Kitchener Rangers drop season-high sixth straight

Head Coach Chris Dennis: “I’m being patient, I’m asking our guys to be patient, I’m asking everybody to be patient. Give us some time here. We will get this sorted out.”

At the holiday break, the Kitchener Rangers were winners of six straight.

That seems so long ago now. The Blueshirts have dropped six in a row, since returning to Waterloo Region.

The Flint Firebirds scored four straight and clapped Kitchener 5-4, in Flint Saturday night.

“Of all the games on this trip, I thought this was our best effort,” said head coach Chris Dennis after games in Sault Ste. Marie, Saginaw, and Flint. “There were so many positives to take away from tonight. The determination in that room, and the energy in that room, was the way it should be, and I’m excited about that.”

Tomas Hamara returned to the Rangers line-up after winning Silver at the World Junior Hockey Championships, with Czechia.

LISTEN: Two-time World Junior gold medalist, Todd Harvey spoke with Chris Pope from Flint.

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Francesco Arcuri had two goals, and added an assist in the loss. Arcuri has eleven points in eight games with the Rangers.

Fellow newcomer Danny Zhilkin scored his second goal in just three games with Kitchener, and defenseman Lleyton Moore logged a pile of ice time, in his eighth game with the Blueshirts.

“I hate coming out here and pretending, and trying to not make excuses but we’ve had a lot of change, and turmoil, and upheaval,” said Dennis. “We’ve had new people in and out of special teams, we’ve had injuries, we’ve had suspensions, we’ve had a break. We’ve had a million things happen. We need to win these games. I’m not saying we don’t, but there’s definitely an impact.”

It’s been an up and down season for the East Ave bunch. Consistently inconsistent would be a way of putting it.

Their head coach had a simple message for his group after Saturday’s loss.

“This is a place to start again. We’ve had to do this twice now, and get back going. This will be the third time, and this time it’ll be for good.”

Kitchener hosts former Ranger Joseph Serpa, and the Oshawa Generals Friday night at The Aud. The Harris Law Pregame Show starts at 7:00 pm with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.

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