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Filip makes a “Meš” of the scoresheet in Rangers debut

Montreal Canadiens prospect Filip Mešár had four points in his first game in the Ontario Hockey League.
Filip Mešár

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.

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