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December 14, 2012 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Kitchener Rangers

Ben Fanelli scored his first goal of the season, but the Kitchener Rangers fell 6-2 to the Erie Otters on Friday night. Darby Llewellyn scored the other goal for the Rangers in their last home game before the holiday break.

The Otters opened the scoring at the 13:15 mark of the first period, when rookie Connor McDavid carried the puck behind the net and dropped it back for Connor Brown. The second-year winger moved a pass in front to Connor Crisp, who beat Rangers netminder John Gibson for his 13th of the year and fourth goal in two games.

Erie added a second goal 18 seconds before the intermission, off the stick of McDavid. Brown forced a turnover at Rangers blueline and got the puck to the freshman who quickly fired a high shot over Gibson. The goal was McDavid's team-leading 18th of the year.

Kitchener out-shot the Otters 14-10 through the opening 20 minutes of play.

The Otters continued to press early in the middle frame, scoring three goals in just over three minutes to jump to a 5-0 lead. First Jake Evans corralled a puck after a sharp pad save by Gibson and lifted rebound over his leg to notch his third of the season. Assists on the play at 3:40 were credited to Brown and Jimmy McDowell.

Stephen Harper's eighth of the season pushed Erie to a four goal lead just past the five-minute mark of the period. Crisp picked up his second point of the evening with a helper on the tally, while Patrick Murphy picked up the second assist.

The Otters fifth goal came at the 6:43 mark, scored by third year rearguard Spencer Abraham. Luke Cairns moved the puck across the front of the net to the Campbellville, ON native who caught Gibson out of position and potted his fourth of the year. Dane Fox also earned a helper on the play.

With just over five minutes remaining in the period, Erie struck again, extending their lead to 6-0. Gibson made the initial save on J.P Labardo, but Harper was parked on the doorstep to hammer his second of the game under the left pad of the Rangers netminder. Crisp earned his third point of the contest with his assist on Harper's ninth of the year.

The Rangers got on the board late in the frame when Ben Fanelli beat an Erie skater to a puck at the Otters blueline and fired it through the five-hole of Devin Williams. The defenceman's first of the year was assisted by sophomore centre Curtis Meighan, his fourth point in his last three games.

The Otters led shots on goal 22-14 in the second period.

Darby Llewellyn cut into the Otters' lead 5:44 into the final frame, beating Williams glove-side for his fourth of the season. The rookie's tally was assisted by Brent Pedersen and Matia Marcantuoni.

Erie out-shot the Rangers 6-5 in the third period, finishing with a 38-32 overall advantage.

Scoring 1. ER C. Crisp, (13) (C. Brown, C. McDavid), 13:15 1. ER C. McDavid, (18) (C. Brown), 19:42 2. ER J. Evans, (3) (C. Brown, J. McDowell), 3:40 2. ER S. Harper, (8) (C. Crisp, P. Murphy), 5:04 2. ER S. Abraham, (4) (L. Cairns, D. Fox), 6:43 2. ER S. Harper, (9) (J. Labardo, C. Crisp), 14:56 2. KIT B. Fanelli, (1) (C. Meighan), 18:48 (SH) 3. KIT D. Llewellyn, (4) (B. Pedersen, M. Marcantuoni), 5:44

Attendance: 7295

Three Stars 1. ER - 23 Connor Crisp 2. ER - 28 Connor Brown 3. ER- 10 Stephen Harper

The Rangers travel to Erie on Saturday, December 15 for a 7:00pm game against the Otters. The team returns to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Friday, December 28 to host the Barrie Colts at 7:30 pm. Tickets to Rangers home games are available by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, inkID=cits&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode= via the internet at www.centre-square.com or in person at the Centre In the Square Box Office or the Kitchener Auditorium Box Office.

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Ben Fanelli scored his first goal of the season, but the Kitchener Rangers fell 6-2 to the Erie Otters on Friday night. Darby Llewellyn scored the other goal for the Rangers in their last home game before the holiday break.

The Otters opened the scoring at the 13:15 mark of the first period, when rookie Connor McDavid carried the puck behind the net and dropped it back for Connor Brown. The second-year winger moved a pass in front to Connor Crisp, who beat Rangers netminder John Gibson for his 13th of the year and fourth goal in two games.

Erie added a second goal 18 seconds before the intermission, off the stick of McDavid. Brown forced a turnover at Rangers blueline and got the puck to the freshman who quickly fired a high shot over Gibson. The goal was McDavid's team-leading 18th of the year.

Kitchener out-shot the Otters 14-10 through the opening 20 minutes of play.

The Otters continued to press early in the middle frame, scoring three goals in just over three minutes to jump to a 5-0 lead. First Jake Evans corralled a puck after a sharp pad save by Gibson and lifted rebound over his leg to notch his third of the season. Assists on the play at 3:40 were credited to Brown and Jimmy McDowell.

Stephen Harper's eighth of the season pushed Erie to a four goal lead just past the five-minute mark of the period. Crisp picked up his second point of the evening with a helper on the tally, while Patrick Murphy picked up the second assist.

The Otters fifth goal came at the 6:43 mark, scored by third year rearguard Spencer Abraham. Luke Cairns moved the puck across the front of the net to the Campbellville, ON native who caught Gibson out of position and potted his fourth of the year. Dane Fox also earned a helper on the play.

With just over five minutes remaining in the period, Erie struck again, extending their lead to 6-0. Gibson made the initial save on J.P Labardo, but Harper was parked on the doorstep to hammer his second of the game under the left pad of the Rangers netminder. Crisp earned his third point of the contest with his assist on Harper's ninth of the year.

The Rangers got on the board late in the frame when Ben Fanelli beat an Erie skater to a puck at the Otters blueline and fired it through the five-hole of Devin Williams. The defenceman's first of the year was assisted by sophomore centre Curtis Meighan, his fourth point in his last three games.

The Otters led shots on goal 22-14 in the second period.

Darby Llewellyn cut into the Otters' lead 5:44 into the final frame, beating Williams glove-side for his fourth of the season. The rookie's tally was assisted by Brent Pedersen and Matia Marcantuoni.

Erie out-shot the Rangers 6-5 in the third period, finishing with a 38-32 overall advantage.

Scoring

1. ER C. Crisp, (13) (C. Brown, C. McDavid), 13:15

1. ER C. McDavid, (18) (C. Brown), 19:42

2. ER J. Evans, (3) (C. Brown, J. McDowell), 3:40

2. ER S. Harper, (8) (C. Crisp, P. Murphy), 5:04

2. ER S. Abraham, (4) (L. Cairns, D. Fox), 6:43

2. ER S. Harper, (9) (J. Labardo, C. Crisp), 14:56

2. KIT B. Fanelli, (1) (C. Meighan), 18:48 (SH)

3. KIT D. Llewellyn, (4) (B. Pedersen, M. Marcantuoni), 5:44

Attendance: 7295

Three Stars

1. ER - 23 Connor Crisp

2. ER - 28 Connor Brown

3. ER- 10 Stephen Harper

The Rangers travel to Erie on Saturday, December 15 for a 7:00pm game against the Otters. The team returns to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on Friday, December 28 to host the Barrie Colts at 7:30 pm. Tickets to Rangers home games are available by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, via the internet at www.centre-square.com or in person at the Centre In the Square Box Office or the Kitchener Auditorium Box Office.

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