Owen Sound's work ethic is always high level. Their talent and skill level is one of the best in the OHL. They are one heck of a team.
The Rangers are down 4 regular defensemen. They're younger than the Attack and their skill and talent level are currently no match for the Attack.
What I've seen since the first game in this series is a massive compete level, a ton of heart, amazing goaltending by Opilka, players stepping up with increased ice-time and bigger roles.
We were outshot 70-20. Owen Sound dominated throughout the game. They hit every Ranger in sight. BUT the Rangers didn't bend, they hung in there, worked their butts off, hustled and played their hearts out. Eventually the Attack wore them down on the score clock but not before one heck of a fight.
The compete level shown in this series, the elevated play, the ability to rise up to the situation, the heart will carry over to next season and be a bonus.
It's never fun losing, but when you get the effort the Rangers are giving, it sure takes a lot of the sting of losing away.