Rangers open home-and-home with Knights Friday

The Kitchener Rangers are riding a four game win streak while the Knights are coming into the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Friday on a 12-game win streak.

Kitchener has been able to get wins over North Bay, Ottawa, Erie and Guelph. While the Knights haven’t lost since Dec. 10 when they were on the road in Sault. Ste. Marie.

Head coach Jussi Ahokas told the Mike Farwell Show Friday that it’s going to be a great Midwest division battle Friday and Saturday.

“They’ve been playing really well lately,” said Ahokas. “We’ve been getting our game back on track but we’re still not there where we want to be like we were before. I think it’s going to be a good two games and for sure the rivalry is going to be there.”

Ahokas said that he’s trying to tell his guys to not focus so much on the streaks but letting them know that Friday is going to be just like any other night the Auditorium.

“These points are the same amount that you get like in September,” he said. “I’m more looking at our players’ personal development and how they are improving and gone forward during the season.”

Ahokas said there are things to his team’s game that he’s hoping can be cleaned up in the last few games especially against a dangerous team like the Knights.

“Defensively, we have to be a little bit better. Forechecking wise, we still have to get that worked out as we go towards the playoffs. We have to keep getting better.”

Catch the game right here on CityNews 570 at 6:35 p.m., with puck drop at 7 p.m.

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