrath dazzled Rangers fans along with an Owen Sound defender that he seemed to mystify, en route to a top shelf goal restoring the Rangers two-goal lead.
The next Rangers' interference penalty assessed
to Duco seemed to be more of a rallying point for the Rangers than a hinderance
to kill off, captain Michael Richards snuck in all alone and undressed
LaCosta giving the Rangers a three goal cushion, just over a minute later
with the penalty set to expire Michael Richards found himself alone with
Craig Voakes this time he passed as the Rangers lept out to a commanding
5-1 lead chasing LaCosta from the Owen Sound net. The goaltending
change didn't really seem to phase red hot Evan McGrath who scored his
secon of the game and 12th of the season early in the second period turing
the game into a rout. Things got all that much more painful for the
Attack when captain and former first overall pick: Patrick Jarrett absorbed
a beating at the hands of Matt Pepe who to this point in his OHL career
has never been involved in an OHL fight, Jarrett's hit from behind was
the cause of his frustrations which led to a instigator minor along with
the standard 5 for fighting.
After the Rangers, recent vulnerability to comebacks on home ice, one couldn't fault fans for showing concern after Johnathon Lehun sneaking through the Rangers' defense, Devereaux Heshmatpour appeared to have stepped on Evan McGrath's visor which had been left behind earlier in the play, Lehun found room for the puck between DiRienzo's legs. Things got rough again as Colin Hanley got involved with Mark Fraser, Fraser dominated the up again down again fight, and from that point on the period seemed to really settle down. Rookie Owen Sound netminder: Neil Conway seemed to play mature beyond his years keeping the score very respectable for the Attack and sufficating the Rangers scores who found the back of the net 5 times in only 12 tries against his counterpart. Paul McFarland scored the Rangers first and only powerplay marker early in the third period. Patrick Jarrett and Bobby Ryan scored late to make the final a respectable 7-4.
With the announcement that Lashoff, Clarkson, Gravelding all may be ready to go next weekend, the Rangers absorbed another loss, Craig Voakes who took a big hit during the first period left during the second and did not return, his 2 points on the night made it 14 for him in his past 7 games. Both teams went 1 for 5 on the man advantage, however the Rangers were able to trump the Attack's specialty teams with a pair of shorthaned goals on the same penalty late in the first period. Immediately after the 6-1 goal, Robin Big Snake did attempt to find a dancing partnet right off of the faceoff, but was thwarted by the officials and given 12 minutes in penalties for his indiscretion. Bobby Ryan was easily the best Attack player on this night, his 2 goals were indicative of a hard working night along with a side of size and skill. Andre Benoit has 3 goals in his past two games for a total of 6 on the season, he has lead the league in goals by a defender in each of the past two seasons. This season Peterborough's Trevor Hendrikx leads with 8 he also scored on this night. The Attack's inter-divisional record dropped to a league worst: 0-6-0.