In a series defined by close scores and momentum swings, the Kitchener Rangers were able to hold off the Windsor Spitfires to secure a spot in the second round of the OHL playoffs.
The series started out with a wild Game 1. Windsor looked they might run away with the game and the series when they opened up a three goal lead on the Rangers in Kitchener. Kitchener fought back though, thanks to three straight power play goals, and took the lead halfway through the game. The two teams traded goals until they found themselves in overtime, with Brandon Robinson scoring the winner for Kitchener. Almost as wounding as the loss though, was the match penalty, and subsequent two game suspension, dished out to Brendan Lemieux.
Kitchener would narrowly win Game 2 and Game 3, with a chance to close out in Windsor. The Rangers jumped out to an early two goal lead, but it wouldn’t last. In his first game back from suspension, Brendan Lemieux scored a natural hat-trick in only two minutes, giving Windsor the lead heading into the third. They would add one more, but Kitchener didn’t go away, scoring twice late in the third to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame, Windsor lived to play another day, with Bradley Latour scoring the winner, sending the series back to Kitchener.
In the deciding game, Windsor ran out of steam, falling 5-2 to the series winners, the Kitchener Rangers.
Jeremy Bracco – 5GP, 2G 8A 10Pts, +5
Brandon Robinson – 5GP, 6G 2A 8Pts, +7, 2GWG
Ryan MacInnis – 5GP, 3G 6A 9Pts, +5
Bradley Latour – 5GP, 3G 3A 6Pts, +1
Brendan Lemieux – 3GP, 4G 1A 5Pts, -3
Mikhail Sergachev- 5GP, 2G 3A 5Pts, -4
Dawson Carty (4-0-1) 2.77 GAA, 0.911 Sv%, 0 SO
Michael DiPietro (1-2-0-0) 3.48 GAA, 0.869 Sv%, 0 SO
Mario Culina (0-1-1-0) 5.48 GAA, 0.825 Sv%, 0 SO
Series At A Glance
Game 1: Windsor 5 @ Kitchener 6 OT
Game 2: Windsor 4 @ Kitchener 6
Game 3: Kitchener 2 @ Windsor 1
Game 4: Kitchener 4 @ Windsor 5 OT
Game 5: Windsor 2 @ Kitchener 5