TEWKSBURY, MA -- It was a busy week for the Rangers organization as both the EHL team and the EHLP team participated in their own repspective showcases down in Pennsylvania.
The EHL team went 1-1-0 in their showcase at the Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, PA. The squad is still currently sitting in 1st place in the Boston Division with a record 27-9-0, and are 1 point ahead of the 2nd place Walpole Express.
The EHLP squad traveled down to the Revolution Ice Gardens in Warminster, PA this past weekend, and came away with a 2-0-0 record. After the weekend, the Rangers still sit in 2nd place in the North Conference with 52 points and are trailing he Vermont Lumberjacks by just 1 point, with 4 games in hand on the division rival.
On Friday, the boys opened up showcase play with a matchup against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rangers won the previous matchup between the 2 teams earlier this season, and Friday’s game wasn't any different. Zach Norby recored a pair of goals less than 30 seconds apart from each other, to give the Rangers a quick 2-0 around the 19-minute mark of the 1st half. The Russian native, Daniil Ovchinnikov, added another goal for the Rangers 10 minutes later, to open the lead up to 3-0. However, the Knights would get a goal back to cut the Rangers lead to 2 goals by the end of the 1st half. Despite letting in a power-play goal late in the game, Nolan Egbert and the Rangers were able to hold off the Knights for a 3-2 win. Egbert stopped 27 shots in the winning effort, for his 17th victory of the season.
The squad returned to the rink the very next day and matched up against the Mid-Atlantic's 1st place team, the Philadelphia Revolution. The Revolution scored twice in the 1st half to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission. After falling behind 3-0, the Rangers capitalized on the power-play with a goal from Nick Grinvalds to make it a 2-goal deficit. Ryan Tierney added a short-handed goal soon after to make it a 3-2 game. Despite a power-play tally from John Grealish, the Revolution added 2 power-play goals of their own in the half and won the game by a final score of 5-3. The Rangers squad had a successful season in showcase play with a record of 7-1-0 over the 4 feature events.
On Friday night, the EHLP squad faced-off against the Jersey Wildcats in day #1 of the showcase. Nolan Shaw put the Rangers in front early with a goal just over a minute into the contest. Both Ryan Gamber and Steve Wesley also had goals for the Rangers in the 1st half as they led 3-1 over the Wildcats at the break. The Rangers continued to bring the pressure in the 2nd half, outshooting the Wildcats 22-12. Will Roberts and Jake Mecrones added 2 more insurance goals for the Rangers as they ended up winning the game by a score of 5-2. Bobby Mccloskey stopped 26 shots in the winning effort, as the 2000 maintained his spotless 6-0-0 record for the season.
The squad returned to the rink the very next morning for a matchup with the New Jersey Renegades. Cam Roberts put the Rangers in front with a power-play goal in the first 2 minutes of the game. The Renegades responded a few minutes later with a goal of their own to tie up the game. However, Kyle Welch and Kyle Liesener scored goals just 9 seconds apart to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead at the half.
The 2nd half of play was dominated by the Rangers as they outshot the Renegades 21-9, and recorded a pair of goals from both Shaw and Wesley. Spencer Krul stopped 25 shots total in the game and held the Renegades scoreless in the 2nd half to help preserve a 5-1 win. Daniel Larionovs continued to rack up the points with 2 assists in the victory. With the win, the Rangers remained perfect in showcase play with a 7-0-0 record.
The EHL squad will return home tomorrow for a matchup with the New England Wolves. The Rangers will then wrap-up their action for the week when they take on the Valley Jr. Warriors on the road on Friday.
The EHLP team on the other hand, will play back-to-back games this upcoming weekend against the New England Wolves. Both matchups will take place in the friendly confines of the Breakaway Ice Center.