Sarnia, ON: It was a defensive affair on Sunday afternoon as the Rangers (25-24-3-0) beat the Sting (24-24-5-2) 1-0 to leapfrog Sarnia in the standings and move into sixth place in the west.
Luke Richardson, the game’s second star, stopped all 23 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season. Greg Meireles was the game’s lone goalscorer. He netted his 27th with 0.1 seconds left in the 2nd period to give the Rangers the win.
FULL GAME REPORT
The first period saw the Sting and Rangers play to a stalemate on the scoreboard, 0-0.
Sarnia’s Ryan McGregor and Mitch Elliot took penalties in the opening frame but the OHL’s number one powerplay was unable to capitalize despite many quality chances on Sting netminder, Ethan Langevin.
Mike Petizian took a high sticking penalty at 15:33, but nothing came of it from the home team.
The Rangers outshot the Sting 16-4 in the first.
At 18:35 of the second period, Ryan McGregor took a high-sticking penalty that resulted in the Rangers fourth powerplay of the afternoon.
With just 0.1 second left in the middle period, Riley Damiani passed across the crease of Langevin to Greg Meireles who tapped it in just before the buzzer went off to signal the end of the period to make it 1-0.
Rickard Hugg also earned an assist on Meireles’ 27th goal do the season.
The Rangers led in shots after 40 minutes, 24-9.
At 6:10 of the third period, the Rangers took two simultaneous penalties. Michael Vukojevic took a high-sticking penalty and then the Rangers got called for too many men on the ice, which was served by Jonathan Yantsis.
On the ensuing powerplay, Luke Richardson made a number of saves in conjunction with key clearances by the penalty kill units to keep the Rangers one-goal lead intact.
Despite being awarded another powerplay at 15:35 and having an empty net for over a minute, the Sting were unable to figure out Richardson and the Rangers were able to hang onto the 1-0 victory.
Richardson stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season.
Kitchener outshot Sarnia 29-23.
The Rangers next home game is on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm vs the Erie Otters. The next road game for Kitchener is on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 pm vs the Guelph Storm.
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