When the Battalion score they play the popular Edwin Starr song: "War" with it's chorus: "War, what is it good for - absolutely nothin!" in this game that appeared like a war with each team entering with some 'casualties' to their respective lineups, the Battalion were thin on the blueline while the Rangers' lacked in scoring pressence up front. In the end the battle with the Battalion resolved nothin' after 65 minutes the teams battled to a 4-4 tie and worse yet for both ailing teams suspensions for battles after the final buzzer could be forthcoming, something both teams at this points can ill afford. The Battalion played two games earlier in the weekend, a devastating last minute of regulation time loss in Peterborough in a battle of division leaders, on Friday night they had a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa 67's in Ottawa getting a day off before the matinee matchup against the Rangers. The Battalion have been rotating netminders on this afternoon Daren Machesney drew the start.
During the first period the Rangers appared
to have bus legs early in the game, the Battalion swarmed the Rangers'
zone and a combination of fortune and swift decision-making by backup netminder:
Eric Pfligler who was getting a rare start for Kitchener. Earlier
than any game on the weekend, the Rangers scored to take a lead only 6:55
into the first. Kevin Henderson converted a David Clarkson pass for
his fourth goal of the season. Play went back and fourth until the
Rangers found themselves in penalty trouble late in the period Jakub Kindl
went off for roughing and Andre Benoit followed him only 11 seconds later
with a slashing infraction. Wojtek Wolski got the Rangers' penalty
killers to commit and finally drew netminder: Eric Pfligler way out of
position afterwards he found Luch Aquino out in front who simply pounded
the puck into the empty net, only 16 seconds later Wolski was the marksman
scoring on the one-man advantage he kept and slipped the puck through Pfligler.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, the intermission was only 8 seconds away
and to compound problems Peter DeBoer took a two minute bench minor after
a quick dispute wtih official: Joel Washkurak.
The Rangers came out with some furry in the second period, they outshot the Battalion 15-9 and outscored them 3-0. After showing some resolve in killing the penalty to start the period Evan McGrath spearheaded the Rangers' attack he emerged from behind the net with a Battalion defender drapped all over him and managed to back the puck through Machesney while on the backhand. McGrath's unassisted goal brought the Rangers back even 2-2. Only one minute later the Rangers took their turn on the man advantage, Evan McGrath behind the Battalion net found Adam Keefe at the top of the crease, Keefe one-timed the shot through Machesney's legs. Just after the Rangers' took the lead a disturbing trend of penalties to the Rangers' reared their ugly head again. Andre Benoit took a minor for interference and only 29 seconds later Donally took a minor for netminder interference. This time the Rangers would hold the fort, and the Battalion at times would struggle to gain the zone. The Rangers got their chance later on in the period. Only 19 seconds into a two-man advantage Boris Valabik faked a point shot on to Patrick Davis' stick, Davis failed to score, but Evan McGrath slammed home the rebound giving the Rangers a commanding two goal lead.
In the third period the Rangers started to tire, the flu was going through the team and it was their third game in two and a half days. First Ryan Oulahen's wrister beat Pfligler and then with just over three minutes left Luke Lynes flipped a shot which barely found it's way over Pfligler's glove while in a scramble. The goals weren't overly spectacular, but for Pfligler the afternoon in net did provide some spectacular stops, and plenty of adventure. Twice he had the puck under his legs were were infront of him, the Battalion hit two posts, one which was a deflection off of Pfligler first Pfligler also went coast to coast for an amazing stop and made a stellar poke check in the third period. During OT Pfligler was caught outside of his goal at one time and another the puck went behind him but through the crease and out the other side. Andre Benoit had the best chance for the Rangers when he picked up a bouncing puck and center ice and went in nearly scoring. For both defensively sound clubs this was clearly an adventure off of the beaten path with a sloppy but thoroughly entertaining game. As time expired Luch Aquino found started abusing Rangers' netminder: Eric Pfligler leading to a mini brawl which almost got chaotic when Daren Machesney came flying in from the other end of the ice. As a result of the struggles, three players were given game misconducts at the close of overtime (Aquino, Wolski and McGrath for the Rangers). With the tie the Rangers closed to within 10 points of the idle Owen Sound Attack. The Rangers were 2 for 6 on the powerplay, and held the Battalion to only 2 goals on 11 opportunities.