Filip Mešár didn't take long to make friends on East Ave.
The Montreal Canadiens first-round pick was sent down last Saturday by the Habs, and made his Kitchener Rangers debut Friday against the Sudbury Wolves.
The smooth-skating Slovak earned his first Ontario Hockey League point just over 17 minutes into the game, assisting on a goal from Reid Valade.
“A lot of fun today,” said Mešár after the game. “Guys helped me a lot because my first period was not very good. I was kind of nervous. Second and third period were pretty good. I think we can be a really good team this year and I expect a lot of fun.”
Winning is always fun. Mešár added three assists in his debut, and the Rangers spanked the Sudbury Wolves 7-2, Friday at The Aud.
The newcomer played on a line with Carson Rehkopf and captain Francesco Pinelli, with the LA Kings second rounder, Pinelli, hammering home a hat-trick.
“Carson and Francesco, they have pretty good shots. So my job is to dish it to them and they'll score from everywhere,” said Mešár. “It was a crazy night. We need a little more chemistry (...) and I think we'll be better and better.”
Sudbury native Mitchell Martin loved seeing his hometown team for the first time in his OHL career. He had his first four-point-game in the OHL, with four assists.
The Rangers have won back-to-back games, outscoring their opponents 13-4 in the process.
“There's definitely a confidence starting to build. You're starting to see more consistent efforts,” said head coach Chris Dennis. “We're figuring it out slowly. Not as fast as I would like, but it's coming.”
The Rangers try to keep going when they visit the Guelph Storm Saturday. The Harris Law Pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.