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Sting shutdown Rangers snatching series lead

Joseph Garreffa of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

For the first time in the post-season, the Kitchener Rangers are trailing in a series.

The Sarnia Sting played their first second-round playoff game at home in ten years. They came out with something to prove.

“We talked about expected this to be the hardest they come. Being at home, having the energy of their hometown fans, having last change,” said Rangers head coach Jay McKee. “I think we saw a very good Sarnia team and I thought our execution wasn’t very good. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be.”

The Sting jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, added a short-handed marker, and an empty-netter and dropped the Rangers 4-1 in Game 3.

After scoring 33 goals in the opening round, the Rangers have only scored three goals in their last two games.

“I don’t think we generated enough,” said McKee. “When you look at the manpower on our team and how good we played in game one, I don’t think didn’t have that jump.”

Still, they were in the game late. With the game 3-1 and the Rangers on the power play, Adam Mascherin took a penalty with just over two minutes left.

“If we score on the power play there, we have a one-goal game,” said McKee.

The Rangers will need to be better in Game 4. Of their seven goals, only three have come 5-on-5.

They try and send the series back to the Aud Friday tied at two games apiece Thursday in Game 4.

Pre-game on 570 News at 6:35 p.m.