WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
(Series tied 3-3)
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: Kitchener 7, Sault Ste. Marie 4
Game 5: Sault Ste. Marie 7, Kitchener 3
Game 6: Kitchener 4, Sault Ste. Marie 3 (OT)
Game 7: April 30, at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07 p.m.*
* if necessary
Additional reading: Rangers on brink of elimination
Adam Mascherin-Logan Brown-Kole Sherwood
Connor Bunnaman-Rickard Hugg-Givani Smith
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 (10-6) starts.
Sault Ste. Marie:
Boris Katchouk-Morgan Frost-Ryan Roth
Keeghan Howdeshell-Barrett Hayton-Taylor Raddysh
Jack Kopacka-Joe Carroll-Tim Gettinger
Zack Trott-Brett Jacklin-Cole MacKay
Rasmus Sandin-Connor Timmins
Noah Carroll-Mac Hollowell
Jacob LeGuerrier-Jordan Sambrook
Matthew Villalta (11-4) starts.
- It’s a must-win game for the Rangers but the team is in good surroundings. Kitchener is 7-1 at the Aud this post-season with the one loss coming in overtime (3-2 to Sarnia).
- You can ignore any talk of Rangers being suspended for today's game. The team is icing its regular lineup.
- The Rangers looked sluggish to start the first (nerves?) while the Soo took it to the home side outshooting them 14-9 and up 1-0 at the first break.
- Some chants from fans came and went but overall an eerie silence in the Aud for most of the first period.
- Officials reviewed Givani Smith’s second period tally for about five minutes before signaling that it was good. The goal was the result of crashing the crease, which is something the Rangers didn’t do enough of through two periods.
- The game had a real slow-motion feeling to it through two. Not a lot of energy from either side. Perhaps the drain of travel at play is settling in. Lots of players look like they’re playing hurt too.
- The emotion and play picked up in the third period with four goals scored.
- Kitchener had a 3-1 lead with 5:36 to go when Taylor Raddysh cut the advantage to one goal. The Rangers then had a 3-2 lead with 2:12 to go before Raddysh scored the equalizer. There is a reason he won an OHL title last season.
- It’s a shame that the game that is going to decide which team moves on to the OHL championship has to be played about 24 hours after Game 6 and with a ton of travel.
- This series is over without the play of Mario Culina today. Plain and simple. Soo goalie Matt Villalta didn’t have to make too many big saves.
- When the Soo tied the game 3-3, the OHL brought the Wayne Gretzky Trophy down to door near centre ice.
- Keeping the post-game tight. Gotta get myself ready to hit the road.
JB’s top three Rangers: Mario Culina, Joseph Garreffa, Givani Smith