WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
(Sault Ste. Marie leads 2-0)
Game 1: Sault Ste. Marie 3, Kitchener 2
Game 2: Sault Ste. Marie 4, Kitchener 2
Game 3: April 23, at the Aud, 7 p.m.
Game 4: April 25, at the Aud, 7 p.m.
Game 5: April 27, at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
Game 6: April 29, at the Aud, 2 p.m.*
Game 7: April 30, at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* if necessary
Givani Smith-Logan Brown-Kole Sherwood
Connor Bunnaman-Rickard Hugg-Adam Mascherin
Nick McHugh-Riley Damiani-Greg Meireles
Adam Liska-Michael Petizian-Jonathan Yantsis
Logan Stanley-Michael Vukojevic
Giovanni Vallati-Joseph Garreffa
Kyle Gentles-Jack York
Mario Culina (8-4) starts.
Sault Ste. Marie:
Boris Katchouk-Morgan Frost-Taylor Raddysh
Keeghan Howdeshell-Hayden Verbeek-Tim Gettinger
Jack Kopacka-Barrett Hayton-Ryan Roth
Zack Trott-Joe Carroll-Brett Jacklin
Rasmus Sandin-Connor Timmins
Noah Carroll-Mac Hollowell
Jacob LeGuerrier-Jordan Sambrook
Matthew Villalta (9-3) starts.
- Last night's loss is still burning in Rangers Nation. Been fielding a ton of correspondence from unhappy folks since the buzzer beater.
- It's a quick adios from the Soo for the Rangers and 'Hounds. Both teams are leaving town right after the game to overnight in Sudbury before making their way to Kitchener for Monday's Game 3.
- Kitchener had to be happy with the start. Get an early goal, take the crowd out and quickly move on from last night’s loss.
- Michael Petizian scored to make it 2-0 but the goal was called back due to an offside. Woulda been the rook’s first playoff point.
- A few more Rangers sweaters in the crowd in tonight’s tilt. Nice to see some support after a virtual red-out on Friday.
- The Soo woke up from its slumber in the second and dominated the play. Mario Culina was massive for the Rangers and flashed the leather to save a goal on a Taylor Raddysh breakaway. He also stoned Morgan Frost who was in all alone.
- The Rangers had the lead for more than half the game before Frost scored to tie things up.
- A pretty clean game. Both teams doing their best to stay out of the box.
- Rangers captain Connor Bunnaman has elevated his play this series and is really using his body to win battles in the corner. He’s such a dominant player when he plays that way.
- Rickard Hugg left the game in the second period after getting rocked by the Soo’s Tim Gettinger but returned for the third.
- Frost hit a post in the third. The shot was reviewed but ruled a no-goal.
- Greyhounds F Hayden Verbeek left the game and went to the hospital with a “mid body” injury and did not return. D Anthony DeMeo is out with a concussion after taking a clean hit by Michael Petizian in Game 1.
- Coming into the series the concern was how Kitchener's young defence was going to hold up against the Soo. After two games, it's the offence, or lack thereof, that's not delivering.
JB’s top three Rangers: Mario Culina, Logan Stanley, Adam Mascherin