It was a big one at the Bayshore.
The Kitchener Rangers came into the game in eighth place in the Western Conference, five points back of the sixth place Owen Sound Attack.
Well, now make it three.
Marco Costantini stopped all 34 shots, and the Rangers blanked the Bears 3-0.
“It's a huge win; getting it in regulation too, is also helpful,” said general manager Mike McKenzie.”It's a battle for points with these guys, and a few other teams. Every point matters, but getting two in regulation is huge for us.”
The win puts the Rangers just three points back of the Attack, facing them twice more this year.
Kitchener has outscored their opponents 16-5 over their four game winning streak.
“I like the five. That means our goalies are playing well,” smiled McKenzie. “There's a little more defensive urgency and a little more structure defensively, but guys are playing hard and winning battles.”
Francesco Arcuri scored his 43rd of the season, and added an assist, extending his goal streak to five games.
His line mate, Reid Valade scored for the second straight game, while Filip Mesar earned two assists in the win.
Things don't get any easier. The Guelph Storm, who are five points up on Kitchener, are at the Aud Tuesday.
The pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.