Game Recap: Kitchener extends win streak to seven
Game Summary: Kitchener extended their win streak to seven games in a comeback win over Windsor. Down by two goals early in the third period, the Rangers rallied to score five straight goals to win 6-3.
Matthew Sop recorded a third-period hat trick and Carson Rehkopf recorded two goals in the third period to seal the win. Liam Greentree recorded a goal and two assists in the game for Windsor. Tristan Malboeuf played his first game since November 2nd, looking solid in the win stopping 25 shots.
WSR 0, KIT 1
15:39 Luke Ellinas (2) – Adrian Misaljevic, Hunter Brzustewicz
Ellinas gave Kitchener the first lead of the game on a goal that needed to be reviewed to confirm it went in. Brzustewicz passed Misaljevic the puck in the slot, who ended up missing. The puck popped back out front of the net and Luke Ellinas recovered the puck and snapped it top shelf right under the post.
WSR 1, KIT 1
15:08 Cole Davis (8) – Liam Greentree
Nearly a full 20 minutes went by after Kitchener scored when Windsor tied it up on a goal that also had to be reviewed. Behind the Kitchener net, Matthew Andonovski got the puck poked off his stick by Greentree. From here Davis picked it up and wrapped it around into the net. The goal had to be reviewed as Malboeuf almost held the puck out, however following the review it was determined it fully crossed the line.
WSR 2, KIT 1
18:04 Cole Davis (9) – Oliver Peer – PPG
Following a scrum after Trent Swick made a hit, Windsor was awarded a powerplay on which they capitalized. Davis scored his second of the game off a pass from Peer as he was streaking into the Rangers zone. He sniped the puck glove side just inside the post to give Windsor their first lead of the game headed into the second intermission.
WSR 3, KIT 1
0:28 Liam Greentree (13) – Anthony Cristoforo, Oliver Peer – PPG
Windsor scored their third unanswered goal, on the powerplay just 28 seconds into the period. Following a scrum at the end of the second period, Kitchener was given an extra two minutes of penalties entering the final frame. On the powerplay, Peer sent the puck to the top of the zone where Christoforo received it. He sent it over to Greentree who adjusted his body and put the puck in the back of the net.
WSR 3, KIT 2
2:05 Matthew Sop (11) – Adrian Misaljevic
Sop answered for Kitchener 93 seconds after Windsor’s early third-period goal. Misaljevic circled back in the Windsor zone and sent the puck to Sop in the slot who buried it bringing the Rangers back within one.
WSR 3, KIT 3
2:25 Matthew Sop (12) – Cameron Reid, Simon Motew
Sop scored his second goal exactly 20 seconds after his first. He activated his clutch gene as he received a pass from Reid who was falling and one-timed it home to tie the game at three a piece.
WSR 3, KIT 4
9:35 Carson Rehkopf (23) – Trent Swick
Off the faceoff Swick charged in and took possession, circling back and passed it to Rehkopf in the slot who one-timed it to score Kitchener’s third unanswered goal. This was his fourth goal of the weekend after recording his second hat trick of the season yesterday at home.
WSR 3, KIT 5
16:47 Carson Rehkopf (24) – Matthew Andonovski
A bad change by Windsor allowed Rehkopf to be sent in with little pressure off the left wing on a pass from Andonovski. Rehkopf gave the Rangers some insurance as he rocketed home their fourth unanswered goal to put them up two goals. Rehkopf now has 12 points, eight goals, and four assists, against the Windsor Spitfires this season in four games.
WSR 3, KIT 6
17:43 Matthew Sop (13) – Trent Swick
Sop recorded his hat trick goal on an empty net to send Kitchener home with their seventh straight win. Swick sent a pass to Sop who tapped it in with nothing in front of him but an empty net.
First Star: Matthew Sop (3G)
Second Star: Carson Rehkopf (2G)
Third Star: Cole Davis (2G)
Carter Froggett got the start for Windsor after coming in relief last night in Kitchener, he looked good despite recording a loss. He made 22 saves in his first career OHL start. After getting a no-decision last night on his stat line, he recorded his first career loss today.
Malboeuf started for the first time since November 2nd, a game which also took place in Windsor. That game was the last time Kitchener lost and the last time that Windsor won. He came up strong in the win stopping 25 of 28 shots including a big blocker save in the third period to help the Rangers hold their lead. He improved his season record to five wins and one loss.
The Numbers Game:
Shots: WSR 28, KIT 28
Powerplay: WSR 2-4, KIT 0-0
FO%: WSR 45.1%, KIT 54.9%
Up Next: Kitchener returns home to The Aud Tuesday for a 7 pm game against the Erie Otters with hopes to extend their win streak to eight. It’s country night so grab your cowboy/cowgirl hat and come check out your first-place Rangers, tickets can be purchased at the box office sponsored by White Way Plumbing or online here.
Photo Credit – Natalie Shaver / OHL Images
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