Two point efforts from Brent Pedersen, Tobias Rieder and Justin Bailey led the Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Erie Otters on Saturday night. Josh Sterk and Joshua Leivo also scored for the Rangers, who swept their weekend home-and-home series with the Otters. Kitchener goaltender Jack Moylan made 27 saves to earn the win in his first start of the season.
Brent Pedersen put the Rangers on the board first, parking himself in front of the Otters’ net on a Kitchener power play and hammering in a rebound for his tenth of the year. With the goal the sophomore winger surpasses the nine he totaled as a rookie. Draft-eligible forward Justin Bailey earned an assist on the play while veteran Derek Schoenmakers extended his recent point scoring streak to three games with a helper.
Three minutes later, second-year Rangers forward Josh Sterk extended the team’s lead to two goals, firing a wrist shot past Otters starter Devin Williams for his fourth of the season. Pedersen and Bailey each earned their second points of the evening with assists on the play.
Each team fired 13 shots on goal in the opening period.
Kitchener jumped to a 3-0 lead past the midway point of the second period. Tobias Rieder was stopped by Williams but Joshua Leivo lifted the rebound over the Erie netminder to record his 22nd of the season. The play extended two point-scoring streaks: both Rieder and Leivo have picked up at least one point in six consecutive games. Evan McEneny drew the second assist on the goal and has points in seven of his past eight contests.
The Rangers continued to out-shoot the Otters by an 18-7 margin in the middle frame.
Erie took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play opportunity late in the final period of play to get on the board, ending Rangers’ starter Jack Moylan’s shutout bid with 2:04 left to play. Defenceman Jimmy McDowell potted his 12th of the season with assists from Spencer Abraham and Connor McDavid.
Rieder’s sixth goal in as many games restored the Rangers’ three-goal lead 31 seconds later. The German import launched the puck into an empty Erie net to put Kitchener up 4-1 with 1:33 to play. The unassisted short-handed goal was his 16th of the year.
The Rangers led shots on goal 19-8 in the third period, finishing with a 50-28 overall advantage. Moylan made 27 saves, picking up his first win in his first start of the 2012-13 season.
1. KIT B. Pedersen, (10) (J. Bailey, D. Schoenmakers), 6:16 (PP)
1. KIT J. Sterk, (4) (B. Pedersen, J. Bailey), 9:07
2. KIT J. Leivo, (22) (T. Rieder, E. McEneny). 12:57
3. ER J. McDowell, (12) (S. Abraham, C. McDavid), 17:56 (PP)
3. KIT T. Rieder, (16) (unassisted), 18:27 (SH/EN)
1. KIT – 16 Brent Pedersen
2. KIT – 30 Jack Moyland
3. ER – 31 Devin Williams
The Rangers’ road trip continues on Sunday, January 27 when they visit the Guelph Storm at 6:30pm. The team returns to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Friday, February 1 when they host the Owen Sound Attack at 7:30pm. Tickets to Rangers home games are available by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, via the internet at www.centre-square.com or in person at the Centre In the Square Box Office or the Kitchener Auditorium Box Office.