Kitchener Rangers beat Windsor in first 2016 playoff game

The Kitchener Rangers outscored the Windsor Spitfires in a wild 6-5 overtime win Thursday before 5,900 fans braving freezing rain to attend at the Aud in Kitchener, taking the first game of their OHL playoff matchup.

Brandon Robinson scored twice, including the overtime winner, and added an assist as the Kitchener Rangers edged the Windsor Spitfires 6-5 on Thursday in Game 1 of their Ontario Hockey League quarter-final playoff series. Robinson's second goal of the game came 2:39 into extra time to give the Rangers a 1-0 series advantage.

The crowd of just over 5,900 at the Memorial Auditorium saw quite a turnaround in the high-scoring match. 

Kitchener was down 3-0 after the first period, prompting a goaltending change. Dawson Carty picked up the win in net, turning aside 29-of-31 shots in 52:15 of relief. Carty replaced Luke Opilka, who started for the Rangers, but was relieved after stopping 4-of-7 shots. 

Ryan MacInnis had two goals and an assist for Kitchener with Gustaf Franzen and Adam Mascherin adding the others. Jeremy Bracco chipped in with three assists.

Logan Stanley, Christian Fischer, Jalen Chatfield, Bradley Latour and Aaron Luchuk supplied the offence for the Spitfires. Mario Culina made 32 saves in defeat.

Kitchener converted three times on four power-play chances while the Spitfires were 1 for 3 with an advantage.  

Windsor's Brendan Lemieux received a match penalty for slew footing at 18:56 of the first period.

With files from The Canadian Press