The Owen Sound Attack played the role of streak breaker, but ultimately the most important streak between the two clubs stood the test. Turple's shutout streak was snapped late in the third, one that had spanned 139:35 since Michael Blunden scored in the third period in Erie, it has had been 183:09 since the Rangers had allowed a even strength goal, it's also been 3 full games and 22 powerplays and counting since the back of the Rangers' net has seen a power play goal. The most important streak was the Rangers' winning streak over the Attack extending through a sweep in last season's playoffs, the Rangers have taken 7 straight over the Attack. The Rangers also ankled a rather annoying run where they have failed to score an even-strength goal in over three games spanning an ugly 247 minutes and 4 seconds. Rookie Yves Bastien was responsible for snapping that streak, most amazing is the fact that Rangers undaunted have continued to win straight through that string of games. Probably most important to the Rangers' success this season is the play of Dan Turple, and in the last three games he has allowed a very stingy 2 goals against. His performance against the Owen Sound Attack in two games this season, seems to indicate if nothing else that the Attack may have gotten off easily facing Pfligler who was completely stellar in the post-season, avoiding the big Rangers' starter.
After jumping all over the Colts in Barrie
only one night earlier, it was the Attack who got the early jump on the
Rangers, newcomer: Corey Konecny took a pair of stick infraction minors
in the first period, and the Attack power play while superior in puck movement
to many in the league couldn't find a way to get a really good quality
chance on the Rangers during the first period. And Dan Turple when
tested, was simply spectacular, the Attack moved the puck brilliantly at
times, they also generated traffic infront forcing Turple who covers a
lot of net to start with to kick out his pads to follow redirections many
of them unintentional but severely dangerous around the Rangers' net.
And for the second straight time when possible Turple wasn't overly generous
on the rebounds. Sean Courtney did have a clear cut breakaway after
Kyle Knechtel retreated to his goal after starting out after a loose puck,
Courtney made his move but ultimately ran out of room. For the second
straight game, the Rangers went throught the first period scoreless, it
was quite late in the evening when the Rangers did manage to score.
The puck dropped at around 7:40 after a lengthy and well orchestrated Remembrance
Day ceremony, the next delay occured only 42 seconds into the second period
after a thundering hit by Mike Duco that shattered one of the panes of
glass between the two benches.
During the near 10 minute delay after breaking the glass the Rangers were able to prepare for an ensuing power play that was the result of the collisions as Theo Peckham found his way to the box for roughing. It didn't take the Rangers long after that. Evan McGrath put a shot on goal that trickled to the opposite side, and Matt Auffrey was waiting there to pounce on the rebound. Queue the tough guys. A long anticipated battle of the heavyweights, overager Justin Allen who was recently acquired by the Attack for a legitimate toughguy pressence to go along with Theo Peckham. Anticipation built in the stands as the two circled, Valabik landed some heavy blows to the helmet of Allen before finally removing it, and then went to work raining down bombs onto the head of the Attack toughguy. The fight brought the crowd to its feet, the Rangers' used that momentum but again they remained snake bitten while playing 5-on-5. Early in the third that trend would finally disappear. After failing to score during the first period while using his speed, Bastien jumped into the fray and took a loose puck and pounded it into the back of the net. Taking advantage of a Corey Konecny shot, Konecny's name was also on the scoresheet for 9 minutes in penalties. The Rangers also pressured early in the period for an insurance goal but despite some extremely long goalmouth scrambles Ayr native Kyle Knechtel was able to keep the puck out.
After failing to open up a three goal lead the Rangers' found themselves in some penalty trouble, they took a pair of minors that gave a hungry Attack offense real motivation to break the shutout with a comeback still in the cards, Turple came up with some tremendous glove stops through traffic that gave the Rangers penalty killer some much needed rest and also halted the momentum for the Attack. Newcomer Corey Konecny tried his hand at fighting midway through the period, he took on defender Jeff Moor and landed the lion's share of the blows before getting slammed to the ice by the 19-year-old rookie. Nick Spaling and many of the younger Rangers again energized the Rangers, who unfortunately lost the services of Sean Courtney who was cut by a highstick and struggled in the faceoff circle. With just over five minutes left in the game Joshua Bailey took a thundering hit along the boards from Valabik but was able to sneak the puck ahead in the rush to Bob Sanguinetti who travelled to the front of the net unharassed and fliped the puck in the top corner spoiling a brilliant shutout performance by Turple who was named the stop star. In the dying minutes of the game, Myles Applebaum nearly chased down a puck preventing an icing with the Attack net nearly vacated, after having an Owen Sound timeout and an offensive zone faceoff the Rangers were able to clear the puck once again, but Evan McGrath who was without a stick was unable to score on the empty net, instead he was content to keep the puck between his skates. Perhaps the most dangerous Attack skater was Andrej Sekera two nighst removed from a thrilling shootout winner in Owen Sound where he undressed Justin Garay of the Plymouth Whalers. Sekera in the closing minutes picked up the puck on his own side of centre and hit the Rangers' line with speed, from there he managed to sneak around everyone and nearly beat Turple to tie the game. He was recognized with cheers as the games' third star and also chose to acknowledge the the fans.