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Devastating setback for Rangers!
 


Another day at the office for David Clarkson.
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Give London credit, they didn't start the season undefeated in 30 by fluke, and on Sunday afternoon coming off a very frustrating 0-0 tie against the Guelph Storm on Teddy Bear night while on national television, the Knights found themselves in an even less desirable predicament entering the third period down 3-0 to the Rangers.  The Knights dominated the third period bouncing 17 shots off of the big Rangers' netminder and another 3 past him, after only emerging from the first period with a pair of shots themselves.  The big Rangers' netminder to the extent that he could have been was really up to the task, the Knights generated enough scoring chances to score at least 8 goals in a third period where the Rangers were clearly caught back on their heals and running.  This all coming infront of a crowd that was as loud or louder than what the Rangers had enjoyed on home ice just 4 nights earlier.

After convincingly killing off a pair of Knights powerplays the Rangers went to work themselves, Andre Benoit stepped into a shot from the point, his patented wrister made the score 1-0 Kitchener.  The Knights appeared a step off without several of their premier players out of the lineup, the Rangers were without their marquee player: Michael Richards.  For the second time in two games David Clarkson and Brandon Prust went toe-to-toe, this time neither combatent would lose their footing and both would treat those in attendance to a really good tilt.  Midway through the second period Mike Duco found David Clarkson who went in all alone dekeing Coleman stick side and flipping the puck over his arm with prefection at the goal-line.  Moments later while on the powerplay that resulted from a Kelly Thomson spearing double-minor, Clarkson stepped over the blueline launching a rocket into the top corner, one that Coleman should've had.  It was the end of the night for Turple's big counterpart who has allowed 3 goals in each of his three starts against the Rangers this season.  The Knights went on to kill the remaining half of the double-minor and despite a near disaster where Boris Valabik stepped out of the penalty box for a breakaway that developed without an overly dangerous scoring chance on MacDonald who had just come in to replace Coleman.


Brandon Prust in close to the Rangers' net.
Picture Courtesy of: OHLPhotos.com

The third period saw a Knights team desperate to continue their amazing unbeaten string and a Rangers' team that seemed more than less content with their 3 goals.  Early in the period Ryan Potruff who very recently returned from injury stepped into a rebound putting the Knights on the board.  Before the midway mark Brandon Prust turned on a the jets and simply flew through the Rangers' duo of Lashoff and Benoit making a near carbon copy breakaway move to that of Clarkson, and lifted the puck over Turple.  The tying goal was the hardest for the Knights to receive.  Turple at times in the third period looked simply incredible.  With only two minutes remaining in regulation, Boris Valabik got a little zealous at center ice making the big hit, but getting out of position, ultimately leading to the trying goal as Rob Schremp's one-timer from the opposite side of the net, coming from Dylan Hunter was tipped by Turple, but not altogether stopped, the goal naturally made the capacity crowd errupt in cheers!  Early in overtime a horrible pass behind the Rangers' goal found it's way on to Trevor Kell's stick, he found Rodney streaking in fron the blueline, and Rodney made little mistake scoring his 7th goal this season.

Andre Benoit celebrated career game #285 (a Rangers record for games played) with a goal, the 89th of his career, he's trying to become the second Ranger this season to hit the career century mark in goals scored.  The Rangers overtime record leveled out at 2-2-3, after going unbeaten in 12 game the Rangers have now lost 5 of their last 7 games, two losses of which occured in overtime.  Dan Turple, because of his often spectacular performance was the game's second star, and for the first time really exhibited some of the netminding skills that the Rangers may need to keep them in games, where they are outplayed.