Rangers Get Doubled up by the Knights, 6-3
Kitchener, ON: The Rangers (33-13-5-2) surrenderedÂ three powerplay goals to the Knights (35-14-1-1) in a 6-3 loss at Budweiser Gardens on Friday night.
Riley Damiani scored two goals and Greg Meireles added another.
Jacob Ingham stopped 29 in the loss.
A quick, back-and-forth first period didn't see goals for either side despite the Rangers having two powerplays to London's one.
Shots after 20 minutes were 9-8 in favour of the Knights.
The Knights took the lead during a 5-on-3 advantage. A string of passes resulted in Conor McMichael (39) slap shot that beat Ingham at 3:10 to make it 1-0.
30-seconds later, still on the powerplay, Ryan Merkley picked up his second assist of the night by passing down low to Jonathan Gruden (24) who slid it past Jacob Ingham to extend their lead to 2-0.
Kitchener got a powerplay goal of their own at 7:00. After a number of opportunities and sustained offensive pressure, Riley Damiani (22) dragged the puck pas a Knights defender and ripped a shot from the slot that found the back of the net and it was 2-1.
Greg Meireles picked up an assist on the goal.
The Knights restored their two-goal lead on the powerplay. Again, it was Merkley, this time from behind the net, finding Gruden (25) who went high from in-close on Ingham to make it 3-1.
At 17:14, on a four-on-four, the Rangers won a faceoff in the Knights zone. A puck was shot off the end boards and came out to Damiani (23) who buried his second of the night and it was 3-2.
Reid Valade earned an assist on the goal.
After 40 minutes, the Knights continued to lead in shots, 24-16.
At 5:00 of the third, a puck reboundedÂ to Meireles (27) who put an innocuous backhand on net that beat Brett Brochu to tie it up, 3-3.
The Knights restored their lead just as a 4-on-3 penalty expired. Alec Regula (19) went high on Ingham to put London up by a goal, 4-3.
Liam Foudy scored the KnightsÂ third powerplay goal of the night at 17:24 to make it 6-3.
Regula scored his second on an empty net while shorthanded to make it 6-3 and that'd be the final.
London outshot the Rangers 35-23.
The next Rangers home game is on Friday, February 21 at 7:30 pm versus the Erie Otters.Â The next road game for the Rangers is on Saturday, February 15 at 7:05 pm versus the Saginaw Spirit.
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