It's about keeping it simple for the Kitchener Rangers, who trail the London Knights 3-0 in the western conference semifinal.
The season could end tonight. Or it could be the beginning of a remarkable comeback.
The Rangers believe.
You gotta think the Rangers will take at least one off London. And then, maybe that momentum can turn into something.
There were some good signs despite the loss in Game 3.
Coach Mike Van Ryn is a finalist for OHL coach of the year.
He's up against Stan Butler (North Bay), Kris Knoblauch (Erie), Paul McFarland (Kingston), Rocky Thompson (Windsor) and Dale Hawerchuk (Barrie).
Rangers captain Ryan MacInnis is the team's entry for OHL most outstanding player.
Waterloo's Boris Katchouk (Soo) is up for rookie of the year.
Full list of nominees here.
Brandon Robinson-Ryan MacInnis-Jeremy Bracco
Mason Kohn-Gustaf Franzen-Adam Mascherin
Darby Llewellyn-Connor Bunnaman-David Miller
Jake Henderson-Jacob Cascagnette-Nick Magyar
Connor Hall-Frank Hora
Doug Blaisdell-Dylan Di Perna
Dmitrii Sergeev-Miles Liberati
Dawson Carty (4-4) starts.
Matthew Tkachuk-Christian Dvorak-Mitch Marner
Aaron Berisha-Cliff Pu-Robert Thomas
Chandler Yakimowicz-Owen MacDonald-J.J. Piccinich
Daniel Bernhardt-Chad Heffernan-Evan Bouchard
Chris Martenet-Victor Mete
Olli Juolevi-Jacob Graves
Brandon Crawley-Aiden Jamieson
Tyler Parsons (7-2) starts.
- The march is over. The Rangers came to play and had three goal leads twice but London is just a machine.
- Mitch Marner scored a hat trick and will likely get credited with a fourth goal after tipping in Jacob Graves' third period marker. He was such a difference maker in this series and a treat to watch.
- It's as though London waits until they realize they have to turn it up a notch and then just go to a different level. No lead was safe in this series.
- Kitchener was very physical early on and showed a lot of emotion and it threw London off. The result was a 3-0 lead.
- Knights goalie Tyler Parsons looked human in this one. Dawson Carty might like to have that Cliff Pu goal back but again made some killer saves.
- Kitchener struck on the power play for the first time in the series when Frank Hora scored with the man advantage.
- Ex-Knight David Bolland was at the Aud to take in Game 4.
- There will be lots of time to look ahead to next year's Rangers squad and dissect the strengths and weaknesses of the season that was. Tonight isn't that time.
- We can say farewell to overagers Brandon Robinson, Brian Brosnan and Miles Liberati. Ryan MacInnis is also pro bound and Gustaf Franzen and Dmitrii Sergeev will likely join him. Three of Dawson Carty, Darby Llewellyn, David Miller, Nick Magyar, Frank Hora and Dylan Di Perna also won't be back next season. Jeremy Bracco could also move on to the AHL.
- Coach Mike Van Ryn was classy to come right out and talk to the media at a tough time. Players too. All year they've been accommodating to my many interview requests.
- It was a fun season to cover the Rangers. They were one of the top teams despite an insane amount of injuries. MacInnis established himself as a top centre in the league. Adam Mascherin and Connor Hall took big steps. The rookie crop is fast and exciting. Lots to look forward to.
JB's top three Rangers: Darby Llewellyn, Jeremy Bracco, Dmitrii Sergeev