Windsor - September 27, 2012 - Tonight, forward Juraj Bezuch, and overage forward Nick Czinder will suit up to face their former teammates as the Kitchener Rangers take on the Windsor Spitfires at the WFCU Center. Earlier this month, the Spits acquired Bezuch and a conditional 6th round pick in 2013 from the Rangers, in exchange for Jeff Braithwaite, Czinder and Windsor's 7th Round pick in 2014. Game time is 7:05 pm.
The Rangers head to Windsor tonight sporting a perfect 2-0-0-0 record after two road victories against the Mississauga Steelheads and Sarnia Sting. Kitchener is currently ranked fourth in the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings. Matt Puempel leads the Blue Shirts with three points, all of which are goals. The Rangers will play their first game in the renovated Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Friday, October 19, when they host the Oshawa Generals.
The hometown Spits will be looking for their first home win tonight after dropping their Home Opener to the Owen Sound Attack. Windsor avenged this loss with a road win against the Sault Ste. Marie to even their season record at 1-1-0-0. The Spitfires .500 puts them in first place in the West Division. Michael Clarke leads Windsor with two points, all of which are goals.
Players to Watch
KIT - Radek Faksa (Dallas Stars draftee)
KIT - Matia Marcantuoni (Pittsburgh Penguins draftee)
KIT - Ben Thompson (New Jersey Devils draftee)
KIT - Ryan Murphy (Carolina Hurricanes draftee)
KIT - Tobias Rieder (Edmonton Oilers draftee)
KIT - Justin Bailey (NHL Central Scouting A List)
KIT - Brent Pederson (NHL Central Scouting C List)
KIT - Joshua Sterk (NHL Central Scouting C List)
WSR - Ben Johnson (New Jersey Devils draftee)
WSR - Michael Clark (Colorado Avalanche draftee)
WSR - Nick Ebert (Los Angeles Kings draftee)
WSR - Brady Vail (Montreal Canadiens draftee)
WSR - Kerby Rychel (NHL Central Scouting “A” List)
WSR - Jordan Maletta (NHL Central Scouting “C” List)
WSR - Josh Ho Sang (#5 Overall OHL Pick)
It is expected that John Gibson will get the start for the Rangers, while Jaroslav Pavelka is believed to be getting the nod in the Windsor cage.
The Windsor Spitfires Foundation is set to host the first-ever “Breakfast with the Spits” on Saturday, September 29th, in support of the 2013 International Children’s Games (ICG) to be held in Windsor. The Spitfires have a busy weekend with a road game on Friday in Mississauga against the Steelheads. On Sunday, the team is at home to the Sudbury Wolves.
The Downtown Mission of Windsor is in dire need of canned goods and non-perishable items at this time of year, and the Spits are asking their fans to dig deep and give generously tonight.