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Rangers go out on high on home ice


Theo Peckham forcefully removes Kevin Henderson from the front of the crease.


After stealing a page out of the Storm playbook on Wednesday night blocking shots and clogging up the slot, early in this game, their last on home ice in the regular season, the Rangers appeared to rip out yet another page, copying the Storm.  Playing virtually lifeless on home ice leading to boredom in the stands, and what appeared to be an indifferent effort on the ice at times.  Charles Lavigne was the starter for the Rangers and he hadn't started in three weeks looked notably shakey, but fortunately that did not turn into any goals for the Attack, more than less just some weird rebounds that popped loose that otherwise shouldn't have.  He did look very aggressive in and around the crease as usual.  It was also one of those nights where you had to buy a program at the Aud just to figure out who all of the new names were.  Jamie Commerford, and Mike Hoffman were brand new additions to the lineup, while others such as: Mike Mascioli and Myles Barbieri were lesser seen Rangers that dressed and saw more ice than usual when they have been able to sneak into the lineup.  Seeing as how this was the only meaningless game for both sides each team had their share of veterans scratched.  Phil Oreskovic was out of the lineup for the Attack and the Rangers' top defender: Jakub Kindl was also out along with forward Nick Spaling, who's been nursing a sore shoulder late in the season.

Wayne Simmonds, a tremendous late bloomer got the Attack on the board midway through the first period, being patient while in the slot on the power play and effectively outwaiting Rangers' netminder Charles Lavigne while waiting for some space to open up in the top half of the net, barely sneaking a shot through Lavigne.  Mike Duco nearly tied the score less than a minute later snapping a knuckling puck off of the post.  Early in the second period Simmonds struck again with his 22nd of the year, he used his speed to bust in wide against Robert Bortuzzo.  Arguably Bortuzzo had saved a goal only moments earlier had cleared the puck out of a vacated crease.  It probably didn't help that Lavigne had several straps break on his one pad.  The Rangers got some life midway through the second period while on the power play.  Yannick Weber put a low shot on goal that Anthony Guadagnolo is still looking for after a heavy screen infront of the net left the Owen Sound netminder without the benefit of sight.
 



Justin Azevedo cannot beat Anthony Guadagnolo with spinarama move on the penalty shot.

The third period had what is called the most exciting play in hockey.  Early in the period the Rangers during a goalmouth scramble gloved the puck in the crease before covering it with a series of bodies.  It set up a play that would change the face of the game.  A penalty shot awarded to Bobby Ryan, the new recently-crowned Attack franchise leading goal scorer.  Ryan made a terrific deke move appeared to have had beat Lavinge before Lavigne quickly reached back and knocked the puck forward before it could cross the line.  Only minutes later the Rangers would have some luck in the offensive zone.  Matthew Martello would have the puck deflect off of his leg and into the goal after he was hauled down to the ice to tie the game.  With the goal Martello in two games had doubled his goal output for the season.

After setting up Matthew Martello in Guelph, Dan Kelly worked his magic on the way up ice with Nazem Kadri, sprining the young forward on a break, and Kadri quickly dipped and dove beating Guadagnolo with head fake, directing the puck towards the empty cage and them sending himself flying into the end boards.  The Rangers had the opportunity to get some insurance when Justin Azevedo was awarded a penalty shot after being taken off of his feet during a breakaway.  Azevedo, not known for his breakaway prowess, tried a sniparama move deep in the crease but directed the puck too much towards Guadagnolo to be rewarded.  Kevin Henderson would close out the scoring while on the power play late in the period that Kitchener was awarded after a delay of game penalty to Owen Sound.  The win, the Rangers' 8th in a row made their record a perfect 8-0 while playing without their suspended star winger: Steve Downie, it also left open the opportunity for a 100-point finish to the season with a win the next night.