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CJHL Hockey
Third overtime loss knocks Rangers out of the playoffs
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Gloucester Rangers became the first team to get eliminated from the CJHL playoffs on Friday, losing in overtime for the third time in four games against the Nepean Raiders.

Despite being swept in four straight, the Rangers can hold their heads high having taken the league-leading Raiders to overtime three times. They lost the fourth game in the final minute of regulation when Tyler Hinds scored with 11 seconds left on the clock.

For the most part, the Grads looked lethargic and disinterested despite the fact they were coming off 3-1 loss to the Jr. Sens in Game 2 that tied the series at a game apiece.

In Game 4 Friday night, the Rangers were up 2-1 in the second period when Andrew Calof scored for the Raiders to tie the game at 2-2. Nepean then took the lead at the 5:50 mark of the third period on a goal from Joey Manley.

Jamie Begin's first goal of the playoffs midway through the third stanza tied the game at 3-3, which is where the score stayed until the end of regualtion.

Nepean outshot Gloucester 13-7 in the extra session, before Scott Cowie finally beat Rangers goalie Francis Dupuis with 1:59 left in the period.

Dupuis was spectacular in net for the Rangers throughout the series, stopping 179 of 194 shots for a .923 save percentage. The Rangers were outshot 44-37 in Game 1, 40-27 in Game 2, 55-38 in Game 3 and 55-36 in Game 4. Dupuis earned first star honours in games two and four.

While the Rangers have been relegated to the sidelines, the Grads will be fighting to even their series against the Ottawa Jr. Senators when the two teams meet in Game 3 at the Jim Durrell Complex tonight at 7:30 p.m.

(Posted 8 a.m., March 14)

 

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