The Kitchener Rangers have completed their 2021-2022 regular season.
The Blueshirts played Game 68 in Owen Sound Saturday, against the Attack.
Kitchener used the “meaningless” game to rest quite a few players. Adam Zidlicky, Joseph Serpa, Simon Motew, Francesco Pinelli, and Ty Hollett all watched the game from the stands.
The Attack tied it in the third period, and clipped Kitchener 3-2 in overtime, Saturday.
Reid Valade and Mike Petizian dressed for the Rangers, but didn't see a single shift.
“I told them before the game what was going to happen,” said head coach Mike McKenzie. “Credit to them, they're team guys. It's not something you want to do but we wanted to make sure to dress a couple extra guys just in case.”
It was a steady dose of mostly younger guys.
“Overall a pretty good effort from guys that are playing double their minutes they usually do, with so many guys out,” said McKenzie. “It was good to see.”
Jackson Parsons was tremendous in goal, stopping 45 shots in the loss.
Many may have expected some fireworks between the two teams, after last Saturday's game ended with a couple Attack players fighting some of Kitchener's more talented forwards.
Owen Sound coach Greg Walters had some choice words about McKenzie after that Rangers 4-1 win on April 9th.
“Him and his other four coaches don’t shut up on the bench,” Walters told the Owen Sound Sun Times earlier this month. “I don’t know if you should print that or not. Just leave the game to the kids. I hate when coaches start getting involved.”
McKenzie responded before Saturday's loss.
“Clearly untrue. Anyone who knows me as a person, or a coach, knows I'd never talk to an opposing team's players. I've never done it in ten years in the league and I don't plan on doing it any time, ever,” McKenzie told City News 570.
“I shouldn't have to dignify those comments that are untrue and blatant lies. But I think that's one thing that needs to be said. It's not who I am.”
Rangers open their playoff schedule Thursday against the London Knights.
The Attack start their opening round next week in Flint.