I must say that I'm really looking forward to tonight's game.
Not sure there has been one this year with more meaning.
I understand the message coming out of East Ave., the one about getting better, improving game by game, developing players etc...
That's all fine and dandy. But at some point you have to win some games.
And tonight's tilt against Plymouth has the makings of a beauty.
It's the Whalers the Rangers are trying to catch in the playoffs. Seven points separates the two clubs. A loss would put Kitchener back nine and - while doable - that'd be a tough gap to overcome.
It has been a while since we've seen some electricity at the Aud. The ingredients are in place to change that tonight.
Brent Pedersen-Mason Kohn-Nick Magyar
Jacob Cascagnette-Curtis Meighan-Justin Bailey
Darby Llewellyn-Matia Marcantuoni-Dominik Kubalik
Kegan Blasby-Jimmy Soper-Scott Teskey
Ben Fanelli-Frank Hora
Doug Blaisdell-Max Iafrate
Logan Schmidt-Dylan Di Perna
Jordan DeKort (6-15-1-0)
Matt Mistele-Zach Lorentz-Vincent Scognamiglio
Culler Mercer-Francesco Vilardi-Connor Chatham
Carter Sandlak-Victor Crus Rydberg-Connor Sills
Liam Dunda-Ryan Hartman
Nick Malysa-Josh Wesley
Alex Peters-Gianluca Curcuruto
Mitch Jones-Mathieu Henderson
Alex Nedeljkovic (15-20-0-5) starts.
- Centre Ryan MacInnis was a last minute scratch with the flu. Mason Kohn took his spot on the top unit and Kegan Blasby was added for depth.
- Rangers' second goal by Darby Llewellyn made possible by a big hit by Matia Marcantuoni to start the sequence. Marcantuoni has really upped his physical game of late.
- Good energy from the United Nations line of Marcantuoni (CAN), Darby Llewellyn (U.S.) and Dominik Kubalik (CZE).
- One scout in the pressbox described tonight's game as one that was "putting him to sleep."
- Announced crowd of 7,003 but it was easily one of the smallest in person crowds of the year. Lots of empty seats and 50/50 was only around $3,000.
- Rangers d-man Dylan Di Perna put a beating on Carter Sandlak mid-third period. Sandlak has twice as many PIMs and three years on Di Perna.
- I never understand why scouts leave after two periods. Regardless of the score, don't they want to see how players react when up or down? It's disturbing how many bail.
- Marcantuoni's goal was his first in 13 games.
- Kohn will miss Saturday's game in London after receiving a major for cross-checking late in the game.
JB's top three Rangers: Mason Kohn, Jordan DeKort, Matia Marcantuoni