Rangers Fall to OHL-Leading Generals, 4-2
Oshawa, ON: On Sunday night, the Rangers (6-6-2-2) traveled east to the Tribute Communities Centre to play the Oshawa Generals (14-3-0-1).
The first period ended in a stalemate with the Rangers getting a goal from Liam Hawel, and the Generals, a goal from Serron Noel.
Over the next two periods, Noel scored two more goals for a hat trick and had an assist on an empty-net goal by Brett Neumann to complete a four point night.
Riley Damiani also notched a goal for the Rangers but it wasn't enough to beat the Generals and the Rangers lost 4-2.
Lucas Pfeil stopped 26 in the loss.
At 7:44 of the first period, Jonathan Yantsis and Kyle MacLean took roughing penalties, however, Yantsis was booked for unsportsmanlike conduct as well, which gave the Generals a powerplay.
On the powerplay, Lleyton Moore passed to Oliver Suni who quickly set up a streaking Serron Noel (6) and the right-winger shot it past Lucas Pfeil to open up the scoring, 1-0.
Kitchener evened up the score with just 17-seconds left in the period when a puck was put on net by Axel Bergkvist and finished by Liam Hawel (6) who tipped it in past an out of position Zachary Paputsakis.
Riley Damiani also earned an assist on the goal.
After 20-minutes of play, the Rangers led in shots 11-9.
At 16:12 of the second period, Kyle MacLean and Yantsis both took their third penalty of the game. With just two seconds left in the four-on-four, Allan McShane found Noel in front of Pfeil's crease and Noel (7) made good on the chance to score his second of the night. It was 2-1 at 18:10.
After two periods, the Rangers continued to lead in shots. 25-18.
The Generals extended their lead when an unmarked Noel (8) received a backhanded pass from Daniel Walker and scored his third of the night to make it 3-1.
Just 15 seconds later, from behind the goal line, Damiani (8) cut the Generals lead back down to a single goal when the odd-angled shot ended up behind Paputsakis to make it 3-2.
Unfortunately for the Rangers, seconds after Pfeil was pulled, an unlikely up-ice pass from Noel to Neumann resulted in a goal for the Generals to put them back up by two, 4-2, and that's how the game would end.
Kitchener outshot Oshawa 38-30.
The next home game for the Rangers is on Friday November 15th at 7:30 pm versus the Kingston Frontenacs. The next road game is on Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 pm versus the London Knights.
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