Rangers back on top of the Midwest Division
The Kitchener Rangers picked up their 42nd win of the season on Tuesday and with it a Midwest Division title.
The Rangers defeated the Sarnia Sting on home ice for the second time in a week, getting a goal and an assist from Rickard Hugg, Nick McHugh and Adam Liska in the 5-2 victory.
Midwest Division = CLINCHED ✅
Thank you for helping us get this far, #RangersNation.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) March 7, 2018
The Rangers are back on top of the Midwest for the first time since 2008, the same year they reigned supreme as OHL champions and finished as Mastercard Memorial Cup finalists on home ice with a talented team headlined by Justin Azevedo, Mikkel Boedker and Nazem Kadri.
Kitchener claims its third Midwest Division title as the 2008 crown was preceded by a division title in 2003, the year a team led by Mike Richards, Derek Roy and Andre Benoit hoisted the Memorial Cup in Quebec City.
Midwest Division winners etch their name on the Holody Trophy, awarded in recognition of the contributions to the OHL by former Guelph and Owen Sound Platers Governor Joe Holody. The trophy was presented following the 1998-99 season for the first time with the realignment of the league into four divisions.
The Kitchener Rangers can also be found etched into the Emms Trophy five times, finishing atop the division in 1981, 1982, 1984, 1989 and 1997.
Each of the five teams in the Midwest have won at least one division crown over the past 10 years.
The Rangers have qualified for the OHL Playoffs for a fourth straight year as they pursue their fifth OHL Championship and third Mastercard Memorial Cup title in the months to come.