TEWKSBURY, MA -- Both Rangers squads hit the ice for three games apiece this past week. The EHL team lost their first game of the week on Wednesday, but bounced back nicely with two wins over the weekend. With both of the victories, the Rangers kept their spot in 1st place in the Boston Division with 38 points, just one point ahead of the Walpole Express. The EHLP team on the other hand took care of business winning all three of their games. With a clean sweep of the Vermont Lumberjacks, the Rangers jumped into 1st place in the North Conference with an overall record of 19-1-2 through their first 22 games.
The EHL squad returned from break this past week and faced-off against the Walpole Express on Wednesday down at Rodman Arena. The Rangers got behind on the scoreboard early and could never recover, as they lost the game by a final score of 4-1. Nick Grinvalds had the lone goal for the Rangers.
On Saturday, the boys linked up with the EHLP team in Burlington, VT to start a two-game set with the Vermont Lumberjacks. After a scoreless 1st period, Jared Bernis got the Rangers on the board just 39 seconds into the next frame. Ryan Tierney added another goal at the end of the 2nd period to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead going into the final period. Filip Steussloff put the game out of reach on the power-play in the final minutes of the game and the Rangers walked away with a 3-1 win. Nolan Egbert made 35 saves in the win to improve his record to 12-5-0 on the season.
Shifting gears over to Sunday and a pair of Rangers' captains, Damien Dangueuger and Danny Sorabella, got the boys up 2-0 early on in the contest. The Lumberjacks would get a goal back on the power-play later in the frame to make it 2-1. Both teams would split the 2nd period with two goals apiece to make it 4-3 heading into the final frame. The Ranger’s second period goals came from, Sorabella and Zach Norby. Both teams would then split goals within the first five minutes of the 3rd with John Grealish finding the back of the net for the Rangers. The boys would however, go on to score the next three goals and blow the game wide open, winning by a final of 8-5. Norby, Tierney, and Jake Cagnina collected the rest of the third period tallies. Ben Parker held off the Lumberjacks in net, stopping 29 out of 34 shots for his 7th win of the season.
On Friday, the EHLP squad traveled up to Burlington to start a three-game series with the Lumberjacks. Before the weekend started, the Rangers trailed the Lumberjacks by two points in the North Conference standings, with a game in hand. Heading into the weekend, the Rangers had also already beaten the Lumberjacks by the score of 5-1 earlier in the season. Recently named EHLP Forward of the Week, Steve Wesley, led the way with a hat-trick in the Rangers 7-3 win on Friday night. Kyle Liesener, Will Roberts, Kyle Welch, and Danila Larionovs had the Rangers other goals. Dean Kern stopped 26 shots in the win as he remains unbeaten on the season with a 9-0-0 record.
On Saturday, the Rangers picked up right where they left off scoring the first four goals of the game. Wesley collected 2 more goals in route to the Rangers 5-1 victory. Cam Roberts, John Broadribb, and Nolan Shaws had the other Ranger goals this time around. The Rangers current scoring leader, Larionovs, collected a pair of assists in the win, all while Spencer Krul turned away 25 of the 26 shots he faced between the pipes.
The Rangers looked for the series sweep on Sunday morning as Larionovs and Tim Rye head the Rangers up 2-0 after the 1st frame. Despite being outshot 19-6 in the 2nd period, both teams scored just two goals apiece, which made the score 4-2 in favor of the Rangers heading into the 3rd. The Lumberjacks would fight back and tie the game up at 4-4, however, Kyle Welch secured the game-winning goal for the Rangers with just over two minutes left in regulation. Bobby Mccloskey played a strong role in net, stopping 33 shots in the victory.
One busy week leads into another, as the EHL Team will host the Total Athletic Seahawks on Thursday at 12:00pm. The boys will then turn around and play a home-and-home series with the Valley Jr. Warriors this upcoming weekend.
The EHLP team will play their own home-and-home series with the Warriors, a team that the Rangers have already beaten in both of their two matchups so far this season.