Kitchener, ON: On Friday night, the London Knights (13-5-1-1) were visiting The Rangers (7-9-2-2) at The Aud for the first time this season.
A four-goal second period for the Knights was the difference in this game. A late second period goal by Greg Meireles got the Rangers on the board but they ended up dropping the contest 5-1.
Nathan Torchia stopped 19 in the loss.
The Knights opened up the score at 11:16 when a two-on-one break into the Rangers end. Luke Evangelista had a shot on net that took an odd redirection off the stick of a diving Donovan Sebrango and past Nathan Torchia. The unassisted goal made it 1-0.
The first period would end with the Knights on a five-on-three powerplay and up a goal. Shots were tied after 20 minutes of play, 9-9.
As the penalty to Damiani wound down, Connor McMichael (21) stepped into a shot from just above the hash marks that beat Torchia to make it 2-0 at 1:07.
At 7:20, McMichael, on an assist from Ryan Merkley made it 3-0.
London extended their lead when a McMichael pass in front of the crease found Jonathan Gruden skating in towards the net and the left-winger tipped it in to make it 4-0.
McMichael completed the hat trick on a powerplay goal at 15:47 to make it 5-0 for the visitors.
After a post-whistle dust-up that sent four Knights and two Rangers to the box, the Rangers had a five-on-four advantage. As the period was winding down, with just seven seconds left, Riley Damiani found Greg Meireles (4) down low and the captain tapped it in. It was 5-1.
Axel Bergkvist also earned an assist on the goal.
Through two periods, the Knights outshot the Rangers 20-17.
There was no scoring in the third period.
Kitchener outshot London 33-24.
The next home game for the Rangers is this Friday, November 29 at 7:30 pm versus the Owen Sound Attack. The next road game is on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:05 pm versus the Peterborough Petes.
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