WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
(Series tied 2-2)
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: 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 get new life in west final
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 (9-6) starts.
Sault Ste. Marie:
Boris Katchouk-Morgan Frost-Taylor Raddysh
Tim Gettinger-Barrett Hayton-Jack Kopacka
Keeghan Howdeshell-Joe Carroll-Ryan Roth
Zack Trott-Brett Jacklin-Cole MacKay
Rasmus Sandin-Connor Timmins
Noah Carroll-Mac Hollowell
Jacob LeGuerrier-Jordan Sambrook
Matthew Villalta (10-4) starts.
- Kitchener's Austin McEneny (upper body) and the Soo's Hayden Verbeek (mid body) and Anthony DeMeo (concussion) remain out. The Rangers have officially announced that McEneny is done for the series and the OHL final, if the team gets that far.
- Gotta give my mandatory props to tonight’s anthem singer Brian Duyn. He always nails O Canada.
- Two goals in 38 seconds for the Rangers in the first period by Logan Brown (his first of the series) and Greg Meireles.
- The Soo were really pushed around by the home side all game.
- It sure wasn’t the start you’d expect from the Greyhounds after being blanked 3-0 in Game 3.
- Make this only the fourth time all season that the ‘Hounds have lost two in a row.
- Mario Culina’s shutout streak stretched 110 minutes and 40 seconds over three games before Taylor Raddysh scored on the PP in the second period.
- Raddysh directed the shot in with his skate, which is perfectly legal. It’s only illegal to kick a puck in that is stopped on the ice. Off a pass is no problemo, according to OHL media man Paul Krotz, who was sitting next to me in the pressbox. Also, head office ruled there was no distinct kicking motion by T-Rad.
- It was a breakout game for Smith, Brown and Sherwood. The trio had two goals in the series coming into tonight’s game. Now up to six. They looked dominant.
- Joey G doing his thing. Four helpers in this one.
- A nice touch by coach Jay McKee to put his fourth line out for the power play in the third period.
- The series is guaranteed to come back to the Aud on Sunday. Game 5 is Friday in the Soo.
JB’s top three Rangers: Joseph Garreffa, Logan Brown, Givani Smith