Friday, February 23, 2018 – Sudbury Wolves (14-36-7-0) vs. Kitchener Rangers (38-17-2-0) – 7:30pm
Home Game: 27 Season Game: 58
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME
Compiled by: Alyscia Warner, Communications Manager
1) Today marks the second and final meeting of the season between the Sudbury Wolves and Kitchener Rangers. The Wolves claimed the first meeting in Sudbury, 4-2, back on November 26, 2017.
2) The Rangers are coming off a season-long five game road trip, which saw them go 3-2-0-0. They won the first two games, followed by back-to-back losses before rebounding with a 3-2 win over the 67’s in Ottawa on Family Day.
3) The Wolves are playing their second game of a season-long span of seven straight games away from home. They lost 3-2 in overtime to the North Bay Battalion on Wednesday.
4) The Sudbury Wolves have just one win in their last eleven games played (Feb. 9 vs. Flint, 6-3). Their last win on the road came on Dec. 10 against the 67’s, 4-3 in a shootout. Their last regulation road win was back on Nov. 16 at Barrie, 8-2 over the Colts.
5) Tonight marks the first time defenceman and former Ranger Doug Blaisdell returns to The Aud since being acquired by the Wolves earlier this season. As a Ranger, he sits 9th all-time in regular season games played by a defenceman with 232.
6) Rangers’ centre Logan Brown is two points away from 200 career regular season points (70G, 128A = 198Pts).
7) Earlier this month, Rangers’ winger Adam Mascherin entered the Top-10 in all-time regular season points and all-time regular season goals by a Ranger. Entering tonight, he has amassed 118 goals and 283 points in 249 regular season games.
8) Rangers’ captain Connor Bunnaman recently entered the Top-10 in all-time regular season games played for the Kitchener franchise. Tonight will be his 255th career regular season game in a Rangers uniform.
9) Kitchener’s Adam Mascherin sits ninth overall in league scoring with 73 points (36G, 37A) in 57 games played. Rookie Blake Murray leads the way for Sudbury with 34 points (16G, 18A) in 46 games played.
10) The Kitchener Rangers home power play is 5th in the OHL, executing at a 23.9% efficiency (22-for-92). Their home penalty kill is 7th overall at 80.0% (72-for-90). The Sudbury Wolves road power play ranks 12th at 18.5% (20-for-108), while their road penalty kill is ranked 13th at 77.7% (80-for-103).
11) Overall, the Rangers boast the 3rd best PK in the OHL, while the Wolves are 18th and 19th on the PP and PK, respectively.
12) The Wolves have only led after 40 minutes 13 times, but have won nine of those games. They have yet to win a game when trailing after two periods (0-25-3-0).