KÜCHENER: There was nothing to it.
Or so Owen Sound head coach Greg Walters says of a second third where he sat at the back of his bench waving his finger and flying eloquent words when he was visibly upset about the Kitchener Rangers in his hometown.
“It’s hockey,” he said. “It’s a big rivalry and two good teams are making it. There’s nothing on my side Everything is good.”
Blueshirts bank manager Mike McKenzie was also there and gave the barbs back in a heated exchange.
“It’s an emotional game,” he said. “It was physical, it was a back and forth, our boys were emotional, their boys were emotional and that’s what you get from Owen Sound and Kitchener on a Friday night.”
You also scored a 4-2 attack win that Friday night.
It was Kitchener’s fourth straight loss – and seventh in their last eight games – in another game the Rangers should have probably won.
The home side looked like a confident bunch for 40 minutes, leading 2-0 and in control.
But the wheels fell off early in the third period when Owen Sound, who seemed dejected, scored three goals in just under six minutes under a four-goal frame.
“I didn’t like our level of competition in the first two periods,” said Walters. “I thought we’d take a few short cuts. We were led by our leadership group in Mark Woolley and Andrew Perrott and the rest of our team followed in the third. ”
Woolley did more than that.
The aged defender also knocked out Rangers’ rearguard Roman Schmidt in the third period before passing Kitchener bench to challenge the rest of the frustrated home side.
“They are a physical team,” said Rangers substitute captain Michael Petizian, who scored his eighth goal in the loss on Friday. “They don’t mind attacking our good players. Apparently your trainer also likes to yell at our bank. “
Declan McDonnell also scored for Kitchener, while Owen Sound scored goals from Gavin Bryant, Nolan Seed, Ethan Burroughs and Deni Goure.
“You have to find a way to play closer to 60 minutes,” McKenzie said. “We played 45 to 50 tonight and that happened. It’s one of those things that you like most of the game, but sometimes most of the game isn’t good enough. “
Kitchener is now driving across the border for the first time this season to face Flint on Saturday and Saginaw on Sunday.
Veteran defender Arber Xhekaj will be back after sitting out the last five games with a slew foot suspension. Rearguard colleague Simon Motew (knee) missed his fourth game in a row and is expected to be out for a few more weeks.
“It’s good to come back to that in a moment,” McKenzie said. “Sometimes the worst is when you lose one of these and have to wait another six days. We need to have a short memory. “
OWEN SOUND 4, KITCHEN 2
1. Kitchener, McDonnell 6 (Serpa, Pinelli) 10:01 (pp)
Punish: Petizian, Kit (high sticking) 0:28, Perrott, OS (cross-checking) 8:15, Seed, OS (slashing) 10:38, Valade, Kit (holding) 12:07, Perrott, OS (roughing) 4 : 26
2. Kitchener, Petizian 8 (Schmidt) 18:30
Punish: Seed, OS (high sticking) 14:30, Macharek, OS (roughing) 16:35, Mercer, OS (hooking) 17:08, Perrott, OS (unsportsmanlike behavior) 18:30, bench, kit (too many men) 19:14
3. Owen Sound, Bryant 4 (unsupported) 0:29
4. Owen Sound, Seed 3 (Steen) 1:37
5. Owen Sound, Burroughs 4 (Steen, Bonaiuto) 5:46
6. Owen Sound, Goure 7 (Woolley, Sedley) 3:50 pm
Punish: Bryant, OS (unsportsmanlike conduct), Hollett, Kit (unsportsmanlike conduct) 5:56, Woolley, OS (fight), Schmidt, Kit (fight), Martin, Kit (roughing) 15:50, Petizian, Kit (roughing), Petrovsky, OS (roughing) 18:44, McDonnell, Kit (10 minutes of wrongdoing), Seed, OS (10 minutes of wrongdoing) 19:16
Goalkeeper: Cajan, kit (L4-4-0-0), Guzda, OS (W5-4-0-1)
Shots on goal
Kit: 10-17-6 = 33
Operating system: 11-6-15 = 32
Referee: Jason Faist, Kyle Lekun
Linesman: Kevin Hastings, Kirsten Welsh