Just returned from practice at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston.
It looks like I'm hitting the Remembrance Day circuit - which is fine by me. Last year I think I was on a Teddy Bear Toss streak, so it's a nice change.
Tonight will be the third ceremony I've seen. The buses in town also have "Lest We Forget" running across their face. A nice touch.
And keeping on that theme, the route to Kingston was new for me and passed roads named after Dieppe and Vimy Ridge.
As for hockey, the Rangers practised a few new lines this morning. And why not? After being embarrassed 7-0 by the Petes last night, anything is welcome. Here is my recap of that game from today's paper.
Rookie Mike Davies was on the top unit with Matia Marcantuoni and Justin Bailey while centre Curtis Meighan was on the wing of the second line with Radek Faksa and Brent Pedersen.
Mark Bzowey, who was just called up from the Oakville Blades, sat this one out with an upper body injury. Doesn't appear serious.
Ben Thomson (ankle) was not on the ice but said he hopes to play in Ottawa on Sunday.
All settled in at the K-Rock. Forgot how much I like this building and the city.
Kitchener's lines are set and as follows:
Mike Davies-Matia Marcantuoni-Justin Bailey
Brent Pedersen-Radek Faksa-Curtis Meighan
Darby Llewellyn-Ryan MacInnis-Nick Magyar
Jimmy Soper-Mason Kohn-Scott Teskey
Ben Fanelli-Frank Hora
Max Iafrate-Doug Blaisdell
Jared Gilbert-Logan Schmidt
Jordan DeKort (1-9) starts.
Henri Ikonen-Sam Bennett-Spencer Watson
Lawson Crouse-Ryan Kujawinski-Conor McGlynn
Corey Pawley-Darcy Greenaway-Sam Schutt
Billy Jenkins-Slater Doggett-Sam Povorozniouk
Mikko Vainonen-Roland McKeown
Mike Moffat-Warren Steele
Matt Watson-Dylan DiPerna
Matt Mahalak (6-4-1-1) starts.
- Hearing that former Rangers' goalie Jack Moylan may be Strathroy (Jr. B) bound.
- Crowded bench for Kitchener tonight. Four coaches and two trainers back there.
- A great Remembrance Day ceremony pre-game. You can have all the special effects in the world but a little boy remembering his fallen dad at centre ice puts a lump in your throat.
- Kitchener had no shots during a 5-on-3 power play for 1:21 and none for the next three full two minute PPs. Someone needs to stand in front of the net.
- That was a wild one. A great hockey game after a bee-rutal first period (at least for the Rangers). Looking for some positives? Rallying from a 4-1 deficit is a start. It's not a win, but the last two periods was some of the best hockey the Rangers have played in a month.
- I think the team has its starter in goal for the foreseeable future. Matt Greenfield was stellar in relief and allowed one goal on 21 shots. He stopped seven shootout attempts.
- Radek Faksa scored his first in six games and Nick Magyar his first in seven. Ryan MacInnis' three helpers were his first points in eight games.
- Max Iafrate showed the right mix of grit and discipline. When he does that, he's a force. He saved a goal in the crease and put his body on the line something fierce tonight.
- In the keeping it real category, let's be grounded and realize Kitchener has lost eight straight, which ties the longest streak by the team in the past 11 years. But at least the lads showed some spunk tonight.
JB's top three Rangers: Matt Greenfield, Max Iafrate, Ryan MacInnis