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PeeWee Rangers Win First Showcase Game at Quebec

by Junior Rangers @JuniorRangers / NYRangers.com

The PeeWee New York Rangers had a smashing opening in the Quebec International PeeWee Hockey Tournament with a 7-0 win over Slovakia K&B Stars in a Showcase game Friday, February 10 in Quebec City.

The Showcase games are a supplement for regional and international games in addition to the actual tournament, which is recognized as the world championships for 12-year-old hockey players.

The Rangers wasted little time showing off their explosive style, with a goal in the first 40 seconds of the game when Devin Kaplan smacked in the opening goal on a beautiful feed from Beanie Richter in front of the net.

The Rangers didn't score again in the period, in spite of firing a dozen shots on the net.

The rest of the game was a whole different story. In the second period, the Rangers converted a power play 30 seconds into the period when Richter scored on a rebound of a shot from Leo Schwartz from the point.

The Rangers peppered the net for three more goals in the second period. Connor Welsh scored at 11:10 with assists from Kaplan and Schwartz, when they took the puck from behind the net and passed to the blue line for a Welsh break-away. Welsh did it again at 5:52 on a pass from Kaplan in the slot. The final goal in the second period came from Aidan Durso with a Ryan Friedman pass to the slot at 3:40 left.

The Slovakia team made its biggest scoring threats at the end of the second period, but went for naught with no scores.
The Rangers had more explosives in the third period when Kurt Gurkan scored at 7:28 on a rebound off a back-door shot by Kaplan, with Charlie Coutts and Daniel Hu adding good pressure support to facilitate the score.

The scoring ended at 7-0 when William Reardon won the puck off the boards and sniped the top right net with 4:53 left in the game.

Dominance also was shown on the defensive end of the ice when Slovakia was limited to 12 shots on goal, with goalkeepers Gavin Moffatt (nine saves) and Michael Corrado (three saves) enjoying the shutout.
On the only power play opportunity by Slovakia, the Rangers dominated as they had two near-goals.

Coach Richter said that "the boys are playing better every game. They communicated well on the ice today and fundamentals were solid. They need to keep improving as the competition gets tougher throughout the tournament."

Defenseman Eddie Romano said, "I thought it was a good team effort. We were able to move the puck very well today."

More of the same is in store with two more Showcase games against Quebec Typhon Sunday, February 12 and San Jose Junior Sharks Monday, February 13.  

The really big games, however, open with tournament play Saturday, February 11, at 8:30 p.m. against Canada's Whitby Wildcats.

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