Game day: Kitchener at Sarnia

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Rangers: 18-19-2-2, fourth in the Midwest Division

Stitch: 17-18-3-1, fourth in the West Division

Series season: Kitchener leads 4-0-0-1

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

Skinny: It’s revenge for Tuesday’s bizarre match.

In that tilt, both teams seemed to sleep for two periods before the pace picked up in the third.

Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the game and force extra time before losing 4-3 in a shootout.

Now it’s off Sarnia where the Rangers are 2-0 this season. In fact, you have to go all the way back to March 14, 2018 to find the last time the Blueshirts were beaten in Chemical Valley.

So Sarnia is Kitchener friendly territory.

My guess is that the Rangers want to 1) extend their four-game point streak, 2) get revenge for Tuesday’s shootout loss, and, 3) pick up a massive two points in the hunt for a playoff berth. And (bonus) 4) win for all the print journalists (me) who come to the game. OK, #4 is a stretch.

In case Tuesday’s game day doesn’t cross your mind, remember Sarnia is doing pretty well and has won three of its last five games with doubles against Windsor, the Soo and Kitchener.

Sarnia has two games in hand against the Rangers and is currently behind Kitchener in the standings, so it’s an important game.

I feel like I’m going to say that a lot in this space in the future.

To watch: Sting striker Nolan Burke is having an exceptional year. He collected 10 points in his last season but already has 44 this time around. And he loves playing Rangers. He leads the Sting with eight points in five games against Kitchener and had a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s win.

Watch the playoffs: Kitchener is seventh in the West, two points behind Owen Sound for sixth place and one on Erie, two on Sarnia and seven on last place Saginaw. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs.

Further reading:

Simple message to Joseph Serpa — pull more

Rangers come up against hot keeper, but salvage point in shootout loss

Pavel Cajan saves the day with a record performance

Rangers stop London Hex

Lines:

Kitchener:

Michael Petizian-Joseph Serpa-Reid Valade

Navrin Mutter-Matt Sop-Mitch Martin

Andrew LeBlanc-Carson Rehkopf-Cam Mercer

Adrian Mislajevic-Francesco Pinelli-Antonino Pugliese

Justin Nolet – Jacob LeBlanc

Roman Schmidt – Jack Harper

Ty Hollett – Simon Motew

Pavel Cajan starts

Sarnia:

Nolan Burke-Ty Sees-Nolan Dann

Max Namestnikov-Theo Hill-Marko Sikic

Josh Vogelsberg, Nolan DeGurse, Ryder McIntyre

Easton Wainwright-Zach Filak-Austin Harper

Andrew Malyavin – Ryan Mast

Alexis Daviault-Ethan Ritchie

Owen MacDonald – Ryan Pryce

Ben Gaudreau starts

Summary of the game

Brownie Points:

– Kitchener is still without F Francesco Pinelli (leg), G Jackson Parsons (shoulder) and forward Trent Swick (undisclosed). UPDATE: Pinelli returns after missing nine games.

– Since joining the Rangers on a trade from Hamilton, Navrin Mutter has nine points in 13 games and 29 penalty minutes. Arber Xhekaj, who went the other way, has six points in 10 games and 30 PIMS. I’m not saying one is better than the other or anything like that. They play different positions for Pete’s sake. I just thought it was an interesting composition.

– Yeah, I’m that guy. The magic numbers for Rangers to make the playoffs are (combination of Rangers regulation wins or opponent regulation losses): Saginaw (22.5) and Erie (27).

– Just because the program was flawed. A reminder that Sunday’s game in Owen Sound has been postponed. I’ve driven to Owen Sound once in my life to find the game was canceled (due to snow). So it’s my part to try to make sure it’s a one-member club.

– Key Date Alert: The OHL Draft is April 29 (rounds 1-3) and April 30 (rounds 4-15). The OHL U18 draft will take place on May 4. No date has yet been set for the CHL Import Draft.

– Electric Boogaloo II Key Dates: As planned, the regular season has been extended by two weeks and will end on April 17. The playoffs will be held four days later and will remain the best of seven series. Five games have been added for the Rangers against Guelph, Erie, Sarnia and two against Owen Sound. Could be critical playoff qualifying games.

JB’s top three Rangers:

Next : Monday in London at 2 p.m.

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