5/13/07 vs Rangers (1-6-0)
After being slaughtered the week before by the Buzzards, this week, we faced off against a Rangers team that has been in a tailspin for most of the season. Our one-sided history against this team is also weighing heavily in our favor, as we are 5-1-0 against them, but this proved not to be the cakewalk we had hoped.
Unfortunately, the first period started off in the same manner as the way we played last week, falling behind just 2 minutes in. However, we were dominating the play and we were also able to draw a few penalties because of our consistent forecheck. While on a 5-on-3 power play, although the Rangers had cleared the zone, Josh scooped up the puck near the blue line and pushed it to the other side before passing to Dave near the opposing blue line. Dave brought it into the zone and the puck eventually found it’s way onto Paul’s stick in the slot, where he fired a slapshot into the top corner to knot the game at one. Our comeback was short-lived though, as the Rangers took their lead back less than three minutes later and held onto it for the remainder of the period.
The second period followed the path of the first, with us dominating the play, but unable to score. Our offense seemed to click with Keith in the box for hooking though as Alexey raced down the left wing, made a nice cut to the middle and fired home a short handed goal to tie the game back up at two. About threee minutes later, Chuck continued his goal-scoring ways by firing home a wrist shot from the right circle to give us our first lead of the night. Just 45 seconds later, on a scramble in front, Fargo found the net again to give us a comfortable 2-goal cushion. The Rangers, however, continued to battle and with one minute to go in the second period, found the back of the net again on a screen shot to cut the deficit to one.
Again, in the third period, our offense continued to pepper the Rangers and just two and a half minutes in we took to the man-advantage again. Just 45 seconds later, Dave wheeled around the net and passed out to the front of the net where Paul was waiting to tap in his second power play goal of the night. We looked to have this game well under control for the remainder of the period, although the Rangers did have a few scoring chances, but Josh was there to foil them. However, the game got very interesting in the last 3 minutes as Keith was in the box for roughing, the Rangers again found the back of the net and pulled to within one, but the defense slammed the door shut and Josh didn’t allow another shot to find the net as we pulled of the victory.
Final Score: 5-4 (4-4-0)
Next week we face the vastly improved Skate Texas team, which should prove to be a true challenge.