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Revenge and home advantage - in style
 


Turple reacts as the puck is deflected over the net. 
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Something tells me that the Rangers weren't too happy about the Storm breaking up their undefeated season against the Storm on Kitchener's home ice.  The Rangers seemed to dominate on the ice on Sunday, on the shotclock as well holding a 2-1 margin for most of the game, the results weren't there for the home team.  When the boys wore the blue in Guelph, they showed up with a similar but superiror effort, and most importantly got the results in a rematch of both teams and netminders.  Ryan MacDonald who returned to play the Rangers only two days earlier was pretty much as stingy as he was in Kitchener, the Rangers got a little more luck than on Sunday afternoon, but did only manage to score one more goal, the last one being an empty netter.  The big difference was at the other end of the ice where Dan Turple who faced only 10 shots through the first 50 minutes of the game, but was forced to come up with a small handful of gem saves in the final minutes of the game where the Storm put 9 shots on goal trying to break up the shutout.

Another game with the Storm, another scoreless first period, fortunately the Rangers didn't allow the Storm to score on their chances despite many powerplays including a two man advantage where the Storm weren't able to muster a shot on goal.  Shots on goal seemed to be hard to come by for the Storm in this matchup as the Rangers' clogged the slot effectively and the Rangers' defenders, all four that saw ice time did some good work in clearing shooters and deflecting shos away from the net.  There was a big scare for Storm fans when Even McGrath spun around while on the penalty kill shooting the puck into the face of: Ryan Callahan, though Callahan would be rushed off of the ice, it was be very refreshing to see Callahan return to the ice not looking so much worse for wear.  Late in the period Adam Keefe squared off with Kelsey Wilson in what was simply a classic, both fighters threw a seemingly unlimited amount of punches, Wilson controlled the first half of the fight before Keefe came back with some vicious punches.  Keefe was given 15 minutes in penalties because his jersey tie-down popped off.
 



Michael Richards beats MacDonald in the second for a 2-0 lead.
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The Rangers finally snapped the scoreless tie early in the second period.  Ryan MacDonald was left desperately trying to find the puck and as per usual Andre Benoit snuck in and finally wristed the a shot over MacDonald would was clueless as to where the puck was after a very lengthy scramble infront of the net.  Benoit's goal his 24th of the season, matches his career-high set last season.  The Rangers, had many more chances but Ryan MacDonald really kept the Storm into the game.  Later in the period after a pair of coincidental minors were escorted to the box Adam Keefe again dropped the gloves with Kelsey Wilson who was now in disguise after his first bout with Keefe dirtied up his jersey.  This time Keefe's jersey came off fairly early in what was a encore only fit to be compared to a very lively first round that had occured one period earlier.  Only seconds after this play stopage Michael Richards and Andre Benoit broke in two on one and Richards buried the puck very quickly.

In the third period at one point the Rangers were outshooting the Storm by a 38-10 margin, at one point the Storm hadn't registered a shot on goal in nearly 20 minutes though they did ring the iron in the third period.  Patrick Davis buried the game midway through the third period when he and Evan McGrath terrorized the Storm powerplay.  Davis took a pass from McGrath busted in and snapped the puck over MacDonald's shoulder for a 3-0 lead.  With the net vacated, Mike Duco was able to increase the winning margin to 4-0, the empty net goal was credited as a powerplay marker since Mark Fraser had just exited the penalty box.  Dan Turple wasn't without work late in the third period, with the Rangers shorthanded two men wtih a pair of infractions only 33 seconds apart.  Turple made a spectacular toe stop by sliding from post to post robbing the Storm of their spoiler goal, later on they caught Turple wandering and just barely fended away a shot with his blocker.  Andre Benoit's 3 points were good for first star honors and brought him closer to a pair of career milestones.  Only 1 short of 100 career goals and 3 points shot of 300 career points.  Dan Turple's shutout was the 3rd of his season.  The win enabled the Rangers to take the season series 4-1-3.