‘No-goal’ call leaves Rangers one game from going home
A controversial disallowed goal has left the Kitchener Rangers on the brink of elimination.
Kitchener forward Mike Petzian appeared to score his fourth goal of the playoffs against the London Knights last night but it was waved off after an off-ice review. After a long look at the play, officials determined he had kicked the puck in.
The call was not without controversy as both Petzian and Rangers coach Mike McKenzie criticized the decision, arguing that Petzian never touched the puck with his skate.
Had the tally counted, it would have brought the Rangers within one goal in game they ultimately lost 5-3. With the loss, Kitchener is now in a must-win situation trailing three games to two in their opening round playoff series. They’ll need to win back-to-back games if they plan on reaching the second round this year.
Unlike game four, Sunday’s game five saw the Rangers fall behind quickly as London’s Max McCue potted a pair of goals in the first six minutes. Kitchener centre Joseph Serpa would right the ship later in the period, cutting the lead to one with his second tally of the postseason.
After London added another goal later in the first, Kitchener trailed 3-1 heading into the second.
Petzian looked to change the Rangers’ fortunes in the second period, when he appeared to beat London netminder Brett Brochu on his own rebound, before the call was reversed. While his first tally didn’t count, Petzian scored again midway through the frame, this time seeing the goal stand to bring Kitchener within one.
After London’s Sean McGurn re-established the two-goal lead, Mitchell Martin’s power-play marker made it a one-goal game yet again before the second period ended.
Neither team could muster much offence in a tightly-contested final frame until McCue completed his hat trick with a late empty-netter to ice the game for London and forcing the Rangers into a pair of must-win games.
If Kitchener wants to keep their hopes of a playoff upset alive, they’ll have to win the first of those games tomorrow night at the Aud to force a winner-take-all battle the next night in London.