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: Sault Ste. Marie 4, Kitchener 3 (2OT)
Additional reading: Sherwood forces Game 7
Adam Liska-Logan Brown-Kole Sherwood
Connor Bunnaman-Rickard Hugg-Adam Mascherin
Nick McHugh-Riley Damiani-Greg Meireles
Carter Tresoor-Michael Petizian-Jonathan Yantsis
Logan Stanley-Michael Vukojevic
Giovanni Vallati-Joseph Garreffa
Kyle Gentles-Jack York
Mario Culina (10-5) 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 (10-4) starts
- The Rangers are 4-1 in Game 7 in the past two decades.
- Givani Smith will watch this one from the stands. The Kitchener Rangers forward was suspended for two games for flipping the bird to the Soo bench after the Rangers won in overtime in Game 6. I don't have a problem with punishment if the league wants to take a stand. But the OHL's severe lack of consistency when it comes to suspensions has to be maddening for team owners, GMs, coaches, players and fans.
- Rangers forward/defenceman Joseph Garreffa was named OHL player of the week today after picking up eight points in four games.
- Rookie Carter Tresoor is in the lineup making his OHL debut. What a rush for the youngster. He had 31 points in 44 games for the Jr. B Waterloo Siskins this season.
- For those asking, Eric Guest remains ill, according to the team. I mistakenly thought he was over it and a healthy scratch. My apologies for that.
- The Rangers were burned on a line change in the first on the Boris Katchouk goal. Almost got caught a second time too.
- Kitchener’s top line looked like it was adjusting to its new look at times but Adam Liska played with passion and was relentless on the puck and did not look out of place.
- The Damiani line was a force and put on a cycling clinic. It will be fun to watch this line develop next season.
- Sherwood and Damiani both hit crossbars in the second period.
- Jonathan Yantsis’ goal wasn’t pretty but the effort that led up to it sure was. He never gave up on the boards and won the battle for the puck before scoring.
- The officials did a great job of getting in between any potential scuffle and snuffing them out. Well done. What you want to see in a Game 7.
- Just when you think it's over, Logan Stanley ties the game with 51.8 seconds left.
- A great first overtime with lots of back and forth play. Nothing settled.
- Jack Kopacka with the dagger four minutes into the second overtime. What. A. Finish. Great series to cover and an exciting Game 7. Nobody wanted the season to end on a stinker and the Rangers and Hounds came through with a beauty. Being one goal away from the OHL final is tough but the Rangers went out playing great hockey.
- There will be lots of time to dissect the season later. For now, know some big names are moving on: G Mario Culina, F Adam Mascherin, F Connor Bunnaman, F Logan Brown, F Givani Smith, F Kole Sherwood, D Austin McEneny and D Logan Stanley.
- That list may sound devastating but consider this: the top two lines next season could be McHugh-Damiani-Meireles, Liska-Garreffa-Hugg. Yantsis, Petizian and Guest can return. First rounder Reid Valade and second rounder Isaac Langdon are signed and prospects Matt Gordon and Carter Tresoor are in the mix as well. Toss in G Luke Richardson and six returning D - Vukojevic, Hall, Vallati, York, Gentles and Peterson and a western conference that looks, as of now, up for grabs and things are far from dire.
JB's top three Rangers: Mario Culina, Giovanni Vallati, Joseph Garreffa