Oshawa, ON: On Sunday night, the Rangers (6-6-2-2) traveled east to the Tribute Communities Centre to play the Oshawa Generals (14-3-0-1).
The first period ended in a stalemate, with the Rangers getting a goal from Liam Hawel and Serron Noel doing the same for the Generals.
Over the next two periods, Noel scored two more goals for a natural hat trick while adding an assist on an empty-net goal by Brett Neumann to complete a four point night.
Riley Damiani also notched a goal for the Rangers but it wasn’t enough as the Rangers lost 4-2.
Lucas Pfeil stopped 26 in the loss.
At 7:44 of the first period, Jonathan Yantsis and Kyle MacLean took roughing penalties, however, Yantsis was booked for unsportsmanlike conduct as well, which gave the Generals a power-play.
On the power-play, Lleyton Moore passed to Oliver Suni who quickly set up a streaking Serron Noel (6) and the right-winger shot it past Lucas Pfeil to open up the scoring.
Kitchener evened the score with just 17 seconds left in the period when a puck was put on net by Axel Bergkvist and finished by Hawel (6) who tipped it in past an out-of-position Zachary Paputsakis.
Riley Damiani also earned an assist on the goal.
After 20 minutes of play, the Rangers led in shots 11-9.
At 16:12 of the second period, MacLean and Yantsis both took their third penalty of the game. With just two seconds left in the ensuing four-on-four, Allan McShane found Noel in front of Pfeil’s crease and he made good on the chance to score his second of the night. It was 2-1 at 18:10.
After two periods, the Rangers continued to lead in shots; 25-18.
The Generals extended their lead when an unmarked Noel (8) received a backhanded pass from Daniel Walker and scored his third of the night to make it 3-1.
Just 15 seconds later, from behind the goal line, Damiani (8) cut the Generals lead back down to a single goal when the odd-angled shot from behind the red line ended-up behind Paputsakis to make it 3-2.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, seconds after Pfeil was pulled, an unlikely up-ice pass from Noel to Neumann resulted in a goal for the Generals to put them back up by two, 4-2. That’s how the game would end.
Kitchener out-shot Oshawa 38-30.
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