Radek Faksa scored the shootout winner as the Rangers defeated the Windsor Spitfires 4-3 at the WFCU Centre Thursday night. Kitchener improves to 2-0 against Spitfires this season.
Windsor hit the score sheet just seven seconds into the period when the puck took a bounce off the end boards that Brady Vail settled and fired past John Gibson for his fifth of the season.
Windsor would strike again in the first period, this time on the power play. Alexander Khokhlachev found an open Zack MacQueen in front, who made it 2-0 Spitfires. Kerby Rychel also picked up an assist on MacQueen’s fifth of the year.
The Rangers would respond. Jonathan Jasper’s long shot from the point was tipped in by Ben Thomson. The third-year forward has scored in back-to-back games. Cody Sol was credited with the second assist.
Shots on goal were even at 16 after the opening frame.
It was a quiet second period until Nick Czinder unleashed a shot that beat Gibson high blocker side to make it 3-1 Windsor with under two minutes to play. Brendan McCann and Craig Duininck assisted on the play.
Spitfires goalie Jack Campbell was the difference in the second, as the Rangers out-shot Windsor 14-6 in the period.
Kitchener would cut the lead to one early in the third by capitalizing on a lengthy two-man advantage. Matia Marcantuoni found the back of the net on a feed from Andrew Crescenzi. Also assisting on the goal was Tobias Rieder, who extended his point-scoring streak to six games.
The Rangers would score another power play goal, just over five minutes later. Crescenzi deflected a shot by Julian Melchiori past Campbell on the short side to tie it up at 3-all.
The remainder of the period was scoreless, so the game went to overtime. The Spitfires held a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal in the third.
The extra frame solved nothing and the game went to a shootout. The Rangers out-shot Windsor 3-0 in overtime, and finished with a 41-32 advantage overall.
The shootout went six rounds and Kitchener’s Radek Faksa scored the deciding goal, beating Campbell low blocker-side. Tobias Rieder also scored for the Rangers, while Nick Czinder was the lone Spitfire to get by Gibson.
With the victory, the Rangers improve to 6-3-0-0 this season, while Windsor now sits at 8-3-1-1.
1. WSR Vail, (5), 0:07
1. WSR MacQueen, (5) (Khokhlachev, Rychel), 9:10 (PP)
1. KIT Thomson, (3) (Jasper, Sol), 14:49
2. WSR Czinder, (5) (McCann, Duininck), 18:11
3. KIT Marcantuoni, (2) (Crescenzi, Rieder), 4:09 (PP)
3. KIT Crescenzi, (5) (Melchiori), 9:30 (PP)
9 Tobias Rieder Goal
24 Ryan Murphy No Goal
14 Zach Lorentz No Goal
91 Matia Marcantuoni No Goal
11 Brandon FranciscoNo Goal
94 Radek Faksa Goal
89 Alexander Khokhlachev No Goal
16 Kerby Rychel No Goal
88 Nick Czinder Goal
97 Brady Vail No Goal
21 Zack MacQueen No Goal
19 Anthony Cortellessa No Goal
1. WSR – 97 Brady Vail
2. WSR – 88 Nick Czinder
3. KIT – 24 Ryan Murphy
Kitchener returns to home ice tomorrow, Friday, October 21st to play host to the Sarnia Sting. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, via the internet or in person at The Aud Box Office or Centre in the Square Box Office.