Rangers thumped by Windsor Spitfires in game three of playoff series

By: Sean Sutherland - For KW Now
| Published 05/11/2022

Rangers Thumped by Spitfires
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Rangers thumped by Windsor Spitfires in game three of playoff series

'It was a rough night for the Kitchener Rangers.'

Heading back home for game three of their Western Conference semi-final with the Windsor Spitfires, the Rangers failed to take control of the series, getting blown out to the tune of 6-2. With the loss, Kitchener now trails 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Despite the lopsided score, it was Kitchener who got on the board first. After Windsor’s Josh Currie received a five-minute major just seconds into the game, the Rangers capitalized on the power play, with Mike Petizian giving them a 1-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the contest.

From that point onward though, the game swung heavily in Windsor’s favour. The Rangers were held scoreless for the remainder of the five-minute power play and when the Spitfires took another penalty later in the period, it was Windsor who came out scoring.

Wyatt Johnson’s shorthanded marker tied the game up midway through the opening frame, while Daniel D’Amico’s power play tally gave Windsor a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

The Spitfires momentum carried into the second frame as both Will Cuylie and Louka Henault beat Rangers netminder Jackson Parsons early. Henault’s goal marked the end of the night for Parsons, with the rookie goalie being pulled after giving up four goals on 24 shots.

With Pavel Cajan now between the pipes for Kitchener, it was more of the same as Johnston – the OHL’s leading scorer during the regular season – added his second of the night to make it a 5-1 game midway through the second. Matthew Maggio added a second power play goal for the Spitfires, before Simon Motew’s power play goal finally ended Windsor’s run of six unanswered goals, making the score 6-2 after 40 minutes.

Neither team could add any scoring in the third period, with Cajan turning away all 15 shots he faced in the final frame. Overall, the Rangers were outshot 47-29 in the contest.

One of the few positives for the Rangers came in their power play, which notched both goals for the team and went 2-4 on the night.

Kitchener will now try to even up the series on home ice May 12, when they host Windsor in game four.