Kitchener extends win streak by dropping the Storm

GUELPH – The Kitchener Rangers stretched their winning streak in Ontario Hockey League play to nine games Saturday at the expense of the Guelph Storm.

The Rangers dropped the Storm 6-1 at the Sleeman Centre as they scored the first three and the last three goals of the game.

Guelph’s Pavel Gogolev connected for his 29th goal of the season midway through the second period. All four goals scored in the middle frame came in a span of four minutes and 43 seconds.

Clark Hiebert and Andrei Bakanov assisted on the Storm goal.

Kitchener scored the lone goal of the first period and led 4-1 after the second.

Greg Meireles had a hat trick for Kitchener while Riley Damiani, Jonathan Yantsis and Declan McDonnell also scored. Axel Bergkvist assisted on three of the goals while former Storm Liam Hawel had two assists and Meireles, Michael Vukojevic and Donovan Sebrango had one each.

The Rangers outshot the Storm 46-36, went 2-for-4 on their power play and won 35 of the game’s 59 faceoffs. The Storm was scoreless on five power plays.

Owen Bennett started in net for the Storm and he took the loss. Bennett had 22 saves in two periods while Tanner Wickware had 18 saves in the third period. It was the second time this season that Wickware played the third period of a game started by Bennett as he did the same Oct. 11 in a 7-1 loss to the Soo Greyhounds at the Sleeman Centre.

Jacob Ingham had 35 saves in the Kitchener net to get the win.

The Storm continue to lead the Midwest Division and Western Conference at 19-7-1-3 while Kitchener is third in the division and and tied for fourth in the conference at 16-10-2-2.

The Storm are to complete their pre-Christmas schedule Sunday with a game against the Oshawa Generals (16-10-0-2) at Oshawa’s Tribute Communities Centre. Game time is 6:05 p.m.


Rangers 6 Storm 1
Kitchener     1-3-2–6
Guelph         0-1-0–1
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