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- Created: Wednesday, 25 January 2017 14:36
In our third part of the Alliance Playoff Series Preview, regional scout Andrew Sykes breaks down the matchup between the Kitchener Jr. Rangers and Windsor Jr. Spitfires - a series that should be an even and hard fought battle.
3. Kitchener Jr. Rangers
Players to Watch: Justin McCombs F, Cole MacKay F, Cole Schwindt F, Zachary Russell F, Eric Maltby F, Danny Heath D
6. Windsor Jr. Spitfires
Players to Watch: Adam Jeffery F, Aaron Shaw F, Tyler Tullio F (2002), Wyatt O’Neil F, Mitchell Krieger D, Tyler Laureault G
Regular-Season Record: Kitchener 2-1
Saturday, September 24: Windsor 3 vs. Kitchener 0 (Alliance Showcase)
Sunday, November 20: Windsor 1 at Kitchener 3
Sunday, January 15: Kitchener 7 at Windsor 3
How Kitchener Will Win:
In a series where each team gets a large amount of their offensive output from three or four players, the Rangers have the two best players in the series in playmaking center Justin McCombs and sniping winger Cole MacKay. McCombs' recent return from injury gives their attack a massive boost and poses a lot of problems for a Windsor defense unit who gave up seven goals in a 7-3 Kitchener win two weeks ago in what was the Rangers final regular-season contest. The five key forwards listed above give Kitchener the offensive edge in the series, and should result in them getting the better of the play, but they will need to be sharp in order to beat the solid goaltending of Tyler Laureault.
How Windsor Will Win:
Much like the Rangers but to an even greater extent, the Spitfires rely heavily on three or four forwards. Aaron Shaw, Adam Jeffery and Tyler Tullio scored 66% of the team’s goals in the regular-season as the Spits were completely a one-line team for much of the season. The trio has recently been split, and along with winger Wyatt O'Neil, they have looked like a much more balanced team with two lines capable of generating at even strength. The key to the series for the Spits however hinges more on their defensive play and ability to limit the Rangers offensive zone possession and scoring chances. Goaltender Tyler Laureault may be the biggest x-factor in the series as he is capable of stealing a game or two.
Preview written by Andrew Sykes (Alliance Scout)
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