Earlier in the week, Kitchener Rangers fans reigned boos on the team at the end of the first period.
Oh, how quickly things changed. Friday, fans applauded the Blueshirts leaving the ice with a 2-0 lead against the Ontario Hockey League's top team, the Ottawa 67's.
The Rangers romped the 67's 4-2, for their second win in the last ten games.
“We're feeling our way through. We changed the lines today and I really like what that did to some of our guys,” said head coach Chris Dennis. “I think that's the best game Filip Mesar has had in a long time.”
The Montreal Canadiens first-rounder started the game on the third line with Carson Rehkopf and Matt Sop.
Danny Zhilkin had two goals, and an assist, and the penalty-kill was excellent against the third ranked power play in the league. They killed off all four Ottawa power plays.
“I didn't like our second period, with our discipline issues,” said Dennis. “I thought we did a good job battling that off, but it's a big risk we didn't need to take.”
Kitchener tries to win back-to-back games for the first time since December 18th.
Rangers and Sarnia Sting tonight, from the border city. The pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m.