Two new faces will make their season debut tonight for the Rangers.
Forward Ty Learn and goalie Jack Moylan got the call up from the Kitchener Dutchmen. Both will also join the team in Plymouth Saturday.
Learn is a seventh round pick from 2012. The 16-year-old has seven goals and two assists in 26 games for the Dutchies so far this season.
Moylan appeared in four games for the Rangers last year going 1-1.
Tobias Rieder-Radek Faksa-Eric Ming
Ben Thomson-Matia Marcantuoni-Justin Bailey
Brent Pedersen-Domenic Alberga-Nick Czinder
Ty Learn-Curtis Meighan-Matt Schmalz
Ryan Murphy-Ben Fanelli
Evan McEneny-Jared Gilbert
Cory Genovese-Owen Stewart
Franky Palazzese (4-2-1-1) starts with Jack Moylan will back up.
Iafrate is out with the flu.
Goalie John Gibson suffered a hip flexor against London this past Tuesday and is day to day.
Matt Puempel (shoulder sprain) is progressing but the team is concerned since his shoulder is a big part of his shot -- he leads the team with 21 goals. There is no timeline for his return.
Kerby Rychel-Brady Vail-Zach Lorentz
Chris Marchese-Jordan Maletta-Josh Ho-Sang
Ben Johnson-Sam Studnicka-Emerson Clark
John Bowen-Ryan Verbeek-Ty Bilcke
Saverio Posa-Nick Ebert
Pat Sieloff-Trevor Murphy
Jordan McNaughton-Adam Bateman
Jaroslav Pavelka (10-8-1-2) starts.
- Credit the Windsor Spitfires, who escaped with a point after arriving at the Aud about an hour before game time due to the weather.
- Tobias Rieder is out indefinitely with a foot injury. He left the game in the second period after blocking a shot. He'll get an X-ray tomorrow and the team will know more then.
- Forward Keli Grant got the call up and will join the team in Plymouth Saturday. Grant had two goals and two assists in 20 games for the Rangers last year and leads the Jr. B Dutchmen in scoring with 24 goals and 13 assists this season.
- Zach Lorentz, who was a shootout stud for the Rangers last year, scored on Rangers goalie Franky Palazzese in tonight's shootout.
- Shortening the bench has its advantages, but in a game that went this long, I thought it might have been worthwhile to send some fresh legs out late in the third. The lads who were being used looked completely gassed.
- How about that Jared Gilbert? First game after missing seven with a concussion and he picks up two assists.
- Palazzese stopped Brady Vail on a penalty shot. Money save.
- Two things commented on in the pressbox by out of town media. 1) That Justin Bailey is going to be a good one. 2) What's going on with Brent Pedersen?
- Windsor up 6-3 on PP opportunities. Not often that you see the Rangers give up that many PPs. Credit the penalty killers tonight.
- Why is it that Kitchener's young players are the ones who seem to keep stepping up? Radical thought of the day -- is it worth trading top talent to build for the future?
JB's top three Rangers: Jared Gilbert, Justin Bailey, Nick Czinder