KITCHENER, Ont. - Josh Leivo had a goal and three assists to lead the Kitchener Rangers to a 6-2 win over the London Knights on Monday in Ontario Hockey League action.
The Knights still lead the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series 2-1. Game 4 is on Wednesday in Kitchener.
Matia Marcantuoni, Frank Corrado and Ryan Murphy chipped in on the offence with a goal and an assist each, while Josh Sterk and Radek Faksa also scored for the Rangers. Tobias Rieder added three helpers.
Rangers goaltender John Gibson turned aside 37-of-39 shots for his fifth win in the playoffs, while London's Anthony Stolarz was pulled after allowing four goals on 20 shots in 24:14 minutes. Jake Patterson came on in relief and allowed two goals in 18 shots.
Kitchener was 4 for 9 on the power play, while London scored once in six opportunities with the man advantage.
Leivo started the scoring early at 4:53 of the first period with a one-timer on a Rangers' power play.
Sterk tacked onto the lead less than two minutes later after converting a pass on the doorstep, before Marcantuoni found an open net as the trailer on a 2-on-1 rush in the final 20 seconds of the period.
Corrado built on the lead in the second period with a blast from the point with the Rangers on a 5-on-3 advantage to chase Stolarz for Patterson.
Murphy welcomed Patterson with a power-play goal, before London started clawing their way back into the game.
Rupert jammed a rebound past Gibson on a power play and Broadhurst converted on another power play in the last 15 seconds to make it 5-2.
A Rupert penalty in the first two minutes of the third period proved costly as Faksa knocked in a rebound to deflate the Knights and negate the comeback.
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