Rangers Have 4 Point Weekend

2 games, 4 points, and a playoff spot clinched.

Overall, a good weekend for any hockey team.

But that almost didn’t happen starting Friday night.

The Windsor Spitfires took third 5th shot on net and took an early lead 4 minutes into the game. This has been a reoccurring problem for the Kitchener Rangers as of late, allowing goals within the first few shots on net. Actually I can recall a number of games where the first shot was a goal.

The home town Rangers quickly answered back almost a minute and a half later with a shot from blueliner Dmitrii Sergeev, from Darby Llewellyn and Gustaf Franzen . The shot deflected off a skate in front of Spits goalie Alex Fotino.

Llewellyn would get his second point of the night at the 7:39 marker in the first, taking a rebound from The Goose (Franzen), his second point of the night, and Adam Mascherin with the second assist.

Not long after Rangers captain Liam Maaskant would dance with Liam Murry and both receive unsportsman like conducts, and sit an extra ten each. The Rangers came out with a power play as Daniil Vertiy was called for tripping on the play, but nothing would come of it.

David Miller would record his 18th of the year to give the Rangers a 2 goal lead putting away a bouncing puck. That was the final straw for Fotino as he pulled himself with roughly 6 minutes remaining in the opening period, giving Brendan Johnston the chance to bring his team back into the game. And that, he did.

A  power play goal with 2 minutes left the Spitfires decreased the Ranges lead to a lone goal to start the middle frame, and only one goal occurred in the second from the visiting Windsor Spitfires. Tie game 3 all.

The Rangers gained their lead back when Ryan MacInnis scored on the man advantage earning his 23rd of the year from Llewellyn, his third point of t he night.

But the Spitfires still had some fight left in them as they tied the game with 10 minutes left in regulation forcing extra time, and eventually a shootout.

All 3 skaters for the Rangers scored, Brandon Robinson, Ryan MacInnis, and Dmitrii SergeevSam Povorozniouk was the lone scorer for Windsor in the shootout securing the Rangers 2 points.

NEXT!

Sunday afternoon the Saginaw Spirit made their way into town and Jake Paterson got the start against his former team.

But there were emotions in the air, seeing that almost a year ago, Paterson and his teammates received a call informing them that Terry Trafford, who’d just been released from the Spirit had gone missing. Trafford and Paterson billeted together in Saginaw becoming good friends outside of the rink. Just over a week later Jake and his teammates got word of Terry’s tragic and sudden death.

Now for the first time since his trade to Kitchener, Paterson found himself facing his former team.

Paterson stopped all 31 shots as the Rangers clinched their playoff spot with a 3-0 win over Saginaw.

David Miller scored twice along with Brandon Robinson who leads the team with 24 goals. Frank Hora assisted all 3 goals.

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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!