Traverse City: Rangers Fall to Wild 6-3 to Close Tournament

The Rangers fell flat in their Traverse City finale in a 6-3 route by the Minnesota Wild prospects. Mackenzie Skapski came crashing back down to earth after his amazing performance against the Buffalo Sabres by allowing 6 goals on 29 shots.

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The Rangers finish the Traverse City tournament tied for 6th with a 1-1-2 record. The Rangers ended up getting a good performance from Kevin Hayes who notched a break away goal. Anthony Duclair was  also able to get on the score sheet after struggling to finish to this point throughout the tournament.

The Rangers were trailing 4-1 early in the 3rd when they put together a push to make it 4-3 on goals from Haggerty and Duclair. The Rangers couldn’t keep the surge going and ended up surrendering the next two goals.


The Rangers most consistent player throughout the Traverse City tournament has been Ryan Haggerty who tallied a goal and an assist yesterday. Haggerty set up below the circle and fired a one timer for a goal. The goal came on the man advantage.

You can view his goal below.

Duclair celebrates.


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The Rangers conclude the tournament as a team that was able to hang around, but not ever reach their full potential as a team. Rangers fans were excited by the idea of Kevin Hayes and Anthony Duclair taking over the tournament. Unfortunately for the Rangers, that never happened; though the Rangers top line did show some promise during the last game at Traverse City. Kevin Hayes said after the game that the competition was much different from the NCAA “it’s definitely different from the college game for sure, it’s faster, i’m not the tallest guy out there anymore, the guys are all strong.”

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What the Rangers should take away from this tournament is that they have guys who have a high battle level. They now know that they are a bit short on offense, and their young goalies despite being talented are streaky.


Richard Nejezchleb didn’t get to see much ice in this tournament. In his 1 game he had 1 goal.

Mackenzie Skapski stuck to his reputation of being either amazing or mediocre.

Ryan Haggerty had a great tournament posting 4 points in 4 games.

Mat Bodie had 2 assists.

Paxton Leroux was in his 2nd fight of the tournament.

Kevin Hayes is excited to be moving forward.

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