loss knocks Rangers out of the playoffs
Rangers became the first team to get eliminated from the CJHL playoffs on
Friday, losing in overtime for the third time in four games against the
swept in four straight, the Rangers can hold their heads high having taken
the league-leading Raiders to overtime three times. They lost the fourth
game in the final minute of regulation when Tyler Hinds scored with 11 seconds
left on the clock.
For the most
part, the Grads looked lethargic and disinterested despite the fact they
were coming off 3-1 loss to the Jr. Sens in Game 2 that tied the series
at a game apiece.
In Game 4 Friday
night, the Rangers were up 2-1 in the second period when Andrew Calof scored
for the Raiders to tie the game at 2-2. Nepean then took the lead at the
5:50 mark of the third period on a goal from Joey Manley.
first goal of the playoffs midway through the third stanza tied the game
at 3-3, which is where the score stayed until the end of regualtion.
Gloucester 13-7 in the extra session, before Scott Cowie finally beat Rangers
goalie Francis Dupuis with 1:59 left in the period.
Dupuis was spectacular
in net for the Rangers throughout the series, stopping 179 of 194 shots
for a .923 save percentage. The Rangers were outshot 44-37 in Game 1, 40-27
in Game 2, 55-38 in Game 3 and 55-36 in Game 4. Dupuis earned first star
honours in games two and four.
While the Rangers
have been relegated to the sidelines, the Grads will be fighting to even
their series against the Ottawa Jr. Senators when the two teams meet in
Game 3 at the Jim Durrell Complex tonight at 7:30 p.m.
a.m., March 14)
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