Shane Wright humiliated by Mesar and Rangers
For the first time in Ontario Junior Hockey League history, a conference favorite team was swept in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday. This training is that of a certain Shane Wright.
A twist in junior hockey: The Kitchener Rangers ended the Windsor Spitfires' campaign in four small first-round games. They capped off the surprise elimination by winning 5-1 in front of their fans at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
The loss was a disaster for the Spitfires, favorites in the West after posting a record of 44-18-6 in the regular season. In early January, they offered the Kingston Frontenacs the moon to get their hands on Wright with a view to taking top honors this season.
We're talking about it, but the Windsor Spitfires paid a crazy price to acquire the services of Shane Wright and go all-in for the J. Ross Robertson Cup. They are currently one game away from being shown the door in the first round against Kitchener… pic.twitter.com/q8wfhcJapx
— 𝒜𝓃𝓃𝒾𝑒 (@anniemcayo) April 5, 2023
The Seattle Kraken's top pick lived up to expectations with his new roster in the final stretch of the regular season, collecting 37 points in 20 games. He had a downturn in the playoffs, being limited to one goal, three points and a -6 differential in four games.
Montreal Canadiens prospect Filip Mesar had his say in today's meeting. Shut out of the scoresheet in the first three games of the series, he offered a cushion to the Rangers by touching the target in the second period.
Carson Rehkopf, Danny Zhilkin, Mitchell Martin and Reid Valade also scored for the surprising Kitchener team.
Jacob Maillet saved the honor of the Spitfires.