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Rangers earn four-point weekend with road victory in London

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London, Ont. – Following a 5-2 road victory over the London Knights Sunday afternoon, the Kitchener Rangers posted a four-point weekend and have now earned three wins in their last five games. The Rangers finish the weekend 2-1-0-0 defeating the OHL leaders, Ottawa 67’s, and Midwest division leaders, London Knights. Kitchener has now won two-straight road games at the Budweiser Gardens in London.

For Kitchener, Francesco Arcuri (Dallas Stars) scored twice, Francesco Pinelli (Los Angeles Kings) and Danny Zhilkin (Winnipeg Jets) both added a goal and an assist and Marco Costantini made 36 saves on 38 shots.

Kitchener turned the page quickly on their loss in Sarnia Saturday night and stormed out to an early 2-0 lead against the Knights in the first period. First, at 8:27, the puck was worked back up to the point for Matthew Andonovski to wrist the puck on goal before Francesco Pinelli (Los Angeles Kings) deflected the shot under the glove of Brett Brochu for his 25th goal of the season. Then, at 9:58, Francesco Arcuri (Dallas Stars) beat the backchecking London defender to the net and received a pass for a break in-tight and fired a shot into the bottom left corner under the blocker of the London goaltender.

Kitchener held the lead through 20 minutes by a score of 2-0 and shots favoured the Knights 11-9.

London responded in the second period coming within a goal at the 7:59 mark. The Rangers failed to clear the zone as Tomáš Hamara (Ottawa Senators) was stripped of the puck behind the net. The puck was knocked out to the point before a shot was stopped by Costantini but Easton Cowan was on the doorstep to slap the rebound over the line.

Kitchener restored their two-goal advantage on a power-play goal scored by Arcuri. The goal was Francesco’s second of the game, 14th power-play goal, and 30th of the season. A give-and-go play by Lleyton Moore and Arcuri was one-timed into the top right corner giving Brett Brochu no chance to make the stop. London wouldn’t go away quietly though, eventually scoring on a 2-on-1 chance at 13:29 of the second period to again cut the Rangers’ lead to one. Ruslan Gazizov scored his 15th of the season on that goal.

Through 40 minutes of play Kitchener was still leading 3-2 and shots were tied 21-21.

London came on strong outshooting Kitchener 17-7 in the third period, but Marco Costantini and the Rangers stood tall.  Kitchener had two power-play opportunities in the period to put the game away but came up empty. With less than two minutes to go in the game, the Rangers added two empty net goals. Reid Valade scored Kitchener’s fourth goal for his 20th of the season and Danny Zhilkin (Winnipeg Jets) scored the other for his 18th of the season.

Kitchener came away with a 5-2 victory and shots favoured the Knights 38-28.  The Rangers finished the game 1-for-4 on the power-play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. Marco Costantini was awarded the game’s second star making 36 stops on 38 shots, earning his second victory in a row. Francesco Arcuri was awarded the game’s first star scoring twice in the game and the eventual game winner for the Blueshirts.

Next Up: Kitchener will return to action on home-ice this Friday night when the Blueshirts host the Barrie Colts for the Rangers’ 27th Annual Don Cameron Potato Night. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. at The Aud and great seats are still available here.


Photo Credit: Tiffany Luke / Kitchener Rangers 

 

For inquiries, contact:

Dominic Hennig
Senior Director, Broadcasting, Communications & Hockey Operations
Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club
519-497-9342
dhennig@kitchenerrangers.com

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