THE CANADIAN PRESS
KITCHENER, Ont. — Eric Ming scored the shootout winner as the Kitchener Rangers beat the visiting Windsor Spitfires 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action.
Evan McEneny and Justin Bailey scored in regulation for the Rangers (17-8-2), who have won 11-of-13 games on home ice this season, while Jared Gilbert picked up a pair of assists after missing seven games with a concussion.
Ben Johnson and Chris Marchese replied for the Spitfires (10-12-6), who have lost six-of-seven games, and Josh Ho-Sang chipped in with two assists.
Franky Palazzese turned aside 30-of-32 shots in the win. Palazzese also stopped Brady Vail, who was upended by McEneny while cutting to the net, on a penalty shot at 16:22 of the first period with a left pad save.
Jaroslav Pavleka was named second star and stopped 38 shots in the loss.
Kitchener was 0-for-3 on the power play while Windsor wasn’t able to score on six chances with the man advantage.
Johnson opened the scoring at 6:12 of the second period, taking a pass from Ho-Sang as the trailer on a 3-on-2 break and buried it between Palazzese’s pads.
McEneny tied the game just over nine minutes later with a wrist shot from the point that got by a screened Pavelka.
Bailey put the Rangers in front 67 seconds into the third with a slapshot from the top of the right face-off circle, but the lead was shortlived as Marchese finished off a three-way passing play with Ho-Sang and Jordan Maletta just over three minutes later.
Nothing was settled until Ming scored as the sixth shooter in the shootout, while Palazzese stoned Vail again to preserve the win.
Knights 5, Colts 3
Seth Griffith set up four of his club’s goals as the London Knights came from behind to defeat the visiting Barrie Colts 5-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League play.
The 19-year-old forward, who had his 13-game point streak snapped on Thursday in a 3-1 victory against the Kitchener Rangers, has 19 goals and 48 points in 28 games, which puts him second in OHL scoring behind Niagara IceDogs’ forward Ryan Strome.
Bo Horvat scored twice for the Knights (21-5-2), who were down 2-0 less than nine minutes into the first period, while Max Domi and Alex Broadhurst had a goal and two assists apiece.
Domi has produced six goals and 16 points in his last 10 outings and his 38 points in 28 games places him second in team scoring behind Griffith. —
Whalers 4 67′s 1
At Plymouth, Mich., Stefan Noesen scored twice and Alex Nedeljkovic turned away 22 shots as the Whalers (14-8-4) defeated Ottawa (7-19-2), which is winless in its last four outings.
Generals 4 Frontenacs 2
At Kingston, Ont., Tyler Biggs and Cole Cassels scored first-period goals and Daniel Altshuller stopped 23-of-25 shots as Oshawa (16-10-3) doubled up the Frontenacs (14-12-0) for its fourth win in a row.
Sting 7 Spirit 4
At Sarnia, Ont., Reid Boucher and Charles Sarault combined for five goals and 10 points while Alex Galchenyuk chipped in with a goal and two assists as the Sting (14-11-2) beat Saginaw (11-14-3).
Greyhounds 6 Otters 4
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Storm 3 Battalion 2
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IceDogs 6 Steelheads 4
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Attack 6 Wolves 4
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