Rangers: 10-6-1-0, second in western conference
Spitfires: 11-6-1-0, fourth in western conference
Head to head: Kitchener doubled Windsor 4-2 in the only other meeting between the clubs this season. The Rangers are 8-5-2-2 against the Spits over the past five years.
Game-time: 7:30 p.m.
The skinny: Windsor has won four of its past five games while Kitchener is on a three-game winning streak. Rangers Logan Stanley and Adam Mascherin represented the OHL in its game against Russia’s top junior players last night in Owen Sound (Russia won 5-2, Mascherin scored one of the goals). Windsor was represent by goalie Michael DiPietro and coach Trevor Letowski. Though, the skipper kept DiPietro on the bench, no doubt to keep him fresh for Windsor's two-in-two against the Rangers.
Keep an eye on: Stanley started the season on a six-game point scoring streak before cooling off but he’s heating up again. The former Spits rearguard has a point in his past three games – all Rangers wins.
Additional reading: Richardson relishing role as starting goalie.
Adam Mascherin-Rickard Hugg-Kole Sherwood
Adam Liska-Greg Meireles-Cole Carter
Connor Bunnaman-Riley Damiani-Jake Henderson
Nick McHugh-Michael Petizian-Jonathan Yantsis
Logan Stanley-Connor Hall
Joseph Garreffa-Kyle Gentles
Giovanni Vallati-Jack York
Luke Richardson (4-5-1-0) starts.
Logan Brown-Aaron Luchuk-Luke Boka
Mathew MacDougall-Adam Kadlec-Cole Purboo
Dan D'Amico-William Sirman-Jake Smith
Igor Larionov-Chris Playfair-Tyler Angle
Thomas Stevenson-Austin McEneny
Sean Day-Connor Corcoran
Lev Starikov-Louka Henault
Michael DiPietro (11-4-1-0) starts.
- Cole Carter (lower body), Grayson Ladd (shoulder), Eric Guest (unspecified) and Anthony Dumont-Bouchard (upper body) are all expected to be out for tonight's game. UPDATE: Carter is good to go.
- A little too close for comfort but a win is a win and Kitchener has now won four straight.
- The Rangers drew a blank on a 5-on-3 for 1:37 but redeemed things by going 2-for-5 on the PP. Meanwhile the home side stopped the league's second best power play three times.
- Give Kole Sherwood two helpers. The winger has six points in his past three games.
- The fourth line chipped in another goal. Michael Petizian got his first of his career and was wearing the team's hardest worker fireman's helmet after the affair.
- It was a rough start to the third. Kitchener had a 3-1 lead and didn't generate a shot on net until nine minutes into the frame. The team was outshot 12-4 in the third.
- Draws 30-28 Rangers.
- Windsor's Aaron Luchuk has 19 goals in 19 games. There aren't too many big names after that top line but give it to Trevor Letowski's boys, they sure work hard.
- Nice to see Nick McHugh get some time with Greg Meireles. That pair always looks comfortable together.
- A massive faceoff win by Riley Damiani with 2.3 seconds left in the game and six Windsor players to Kitchener's four on he ice.
JB's top three Rangers: Michael Petizian, Connor Bunnaman, Adam Mascherin