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Another divisional setback for the Rangers
 


The Rangers come close in the first, which was the case most of the night, they didn't capitalize on their chances while the Attack executed
flawlessly in their 5-2 road victory.
Picture Courtesy of: OHLPhotos.com


It's becoming very evident that the Rangers may not be up to par with some of their divisional rivals, they have lost each of their last four games that they have played within their own division, even more surprising is that 3 of those 4 losses have come on home ice where the Rangers have played well prior to their 12-2 drubbing of the Saginaw Spirit.  The Rangers continued much in the way that they finished up in London, they struggled and spent time on their heals.  It cannot be hard to rebound from a loss like their 4-3 overtime defeat in London, arguably the biggest let down since they led a game 5 in the first round of the 2000 playoffs 3-0 over the Soo Greyhounds, failing to return the series to Kitchener.  A few more obsticles for the already struggling Rangers as both Jakub Kindl and Boris Valabik reported to the camps of their respective countries: Czech Republic and Slovakia.  With Michael Richards out of the lineup already the Rangers were forced to inject a little new life, on this night Julien Machabee made his regular season debut in a Rangers' uniform, Daniel Larocque, another defender is scheduled to follow suit on Saturday night.  Someone has to be the spark that ignites the fire to end this streak and at this time there doesn't appear to be many takers!

Bob Sanguinetti got the Attack on the board at the midway point of the first period, he found his way into the low slot at the side of the net and quickly filled the net with a Brad Richardson cross-crease pass.  The Rangers had their chances during the first but found a way to fan on shots or miss the net altogether, it was a theme that continued throughout the evening.  The Attack increased their lead to 2-0 late in the period with a shorthanded goal, Bobby Ryan got caught deep in the Rangers' zone, and the worst possible thing happened as Theo Peckham was able to wiggle the puck loose and find Ryan who seemingly had all of the time in the world to beat Turple.  The Attack extended their lead again early in the second period with their netminder running to the bench on a delayed penalty.  Trevor Koverko was stopped by Turple but Scott Giles simply knifed a backhand shot into the net past Turple.


David Clarkson preparing to receive a pass which would lead to the Rangers 2nd goal, making the score 4-2.
Picture Courtesy of: OHLPhotos.com

Patrick Davis would finally break out of a horrendous goal scoring slump finally depositing an overdue rebound past former Saginaw netminder Mike Brown.  The Rangers had sustained pressure on that powerplay shift and appeared due for more than one goal.  The Attack quickly quenched any fire the Rangers may have had on Paul Bissonnette's goal which came just after the Rangers' tally, infact it came just after the Rangers had a brilliant chance that would have had them within one goal.  Bissonnette as many Attack shooters were, was looking at the better part of an empty net when his goal, the decisive blow against the Rangers was scored.  For the first time while wearing a Rangers jersey, Dan Turple was chased out of the net.  During the third period David Clarkson picked up a gimme goal converting a cross-crease pass from Evan McGrath, the Rangers go-to pivot in the absence of Michael Richards.  Mike Angelidis replied for the Attack while the Rangers were trapped in their own zone late, in need of a line change.

Two fights in this tilt, David Clarkson and Robin Big Snake dropped their gloves less than one minute in, the end result was Clarkson losing his footing and an early takedown by Big Snake, in the second period Peckham and Keefe treated the crowd to a wild tilt with some crazy punches many of which missed the mark.  The Rangers powerplay (their only source of offense) was 2 for 5 on the night, Owen Sound was 1 for 3.  Credit Mike Brown with his second career win against the Rangers.  The Rangers have scored 6 powerplay goals in their last 4 games, during the same stretch they only have 10 goals total.  The Owen Sound Attack, despite the 42 shots against are only the second team to limit the Rangers' offense to less than 3 goals while on home ice this season.  Andre Benoit wasn't overly effective offensively because of his icetime which was uncharacteristically high, even for him.