Good things seem to come in spurts for the Rangers. The team seems to be nursing some streaks en route to a season-high five game homestand which will take them most of the way through the month of November and if things stay as good as they have been the team could distance themselves from some of their divisional rivals. The Rangers took their 4th straight game on the road while playing in a build where they were winless in 4 attempts during the previous season, and speaking of the previous season, the Rangers never did win four straight on the road in that season. Things didn't start off so sunny for the Rangers, only minutes in playing shorthanded Mark Lytwyn found Ryan Callahan at the opposite side of the crease but Callahan missed the puck on the one-timer chance and it turned out to be the best opportunity in the first two periods for the Guelph Storm whom were heavily outshot. The goal would have completed some sweet revenge for the Storm and more specifically Mark Lytwyn. Kyle Spurr had taken it upon himself to gain some revenge for the beating that Adam Keefe had laid down on Lytwyn back in Kitchener and taken an instigating minor leading to what appeared to be a brilliant shorthanded opportunity. The first period was loaded with penalties, each team had 6 infractions at the end of the first period, with the Rangers' carrying the play for much of the period.
When a team is on a run as the Rangers are,
often players have streaks of their own, Craig Voakes continued his personal
goal scoring streak, extending it to 4 straight games early in the second
period tucking a puck past a sprawling Adam Dennis who had to deal with
heavy traffic and menacing Rangers pounding away at nearby pucks all afternoon
long. The second period was by far the strongest for the Rangers who outshot
the Storm by a 16-9 margin, it was also the most wide open of the three
periods. As he's known to, Andre Benoit cushioned the Rangers' lead
in the late going of the second period, while the Rangers were playing
some 4-on-4 Benoit snuck in deep and as it always seems to, the puck found
its way onto Benoit's stick and he made little mistake, scoring the eventual
Ryan Callahan broke up DiRienzo's shutout bid just after the five-minute mark of the third period. Dan Girardi blasted a point shot which was tipped by Storm leading scorer: Ryan Callahan into the top corner, just over DiRienzo's glove. The goal gave new intensity to the near capacity Sunday afternoon crowd of 4295. The Rangers took that life away, not with a goal of their own, but with a defensive effort that effectively sufficated the Storm faithful, permitting a stingy 3 shots on goal during the entire third period. After some controversial minors were handed out late in the third period the Rangers would finish off the Storm with a powerplay goal within the final minute of regulation time to put the game out of reach 3-1 by Evan McGrath. McGrath's goal was his team leading 13th of the season. Immediately afterwards, things turned tough again, as Mark O'Leary was ejected for starting a fight with Kitchener's Chris Gravelding, but cooler heads would eventually prevail.
Ryan Callahan's 14th of the season equalled his rookie goals total, he is on pace to easily best last season's total of 36 goals. Incredibly the Storm who entered the week in 2nd place, fell to 5th in the division with the loss, even more discouraging is the fact that the Storm in their three weekend games, did not have one even-strength tally, and only managed 4 goals overall (all on the powerplay). Andre Benoit's goal gave him a share of the league leader for defenders in goal scoring with Trevor Hendrikx of the Petes with 8, Benoit leads all defenders in points. Andre Benoit and Craig Voakes have points in 10 and 9 games respectively, coincidentally the Rangers are 8-1-1 in that period of time. The Rangers had not won 4 straight games on the road since the 2002-2003 season, though it is notable that the Rangers were undefeated in 5 road games (4-0-1) in the fall of 2003. After returning to the lineup on Friday night Boris Valabik sat out in Guelph still feeling the effects of a concussion. Joe McCann and Matt Pepe both sat out the final game of their two game suspensions.