Jay McKee knew it was going to be a close game.
“There are 10 games where they either won against the top teams or played them within one goal. We were prepared mentally for a tough matchup,” said the Kitchener Rangers head coach.
Make it 11.
Joseph Garreffa’s 52nd point came on the opening shift of overtime just 38 seconds in the extra frame, and the Rangers stopped the Sudbury Wolves 3-2 at the Aud Friday night.
With the overtime period, Sudbury has taken three-of-four points from the Rangers this year. Doug Blaisdell made his lone return to East Ave in his overage season as a member of the Wolves.
He was traded away to make room for overage forward Kole Sherwood, who had a goal and an assist in the win. Give him 26 goals on the year, and nine in 11 games since Logan Brown became a Ranger.
Brown left the game though in the third period.
“He’s a little tender right now,” said McKee. “I don’t think it’s going to be a long term thing, but you never know.”
Luke Richardson picked up the win in goal in his first start since February 3rd in Owen Sound.
After five straight on the road, Kitchener is back at home on Sunday to face the Ottawa 67’s. Pregame on 570 NEWS is 1:30 p.m.