Last year, for the first time in team history, the Rangers defeated all of their 19 opponents that they had encountered. On this night history would repeat itself. The Rangers didn't waste their time in dispatching each of the first 18 teams, but despite two early season meetings with the Spitfires, the Rangers suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses. It was in a time when the Spitfires had their top gun netminder, overager: Anthony Guadagnolo, who now calls the midwest division his home. The Rangers suffered a crushing defeat on home ice when they were scored upon in the final minute of the game breaking a 2-2 tie, and then in Windsor held a 2-0 lead in the third period before two late goals by the Spitfires, both broke the shutout and sent the game, tied, into a shootout, where the Rangers lost. Brian Soso scored his first goal as a Ranger during his first visit back, on this night the perennial Spitfire fan favourite would have a pair of assists in what could be his last visit to "the Barn" in Windsor that he called home for each of the past 3 seasons. Soso's first goal of the season was an accidental bank shot from behind the goal on Anthony Guadagnolo, his 7 goals since has been much prettier.
The Rangers didn't take their sweet time in
getting started. Mike Duco scored on a Dan Gyenes rebound less than
three minutes in. He was playing on a newly formed unit with Brian
Soso and Mattew Martello in Steve Downie's absence. The chemistry
seems to have been instant and not the least bit flukey in terms of the
production that really started down in Oshawa. The Rangers struggled
to add to that lead though. The chances were there but star rookie
netminder Andrew Engelage was as well thwarting each opportunity.
Other times it was bad bounces that victimized the Rangers. Rookie
scrapper Richard Greenop may have not gotten a piece of Brian Soso like
he most likely wanted to, but he did get something that was even more valuable.
Suddenly it appeared that the Spitfires might have gotten away with a period
that was below par in the effort department with a 1-1 tie, it was not
Matt Halischuk struck first on a breakaway late in the period regaining the lead for the Rangers. Victor Oreskovich then picked up a goal from in close 89 seconds later giving the Rangers a two goal lead. Then 25 seconds later, Kevin Henderson struck. Henderson's goal was reviewed extensively at the end of the period. The buzzer-beater caused a significant delay in the start of the intermission with the Rangers staying on the ice ensuring that their late tally counted. During the first intermission part-owner Warren Rychel expressed his disappointment with what was a terrible frist period that coudl have very easily resulted in a much larger deficit for the Spitfires. Early in the second period the Rangers simply continued to grind down the Spitfires, after Greg Nemisz collided with netminder John Murray prompting a Rangers' power play. Yannick Weber's point blast made the Rangers' 3rd power play opportunity golden.
Greg Nemisz would have some revenge himself, scoring on a power play to bring the Spitfires to within 3 goals. Mike Duco would put the game out of reach with a power play marker of his own, his second goal of the game late in the second period. Kevin Henderson would also score his 2nd of the game during the third period. Before Bradley Snetsinger scored to round out the scoring during a dominant 7-3 road effort for the Rangers. Brian Soso had a pair of assists in the winning effort, while John Murray bounced back with a great effort after being pulled during each of his last two starts in the previous weekend.