Rangers Battle Through the Storm

For their second game in two days, The Kitchener Rangers defeated another long time rival the Guelph Storm, reigning OHL Champs.

After 20 minutes of play the home town boys had a 4-0 lead, and looked like fans might see a repeat of the past nights road performance. Unfortunately, one of the problems the Rangers have come across this season is playing a full 60 minutes.

They did everything right in the first period, moved the puck through the mutual zone, tape to tape passes, and peppered Justin Nichols with 21 shots, stopping 17 of those.

Like the night prior, the Rangers opponents made a goalie switch seeing Bradley Van Schubert start the 2nd period, and it helped the boys from the Royal City.

The Storm would score a lone power play goal in the middle frame to decrease the Rangers lead to 4-1, still a strong lead, but they say a 3 goal lead is the worst lead to have in hockey. The only other excitement came from how full the penalty boxes were. Even though Rogers Sportsnet was broadcasting the game, which meant annoying commercial stoppages for fans at the rink, it was a chipping and rough game from start to finish.

The 3rd period had the Rangers on their toes as the Storm tossed 2 more goals their way after the Rangers had a 5-1 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

The final minutes of the game you’d think the Rangers were desperately trying to kill off a penalty as they had minimal luck clearing the puck from their zone, and keeping it out, but at the end, then kept out of the net and got another 2 points and a 5-3 win.

Side note: With this win, the Rangers will not avoid playing the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and/or the Erie Otters. They are now too far ahead of the trailing Sarnia Sting.

Now a win is a win, but at this point in the season almost blowing a 4 goal lead isn’t something to brush off. Both teams had a goal called off during the game as well.

Now, on the bright side the cameras were rolling and Jake Paterson was ready to put on a show in net, and boy did he ever.

Remember when I said the Rangers had 21 shots in the first? Well they went from leading 21-9 after 20 minutes, to the Storm outshooting them 48-36 after 60 minutes of play. Paterson turned away 45 of those shots earning him the first star of the game.

For the game write up from the Rangers website follow the link below.



For video recap follow the link below



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!