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Sound win for Rangers in scenic city


Overager: Scott Bowles attempts to look past Nick Spaling, who is parked at the top of his crease, while Theo Peckham looks on.


Truely the Rangers and Attack are heading in the same direction, and that is after the Knights' and the Midwest division title.  But the night before they were coming from two very different areas, one the 56 year old Memorial Auditorium and the second and less-than-one day old General Motors Place in Oshawa, the brand new home for the Oshawa Generals.  It's not so much the structures that were differing, it's the teams that call those places home, and the teams that played there on Friday night.  The London Knights, who awaited a matchup with the Kitchener Rangers have been the class of the league for several seasons now, they are bidding for their 4th consecutive regular-season league title, also known as the Hamilton Spectator Trophy.  The Oshawa Generals on the other hand, they have failed to qualify for the post-season in consecutive seasons, their level of competence of late at least, has been well below that established by the Knights recently or most of those in the OHL's Midwestern Division.  Regardless, the two division rivals collided in Owen Sound to battle things out with the Rangers, who have recently emerged as threats in the powerful Midwest division.

The Rangers appeared to have the early jump on the Attack who took an easy 9-5 decision from the Oshawa Generals who appeared extremely lethargic in the debut of their brand new arena.  It probably led to some complacency for the Attack.  Justin Azevedo opened the scoring in the first period that was a very strong one for the Rangers, Azevedo took it to the net on his own and managed to find his way around overage netminder: Scott Bowles.  Bowles who was recently acquired as a WHL castaway from the Prince George Cougars, he still wore their equipment.  Unfortunately the early lead would not last, only 44 seconds later, Trevor Lewis stripped the puck from Jakub Kindl behind the net and found a way to get infront of the net, and beat John Murray who was making his 10th straight start in the Rangers' net, by night's end he'd have his 9th win of the season, Murray is on a roll.  Nazem Kadri gave the Rangers' another lead early in the second period, but just like the first lead it was short lived, Scott Tregunna and Trevor Lewis came in on a two-on-one, and managed to beat John Murray only 40 seconds later.  Worse yet, it was a shorthanded goal, one of many that the Rangers have allowed this season, it was especially frustrating in that a goal by the Rangers could have contributed to a two-goal lead.


Justin Azevedo faces off deep in Owen Sound's end in the third period.

Enter Matt Halischuk, the man who just won't stop scoring for the Rangers, his 17th goal, came on the power play and as is often the case, Halischuk seemingly appeared out of no where, and pounced on a puck that didn't spend much time on his stick prior to entering the net.  Matt Halischuk, has seemingly been on his pace, a goal short of one per game, and that's where things changed, despite a pair of Rangers' penalties stacked on top of each other Dan Kelly and Justin Azevedo took infractions that just barely overlapped, those were the first Rangers' penalties of the game, and they took place late in the second period.  The Rangers' penalty kill would bend and not break and as has been the case of late, John Murray was strong inbetween the pipes for the Rangers keeping the Attack at bay.  The Rangers took a two goal lead early in the third period on a very odd goal.  After a shot by Jean-Michel Rizk, the puck was juggled and appeared to almost climb the arms of Bowles who was desperately trying to craddle the puck, eventually as he turned the puck came loose and Rizk was right there, behind Bowles in the crease and got the gimme goal very easily.

Queue the Owen Sound comeback, urged on by 3250 fans who packed the standing room only Bayshore Arena.  The Rangers were killing one of many penalties that they picked up in the course of the third period, the puck found its way back to the point where Bob Sanguinetti was able to find the centre of the blueline and whip a shot through a crowd that Murray may have never seen, it was Sanguinetti's first goal of the season.  Mid-way througb the period Bobby Ryan picked up the puck at the side of the goal and beat Murray to finally tie the game.  But, the Rangers were resilient, and their new speedster line which incorporates defender: Steve Tarasuk with impressive rookie Scott Timmins, those two entered the zone two on-one and Tarasuk made a perfect pass that left the puck alone in the crease where Timmins' pounced for his 2nd of the season.  For Tarasuk, it was an extremely impressive first OHL point, in his 18th game of the season.  The Rangers won 5-4, unable to find the vacated Owen Sound net.