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Halischuk's run over, as is recent win streak


Justin Azevedo chases Owen Sound's Theo Peckham while on the forecheck.


The Rangers' power play has been a rough ride this season.  They have some star pointmen, they have some bodies willing to take some punishment infront of the net, yet it hasn't struggled like this since 2003-2004.  On this night it could be called out specifically as the downfall of the Rangers who watched as their home-ice record again dropped below .500 much to the dismay of the loyal Kitchener Rangers' fans, many of whom are very aware of just how strong the team can be having followed them on the road all over Ontario.  Arguably, the Rangers stole one up in Owen Sound.  Perhaps it was justice that the Attack came back into Kitchener with the intent on stealing one back with the season series tied at 1-1 having played both games up in Owen Sound and with four games remaining including this key head-to-head matchup, the Rangers lead for second in the division was only a slim 2 points, by night's end that would drop to zero with the Rangers and Attacked, deadlocked at 2nd in the Midwest Division and fourth in the conference.  It wasn't exactly a case of a poor hockey game, it was a case of two teams who's play seemed to be dead even through sixty minutes of play.

The early periods seemed nearly plagued with Attack penalties.  Of course it was highlighed by a checking from behind major to Lane MacDermid that ended his night early and unfortunately did not result in any injury to the Rangers' player who was struck into the boards.  The ensuing three minute power play proved fruitless, it started 2 minutes late because of a penalty to Brian Soso for roughing on the exact same play.  Things ended with Jakub Kindl ended things with a penalty of his own for high-sticking.  Surprisingly it was penalty that seemed to spur on the Rangers.  Robert Bortuzzo setup Yves Bastien with some open ice on the 4-on-4 and Bastien managed to beat Neil Conway around the midway point on the first period.  The Rangers finished the period despite the power play time down 9-7 on the shot clock, and unfortunately on this night they had a to deal with Owen Sound's other netminder: Neil Conway, whom they did not score 5 goals on in Owen Sound.  Meaning overager Scott Bowles' time with the team could be up soon. 


Matt Halischuk grimaces as he tries to slash a puck out of mid-air.

The Attack seemed to gain some momentum in the second period offensively and after a 5-4 score their last time out against each other both teams still seemed very intent on keeping the score down despite entertaining fans.  A group who since these two teams first meet in the post-season a couple of seasons ago has now been making a habit of visiting the Aud and they made their pressence knownat the top of section 3, both teams traded chances throughout the second period.  Perhaps most impressive for the Attack was always dangerous defender: Bob Sanguinetti, who made several offensive plays, but each time Mark Packwood, who picked up the surprise start against the division rivals was equal to the task.  At the other end Neil Conway's play was starting to border on spectacular, after allowing the Rangers to open the scoring in the first period scoring, he simply shut the Rangers down.  Late in the second period while on a two-man advantage the Attack would draw even.  Bobby Ryan would find Scott Tregunna at the side of the net all alone for a quick one-timer from just outside the blue paint on the Rangers' crease.  Fortunately, the Rangers' Adam Zamec had just stepped out of the penalty box, meaning that an Attack power play would not continue.

In the third period the Rangers would pressure the Attack heavily, but seconds after a spectacular toe stop by Conway thwarted Nazem Kadri who stormed in for a rebound chance, Lewis, Peckham and Bobby Ryan would jump down the ice and create some havoc before dumping the puck to the point where it found David Kolomatis, the third New Jersey native on the Attack team, he simply wired the puck at the net the second it hit his stick and Bobby Ryan provided the trip from out in front that made the puck flutter into the top corner of the net, just under the crossbar.  The Rangers with a succession of four consecutive power plays to end the game in the third period would fail on all of them and finish 0-for-9 at the end of the net coming close on some many occasions, but Conway would be there to stop them each time.  Matt Halischuk didn't score for the first time in 8 games, the Rangers'  5-game winning streak also concluded with the loss.  It was a netminder duel and as a result Conway and Packwood were the first and second stars of the game, with Bobby Ryan third, being the only skater on either side to record 2 points (the winning goal and an assist on the tying goal).  The 2-1 loss dropped Mark Packwood's record to 1-5 despite a very respectable goals against average of 2.65.