JEF- Yes, the Rangers kept it close but the final score was not in the least indicative of the game.Most of the time we were simply trying to get the puck out of our end. We would flip it out into the air and Erie would get it and carry it back in.Would I have liked to see the Rangers win ? Definitely! The truth is that we were really not in the game.The actual play showed how far we have to go to be considered in the same class as Erie,London, Soo, Owen sound, Windsor. And that's how it has been for the past 8-10 years. Some will say we are young but so are some other teams in the league. Guaranteed, London will be competitive again next year. So will the Soo , Owen Sound, Mississauga, Oshawa, to name a few.The Rangers will again be middle of the pack. A huge part of a contending team is the quality of their overagers and we have zilch from which to choose.Erie, for example,have ten players going overage and can bring back three ,all with far better stats than our candidates (Henderson with his 6 goals) or Blaisdell who hasn't played this year, or Opilka with a goals against avg. in the bottom third of the leagues goalies. When criticizing me for this post first look at the player's stats and don't make your prognosis based on your heart and not your head.A number of posters did this last year when they were debating whether the Rangers should "go for it last year or wait until this year." This year is almost history and I don't think the Rangers were ever in a position to "go for it."And, we will not be in contention next year either.