Storm ahead early, but fade in loss to Kitchener

KITCHENER – The Kitchener Rangers scored the final three goals of the game to rally for a 5-4 victory over the Guelph Storm in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

The Storm had grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first period, but couldn’t hold on. They led 4-2 on Eric Uba’s unassisted goal a minute into the third, but Kitchener’s comeback started 41 seconds later and the Rangers had it tied up just over two minutes after Uba’s goal.

Riley Damiani fired in the winner for Kitchener with 3:37 to go in the third.

The Storm did lead 3-0 at the end of the first and 3-2 after the second.

Uba finished with two goals for the Storm while Andrei Bakanov and Cam Hillis also scored. Assists went to Jacob Maillet, Keegan Stevenson, Cedric Ralph and Martin Has.

Isaac Langdon scored twice for Kitchener while Mike Petizian, Arber Xhekaj and Damiani had the other goals. Liam Hawel picked up two assists while single assists were awarded to Holden Wale, Xhekaj, Jonathan Yantsis, Damiani, Joseph Serpa, Michael Vukojevic, Donovan Sebrango and Langdon.

The Storm outshot the Rangers 46-35 and both teams were scoreless on two power plays.

Owen Bennett took the loss in the Storm net. He had 30 saves while winning goaltender Jacob Ingham had 42 saves.

The setback extends the Storm’s losing streak to seven games.

The Storm are to host the Flint Firebirds Friday in the first game of a three-in-three weekend. They’re to play the Firebirds at Flint Saturday and the London Knights at London Sunday afternoon.


Rangers 5 Storm 4
Guelph         3-0-1–4
Kitchener     0-2-3–5
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