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Rangers Run Into Hot Netminder

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Panthers prospect Mike Duco (Photo Credit: Kitchener Rangers)
Sunday just wasn’t the Kitchener Rangers day.


Despite numerous scoring chances throughout the game, the Rangers were only able to solve Spokane Chiefs' netminder Dustin Tokarski once in their 2-1 loss in the second game for both of the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

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Kitchener received their lone goal just 4:21 into the contest as Matt Halischuk created a turnover and would score on a shorthanded breakaway, giving the Rangers the 1-0 lead with his third of the tournament. But Spokane would tie the score heading into the dressing room as Falk scored with 3:15 to go.

The Chiefs then scored the game-winner as current tournament points leader Drayson Bowman netted his fourth goal of the tournament 5:24 into the second period. Bowman beat Rangers goaltender Josh Unice above his left shoulder for the tally.

The reason that goal stood as the game-winner was due to Tokarski’s stellar play. The draft-eligible netminder made several spectacular sprawling saves to keep the Rangers from tying the score. He turned away 36 shots in all.

With a win on Tuesday, Spokane (2-0) can now earn a bye to the Memorial Cup final on Sunday. Kitchener (1-1) faces Belleville (0-1) on Wednesday.

Panthers prospect Mike Duco did not figure on the scoresheet but was all over the ice, delivering several vicious hits to the Chiefs players and drew at least two penalties from them. What was even more special about Tokarski’s game was that Duco was in front of the netminder, trying to screen him, whenever Kitchener was in the zone.

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