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Radek Faksa scores decisive goal as Rangers rally to edge Steelheads 3-2

Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 9:34 PM / News

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Radek Faksa scores decisive goal as Rangers rally to edge Steelheads 3-2

KITCHENER, Ont. - Radek Faksa's second-period goal proved to be the winner as the Kitchener Rangers edged the Mississauga Steelheads 3-2 on Tuesday in Ontario Hockey League play.

The win was the Kitchener's third in a row and seventh at home, where they haven't lost this season.

Matt Puempel and Justin Bailey also scored for the Rangers (11-5-2), while Evan McEnemy picked up a pair of assists.

Bobby MacIntyre and Kristoff Kontos replied for the Steelheads (11-5-1).

Kitchener's Franky Palazzese made 27 saves for the win, while Mississauga's Spencer Martin stopped 26-of-29 shots in his second loss of the season.

MacIntyre opened the scoring 3:36 into the first period, as he had a Grant Syrette's shot bounce off a skate and right onto his stick at the far side of the net, making no mistake to put the Steelheads up 1-0.

The Rangers then scored three unanswered goals in the second period, with Puempel scoring at 1:17 by bouncing a shot off the end boards that skipped out front and went off Martin's arm and in.

That sparked the home side and Justin Bailey popped in a rebound six minutes later for the lead, before Faksa redirected McEnemy's point shot over Martin at 12:11.

Kontos brought the Steelheads within a goal just 67 seconds into the third period, beating a defenceman and wristing a shot over Palazzese's glove.

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