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Puempel, Leivo lead the Rangers over the Spirit

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 11:04 PM The Canadian Press

SAGINAW, Mich. - Matt Puempel scored three times and Joshua Leivo had two goals and an assist as the Kitchener Rangers crushed the host Saginaw Spirit 7-1 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League play.

Curtis Meighan and Derek Schoenmakers also scored for the Rangers (39-19-9), who clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs, while Tobias Rieder chipped in with three assists.

Jimmy Lodge scored the lone goal for the Spirit (32-29-6).

John Gibson stopped 37-of-38 shots for the win as Nikita Serebryakov made 29 saves in a losing cause.

Kitchener went 1 for 2 on the power play while Saginaw failed to score on its only chance with the man advantage.

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