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Tired 67s no match for high flying Rangers


Matthew Martello is right on top of Brady Morrison during the first period.


After a lengthy ceremony to honour former Rangers' defender: Paul Coffey the Rangers got to work on the Ottawa 67's.  Sporting jerseys with #6 patches on the left upper chest to commemorate the occasion.  The '6' patches were awfully similar in appearance to the captain's 'C's and on jerseys already lettered they tended to look fairly cluttered.  Much like was the case against the Barrie Colts the Rangers came out flying.  In this matchup effort would turn into result more quickly.  Why?  The Ottawa 67's were at the end of a very long weekend that started in Ottawa on Friday night before migrating to Owen Sound for a tough matchup with the Owen Sound Attack, the Attack prevailed late and it forced the 67s to limp into Kitchener for a matinee game having played the two previous nights with some long travel inbetween games.  Though the 2 hours from Owen Sound to Kitchener must have seemed short when compared to the trip from Ottawa up to Owen Sound.  Much like the Friday night game, the visitors struck early to temporarily silence the crowd.  Matt Lahey scored only a couple of minutes in on the 67s first shot of the game, a deflection that beat John Murray.

Again, much like the Friday night matchup with the Barrie Colts the Rangers launched an accessive amount of shots at Ottawa netminder Brady Morrison who was hard at work controlling rebounds all period.  The Rangers fired 24 shots during the first period, bettering the Ottawa game-long total of 22.  The only puck to find it's way past Morrison occured during a 67's power play.  Victor Oreskovich cleared the puck in to the 67's end, it appeared to be a harmless play, but Peter Tsimikalis headed directly to the net and made some hard work look like a lucky goal, deflecting the puck into the net.  While the Rangers weren't killing penalties, they were rolling all four of their lines and even the 4th line featuring Kadri, Soso and Timmins showed lots of offensive creativity.  Somehow despite what the shot clock read, the Ottawa 67's escaped the opening period with 1-1 tie.
 



Steve Downie tries to find Yannick Weber on the point during a third period power play.

The Rangers started their first power play late in the first period.  The short carry-over into the second period was sufficient for the Rangers to take their first lead of the game.  Yannick Weber's shot found it's way through to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead only 12 seconds into the third period.  Brett Liscomb would tie the game before at 2 goals a piece still early in the second period, just before Matt Halischuk would find the back of the net giving the Rangers the lead for good.  Halischuk whom has struggled tremendously since losing his regular linemates from earlier in the season: Mike Duco and Justin Azevedo.  Halischuk had gone a month between goals after scoring 24 in the first half of the season and this eventual game winner was the goal that broke his personal scoreless drought.  Victor Oreskovich would open up a two goal lead after being fed a pass by Halischuk to scored his 16th of the season on the power play.

After going scoreless in two complete games against Guelph and Barrie and losing their thunder to the newly assembled: Steve Downie line, the line centred by Peter Tsimikalis finally got in gear.  Perhaps the attention was going to the Rangers newly assembled top unit of Steve Downie, Justin Azevedo and Kevin Henderson.  Nick Spaling, Peter Tsimikalis and Victor Oreskovich accounted for 5 of the Rangers' 7 goals, including a pair of power play goals and also a pair of shorthanded goals.  Peter Tsimikalis' early third period goal, his 9th of the season, was his second shorthanded goal of the night.  Minutes later Kevin Henderson would close out the scoring givng the Rangers a 7-2 victory.  The third period seemed to drag on as the Rangers weren't eager to humiliate it to their obviously tired opposition and Ottawa simply didn't have any gas left in the tank.  The Rangers in all has 64 shots on goal over sixty minutes, and a total of 122 over the two weekend games against Eastern Conference rivals on home ice.