It wasn’t long ago the Kitchener Rangers were last in the OHL’s Western Conference.
Today, they have a chance at taking over the top spot.
The winner of the game at the Memorial Auditorium between the Rangers and Windsor Spitfires will be top dog.
Kitchener has vaulted itself into contention after winning 17 of their last 19 games.
The latest came Saturday in Barrie. They capped the Colts 5-2.
“I didn’t think it was our best game,” said interim head coach Mike McKenzie. “I thought there were some good things we did and some we could clean up, that against an older team may have bit us a bit.”
The Colts are in a complete rebuild. They acquired 18 draft picks last week ahead of Friday’s trade deadline.
Kitchener’s general manager knew his team couldn’t take the Colts lightly despite all the moves they made.
“Every point is important, but you want to make sure you get the ones everyone is getting and make sure you don’t leave those ones on the table,” said McKenzie. “Those sting a little bit when they slip away from you.”
Reid Valade and co-captains Greg Meireles and Riley Damiani each had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win.
Lucas Pfeil rebounded from a loss in Niagara last weekend, when he allowed seven goals on 24 shots. He picked up his fifth win of the season turning aside 18 of 20 shots from the Colts.
Despite being the hottest team in the Western Conference and having a chance at being the top seed in the conference, he’s trying not to look at the standings.
“Not a lot,” said McKenzie on how often he’s checking where his team is sitting. “It’s just so close right now. You can look at it on Friday and it’ll change on Saturday, and again on Sunday. We don’t want to put too much emphasis on it.”
Kitchener is hoping it does change again on Sunday. For the better.
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