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Make it six straight over the Attack for the Rangers

Justin Azevedo attempts to set up a screen on the Owen Sound net in the first period.

A crowd of nearly 3,000 took in the return matchup, the Rangers' against the Attack, it was a first for both Turple, and Conway in the respective goals, but the result changed little.  The Rangers' netminder though obviously a much bigger one in this instance proved to be dominating and in this game probably the difference for the Rangers.  Turple simply refused to release his hold on the lead, though a tremendous amount of Rangers' penalties including far too many two-man advantages for coach DeBoer's liking weren't really enough to influence the Rangers' overage netminder.  The end result was that the Attack and their fans will have to wait another day for their revenge on the Rangers who swept a second round best of seven series with the Attack, after winning a meaningless season-ending game in Owen Sound as well.  Then there's leading Rangers' scorer: Evan McGrath, apparently his two-point performance on Friday was a low point?  On this night the 4th year veteran rebounded, putting up a four spot, with a pair of goals and a pair of assists, giving him 15 points in 4 games, leading Barrie's Bryan Little by 5 points (Little is 2nd in league scoring having played 5 games).  After what had to be a dissapointing night against the Spirit the Rangers, rebounded early in the game, cranking up the intensity.  Kevin Henderson, Justin Azevedo and Mike Duco tormented the Attack in the opening minutes with their work ethic deep in the zone.  But after a night of relief with a relatively subdued amount of infractions, the Rangers and Attack began their continuous flow to the sin bin.

Patrick Davis opened the scoring very late in the first, while on the Rangers' powerplay.  The goal gave the Rangers' something that they never really had in Kitchener on Friday night, that, primarily being a lead.  Despite some very close calls, amazing cha nces and spectacular saves the story at the end of the night was that Kitchener and their netminder never relinquished this lead.  Boris Valabik found himself in an array of querky and undisciplined plays in the first two periods.  First Valabik flowed Theo Peckham to the box while the Rangers were able to go on a powerplay, then took an unsportsmanlike minor while making a fight appointment that never transpired.  Valabik also had Igor Gongalsky in a headlock for a while prior to taking a butt-end from the tank-like forward, what appeared to be a stupid infraction actually turned powerplay, and coincidental minor.  Later in the period, Valabik while frustrated with the officials after taking a minor with Donally in the box, threw his hands up and left to the box, prior to being indicated as the offending player following the whistle.  Ryan Donally's cappers would prove worse, his near comical one-man parade to the box left the Rangers' shorthanded on six occasions, twice more than the Rangers as a team found themselves shorthnaded in the entire game the previous night.  On one occasion Donally never made it to the bench taking another minor within 26 seconds.

Play down low and all aruond the Rangers' net was a theme on this night.  Valabik and Kindl collapse on Turple, during
this second period two-man advantage.

One of the most electrifying plays came early in the second period.  While the Rangers were down two men disaster struck for the Attack.  Justin Azevedo stole the puck at the point and with amazing speed broke through the neutral zone unharassed, he made his move on Neil Conway and just barely tucked the puck inside the post before both he and Conway crashed the goal post removing the net from position.  Just when the Rangers' secured the 2 goal lead, Jeff Kyrzakos managed to pick a puck out of scrum from immediately infront of the Rangers' net.  In the third period it all opened up.  First while the Rangers' were on a two-man advantage, Evan McGrath's centering pass deflected past Conway, maybe hitting the stick or skate of Andre Sekera, later on fate reversed itself as Davis and McGrath came in two-on-one, and McGrath's shot somehow failed to beat Conway to a part empty net.  Seconds later just after the second of the two Attack penalties expired, Patrick Davis deflected a Matt Pepe point shot giving the Rangers' a commanding 4-1 lead.

With Donally in the box for his sixth visit the Attack powerplay finally got the wheels in motion, with a delayed penalty on the way and a 6th skater on the ice Mike Angelidis won the battle directly infront of Turple to score bringing the Attack to within two.  With the Attack still down a pair, things were looking up, with the Attack set to enjoy another extended 5 on 3 man-advantage, they converted into a brief 6-on-3 with a delayed minor to the Rangers.  Sadly for the Attack, even after a timeout by Stothers to rally the troops, history repeated itself.  The best scoring chance was had by Patrick Davis who took a odd-man rush feed from Kindl breaking in all alone just failing to score.  Evan McGrath again put some distance between the Attack and the Rangers.  He first broke in with Mike Duco two on one, failing to score their the two forwards kept the pressure on the Attack before McGrath was able to walk out infront and deposit a backhand past Conway.  Matthew Kang closed out the scoring wiht just over a minute left in regulation taking an odd-bounce off of the glass and using quick hands to back the puck past a desperately sprawling Turple.  The Attack did manage to remove their netminder, but neither team really threatened in the final 30 seconds.  Dan Turple was a bright spot for the Rangers' stopping 40 of 43, and as expected was the Rangers' top penalty killer.