Rangers Slay The Knights 8-1


Thursday night at the Budweiser Gardens, fans saw a potential first round playoff match up between the London Knights, who have now secured 3rd in the Western Conference, and the visiting Kitchener Rangers, who are now too far ahead of the trailing Sarnia Sting to take 6th.

Side note: Hockey icon Don Cherry was in the building promoting Organ Donation Awareness amongst Canadians, if you haven’t signed your donor card it is not to late! Organ donation has personally touched my life, and saved my grandfather. 1 person can help up to 8 people.

Now on to the game!!

Tyler Parsons would start the game for the Knights going up against Rangers starter Jake Paterson.

Kitchener would strike first 4 minutes into the opening frame as Gustaf Franzen put a puck past Parsons for his 15th of the season, Frank Hora with the assist. Next up, Max Iafrate would get his first of two goals on the night with a blasting shot from the point. He went glove side over Parsons, with captain Liam Maskaant and Darby Llewellyn on the helpers.

London would give themselves life late in the first period on a 2 man advantage. Team Canada alumni Max Domi cut the Rangers lead to a goal ending the opening period.

Doug Blaisdell’s double minor for high sticking had the visiting Rangers starting the middle frame short handed. Arizona Coyotes draft pick Ryan MacInnis forced a turnover in the Rangers end, skating it down the ice with veteran Max Iafrate by his side. MacInnis would slide the puck to Iafrate, behind Knights tender Tyler Parsons restoring the Rangers 2 goal lead.

Kitchener would go up 4-1 on a power play goal from Ryan MacInnis, who received a pass from Darby Llewellyn beside the net. Brandon Robinson would also be credited with an assist.

MacInnis would bag his second of the night quickly after putting the Rangers up 5-1. Robinson would get his second point of the night with and assist, and David Miller would get his first.

And that’s all she wrote for Tyler Parsons as Michael Giugovaz started the third for the home team Knights. Do you think a goalie change would slow down the Rangers? Nope. Not a chance.

Brandon Robinson would get his third point of the night, and his first goal and he collected his own rebound of a Knights defenders stick. Millers second assist of the night.

The Rangers 7th goal came from Mason Kohn as he put away Nick Magyars rebound off Giugovaz’s pad.

And finally, the 8th and final goal for Kitchener. The Boys In Blue capitalized on a power play as Rangers rookie Adam Mascherin picked up a puck behind the night after Millers shot was blocked, and gave the Rangers a 7 goal lead. Frank Hora got his second assist on Mascherins goal.

Check out the link below for video highlights from the game.



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!