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Rangers downward spiral still spinning

Kitchener has lost six of its last seven games, and three straight
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If you're a Kitchener Rangers fan, it's important to remember it's still early.

After starting the season 5-0, the Blueshirts have found themselves struggling mightily. 

They dropped their last three, and six of their last seven. 

The Owen Sound Attack scored in every period Saturday and romped the Rangers 4-1.

"We just played okay," said head coach Mike McKenzie. "Most nights "okay" doesn't get it done in this league, especially in this rink. It wasn't our worst game, but it probably wasn't good enough to win, that's for sure."

Mike Petizian scored the lone Rangers' goal. It was his team-leading seventh tally of the year. 

As a head coach, McKenzie only lost six games in regulation time two years ago, when he took over the coaching reins after firing Jay McKee. 

"When you're losing, you have the urge to be harder, and be angry, and be ticked off at the guys and grind them," said McKenzie, who pointed out the coaching staff has done that. "But, you have to be careful. It's a fine line. They're teenage kids. You have to still support them; make sure they're doing all the right things,"

The Rangers, again, only dressed five defensemen with Arber Xhekaj (out one more game because of suspension) and Simon Motew (lower-body injury) still out of the line-up. 

"The first thing we need to do is get everyone back healthy, number one," said McKenzie. "I don't think we want to start judging our team missing significant pieces (...) I'd like to see our team with everyone back in the lineup before we start to change things too much."

Kitchener will have plenty of opportunities to right the ship next weekend.

It's their first three-in-three, starting at home Friday with the Attack at The Aud.

Pregame begins at 7:00 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.

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