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Rangers On The Brink Of Elimination After Third Straight Loss To Storm

Rangers Need A Win To Stay In The Series

Kitchener, ONTARIO: Game three of the Western Conference Quarter-Final featured a tighter match-up between the Rangers and the Storm at The Aud. Jonathan Yantsis led the way for the blueshirts with two goals but unfortunately, Guelph edged Kitchener 6-3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Luke Richardson made 38 stops in the loss and picked up the game’s third star.


Jonathan Yantsis took the Rangers’ first infraction of the game for a cross-check at 8:54 of the opening period.

On the ensuing powerplay, Isaac Ratcliffe and Mackenzie Entwistle set-up Nick Suzuki for his second goal of the playoffs to put the Storm up 1-0 at 10:09.

Kitchener was quick to strike back. Off a turnover at centre ice, a shot by Alexey Lipanov rebounded off the glass on the end boards right onto the stick of Joseph Garreffa who buried his first goal of the playoffs at 10:54 to tie it up, 1-1.

The period would end with Yantsis is the box and the game tied at a goal apiece.

The Rangers outshot the Storm through the opening 20 minutes of play, 18-16.

At 37-seconds, just seconds after he came out of the penalty box, Yantsis picked up a rebound off a Mike Petizian shot on Anthony Popovich and scored his first of the playoffs to give the Rangers their first lead of the series, 2-1.

Guelph responded in-kind at 1:14 when Liam Hawel kicked it out from behind the net to Nate Schnarr who put it past Luke Richardson to tie the game up, 2-2.

At 2:36, the Storm regained their lead when a Suzuki backpass to Schnarr was slid past the Rangers netminder to make it 3-2.

The Storm extended their lead at 6:15 when Alexey Toropchenko went top corner to score his third goal of the playoffs and put the visitors up 4-2.

Suzuki opened up Guelph’s lead further when a shot from just outside the faceoff circle went five-hole on Richardson and it was 5-2 at 6:49.

Kitchener struck back at 7:29 when Yantsis rifled a shot over the blocker-side shoulder of Anthony Popovich to bring the Rangers within two, 5-3.

Garreffa and Michael Vukojevic earned assists on Yantsis’ second goal of the night.

The second period would end with the Storm ahead in shots, 37-26.

The third period didn’t see a goal until the 19:20 mark of the period when Dimitri Samorukov scored an empty net goal for the visitors to wrap up the game.

Guelph won 6-3 and outshot the Rangers 44-40.

Story by Andrew Donovan

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