Power play struggles hurt Rangers in loss to Knights

The Kitchener Rangers are down 2-0 in their playoff series against the London Knights after a 5-1 loss on Saturday.

The Knights scored just 40 seconds into the game and although Carson Rehkopf tied the game later in the 1st period, the Knights cruised to the win from there.

Kitchener went 0-for-6 on the power play, putting them at 0-for-10 on the man advantage in the series. Head Coach Jussi Ahokas said the team needs to improve in that area.

“We didn’t utilize our power play, it didn’t work. We have to get that going if we want to win,” Ahokas said. “We have to have a better power play, and go to more to the hard areas to utilize our chances.”

Ahokas added that the team needed to make better choices with the puck on the power play and play with more speed.

Despite being behind in the series, Kitchener forward Matt Sop said the team remains confident as they prepare to return home.

“No matter what, we don’t stop believing. I know our group — we’re such a tight-knit group — we’ll do anything for each other so we’re definitely not out of this,” said Sop.

Game 3 of the series is on Tuesday night from the Aud.

Listen to the game on CityNews 570 with pregame coverage beginning at 6:35 p.m.

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