Kitchener Blanked at Home by the Knights Friday

November 25, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Kitchener Rangers News Release

Kitchener, Ont. - Kitchener fell victim to a 28 save shutout performance by Brett Brochu, dropping a 4-0 decision to the London Knights in front of 6,525 fans at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Friday.

Both teams exchanged power-play opportunities early in the first period, but both were unsuccessful. London got themselves on the board first and opened the scoring at 6:44 of the first period. A hard pass down from the high slot by Brody Crane was deflected up over the glove of Marco Costantini by Connor Federkow for his first goal of the season.

Kitchener did a great job in the period keeping the third ranked power-play in the OHL at bay. Reid Valade came close to tying the game with 20 seconds left in the first period with a backhand squeaking through the right arm of Brett Brochu but it hit the post behind him to stay out. After 20 minutes, London was leading 1-0 and shots favoured the Knights 11-7.

24 seconds into the second period, an unlucky bounce for Kitchener from a centering pass deflected off the skate of Simon Motew in the crease to double London's lead. Ruslan Gazizov was credited with the goal.

With 4:49 left to play in the middle frame, a London skater was guilty of covering the puck in the crease and Kitchener was awarded a penalty shot. Initially Filip Mešár was lined up to take it, but was subbed out for Carson Rehkopf as he wasn't on the ice. Rehkopf's penalty shot attempt was stopped by the blocker of Brochu.

40 seconds after that, London scored their third unanswered goal on a breakaway by Denver Barkey who snapped a shot blocker side. Then with 31 seconds remining in the period London scored their fourth goal of the game. On a pass from the left hashmarks to the right point for Oliver Bonk, Bonk walked in and fired a wrist a shot far-side under the glove of Costantini. London had a 4-0 advantage heading into the second intermission and shots favoured the Rangers 19-18.

There were no goals to show for either team in the third, but it wasn't short of action. Kitchener killed of a 5-minute match penalty to Ty Hollet and a 5-on-3 for 1:20. The positive to take from tonight was keeping a strong London power-play off the scoresheet tonight. The final score was 4-0 London and shots favoured the Rangers 28-24.

Kitchener ended the game 0-for-5 on the power-play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. All three stars in the game were awarded to members of the Knights.

Next Up: We're throwing it back to the 1980's Sunday afternoon as the Rangers continue to celebrate 60 years of Kitchener Ranger hockey. Erie will make their second trip to The Aud this season with puck drop set for 2 p.m.

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