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Roller coaster Rangers ride into mega match with Otters

A 3-0 hole wasn't enough to get the Kitchener Rangers down on the road, but it's a mindset they'll need to continue
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FILE. Francesco Pinelli, seen here in a game against Owen Sound, recorded four points in a win in Saginaw. Mark Pare/CityNews

The Kitchener Rangers playoff hopes will almost certainly come down to games against the Erie Otters.

The bad news: The Rangers have yet to beat the Otters this season, in just two games. The Otters are currently in eighth place, one spot ahead of Kitchener, despite having the exact same record, because of those two wins.

The good news: Four of Kitchener's remaining 15 games are against that same Erie team.

The first of those four is Friday at The Aud. The next three are in Erie.

But, the Rangers will need to find a way to win on the road, with 10 of the last 15 being played in other team's rinks.

That's where they picked up two points, Wednesday.

They certainly made it difficult on themselves against Saginaw. After 20 minutes, Kitchener found itself in a 3-0 hole.

But they're a resilient bunch of Blueshirts. 

They built a ladder to climb back into the game, thanks to goals from Joseph Serpa and Mike Petizian on the power play,  and trailed the Spirit 4-2 after 40.

In the third, they finally managed to climb out of the hole. Petizian would add another and captain Francesco Pinelli tallied two.

Give both of them four points in total, and the Rangers snipped the Spirit 5-4.

Mitchell Martin earned three assists, while Serpa also added a helper.  

Climbing out the hole against the last place Spirit is one thing.

The real work begins now. 

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