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Greyhounds ground Rangers after disallowed goal

Last Updated Apr 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm EDT

Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

It was a game changer.

Michael Petizian’s first career Ontario Hockey League playoff goal was stolen from him because of faulty video review.

After the league’s head office in Toronto looked at the video – the league looks at every goal in the Conference and League final – it was deemed Kole Sherwood was offside, and the goal was disallowed.

“We looked at [the video.] We took a picture of it. It’s clear as day his foot is onside,” said Kitchener head coach Jay McKee. “We could have been going into the second up 2-0. We feel it should have been a goal.”

Instead, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds scored two empty-net goals and dropped the Blueshirts 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Championship Series.

The Soo took the lead thanks to a Boris Katchouk tip-in on a point shot in the third period.

McKee, like after Game 1, said it’s the little mistakes his team is making that makes the difference.

“If you look at their second goal, we had a left-winger run all the way from the left side to low on the right side which left the D wide open,” said McKee. “If you’re not taking care of the small details and taking care of your own job and trying to do too much, it’s going to cost you in the end.”

After going 2-3 in Game 1 on the power play, Kitchener went 0-for-4 Saturday. They only took one penalty, and it was in the first.

“It comes down to every guy taking care of every single detail every shift. If you don’t do that, you’re going to be behind the eight ball,” said McKee.

“It’s unfortunate because we were so close, again.”

Mario Culina was great in goal for the Rangers against his hometown team. He made 28 stops and earned second-star honours.

Adam Mascherin continued to rise to the occasion. He had a goal and an assist and has earned a point on each of the four goals in the series.

“You could say its fifty-fifty or fifty-five fourty-five us. I think we’ve been the better team over 60 minutes, but they’ve capitalized in certain areas,” said the Rangers’ 40-goal scorer.

“We’ll go back home to our home crowd, we’ll feed off that, and we’ll get a better result.”

Game 3 is Monday night in Kitchener at the Aud. Pre-game on 570 News starts at 6:35 p.m.