Montreal Canadiens first-rounder Filip Mesar returning to the Kitchener Rangers line-up didn't matter.
Ottawa Senators prospect Tomas Hamara returning, after a two-game suspension, didn't matter.
General manager Mike McKenzie trading for a defenseman -- Kitchener-kid Blair Scott -- didn't matter.
For the second time in the same weekend, the Erie Otters got the better of the Rangers. The Otters cracked Kitchener 7-3 Sunday in Pennsylvania.
“You play like that, you get what you deserve,” said Rangers head coach Chris Dennis. “I think we got what we deserved.”
Their undoing was the same calling card Dennis referred to after Friday's loss to Erie, at The Aud: Not playing a full 60 minutes.
With less than a minute left in the second period, the Rangers were leading 3-1 and on a power-play.
“We took an undisciplined penalty, which we had already taken two in the first period, so just par for the course,” said Dennis. “We talked about it after the first, we've talk about it all year.”
The Otters responded with two goals four-on-four, to tie the game, one of which was part of a five-goal third period.
“This one you live with. And you don't forget this one, because it's a game we completely threw away,” said an obviously upset Dennis. “Our total lack of discipline and then our complete lack of composure once the game was getting away from us was very evident. It will get fixed.”
Kitchener hosts exceptional player Michael Misa, and the Saginaw Spirit, Friday at The Aud. The Harris Law Pregame show begins at 7:00 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.