TEWKSBURY, MA -- It comes down to the final two weeks for both Rangers teams. The Premier team is in a tight battle for playoff position in the North Conference, while the Elite team is fighting for a spot in the postseason.
"While our average 2nd half has been frustrating, we can change all of that with a strong finish," said Rangers Premier head coach Rich DeCaprio. "Each team knows what it has to do in the final two weeks, and now it's just a matter of going out and executing."
Starting with the Premier team, the Rangers begin the week in control of the #3 seed in the North Conference. The race is tight and home ice may come down to just a point or two.
Wednesday 2/22 - The week begins with a trip up to New Hampshire to take on the Northern Cyclones. In two matchups so far this season, each team has a win over their opponent. The Cyclones knocked off the Rangers 5-4 in overtime on November 30th, while the Rangers came out on top 3-1 on January 29th.
SUNDAY 2/26 - The 2nd game of the week brings the New England Wolves to town. After beating the Wolves by scores of 2-1 and 3-1 earlier this season, the Rangers stumbled in the last matchup in Laconia, dropping a 3-2 contest on the road. Back home this time around, the Rangers will look for some revenge.
Similar to last week, it's another busy week for the Rangers Elite team, with three games in the next five days.
Wednesday 2/22 - The week kicks off with a team that the Rangers just played extremely well against, the Valley Jr. Warriors. After dropping the first matchup of the season 3-0 back in September, the Rangers flipped the script with a 6-1 win over the Warriors this past Sunday.
Saturday 2/25 and Sunday 2/26 - Despite being deep into the regular season, the Rangers have only faced-off with the New England Wolves once this season. That game went well for the home team as the Rangers picked up a 3-2 overtime victory.
As crazy as scheduling can be sometimes, starting Saturday, the Rangers play three straight games with the Wolves and finish out the season series very quickly. Puck drop on Saturday is scheduled for 6:45pm in Laconia, while puck drop on Sunday is scheduled for 1:55pm in Tewksbury.