ORLEANS– Facing a highly skilled Danville team on Thursday, the Lake Region Rangers had their hands full as they were able to hold off their opposition and pick up a 2-1 win.
"To be honest, in the first half I thought we controlled the play, but were unable to change our style of play," said Coach Tom Evans.
All the scoring would take place in the first half, and Danville was first on the board when Scott Remick put the ball past Alex Beauregard staking his team to a 1-0 lead.
On the goal Evans said, "That number ten player, the Remick kid is a really good ball player, and we let him loose, and he got the goal. It was a nice finish."
The goal lit a fire underneath the Rangers, and they woke up from their shaky start to attack the Danville net, creating some nice finishes of their own.
Caleb Royer, in his first game back from a concussion, was able to take Matt Morin's corner kick and send it into the net past goalie Josaih Kimball.
A minute later Morin's shot from just outside the box put a cap on the scoring with still three quarters of the game left to play.
Both teams had chances to add to their totals, including a low roller that went into the Danville net, but was disallowed due to a penalty.
Whether the keeper let the ball roll in because he heard the whistle or not is up for debate, but none of the remaining chances were better than the two breakaways that Corey Whitten had in the closing minutes of the first half.
On the first one, Whitten was able to beat Kimball, but slid the ball wide left. The second one on one battle saw the ball get a little too far ahead of number 21 and Kimball was able to secure the ball, while paying the price of having the big full back (who was playing up in front throughout the game) come sliding into him at full speed.
After the game Whitten was good natured about his misses saying, "It was pretty upsetting, I only have one goal on the season so far and I really wanted that second one."
Danville's best chance to tie came off the foot of Joaquin Currier whose shot sailed harmlessly over the LR net with fifteen minutes left in the 2nd half.
"In the second half I don't think we controlled the ball that well," said Evans, "but we come away 2-1 ahead and that is a good thing."
The Rangers squared off against Oxbow on Saturday and barely came away with the 3-2 win.
Matt Morin and Shaquille Urie put LR up 2-0 in the first half. Carl Orberg assisted on the MOrin goal while Tony Stuart Urie for his.
In the second half Oxbow bounced back with two penalty kick goals, including one that was shrouded in controversy.
However, controversy or not,k the Ranges would maintain their composure and looked to junior Byron Burdick, who scored his varsity goal to give the Lake Region the win.
Next up on the schedule is Wednesday afternoon match up at Hazen.