Rangers on the verge of elimination after home game loss to Windsor
Despite holding a two-goal lead after 20 minutes, the Rangers ended up dropping game four of their Western Conference Semi-Final with the Windsor Spitfires by a score of 6-3. With the loss, Kitchener is now one game away from being knocked out of the playoffs.
Game four saw a similar trend to the previous three games in the series, as the Rangers opened the scoring. Winger Mitchell Martin kicked things off for Kitchener, potting his seventh goal of the playoffs with just over five minutes remaining in the first period. Rookie Carson Rehkopf added a second goal three minutes later to put the Rangers up 2-0 after the opening frame.
While they were able to start the game off on the right foot, Kitchener couldn’t keep it up in the second period. For the second straight game, they allowed four goals in the middle 20 minutes, ultimately losing them the game.
After Michael Renwick scored an early power-play tally, Windsor’s Josh Currie tied the game up a little over six minutes in the period. Alex Christopoulos gave the Spitfires the lead with his fifth of the postseason, before OHL leading scorer Wyatt Johnston beat Pavel Cajan with what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
In the third period, Rehkopf gave the Rangers some hope, cutting the deficit to one with his second score of the game. Kitchener couldn’t capitalize on the momentum shift though as Christopoulos re-established Windsor’s two-goal lead. An empty-netter by Johnston with two minutes left wiped away any hopes of a comeback.
Cajan made 38 saves on the 43 shots he faced in the game, while the Rangers were heavily outshot 44-24.
With the loss, the Rangers will now need to reel off victories in three straight must-win games if they hope to make it to the next round. Their first opportunity comes in Windsor on Saturday May 14 at 7:05 p.m.