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Rangers Deserved Better Fate Against Selects


The Parkland Rangers may have deserved a better fate when they faced the Eastman Selects in a pair of games this past weekend in Beausejour, but they could not come away with the win in either game.

On Friday, Andrew Blahy stopped 36 shots in leading the Selects to a 2-1 win.

Trey Sellin and Merik Boles staked Eastman to a 2-0 lead after the first period and Jayce Legaarden pulled Parkland to within one late in the second. But that was as close as the Rangers would get, with Brenden Birch-Hayden taking the loss after making 33 saves.

The two teams were back on the ice, Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. start, but the short turnaround did not affect either team, as the Selects scored a 5-3 win to sweep the weekend set.

Kaycee Coyle, Boles, Luke Mistelbacher, Declan Whiteman and Roan Coe scored for Eastman, while Rylan Gibbs, Legaarden and Cole Delamare replied for Parkland.

Ethan Penner earned the win, making 44 saves, while Kyler Swanton took the loss after making 39 stops.

Rangers head coach Tyler Carefoot said there were more positives than negatives in the two games.

“Friday night’s game, I thought we were the better team. I thought we executed our game plan and it was just one of those nights where we ran into a hot goalie and we couldn’t capitalize on our chances,” he said. “I thought our opportunities were much better than theirs. But we just couldn’t find a way to bury it.”

Get more details from the Rangers' weekend in this week's Dauphin Herald!

Doug Zywina