So, is tonight the night?
Let's hope so. Another win by Owen Sound and this series may start going south fast.
This is the one for the Rangers to end it. Home ice, big crowd and motivation to win one for Radek Faksa, who is out indefinitely with a head injury.
Looks like Brandon Francisco is the new man in the lineup. Francisco went pointless in the first two games and was a healthy scratch for the last two. He has one assist in his last 14 games.
As for Faksa, he is not in the buidling tonight. He's at his billets, nursing his injury.
The OHL has reviewed the play and will not issue a suspension on Owen Sound defenceman Brayden Rose for the hit.
Lines for tonight's tilt:
- What a stark contrast to Wednesday's 6-5 OT loss. Tonight, the team's top players came to play. Catenacci, Murphy, Gibson, Crescenzi, Sol and Rieder dominated the game and, because of it, the club is off to the western conference semis.
- Goodbye Scott Stajcer and Jay Gilbert who, as OAs, played their final OHL game.
- Props to Eric Ming for a game saving sprawl in the third to thwart a goal.
- Would love to see the coaches loosen up the leash on some of the depth players. Less than a minute to go and up by two and all the best players are on the ice, getting hammered by cross checks. Not good.
- Bad penalties continued to do in the Attack. But this club has lots of good things to look forward to - a good returning defence, solid forwards in Cam Brace, Gemel Smith and Dan Catenacci and a good goalie in Jordan Binnington. They'll be tough next year.
- Looking ahead, the Rangers have to find secondary scoring. Spott said as much after the game. Big players showed up tonight. But when they don't, who is going to put the puck in the net?
- Max Iafrate was getting chirped often, but kept his composure, which was nice to see.
- Looks like Friday may be the first game of the semis. Still have to wait and see how it plays out for an opponent.
JB's top three Rangers: John Gibson, Tobias Rieder, Andrew Crescenzi