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Round One, Game Three Preview: Kitchener Rangers vs. Erie Otters

April 2, 2024 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Kitchener Rangers News Release


Erie, PA - The Kitchener Rangers head to Erie for game three in round one of the playoffs. The series stands at 1-1 after two games in Kitchener. Puck drop is set for 7 pm at The Erie Insurance Arena.

TV: Rogers Channel 20 (Kitchener)

Video Stream: OHL Live on CHL TV

Radio: 570 AM CKGL

SCHEDULE

Game 3: Tuesday April 2 at Erie, 7:00 PM

Game 4: Thursday, April 4 at Erie, 7:00 PM

Game 5: Friday, April 5 at Kitchener, 7:00 PM

*Game 6: Monday, April 8 at Erie, 7:00 PM

*Game 7: Tuesday, April 9 at Kitchener, 7:00 PM

*If necessary

Kitchener Rangers Playoff Tickets:

Tickets for Game 5 are on sale now; you can purchase your seats online here. Fans can also call 519-578-1570 or you can purchase tickets in person at The Aud Box Office Sponsored by White Way Plumbing located at 400 East Avenue in Kitchener. The Box Office is open Mon-Fri 10 am - 1 pm.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Game One:

The Rangers won game one 6-3 on Friday night with five Rangers recording multi-point games. Luke Ellinas led the way for the Rangers scoring their first goal of the playoffs finishing the game with two goals and one assist for the first star. Matthew Sop, Eduard Šalé (Seattle Kraken), and Carson Rehkopf (Seattle Kraken) each netted one goal and one assist while Filip Mešár (Montreal Canadiens) had three assists. Dylan Edwards netted two goals for the Otters and Sam Alfano notched their third goal.

Game Two:

Erie took game two at The Aud with a final score of 7-4. The Rangers took an early two-goal lead however, Erie stormed back, took the lead and never trailed again to level the series at one game apiece. The Rangers hung around and battled back from behind twice before finally going down with 9:23 remaining in the game.

Carson Rehkopf (Seattle Kraken- 2G), Matheas Stark, and Matthew Sop netted the Rangers goals while Filip Mešár (Montreal Canadiens) registered another three-assist night. Eduard Šalé (Seattle Kraken) tallied two assists, Hunter Brzustewicz (Calgary Flames), and Tanner Lam each notched one. Pano Fimis (1G, 1A), Malcolm Spence (1G, 1A), Dylan Edwards (1G, 1A), Sam Alfano (2G, 1A), Kaleb Smith, and Carey Terrance scored the goals for Erie.

Playoff Statistics:

Kitchener

Overall Power Play: 5th in the OHL at 36.4%

Away Power Play: N/A

Overall Penalty Kill: 3rd in the OHL at 88.9%

Away Penalty Kill: N/A

Erie

Overall Power Play: 12th in the OHL at 11.1%

Home Power Play: N/A

Overall Penalty Kill: 12th in the OHL at 63.6%

Home Penalty Kill: N/A

SCOUTING THE RANGERS (41-23-4-0) 86 points 68 GP

4th in the Western Conference, 5th in the OHL

Rangers' Watch:

Carson Rehkopf has registered three goals and one assist through the first two games of the playoffs. Two of these goals were on the power play. In game one Rehkopf closed the scoring with an empty net goal while he opened the scoring in game two. The winger is leading the Rangers in goal scoring so far in the playoffs.

In the first two contests of the 2024 playoffs, Filip Mešár (Montreal Canadiens) has registered three assists in back-to-back games. Mešár is tied for the most points in the league to start round one. Four of Mešár's six assists have been on the man advantage.

Czech Republic native Eduard Šalé finished the regular season with 15 goals and 23 assists in 49 games. This is Šalé's first stint in the OHL playoffs and he has already notched one goal and three assists for four points. The winger scored the game-winning goal in game one while all three of his assists were on the power play.

Goaltending:

Parsons:

Jackson Parsons started on Sunday afternoon where he faced 24 shots and allowed six goals. Parsons has played seven playoff games in his OHL career recording a 3.53 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE OTTERS (33-28-5-2) 73 points 68 GP

5th in the Western Conference, 11th in the OHL

Otters to Watch:

Sam Alfano is tied for the most points on the Otters during playoffs through the first two games with three goals and one assist for four points. In Alfano's six career OHL playoff games, he has scored four goals and one assist.

Dylan Edwards has been one of Erie's biggest threats as he is tied with Alfano for most points in the playoffs on the Otters. He has scored three goals and one assist so far.

Pano Fimis was a force for Erie on Sunday in their win scoring a goal and an assist. The forward has a total of three points (1G, 2A) in his two career OHL playoff games.

Goaltending:

Fraser:

Ethan Fraser played his second playoff game on Sunday afternoon. Fraser allowed four goals on 28 shots. In his two games, Fraser has a 4.52 goals against average and a .850 save percentage.

BROADCAST COVERAGE

Tuesday's game vs the Erie Otters will be televised live throughout Kitchener and the Waterloo Region on Rogers TV, cable channel 20, and can be watched across the province of Ontario on the Super Sports Pak on channel 470 for cable subscribers. The game will be streamed live online on OHL Live on CHL TV. Additionally, fans can listen to Tuesday night's action on the radio on CityNews 570 AM CKGL.

UP NEXT:

The series continues in Erie for Game 4 on Thursday, April 4th at The Erie Insurance Arena before returning to The Aud for Game 5 on Friday, April 5th. Both games are set for 7 pm. Don't miss the Rangers playoff action and secure your seats to Game 5 online.


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