Skate, pass, shoot, and win. That was Head Coach Kevin Miket’s game plan heading into last night’s faceoff with the Hagersville Hawks, and it worked marvellously.
The Rangers tore down the Hawks 8-2 and outshot them 40 to 22 on the night.
It was a thoroughly dominant performance. Miket said afterwards that this was more than your average regular season game.
“It’s more of a revenge game for us ‘cause they beat us last game, we took them a little too lightly last game, this game we were ready for them, we just worked really hard.”
The Hawks opened the scoring in the first period, but couldn’t hold on to the lead for long, as Glanbrook came roaring back with goals from Jack Ormond and Jacob Melko to put the Rangers up 2-1 heading into the second.
While both goalies looked sharp throughout the first period, the floodgates opened in the second. The Rangers scored three times and piled on the shots 15 to 8 in their favour, while Tiago Rocha shut the door, making an impressive 20 saves on 22 shots for a .910 SV% on the night.
“We made some adjustments in the second period, it seemed to work and pucks to the net seemed to start going in,” said Coach Miket, “at the end of the day if you don’t work hard, those pucks won’t go in for you, you’re not going to get those bounces. We worked hard today, so the bounces went our way and the puck went in our net.”
The third period was a shooting gallery for the Rangers, as they scored three goals completely unanswered, making the final score 8-2 Glanbrook.
The Rangers’ first line of Hunter McGilvery, Ryan Burke and Jack Ormond had a fantastic game, combining for two goals and five points.
“We put them together about three or four games ago and they’ve been together ever since,” Said Coach Miket “They’ve got great chemistry together and they just started clicking.”
The Head coach also sang the praises of his top-line centre after the game.
“Mcgilvery came from basically unknown to us, starting as our fourth line centre and he’s already on our top line. He just does everything right all around the ice, and he sets the whole line up.”
The Rangers won’t play again until Wednesday, October 25th against the Port Dover Sailors in Glanbrook, where they’ll look to win their third straight.