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Preview: Rangers turn focus to Windsor for ’70’s Night’ at The Aud Sunday

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Kitchener, Ont. – The Rangers get set to host the reigning Western Conference Champions from a season ago, the Windsor Spitfires. The Rangers will complete their second consecutive weekend of three games in three days Sunday with puck drop set for 6 p.m. at The Aud.

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Promotions:
It’s the Rangers’ ’70’s Retro Night!’ Wear your best 70’s, look and celebrate peace and love at The Aud. The game will honour the Rangers’ 70’s history, include activations, music and more from the decade.


Ticket Information:
Tickets to Rangers’ home games are $21 for children and $25 for adults and can be purchased online now by clicking here. Additionally, fans can purchase tickets via the phone by calling the Centre In The Square Box Office at (519) 578-1570. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Activa Box Office at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium at 400 East Ave. Kitchener, ON N2H 1Z6 or at the Centre In The Square Box Office at 101 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7.


Head-to-head:
Kitchener and Windsor have played each other 16 times over the last three seasons. Eight of those games have been played at home, where Kitchener owns a 5-2-1-0 record and holds an overall record of 9-6-1-0 against the Spitfires.

The last meeting at The Aud was held on Apr. 1 where Windsor came away with a 5-3 victory for their only regulation victory on the road in Kitchener in four attempts. Reid Valade scored twice, earning the game’s second star and Joseph Serpa added two assists. Kitchener tied the game twice but two third period goals by Windsor secured the victory for them. Kitchener won the other two games in regulation and one in a shootout.

The Rangers are currently the most disciplined team in the OHL recording the least amount of penalty minutes (173) this season. Barrie is the next closest at 188. Flint leads with 262 penalty minutes on the season.

Windsor as a team have scored more than five goals in a game nine times already this season out of their 18 total games played. Windsor is nursing a two-game losing streak and are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 games. They last placed on Friday night in Sarnia dropping the contest 3-2.

Kitchener also enters play after a loss Saturday, falling to their Highway 7 rivals, the Guelph Storm 5-3. Kitchener enters play 5-5-0-0 in their last 10 games.


Scouting the Rangers:
2023 NHL Draft Eligible defenceman Matthew Andonovski recorded his first multi-point game of the season Saturday with a primary and secondary assist. That capped off a four-point night by the Kitchener Rangers defence core.

Also 2023 NHL draft eligible forward Carson Rehkopf got himself back on the scoresheet after going pointless in four games. Rehkopf scored his seventh goal of the season on the power-play Saturday. Six of his seven goals have come on the power-play making him tied for third most in the OHL.

The Rangers are led by Francesco Pinelli (Los Angeles Kings) who has 20 points (11G, 9A) in 17 games this season. Hunter Brzustewicz leads Rangers defencemen with 13 points in 18 games.

Kitchener is in a three-way tie to lead all OHL teams for having the most first-time draft eligible skaters for the upcoming 2023 NHL Draft that will be held in Nashville this June 28-29. Matthew Andonovski, Hunter Brzustewicz, Cameron Mercer, Kyle Morey, Jackson Parsons, Carson Rehkopf, Blair Scott, and Adam Zidlicky are eight first-time skaters eligible for the upcoming NHL Draft, making up 32-percent, or nearly one-third, of the current Rangers’ roster.

Tomas Hamara (Ottawa Senators), Filip Mešár (Montréal Canadiens), Francesco Pinelli (Los Angeles Kings) and Roman Schmidt (Tampa Bay Lightning) are four Kitchener skaters that are both drafted, and signed, by their NHL clubs respectively.


Scouting the Spitfires:
Oliver Peer is tied for the league-lead with two short-handed goals and Alex Christopolous is second in the league only behind Owen Sound’s Colby Barlow with four game-winning goals.

Christpolous also enters play as the leagues sixth highest scorer with 13 goals this season. He has already matched his goal tally with Windsor from a season ago in which he has done in 29 less games.

The New York Islanders’ fifth-round pick in 2022, Matthew Maggio, leads this Windsor team in points this season with 22 points (11G, 11A) in 16 games.

Windsor has four skaters eligible for the upcoming 2023 NHL draft. The three forward skaters are Ethan Martin, Ethan Miedema, and Christopher O’Flaherty. The lone defenceman eligible for the draft is Bronson Ride. Ethan Miedema is listed as a ‘B’ ranked prospect and Joseph Costanzo and Bronson Ride are both ranked as ‘C’ prospects on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to watch.

Matthew Maggio (New York Islanders) and Daniil Sobolev (Montréal Canadiens) are two skaters on the Windsor Spitfires roster that are drafted by their NHL team respectively.


Broadcast Coverage:

Sunday’s contest will be televised live throughout Kitchener and the Waterloo Region on Rogers TV, cable channel 20, and can be watched across the province of Ontario on the Super Sports Pack on channel 468 for cable subscribers. Jason Hagholm (play-by-play), Dan Polischuk (colour commentary) and Sean Furfaro (host) will call the game on television. The game will be streamed live online on OHL Live on CHL TV. Additionally, fans can listen to the game on the radio on CityNews 570 AM CKGL. Mike Farwell (play-by-play) and Chris Pope (colour commentary) will call the game on the radio. For more information on Kitchener Rangers broadcast coverage, click here.


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Next Up:
Kitchener welcomes the London Knights to The Aud for the first time this season. The Western Conference rivalry between two OHL heavyweights continues Friday night. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. Greats seats are still available to purchase here.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Luke / Kitchener Rangers

 

For inquiries, contact:

Dominic Hennig
Senior Director, Broadcasting, Communications & Hockey Operations
Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club
519-497-9342
dhennig@kitchenerrangers.com

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