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Rangers fall behind in series with Windsor

'We weren't sharp. We didn't have a lot of jam. We didn't have a lot of speed. We deserved to lose tonight, and we did,' Kitchener head coach Mike McKenzie.
Kitchener Rangers goaltender Jackson Parsons goes down to make a save.

Game 3 started incredibly optimistic for the Kitchener Rangers against the Windsor Spitfires.  

Just 14 seconds into the game, Spits forward Josh Currie was ejected, and given a five minute major, for checking Rangers rookie Adrian Misaljevic from behind. 

Just 88 seconds into the man-advantage Mike Petizian gave Kitchener the lead. 

Then came the unravelling. 

Rangers take a penalty. There goes the power play. Wyatt Johnston short-handed goal; 1-1. Daniel D'Amico power play goal; 2-1, Windsor. 

"First period was a bit of a weird period with all the penalties and stuff," said Rangers head coach Mike McKenzie. "We just never got going after that, five-on-five." 

The Western Conference Regular Season Champion Spits added four more, and smacked the Blueshirts 6-2 to take a 2-1 series lead. 

"We didn't play very well, that's for sure," said McKenzie. "We weren't sharp. We didn't have a lot of jam. We didn't have a lot of speed (...) We deserved to lose tonight, and we did." 

McKenzie pulled 17-year-old goalie Jackson Parsons after allowing four goals on 24 shots. 

Paval Cajan came in, and gave up two goals early but shut the door eventually, stopping 21 pucks. 

"Our goalies have been so good this year, I hate to say they weren't great, but they know they weren't great tonight," said McKenzie. "Both had off nights, which is fine, it happens. We wouldn't be here without them. They're entitled to an off night." 

It was just one of many areas the Rangers needed to clean-up. 

"There were a lot of mistakes," said captain Francesco Pinelli. "We let it soak in for ten minutes, think about what we could've done better and move on."

Windsor's Wyatt Johnston had a four-point night. Give him 10 points in just three games. 

Kitchener won't like waking up the Windsor power-play. The Spits came into the game clicking at just 6-per-cent in the playoffs, but in Game 3 they ended 2-for-6. 

"It's definitely a bad combo, when the team's not sharp and the goalies aren't sharp," said McKenzie. "It's not a good recipe for us. We need both to be good, or at the very least one to be good, to give ourselves a chance."

That next chance is Thursday night, in Game 4 at the Memorial Auditorium. The pre-game show starts at 6:30 on CityNews 570 with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.  

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