Tyler Randell was devastated when he was slapped with a 10-game suspension in the first game of the post-season for a hit on Owen Sound's Artur Gavrus.
The overager watched the playoffs unfold from the stands and needed the Rangers to extend its western conference semifinal to seven games or win the series in order to see post-season play.
It didn't look good against Plymouth in the semis. Kitchener trailed 3-2 in the best-of-seven series but won Game 6 to force a clincher.
Randell returned for Game 7, with his 10-gamer in the books, and erupted for four goals to lead the team to a 6-3 victory and a berth in the western conference finals.
"I knew I wanted to come in and give the boys all I could," said Randell, after the game. "They did a lot for me in the last 10 games and I owe everything to them."