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Sloppy and costly win over the Majors
 


David Clarkson beats Toronto netminder: Wayne Savage during a first period powerplay.
Picture Courtesy of: OHLPhotos.com


As the second period ended, it appeared as if nothing could go wrong during Dan Turple's first start in a Rangers' uniform, as the third period progressed it started to appear as if nothing could go right for the listless Rangers.  After the Rangers held the Majors scoreless for 5 consecutive period this season, they finally exploded for 4 goals in the final frame, nearly completing what would have been an astonishing comeback.  Andre Benoit got things started for the Rangers with a sharp lone man rush where he just barely managed to find room for the puck chipping it over Peters' leg and into the net near side.  The turning point may have come when Tyler Haskins took a slashing minor while the Majors were already down a man.  The Rangers doubled their pleasure first Patrick Davis took a puck on the goal line roofing it narrowly putting it under the post.  Only 14 seconds later Adam Keefe would tip a Matt Lashoff point shot through Justin Peters, ending his stay in the Toronto net.  Backup netminder: Wayne Savage seemed to only stop the bleeding temporarily, David Clarkson (seem above) chopped the puck right through Savage while the Rangers were on their third powerplay.

The first period included a pair of fights including a battle between Justin Piquette and Majors rookie: Steven Whitely, Piquette kept the big Toronto defender tangled up and eventually gained the upper hand as the pair fell.  The second fight was the one that costed the Rangers dearly, Darryl Boyce provoked Andre Benoit excessively starting a fight, Benoit clearly won the fight but took Boyce down with a slew-foot resulting in a match-penalty, it is anticipated that Benoit will have to miss the next two Rangers' games with suspension.  After the Rangers managed to kill off the Benoit major they went on a powerplay of their own, this time it was Mike Duco that scored.  Later in the period David Clarkson and rugged defender: Scott Lehman despite his wrist problems he had an impressive bout with the tough Toronto defender.
 



Dan Turple stands his ground in the Rangers' net during the second period.
Picture Courtesy of: OHLPhotos.com

The Kitchener Rangers' powerplay gravy train got derailed before the midway point of the second period.  With a damaging 4 goals on four opportunities, unfortunately the Rangers' powerplay never really got back on track . . . it never had a chance, the Rangers finished regulation without another man advantage while the Majors enjoyed 5 consecutive powerplays which were a catalyst in a Majors comeback that nearly got scary!  Justin DiBenedetto got things started for the Majors while on the powerplay 5 minutes in, with a shot that traveled through the five-hole.  At the midway point of the period the Majors continued to claw back, Cal Clutterbuck just barely put a rebound behind Turple and minutes later former Bull John Adams found himself all in the open behind the Rangers defense and made little mistake.  With the netminder out in favour of an extra attacker, Colin Power scored his first goal of the season, but unfortuantely for the Majors his tally came with only 5 seconds left on the clock.  The Rangers took 2 points, and some intimidation after time had expired.

Dan Turple and Carlo DiRienzo both major players in the blockbuster deal between the Rangers and Generals struggled in their starts.  DiRienzo was removed at the midway point of the game in Peterborough after yielding 5 goals, Turple wasn't scored on his first two periods in the Rangers' crease but did allow 4 goals in a near disasterous third period for the Rangers.  Andre Benoit scored during the first period extending his scoring streak to 13 games in which he's scored at least one point, his point scoring streak is the highest active one in the entire league.  The Rangers' powerplay finished a perfect 4 for 4 at night's end.  The Rangers continued their perfect play while wearing the third jerseys.  Dan Turple improved his record to a perfect 2-0-0 when he has started at the Memorial Auditorium.  The victory makes the Rangers undefeated in 10 (8-0-2).  It was final game of Michael Richards' suspension, unfortunately it will be the first of a few games where the Rangers will have to find ways to win without their top defender.