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Kitchener continues to act as comeback kids

The Rangers have six wins in their last eight games, needing to come from behind in each of their last three
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Kitchener Rangers forward Andrew Leblanc

"We'd like to play with a lead at some point."

Are you sure, Kitchener Rangers head coach Mike McKenzie?

For the third straight game, the Blueshirts found themselves trailing and needing to mount a comeback.

"We feel like we're never out of a game, especially one goal down, on home ice," said McKenzie.

Rangers rookie Andrew Leblanc scored his third goal of the weekend to open the third period, and tie the game against the Guelph Storm.

He added an assist on the game-winning-shot from Simon Motew. It came on the power play with just under two minutes left in the game.

Make it a four-point-weekend for the 2020 first-rounder Leblanc. Kitchener clipped the Storm 3-2, to even the season series at four games a piece.

On Wednesday, the Rangers were trailing the Saginaw Spirit 4-1, then on Friday Kitchener fell behind the Erie Otters 2-0. They came back to win both of those games, as well.

With Reid Valade out of the Rangers' line-up with an injury, Leblanc - the 2020 first-rounder - is getting a larger opportunity.

"He's certainly making the most of it, that's for sure," said his head coach. "He's a guy that's struggled to get going this year to get going at times. We're starting to see why we drafted him and why we thought so highly of him."

Jackson Parsons made his second start since missing 12 games with a shoulder injury.

He stopped 31 shots, and was all smiles after the game.

"It was awesome. The guys were going, and I was just happy to be backstopping them," said Parsons. "Especially against a team like Guelph, with the Highway 7 Rivalry, it's a game you always want to win."

The Rangers head to Windsor Tuesday evening.

Pregame at 6:35 p.m on City News 570, with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.

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