Rangers Lose 4-2 to the Attack to Round out the Regular Season
Owen Sound, ON: The Rangers (34-30-3-1) were at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre to play the Attack (31-31-4-2) in their final game of the regular season. The Attack, on the back of two Daylon Groulx goals, doubled-up the Rangers 4-2.
Greg Meireles and Joseph Garreffa both scored a goal to extend their points streaks to 20 and 15 games. Lucas Pfeil made 32 stops in the loss.
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The Rangers opened up the scoring when Reid Valade's pass to a streaking Joseph Garreffa was rifled home on a breakaway goal over the shoulder of Mack Guzda to make it 1-0 at 13:47.
Kitchener took a couple of penalties in quick succession midway through the first period and after the whistle for the second penalty, Greg Meireles shot the puck over the glass on the boards and was ejected from the game.
On the ensuing 5-on-3, the Attack evened up the game on a shot from the point by Brady Lyle that was tipped by Barrett Kirwin to make it 1-1 at 16:25.
The period would end with Owen Sound leading in shots 12-8.
Rather unexpectedly, Meireles started the second period in the penalty box, suggesting the original ejection was, after review, a 10-minute misconduct.
At just 58 seconds of the second period, Daylon Groulx beat Lucas Pfeil to give the Attack their first lead of the game, 2-1.
Owen Sound extended their lead at 13:09 after a flurry of chances led to a goal for Sergey Popov short-side on the Rangers netminder and it was 3-1.
Meireles extended his point streak to 20 games at 17:17 when Kyle Gentles found the Rangers leading scorer for his 36 goal of the season to bring the Rangers within one, 3-2.
The period would end with shots in favour of the Attack, 31-17.
While the Rangers were on a powerplay, Ryan Stepien took a roughing penalty after the whistle that ended the man-advantage for the visitors. As the Attack penalty expired and sent them to the powerplay, Groulx beat Pfeil to score his second of the game up double-up the Attack lead, 4-2.
Despite ending the game with an empty net and numerous quality chances the Rangers couldn't find the back of the net and dropped their final game of the regular season.
The Rangers were outshot 36-25.
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