Kitchener Rangers. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Game 7.
“At the start of the series, if you said we could go up to the Soo for a Game 7 and one game could decide the winner, we’d take it,” said Kitchener head coach Jay McKee.
They earned that chance with a massive 4-3 overtime win at the Aud Sunday.
The Rangers led 3-1 with five minutes left in the third period in Game 6, but Taylor Raddysh would tie the game scoring twice.
Kole Sherwood was the hero in the extra frame scoring his league-leading 14th goal of the postseason.
Overtime. Hero. pic.twitter.com/NhpBreM9nN
— Chris Pope (@_ChrisPope) April 29, 2018
Givani Smith and Joseph Garreffa each had three points in the win, which improves the Rangers record on home-ice in the playoffs to 8-1.
“At home, we’ve worked hard, we’ve battled,” said Garreffa. “It doesn’t matter we’re in the Soo, anything can happen in Game 7. You just have to go out there with no fear and enjoy the opportunity.”
“What do you live for? You live for the big moments. I’ve never played in a Game 7 before, so I’m excited.”
Givani Smith has been suspended for 2 games after he made an “inappropriate gesture” towards the Greyhounds bench following the Game 6 win.
Mario Culina was sensational for the Blueshirts, making 45 stops. He has a .915 save percentage and a goals-against average of 3.00 in the series.
The Greyhounds are coming off a 9-7 Game 7 win in their semi-final series with the Owen Sound Attack.
The last time the Rangers were in a Game 7 was April 17, 2012, in the second round on the road against the Plymouth Whalers; a 6-3 Kitchener win.
“We just have to out-battle them,” said Garreffa. “I’m fired up.”