Rangers nip Storm to move into tie for division lead
GUELPH – Goals in the first two minutes of the first and third periods lifted the Kitchener Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Guelph Storm in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Sleeman Centre.
The game featured a single goal scored in each period and a battle between goaltenders Jacob Ingham of Kitchener and Owen Bennett of the Storm.
Mike Petizian opened the scoring for the visitors 67 seconds into the game while Keegan Stevenson pulled the Storm even with a power-play goal at 15:33 of the second. Pavel Gogolev extended his point-scoring streak to 12 games with an assist on the goal while Daniil Chayka also had an assist.
Francesco Pinelli fired home the winner for the Rangers 1:41 into the third period. Former Storm defenceman Liam Hawel assisted on both Kitchener goals.
The Storm was outshot 18-8 in the first period, but outshot the Rangers 33-14 the rest of the way for a 41-32 advantage overall.
Ingham was named first star of the game with 40 saves while Bennett was second star with 30 saves.
The Storm was 1-for-4 on their power play while Kitchener was scoreless on five power plays.
The result leaves the Storm (22-10-1-4) and Rangers (22-11-3-2) tied for first in the Midwest Division and third in the Western Conference. Windsor Spitfires (24-8-4-0) lead the West Division and Western Conference, a position they took with a 3-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves Saturday.
The loss was the second in a row and third in four games for the Storm while the Rangers claimed their 15th win in 17 games. It was also Kitchener’s third consecutive win over the Storm who had won the first two games of the season series.
Next up for the Storm is their eastern swing as they’re to play the Ottawa 7’s at Ottawa Friday and the Kingston Frontenacs at Kingston Saturday. Bot matches carry 7 p.m. game times.
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- Guelph Sports Journal