September 1, 2022 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) – Kitchener Rangers Press Release
Kitchener, Ont. – With the series tied 1-1 through two games this week, Game 3 was the deciding game of the 2022 Kitchener Rangers training camp, presented by The Armory Sports Medicine and Performance Clinic. The blue team and the white team were tied 4-4 after regulation before the blue team’s Roman Schmidt recorded the winner in a shootout.
Kitchener native Matthew Sop was the first to strike to give the Whites the lead after coming from the left corner and making a deft move before scoring from the backhand, high range at 6:48.
The blue team scored the next two goals to take the lead. Mathieu Comeau fired a shot towards the net from the slot initially blocked by Adrian Misaljevic before Sop got his own rebound and scored at 10:51. Then Reid Valade sent a pass from the top of the left circle to Cambridge native Joseph Serpa who held on before sliding the puck into the net at 13:21.
The white team tied the game 2-2 at 16:22 before the team headed to the locker room when Hunter Brzustewicz scored from the top of the left circle, short side. The shots in the first half were 12-7 in favor of the white team.
The white team would score the first in the second half at 4:51. Simon Motew fired a shot on goal before Jaxon Gawel got the rebound, patiently held on and backhanded the puck past the blue team goaltender. Then, while in a hurry, Kristian Lamanna of the blue team shot away from the left wall which hit Tomas Hamara’s stick which dug in to tie the game 3-3 at 8:10.
The blue team scored again with 1:55 remaining in regulation time on a Mitchell Martin goal, their second of the night, assisted by Carson Rehkopf. The white team tied the game 40 seconds later to force a shootout when Trent Swick found the back of the net at 6:45 p.m. The assists were credited to Motew and Sop. The shots were 11-11 in the last frame for a total of shots in two halves of 23-18 for the white team.
Eight skaters participated in the shootout, but it was Roman Schmidt who managed to score to lift Team Blue over Team White to end the Kitchener Rangers’ 2022 training camp. Luca DiFelice made 14 saves on 18 shots in 40 minutes for the White team. Evan Maillet started for the blue team and made 10 saves from 12 shots in 20 minutes of action and Sebastian Monaco made 9 saves from 11 shots in the final 20 minutes of play.
Next, the Rangers will host Fan Fest this Sunday starting at 10 a.m. ET before hosting the Niagara IceDogs for the first home preseason game starting at 2 p.m. ET at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. The fan fest is free for all fans. Tickets for the pre-season game will cost $5.00 (general admission, single price for all ages, children under 2 are free) and can be purchased on the day of the Fan Fest at the Rangers tent . Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Make-A-Wish Canada.
The Kitchener Rangers will throw the puck during the 60th anniversary season which begins Sept. 30 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Season passes for the 2022-23 Kitchener Rangers campaign are on sale now and can be purchased at RangersSeasons.com or by contacting the Kitchener Rangers ticketing department by phone at (519) 576-3700 or by email at tickets@kitchenerrangers .com.
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