Not exactly the greatest weekend to be a Kitchener Rangers fan.
Sure, they beat the North Bay Battalion 5-1 who sit 4th in the Western Conference with 67 points, but that was the Rangers 8th road win of the season. They now have won 8 of 28 road games this year, yet have won 19 of their 28 home apperances. Apparently our boys really love playing on home ice, hearing an upwards of 7000 plus fans cheering them on every Friday night.
Brandon Robinson played his former OHL club contributing with 2 goals, as did Ryan MacInnis, and rookie Adam Mascherin had 2 assists on the night. The only goal for the Battalion came from Nick Paul with 26 seconds remaining in the second period. Waterloo native Kyle Wood got the assist along with Mike Amadio. North Bay lead in SOG 27-17 to finish the game, and Jake Paterson stopped 26 of them earning his 10th win with the Rangers.
For the post game write up check the link below from the Rangers website
Next up, The Rangers headed to Sudbury where it was in the -40s, maybe that’s why they fell to the worst team in the entire Canadian Hockey League, giving the Sudbury Wolves their 10th win of the season. Yes, thanks to the Rangers, the Wolves have finally hit double digit wins, and don’t forget the two points they got from us on home ice in a SO win back in November.
It was Dawson Carty in net, former Rangers starter, and fan favourite after an impressive start with the team that didn’t start to go down hill till that SO loss to the Wolves. On the other end Wolves back up Samuel Tanguay who put on a show at the Aud earlier in the season. Sudbury only out shot Kitchener in the third but managed to come out on top with a 2-1 victory. Tanguay made 34 saves against the Boys from East Ave whereas Carty stopped 23 shots on net.
The Wolves bit first halfway through the opening period, as Former Ranger Matt Schmalz was credited with his 22nd of the season on the Wolves first power play opportunity of the night. Mike Davies got the lone Ranger goal in the second evening things up. But then Jeff Corbett would come along regaining that 1 goal lead for Sudbury in the third and the rest is in the books.
For the full game recap the link below will take you to the Rangers website for more game stats and notes.
And finally, a stop in my home town to face the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, the first visit to the Soo for Kitchener so far this season. The past 2 meetings for these clubs came on home ice for the Rangers, both games finished with a 5-1 final for the home team, once before the trade deadline and once shortly after.
Ryan MacInnis had another strong night with a goal and an assist, and Rangers rookie Adam Mascherin recorded his 10th goal on the season, but it was the Soo who bit first, and bit hard.
The Greyhounds scored 3 goals, 1 in the first period and 2 in the second which were both power play goals. Max Iafrate put Kitchener on the board with the Rangers only power play goal, his 7th of the season came from Ryan MacInnis and Mike Davies. Just over 5 minutes later MacInnis decreased the Soo’s lead to 1 with a short handed unassisted goal. The third and final period would start with the home team Greyhounds leading 3-2 until Jared McCann put away his 2nd of the night doubling their lead over the Rangers. 4 minutes later Michael Bunting made it 5-2 for SSM with his 31st of the year and 4th point on the night. Adam Mascherin would get a power play goal from DiPerna and Hora with just over 7 minutes left to play. Down by 2 the Rangers pull Paterson and the Greyhounds double up on the Rangers with an empty net goal. Its a 6-3 final for the Soo who still stand 4th in the CHL rankings.
The link below has the full game recap on the Rangers website.
3 games, potential 6 points, but only 2 points come back with what I can only imagine was a very tired and frustrated Rangers team.
Time to put the past behind you and work towards tomorrow nights home game against division rivals the London Knights.
Puck drop is set for 7pm at the Aud.
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