Rangers: 36-26-2-2, sxith in the west
Erie: 48-15-2-1, first in the west and OHL
Head to head: Erie leads the season series 3-2.
Game-time: 7:30 p.m.
The skinny: The Rangers have clinched sixth spot in the west but Erie is still fighting off Owen Sound and London for first overall in the OHL.
Keep an eye on: Rangers forward Adam Mascherin is one point shy of the 100-mark. Jason Akeson was the last player to reach that level with 108 points in 2010-11.
Additional reading: Rangers still waiting on first round playoff opponent.
Adam Mascherin-Greg Meireles-Riley Damiani
Connor Bunnaman-Darby Llewellyn-Jake Henderson
Nick McHugh-Joseph Garreffa-Cole Carter
Dylan Seitz-Cedric Schiemenz-Jonathan Yantsis
Andrew Burns-Frank Hora
Elijah Roberts-Dylan Di Perna
Alex Peterson-Kyle Gentles
Luke Opilka (13-13-1-1) starts.
Alex DeBrincat-Dylan Strome-Taylor Raddysh
Kyle Maksimovich-Anthony Cirelli-Warren Foegele
Pat Fellows-Kyle Pettit-Ivan Lodnia
Cam Lizotte-Haydn Hopkins-Christian Girhiny
T.J. Fergus-Darren Raddysh
Jordan Sambrook-Erik Cernak
Mitchell Byrne-Owen Headrick
Troy Timpano (34-8-0-0) starts.
- The OHL released its annual coaches poll last night and Kitchener's Adam Mascherin was second in most dangerous in the goal area, best shot and hardest shot. The Rangers were the only team in the 10-team western conference that didn't have more than one player nominated among the top three in the 20 categories.
- West nominations by club in the coaches poll: Erie (15), Owen Sound (10), London (9), Sault Ste. Marie (6), Windsor (6), Sarnia (5), Flint (3), Guelph (3), Kitchener (3) and Saginaw (2).
- Hey, it wasn't the most exciting game in terms of offensive chances (for Kitchener) but the Rangers did take the league's best team to overtime in a game that was meaningless for them in terms of the standings. That's a good sign going into the playoffs.
- Adam Mascherin remains stuck at 99 points. He has one more chance to reach 100 tomorrow in Owen Sound.
- Rangers shots reading 6, 4, 5 through three periods was tough to see but credit Erie who are good at limiting chances.
- What a weekend, still nothing figured out in terms of who the Rangers will play in round one. Though with Erie's win London can't finish first in the west anymore. That's a victory, right?
- 37 goals for Connor Bunnaman and his second goal in the waning minutes with the goalie yanked this week. Bunna-man indeed.
- You could kind of feel the OT winner coming with the uber-skilled Otters controlling the play. Man, that Alex DeBrincat sure picked his spot with conviction.
- Erie wins the season series 4-2.
JB's top three Rangers: Connor Bunnaman, Luke Opilka, Andrew Burns