5 Loses In A Row For Rangers

There are a total of 9 games left in the regular season for the Kitchener Rangers, and they have lost their past 5, 3 of which were road games, and 2 back to back loses on home ice.

The currently sit in 6th place in the Western Conference, 8 points back of the 4th placed Guelph Storm.

The first loss came in Sudbury to the worst team in the CHL, giving them their 10th win of the season.

Next they headed down highway 17 to my freezing cold hometown Sault Ste. Marie, where they ended up running a short bench due to Dmitrii Sergeev being sick, captain Liam Maaskant getting a match penalty, as well as Max Iafrate. So that’s 3 defense men down to one of the top teams in the country. So in all honesty being doubled up by the Greyhounds 6-3 isn’t that bad.

Now, Kitchener had played 3 games already in the past 5 days before hosting the London Knights last Tuesday. They had a 3 goal lead after 20 minutes, up 3-1 after 40 minutes of play, then let up 2 more goals going into overtime, then finally a shootout. Ryan MacInnis had 2 of the Rangers goals against Knights netminder Michael Giugovaz, who was pulled after the first period. He let in 3 goals on 10 shots in 20 minutes. Tyler Parsons came in to start the second and stole the show for London. He turned away all 25 shots he saw for the next 45 minutes of play. Jake Paterson played all 65 minutes for the Rangers stopping 36 of 39 shots. Matt Rupurt was the only goal scorer in the shootout sending the Knights down the 401 with a win and 2 points.

Then came the Rangers Friday night performance against the North Bay Battalion, who they faced 8 days earlier for the first time that season in North Bay. The score was same, 5-1 for the visiting team, except this time the Rangers weren’t the visiting team. Paterson got the start again for the 3rd game in a row allowing 4 goals on 24 shots. The 5th goal for the Battalion was an empty net goal, as the Rangers were on the man advantage and decided to pull the goalie with 7:40 left in the game. Bold move, very very bold move, and it did not pay off what so ever. The Rangers had trouble moving the puck, and getting shots on net the whole game, their 2 power plays didn’t go well either.

Now, their final loss came in a matinee to the Guelph Storm in their barn Sunday afternoon. A team in which they are chasing in the standings for home ice advantage in the post season.

Guelph had a 2-0 lead until about 4 minutes left in the opening period where Rangers leading point getter, Ryan MacInnis, notched his 22nd of the year which puts him 1 goal under Brandon Robinson who leads the team in goals. The score was at a stand still until late in the third frame when Suter scored on an empty net with 1:02 left in regulation. It was a 3-1 final for the boys from Royal City.

The Storm had a little extra fire going for them, over ager defenceman Zac Leslie played his final game in the OHL as he needs season ending shoulder surgery. He will go under the knife this Friday giving him a 6 month recovery time frame, which will let him start his pro career on time.

Both teams were 0 for 5 on the man advantage as well.

The next Kitchener Rangers home game is this Friday as they host the Windsor Spitfires.

Catch the game live on Rogers Cable 20, or listen live with Don and Mike on AM News570.

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kaitlyn.kilgour
Born in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo, where I became a die hard Kitchener Rangers fan! Graduate from Conestoga College with a diploma in Broadcast Television. My dream is to be on on-air sports broadcaster one day, and cover women's hockey with Cassie Campbell. Favourite NHL teams are the Washington Capitals and Arizona Coyotes. I am very happy to be a part of Local Sports Report as a writer for the Kitchener Rangers!