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Rangers Closing the Gap on League’s Top Four

By Doug Zywina,   Herald Reporter

The Parkland Rangers are closing in on the top four teams in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

The Rangers earned five of a possible six points last week, beating the Yellowhead Chiefs 2-1, last Wednesday in Birtle. They followed that with a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Thrashers, Saturday in Dauphin, a game which they trailed 4-1 early in the third period.

On Sunday, the Rangers beat the Eastman Selects, 4-2, to improve their record to 21-12-0-2 for 44 points, six behind Eastman. The Rangers have three games in hand on the Selects.

After spotting Yellowhead a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal from Morgan Geekie, the Rangers tied it in the second when Riese Gaber scored midway through the frame.

Matthew Greening, who was named Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 18, netted the winner on a power play with 4:10 left in the third period.

Brett Evans made 26 saves for the win, while Riley Lamb stopped 31 shots in a losing cause.

On Saturday, James McIsaac scored twice in the first period to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead after the first period.

Joshua Tripp got one back late in the second, but Connor Barley and Chris Brakel extended Winnipeg’s lead to 4-1 two minutes into the third.

Chad Kilimnik sparked Parkland’s comeback when he connected five minutes into the third. Greening pulled the Rangers to within a goal at 8:32, then Tyler Derkach tied it at 14:21.

The Rangers had chances to go ahead, but could not capitalize and the game went to a shootout after a scoreless overtime period.

Cody Glass had the shootout winner for Winnipeg.

Dylan Miskiw made 41 saves to earn the win, while Evans stopped 28 shots in taking the loss.

On Sunday, the Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead six minutes into the game and held on for the victory.

Connor Dewar, Riley McKay and Keiran Raknerud scored in a one-minute span to give the Rangers the lead in the first frame. Devon Skoleski put Eastman on the board at 13:48 of the first and Kayle Tosh made it a on-goal game when he scored in the second period.

Greening put the game away with a power-play marker at 6:47 of the third.

Jonathon Faktor stopped 28 shots to pick up the win. Landon Poiron was pulled after Parkland’s third goal, making three saves on six shots. Bailey Funk made 28 saves the rest of the way.

Rangers coach Doug Hedley felt Sunday’s game was one of his team’s best 60-minute efforts of the season.

“We bent a little bit in the second period, but overall, the stick battles were very good today, the speed was very good today. And we got a huge power-play goal when we needed it to put the game away,” he said.

While disappointed to lose Saturday’s game in a shootout, Hedley said the team’s never-quit attitude allowed them to come back against the Thrashers.

“I thought we should have had it won before the end of the game. And even in overtime, we had three or four outstanding chances to put it away. But it’s three out of four points this weekend against two very tough hockey clubs,” he added.

The Rangers had beaten Winnipeg on the road last weekend and Sunday’s win was Parkland’s first against Eastman this season. With such success against the third and fourth-place teams in the league, Hedley hopes the rest of the league is taking notice.

“You’d like to think that we’ve gained some respect in the league just from the fact that we compete now. Guys are expecting to win going into every game and know they can,” he said.

“The effort is unbelievable. And it’s right through the lineup. All four lines, the backend, the goaltenders are both playing very well. So it’s one of those things that it’s a solid team effort. And more than anything right now, guys are buying into a team-first attitude. There are short, hard shifts, there’s discipline on the ice, initiating and not retaliating. And it’s going a long way.”

The Rangers will look to keep things rolling when they face the league’s two other top teams this weekend. They play the second-place Brandon Wheat Kings, Friday in Brandon at 7:30 p.m. then host the league-leading Winnipeg Wild, Sunday at 2 p.m. at Credit Union Place.

Daniel Chartrand, Dewar and Tripp were selected to play for Team Manitoba at the 2015 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Halifax, N.S., April 27 to May 2. Former Ranger Tristan Langan of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Swan Valley Stampeders was also selected.

2015 Midget AAA Telus Cup Regional Hockey Tournament

April 2-5, 2015

Credit Union Place, Dauphin, MB

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