Only five points separates first place Owen Sound from the eighth and final playoff spot - currently held by Windsor, Plymouth and Sarnia.
Kitchener is just one point up on the the trio. Congested like a good autumn cold. The Rangers have a bit of a cushion thanks to Sunday's 2-1 win over Plymouth at the Aud. It was redemption time for rookie Justin Bailey, who got the game winner, after thinking he had the GWG Saturday in Plymouth. That marker was called back on a high stick.
Speaking of Bailey, the kid has been alright, eh? He's showing more confidence every game and a willingness to go to the net. He's creative with the puck and one of the more exciting rookies - outside of Euro import picks - that this team has seen in a the past two years.
So, the Rangers got through a crucial three games in three days with five points. Almost as good as it gets. Another test lies ahead. This time, it's four games in six days. It starts Thursday in Niagara against the surprising 9-6-1-0 IceDogs, who seemed destined for a down year.
From there it's a trio of home games - Windsor Friday, Owen Sound Sunday and a rare Tuesday tilt against Mississauga. This threesome also own winning records.
Kitchener has yet to lose at home. Got a chuckle when talking to Bailey who said he thinks the club can last the season without losing a home game. Rookie optimism is certainly a breath of fresh air.