10/14/07 vs. Rangers (0-9-0)
Now nine games deep into the season, after a great start of 4-1-0, we were spinning in a rut of 1-1-2 in our last four games. However, this week, we were facing a winless Rangers team who had been outscored 40-16 in their last four games, giving our sputtering offense a chance to wake up and find their touch again. The Rangers had other plans though.
We started out on fire as just :50 seconds into the game, Ed found the back of the net to get us into a nice early lead, but the Rangers answered right back :35 seconds later to knot the game at one. Moments later, Tom S. was in the box for hooking, giving the Rangers time to set up their power play and find some early momentum. Although we killed off that penalty, just :07 seconds after Tom left the box, Alexey was called for a slash, and we were back to killing a penalty, which we managed to do successfully. Once we got ourselves out of the box, we decided to show some offense, but just could not find the back of the net until Kevin, playing in his Houston Strength debut, rifled a slapshot from the top of the left circle into the open side of the net. With :45 seconds left in the first period, we found ourselves ahead by 2-1 heading into the 2nd period.
The second period was full offense, defense and goaltending on both ends, but neither team could score and the third period began the same as the second.
Up 2-1, we knew the next goal was big and we were prepared to grab a hold of this game for the last time, but just 2:47 into the period, the Rangers scored again to knot the game at two. Five minutes later, Chuck took a pass from Marc and found the net to give us the lead right back. Just :13 seconds later though, the Rangers came right back to tie the game again. The pressure began to mount as our offense began to press, but we were creating chances and had numerous opportunities to take the lead back, but with just over a minute remaining, the Rangers scored again to take the lead and grab their first win of the season.
Final Score: 3-4 (5-3-2)
Next week we begin playing the other division and up first are the Oil Kings.