WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
(Sault Ste. Marie leads 2-1)
Game 1: Sault Ste. Marie 3, Kitchener 2
Game 2: Sault Ste. Marie 4, Kitchener 2
Game 3: Kitchener 3, Sault Ste. Marie 0
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
Additional reading: Rangers head home trailing 2-0
Adam Mascherin-Logan Brown-Kole Sherwood
Givani Smith-Rickard Hugg-Connor Bunnaman
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 (8-6) starts.
Sault Ste. Marie:
Boris Katchouk-Morgan Frost-Taylor Raddysh
Tim Gettinger-Barrett Hayton-Jack Kopacka
Keeghan Howdeshell-Joe Carroll-Ryan Roth
Zack Trott-X-Cole MacKay
Rasmus Sandin-Connor Timmins
Noah Carroll-Mac Hollowell
Jordan Sambrook-Jacob LeGuerrier
Matthew Villalta (10-3) starts.
- The Rangers have signed second round pick F Isaac Langdon. He had 21 goals and 12 points in 33 games this past season for the Quinte Red Devils.
- So before the game GM Mike McKenzie tells me that the OHL admitted they made an error when calling back Michael Petizian's goal in the Soo. The rookie put the Rangers up 2-0 in the first period of Game 1. The Rangers lost 4-2, with two empty netters scored by the 'Hounds. Nothing you can do about it now but it's brutal that the wrong call was made after a lengthy review.
- No Hayden Verbeek for the Soo. He left Game 2 in the first period with a mid-body injury. A tough loss as he had 30 goals in the regular season.
- Soo goalie Matthew Villalta wasn’t giving up much in the first period. Great rebound control.
- In general, the ‘Hounds do such a great job of collapsing around their goalie and playing a well structured game. Gotta be so frustrating for their foes.
- A decent start for the Rangers. Slow out of the gate but they finished strong in the first. That momentum carried to the second where Riley Damiani scored off a nifty give and go with Greg Meireles.
- Soo forward Boris Katchouk had a shorthanded breakaway in the second period but shot wide.
- Mario Culina is sure doing his part in this series. Nine periods, five goals allowed, 80 saves.
- Kitchener has scored first in every game. The Rangers have also started the third period tied or ahead in every affair.
- No sign of Petizian after he took a cross check from the ‘Hounds in the second period (no penalty called).
- Draws 40-23 Rangers.
JB’s top three Rangers: Mario Culina, Michael Vukojevic, Greg Meireles