Kitchener, Ont. – Joseph Serpa scored the lone goal for the Rangers and Jackson Parsons made 29 saves on 32 shots but the Mississauga Steelheads earned a 3-1 victory Saturday at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
After three great scoring attempts from the Rangers to begin the contest, Mason Zebeski started the scoring for the Steelheads at 9:24 of the first period on a hard drive to the net. The first attempt on goal was stopped by Parsons, but Zebeski’s follow-up was batted across the goal line for the lone tally of the opening frame. Shots were 15-8 in favour of the Rangers.
The Rangers tied the game on a tic-tac-toe passing play while on the man-advantage at 11:26 of the middle period. From the point, Hunter Brzustewicz fed a pass to Carson Rehkopf at the left circle. Rehkopf quickly made a pass to Joseph Serpa at the right circle who ended up scoring glove-side. However, the Steelheads regained the lead with just 19.8 seconds remaining when Zakary Lavoie entered the zone on the right-wing wall and scored shortside while shorthanded.
Kitchener led in shots 22-16 but was trailing 2-1 after two periods.
Mississauga increased the lead to two at 9:18 of the final frame when Liam Spencer made a backhand pass from the left circle to Luke Misa in the high slot who walked in and found the back of the net to make it 3-1.
The Rangers hit two posts in the final five minutes of the contest but were unable to strike. Mississauga used 16 shots in the third period to earn a 32-28 final shot advantage over the Rangers. Kitchener was 1-for-6 on the man-advantage and were a was 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Carson Rehkopf was named the game’s second star.
Next up, Kitchener will finish pre-season play with a neutral-site game vs. Mississauga this Sunday. The Rangers and Steelheads will face-off in Orangeville, Ont., at the Alder Community Centre at 2:00pm. Tickets are $5.00, and Orangeville Minor Hockey will also be collecting non-perishable food items for The Orangeville Food Bank.
Opening Night: Kitchener is welcoming Rangers Nation back to The Aud for the 60th anniversary season. The Rangers’ opening night is this Friday, September 30th at 7:30pm. Be the first to see the Rangers in action this season and see the complete East Avenue Blue roster introduced in a special pre-game ceremony. Additionally, the first 5,000 Rangers fans will receive the Rangers Season Calendar.
Tickets for Opening Night are on sale now and can be purchased online here or by calling (519) 578-1570.
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