The Kitchener Rangers evened their pre-season record at 1-1 with a solid 5-1 victory over the Battalion in Brampton Monday afternoon.
The Rangers opened the scoring when Matia Marcantuoni beat Battalion goaltender Keegan Wilson with a low slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle at 3:40 of the first period. Cody Sol and Ben Thomson picked up the assists.
The Rangers extended their lead to 2-0 when Ben Fanelli’s slap shot from inside the blueline beat Wilson high to the glove side.
Marcantuoni and newly acquired Max Iafrate added assists on the power play marker at 17:35.
Frank Palazzese stopped 13 shots while the Rangers fired 7 shots on the Battalion net.
At 1:25 of the second period, Radek Faksa banged in a rebound on a two-man advantage to put the Rangers up 3-0. Iafrate and Andrew Crescenzi picked up the assists.
Ben Thomson’s second goal of the pre-season extended the Rangers lead to 4-0 when he finished off a three-way passing play from Marcantuoni and Faksa at 6:17.
43 seconds later Josh Sterk made it 5-0 for the blueshirts. Fanelli and Marcantuoni picked up the assists.
The Rangers out shot the Troops 15-7 in the second.
Jordan Poirier got the Battalion on the board just past the six-minute mark of the third period with the game’s final goal to cut the Rangers lead to 5-1
The Batallion out shot the Rangers 9-3 in the third and held a 29-25 shooting edge overall.
The Rangers continue their pre-season schedule on Thursday night in London against the Knights before returning home on Sunday, September 11th at 4:00pm when they play host to the Erie Otters. 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.
Marcantuoni had 4 points, (1G, 3A)
Ben Fanelli had a goal and an assist.
Max Iafrate picked up 2 assists in his Rangers debut.
Frank Palazzese stopped all 18 shots he faced.
Jack Moylan stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced.