The Peewee Rangers evened the series one-a-piece today with an eye-opening 6-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Rangers stuck to the game plan and executed flawlessly after going up by two goals in the first. This was clearly a coaching win as well as the Rangers were able to shut down the Wheaties attack well before the neutral zone. Game three tomorrow night at 6:00pm in St Norbert.
The Peewee Rangers dropped the first game to the Wheat Kings yesterday in the first of a best of five series. But the Rangers have been here before as they also gave up the first game in the previous series against Portage. This year’s Rangers team has had a “Never say die” mentality both in games and during the season. You can expect them to come out of the gate today with a full head of steam.
The Rangers play game two today at 4:45pm at Fort Richmond Community Center.
The rest of the series is scheduled as follows:
- Monday, March 10th, 6:00pm – St Norbert
- Wednesday, March 12th, 7:40pm – St Norbert
- Thursday, March 13th, 6:00pm – St Norbert
The Peewee Rangers took two overtime periods in a nail-biting finish to win the best of 3 series over the Portage Terriers. Hats off to the Terriers as they bounced back from a devastating 9-1 loss in game two and gave the Rangers a run for their money. The Rangers now advance to the second round to play the winner of the Brandon/Stars series. Brandon leads that series 1-0. On the other side of the ledger, the Twins and Railcats both swept their respective series and move on to face each other in round two. The Rangers will play their next game this Saturday, March 8th. The puck drops at 2:30pm (NOT 4:10 as previously stated) at the St Norbert Arena. C U there!
The Minor Peewee Rangers defeated the Railcats with a score of 10-4 to take the quarterfinal series 2-1. Hats off to the St. Boniface Railcats for their tireless efforts and hard work. The Railcat’s initial 3-2 victory against the Rangers reminded us that hard work beats talent when talent chooses not to work hard. The next two games of the series were a Jekyll and Hyde pair of victories. One was a a synergistic collaboration among teammates while tonight’s game was more of a hodgepodge of bright moments interspersed with moments that could have been better executed. On the bright side, we live to see the SemiFinals – who’s next?
Friday night’s loss to the Railcats appeared to awaken the monster known as the Minor PeeWee Rangers. The Rangers proved that the play of a cohesive group is worth more than the sum of its parts. Skate. Pass. Shoot. Score. Repeat. Go figure …. a simple recipe to life in the playoffs. A few minor line-up tweaks here and there with the addition of 45 second electric jolts of intensity powered the MPW Rangers past the Railcats with the final score of 7-0 which evens up the series 1-1. Let’s see what Tuesday brings.
In what most observers would call a major upset, the 7th seeded railcats defeated the 2nd seeded rangers in the first of a best of three playoff series. Backed by a hot goaltender, the railcat skaters took away both the passing and shooting lanes and stunned the crowd by taking a 3-0 lead into the final eight minutes of play of the third period. By keeping their shifts short and concise the railcats were able to match the intensity of the more talented ranger team. Despite last minute efforts, the Ranger’s two goals could not change the outcome. Hats off to the railcats for their victory……let’s hope Sunday brings a very different result.
Bantam Rangers went to Phoenix AZ for the President’s Day Invitational.
They were in the AA Bantam Elite Division and did very well. The team was very competitive against some top Canadian hockey programs. This included both the Pursuit of Excellence (POE) and Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA).
The boys also played teams from Arizona and Colorado. The Rangers went 1 – 2 – 1 and came in 4th place out of 8 teams.
The team played a little golf and got to soak up some sun !
Great time had by all.
All in all a perfect tune up for the play offs with some sun and some ice!
Good Luck to all the Rangers Teams in the Playoffs!
Go RANGERS !
Minor Pee Wee Rangers Regular Season Score Card
1. Finished 2nd Overall with 42 points
2. We won 75% of our games: 21 Wins 7 Losses
3. League Leading Goals-Against with only 54 goals scored against us during the 28 games
4. Finished 2nd Overall Goals-For with 129 buried in the oppositions’ nets during the 28 games.
5. Detroit Lakes Tournament Champions: 4 wins – 0 Losses
6. Six game winning streak entering the playoffs….. outscoring our opponents 34 – 5
7. Seven Shutouts (lucky number 7…coincidence???)
8. Started the season with 17 kids … finished the season with all 17 kids accounted for …..N’est-ce pas?
9. Injury free and strong going into Playoffs
10. And we looked good doing it.
GO RANGERS GO!!!!