Friday, December 29, 2017 – Erie Otters (11-18-5-1) vs. Kitchener Rangers (22-11-2-0) –7:30pm
Home Game: 18 Season Game: 36
12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TONIGHT’S GAME
Compiled by: Alyscia Warner, Communications Manager
1) Today marks the fifth of six meetings between the Erie Otters and Kitchener Rangers. The final meeting will be here on January 19, 2018.
2) The Otters returned from the Christmas break by enduring a 4-2 road loss to the Oshawa Generals last night.
3) The Rangers began their second half with a solid 5-1 road win over the Owen Sound Attack last night at the Bayshore.
4) Rangers’ alternate captain Adam Mascherin saw a nine-game goal scoring streak snapped last night in Owen Sound, but he extended his overall point-scoring streak to 12 straight games, registering 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in that span.
5) Mascherin has jumped from 15th to 6th overall in league scoring over the last two games with 45 points (23G, 22A) in 35 games played. Nipping at his heels is Otters’ Kyle Maksimovich, who ranks 7th with 44 points in 35 games.
6) Mascherin leads the Rangers offensively in the season series vs. the Otters with four goals and six points in four games. Maksimovich leads the Otters with three goals and four points in those four games.
7) The Kitchener Rangers home power play is 5th in the OHL, executing at a 26.2% efficiency (17-for-65). Their home penalty kill is 16th overall at 75.4 % (49-for-65).
8) The Erie Otters road power play ranks 9th at 20.9% (14-for-67), while their road penalty kill is ranked 16th at 72.7% (48-for-66).
9) The Otters are above .500 at home going 9-5-3-0, but have struggled on the road with only two wins and a 2-13-2-1 record. The Rangers are 11-5-1-0 at home and 11-6-1-0 on the road.
10) The second place Kitchener Rangers have scored 12 more and surrendered 19 fewer goals than the ninth place Erie Otters in the same number of games (35). The teams are separated by 18 points in the Western Conference standings.
11) The Otters have just one win in their last 11 games played, a 3-0 win over the North Bay Battalion in their final game before the Christmas break. Prior to that, their last win was a 5-4 shootout victory over the Ottawa 67’s on November 23.
12) The Otters have yet to win a game when trailing after the first (0-8-1-1) or second periods (0-13-2-1). The Rangers are 12-0-0-0 when leading after the first period, and 14-2-0-0 when leading after two.