Friday, March 17, 2017 – Erie Otters (48-15-2-1) vs. Kitchener Rangers (36-26-2-2) – 7:30pm
Home Game: 34 Season Game: 67
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME
Compiled by: Alyscia Warner, Communications Manager
1) Tonight marks the sixth and final meeting between the Kitchener Rangers and Erie Otters this regular season. The Rangers are 2-3-0-0 vs. the Otters during the 2016-17 campaign.
2) The Rangers will finish sixth in the western conference standings, and still await their first-round playoff opponent. They will face one of the Otters, Owen Sound Attack or London Knights.
3) If the Erie Otters win tonight’s game – regardless if London also wins tonight – the Knights cannot finish in first place in the western conference standings.
3) The Kitchener Rangers come into today with the league’s 8th ranked home power play, executing at 21.2%. Kitchener’s home PK is 15th at 78.6% efficiency.
4) The Erie Otters have the league’s 2nd ranked road PP at 29.0%, but are 11th on road PK at 79.1%.
5) Rangers forward Adam Mascherin is one point away from 100 regular season points (35G, 64A in 63 GP). The most recent Rangers player to hit the 100-point mark in a season was Jason Akeson (24G, 84A = 108 Points in 67 GP) in 2010-11.
6) The Rangers will acknowledge forward Darby Llewellyn during the first period TV timeout for reaching the 300 career regular season games milestone on Tuesday night in Guelph.
8) Adam Mascherin sits third in the OHL’s point scoring race with 99 points, while second in the league in assists with 64. Erie’s Alex DeBrincat leads the league in both points (123) and goals (63), while teammate Taylor Raddysh is second in league scoring with 105 points, which includes 40 goals.
9) Erie’s Dylan Strome sits 16th overall in league scoring with 73 points, despite only playing 33 games. He comes into tonight’s game with an average of 2.21 points per game.
10) Kitchener has scored the game’s opening goal in 35 of 66 games this season, going 24-11 in that span. They are 12-19 when allowing the first goal of the game. Erie has a record of 31-7 when scoring first. They are 17-11 when allowing the first goal.
11) The Otters are 41-0 when leading after two periods of play. They have only trailed heading into the third period 17 times, and won three of those games. The Rangers are 28-3 when leading after 40 minutes.
12) Erie is 19-13-1-0 when on the road. Kitchener is 20-11-1-1 at the Aud.