After being the whipping boys of the Guelph Storm for eight consecutive games, the Kitchener Rangers finally returned the favour by beating the OHL's defending champs 6-5.
You hate to use terms such as "must win" seven games into the season but take a gander at the OHL standings and if you want to remain relevant, you need to pile up victories as some clubs are already pulling away from the pack.
1. Nick Magyar pots his first two goals of the season. It has taken some time for him to get used to being on a new line after being placed alongside import Gustaf Franzen. But the unit has found some chemistry now that Adam Mascherin has joined the trio.
2. Max Iafrate shows why he can be important. I didn't think Iafrate played particularly well Friday and Saturday. But he was a minutes eater on Monday and effective. When he plays a simple game and doesn't try to do too much he is a beast. It's almost like the less he does the more he does.
3. Youth movement contributing. Connor Bunnaman scores his first OHL goal, Mike Davies picks up another point and Mascherin collects three assists on Monday. Depth scoring was something the Rangers didn't have last year and it's a good sign to see the kids chipping in.
1. Goals against an issue. The team is still relatively young and goalie Matt Greenfield has regularly been the recipient of some brutal defensive plays. But 17 goals over the past three games and 32 against in seven contests this season is a concern.
The problem is that stud netminders are not available. Goaltending is at a premium and a lot of teams are looking.
The Rangers haven't given up on Greenfield by any means and I'm not trying to suggest that. I just think, to be prudent, it's worth having a Plan B in your back pocket.
And, to me, that's getting Jack LaFontaine on the big roster sooner than later. If he's as good as scouts make him out to be then why let him split time in Georgetown (OJHL), where he is part of a tandem with veteran Marc Williams (ex-Dutchie). LaFontain is currently 5-0 with a 2.12 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
Two things happen with his call up. Either you get lightning in a bottle and he is one of those rare cases where a kid shines as a rookie in the league or he earns valuable experience serving as a back up and starts next season - the year most of the Rangers peak - with the confidence of having been in the league for a good chunk of games.
2. Future on defence unknown. Five guys can return on the blue line next season - Frank Hora, Dmitrii Sergeev, Logan Schmidt, Doug Blaisdell and Dylan Di Perna. But who is going to be the horse that carries the crew? It's up to one of them to step forward.
3. Penalty killing struggling. It's third worst in the OHL and operating at 71 per cent. It hasn't helped that Mason Kohn has been out with the flu for three games since he's one of the better energy guys a man down. But that's no excuse, it just has to get better.