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Final: Rangers 7, Steelheads 1

Kitchener, ON: The Rangers (31-12-4-2) exploded for seven goals against the Steelheads (23-24-3-1) on the Aud on Friday night. The final was 7-1.

Declan McDonnell picked up his first career hat trick in the win. Other goal scorers included Riley Damini, Michael Vukojevic, Reid Valade, and Greg Meireles.

Jacob Ingham stopped 39 shots and earned himself the second star of the game.

It was the Rangers who struck first early in the opening frame. A drop pass from Mike Petizian to Declan McDonnell (13) at the top of the face-off circle led to a rocket of a shot that went between the post and crossbar of goaltender Kai Edmonds to make it 1-0 at 2:32.

Joseph Serpa earned an assist on the opening goal

The Rangers extended their lead at 4:26. A pass in front by Jesse Fishman to McDonnell (14) led to the rookie scoring his second of the night on a tip-in to make it 2-0.

Isaac Langdon also picked up a tally on the eventual game winning goal.

Mississauga’s Thomas Harley took an interference penalty at 15:54. On the ensuing power-play, Riley Damiani (21) took a low, mid-range shot through traffic the beat Edmonds to extend the Rangers lead to 3-0.

Greg Meireles and Liam Hawel picked up assists on the co-captain’s goal.

The shots at the end of the first period were 14-8 in favour of the Steelheads.

At 13:06 of the second period, McDonnell (15) completed the hat trick when he picked up a rebound at the side of the net and buried it to extend the lead to 4-0.

Axel Bergkvist and Serpa picked up the assists.

Just over two minutes later, at 15:10, the Rangers scored a short-handed goal. From behind Edmonds’ net, Reid Valade saw Michael Vukojevic (4) streaking towards the net and the defender made good on the opportunity to make it 5-0.

The second assist went to Justin MacPherson.

The Blueshirts extended their lead when Reid Valade (18) buried his own rebound to make it 6-1.

Hawel and Bergkvist picked up assists.

At 18:58, Mississauga got on the board. Cole Schwindt (25) capitalized on Ingham being on his back from a previous save and the centreman scored to make it 6-1.

After 40 minutes, the shots on goal favoured the Steelheads 29-20.

The Rangers extended their lead at 7:28. Vukojevic hooked up with Meireles who had his first shot saved but made good on the rebound and it was 7-1.

Final shots on goal were 40-29 for the Steelheads.

The next Rangers home game is on Tuesday February 11th at 7pm versus the Erie Otters. The next road game for the Rangers is on Sunday February 9th at 4:05 pm against the Sarnia Sting.

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