Roman Schmidt picked the perfect time for his first goal of the season.
The Kitchener Rangers and Saginaw Spirit put on a defensive display Friday night at The Aud.
"We played the right way. It was a tight checking game. They weren't giving up much either," said Rangers head coach Chris Dennis. "I thought we were wiling to do what was required right to the very end to get the job done."
Scoreless until late in the third, the Rangers worked the puck to the point, and the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect threw a puck towards the net. It found a lane and squeaked through the pads of Triston Lennox.
His counterpart was just one stop better. Marco Costantini made 18 saves for his first shutout as a Ranger.
"It was a great bounce-back game for me. I had two rough games against Erie," said the overage goaltender referencing the team's back-to-back losses last weekend. "It's a big win for us. Bunch of guys blocking shots. Best game of the year, so it feels good."
Kitchener is back at home Tuesday, when they host the Midwest Division-leading Owen Sound Attack. The Harris Law Pregame Show begins at 6:30 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.