Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Kitchener Rangers preseason is officially over, decision time for Rangers management

The Kitchener Rangers ended their preseason schedule with two games against the Barrie Colts. Taking the 6-5 win on Friday, September 13th and losing the second game 4-2 on Saturday night.

The Rangers preseason was full of exciting hockey, from the Preseason Showcase hosted by Kitchener, all the way to the final game against Barrie. Kitchener is full of youth and talented hockey players which will make for an entertaining brand of hockey at The Aud in Kitchener.

Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

To wrap up the preseason lets take a look at the overall points after the Rangers five preseason games. 2019 import selection Ville Ottavainen finished with the team points lead tallying 7 points (2G-5A) in 5 games. Johnathan Yantsis was the runner-up registering 5 points in only 3 games played, all of Yantsis’s points were goals. Rounding out the top 3 in overall points is Riley Damiani who tallied 5 points (2G-3A) in 3 games played.

Rangers Top 10 in overall points for the preseason includes:

Kitchener Rangers Overall Points Top 10

Only 2 Kitchener Rangers players did not register at least one point in preseason action. Defenceman Michael Vukojevic played 2 games without registering a point, and rookie Jesse Fishman who played 4 preseason games without tallying a point.

The goaltending was nothing to rave about during preseason action, however, some nice saves from young netminder Lucas Pfeil and Nathan Torchia during their action must make management intrigued to see more. Jacob Ingham didn’t have his best outing in his only appearance during preseason action.

Here is how the goalies finished the 2019 preseason:

The goaltending duo has been solidified as Jacob Ingham will be the opening night starter for Kitchener. Lucas Pfeil will likely assume the backup role again this season as overage netminder Luke Richardson has joined the University of Queens.

Lucas Pfeil of the Kitchener Rangers Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

Kitchener also added free agent goaltender Greg Brassard to the roster as the third netminder. Greg is an overage goalie from Pierrefonds, QC.

The six-foot-five puck stopper spent last season with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). Brassard played 31 regular season games recording a 2.50 (GAA) and .916 (Svs %).

Rangers management still with a few tough decisions to make for their opening game roster to be fully completed.

Currently, the roster holds 12 forwards, 8 defensemen and 3 goalies. The three overage spots are currently filled by Greg Meireles, Johnathan Yantsis and free-agent goaltender Greg Brassard.

Kitchener opens the regular season on home ice Friday, September 20th when they host the Saginaw Spirit at The Aud. Kitchener looking to rebound after a tough departure from the 2018/2019 OHL Playoffs.