With the London Knights out of the way, emphasis shifts to the Rangers cleaning up their own state of affairs and that is getting more than one line scoring. The emphasis had to be on the line centered by Evan McGrath who just recently snapped a long scoreless slump, lately he's been flanked on both of the wings by recent deadline acquisitions: Ryan Donally and Jean-Michel Rizk. Rizk was hurt in practice and Justin Azevedo was forced to take his place. Justin Azevedo hardly looked out of place, Ryan Donally provided some laneways along with excellent and punishing work along the boards, and Evan McGrath was heavily involved with the scoring as well! Justin Azevedo scored a pair on the night, one in the first and one in the second period, he tallied 3 points on the night (2-1). Of more immediate concern to the Generals, the return of netminder: Carlo DiRienzo and Devereaux Heshmatpour to their former stomping grounds in Kitchener. Dan Turple, the Rangers' half of the deal would spend the night doing door duty and preparing for a key matchup in Erie on Saturday night.
Only 6 minutes into the game, Andre Benoit
went in deep behind the Generals goal, he found Azevedo infront and the
dimunitive Rangers' rookie found the back of the net through a crowd.
Only two minutes later Peter Tsimikalis found the back of the Rangers'
net on a Generals powerplay, Eric Pfligler lost the puck in his feet and
it eventually resulted in a goal. The Oshawa Generals were keeping
up with the Rangers' until late in the period when the Rangers struck twice,
after a couple of strong stops, Kevin Henderson beat DiRienzo with a poor
angle dribbler along the ice. Moments after the goal, Eric Pfligler
went flying from coast to coast and just barely managed to thwart a puck
from entering the net. Despite a very mediocre performance Eric Pfligler
probably had the turning point stop of the game. Only one minute
later, Michael Richards found David Clarkson right at the goalpost after
some cycling and Clarkson simply tipped the puck around the post giving
the Rangers a commanding lead with only one minute left in the period (as
The Rangers #2 line was the catalyst in the second period, they were responsible for two goals within 16 seconds around the 7 minute mark. First Ryan Donally burst into the Generals zone, he slipped through a bodycheck along the boards, he was simply too strong for the check, he dipped behind the net and found Evan McGrath out infront all alone, McGrath made no mistake. For Ryan Donally it was a hard earned first point while with the Rangers. While on the ice for the same shift, McGrath returned the favour, he set up Justin Azevedo giving the Rangers a dominant 5-1 lead, and prompting a timeout by the Generals, at that point the Rangers were outshooting the Gens 11-1 in the second period after a relatively even first period. After the Rangers' jumped out to the big league a couple of scraps were started, first Matt Pepe tried his luck with Gary Friesena and only one minute later former Ranger: Devereaux Heshmatpour drew newcomer: Ryan Donally. The lightweight tilt was by far the more exciting of the two.
The Rangers and Generals traded goals in the third period, in all the Rangers and Generals combined for 7 goals in the third period, 3 on the powerplay and 2 while shorthanded. The highlight reel goals were the shorthanded markers. Michael Richards burst in on a near shorthanded break, he sold the Generals and DiRienzo on a slapshot before sending the puck across the slot to the always deceptive: Andre Benoit who simply slammed the puck into the open cage, this coming after Peter Tsimikalis scored only 17 seconds into the period. Tsimikalis completed the hattrick at the 7 minute mark of the period, the Rangers continued to reply after each Generals goal. The Rangers finished the game struggling on the powerplay 1 for 7, while the Generals made good on 3 of 5 powerplay opportunities. Craig Voakes snuck in late for the only Rangers' powerplay goal of the game. Things got ugly late, Justin Allen was pounded to the ice by Boris Valabik and only 10 seconds later Mark Fraser took a very ugly cut from a Gary Friesen high stick, Matt Lashoff came to Fraser's aid fighting Friesen immediately afterwards, fortunately for Fraser the high stick which caused lots of bleeding occured around the eyebrow region. In all the Rangers outshot the Generals 48-22.