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Goalie Joel Vienneau wins debut with Kitchener Rangers, 6-2 over Guelph Storm

Tuesday, 01.08.2013 / 9:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Goalie Joel Vienneau wins debut with Kitchener Rangers, 6-2 over Guelph Storm

KITCHENER, Ont. - Joel Vienneau stopped 35 of 37 shots to win his debut with the Kitchener Rangers as they beat the Guelph Storm 6-2 on Tuesday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Vienneau arrived in Kitchener just hours before game time with teammates Frank Corrado and Josh Leivo, who were traded earlier in the day from the Sudbury Wolves to the Rangers for goalie Franky Palazzese, defenceman Cory Genovese and forward Matt Schmalz.

Leivo, Brent Pedersen and Eric Ming had a goal and an assist each for the Rangers (22-13-5), who are winners of three of their last four games and moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference.

Justin Bailey, Matia Marcantuoni and Ben Fanelli also scored for Kitchener, while Josh Sterk picked up three assists. Corrado earned a third-period assist for his first point with the Rangers.

Jason Dickinson had a pair of goals for fifth-place Guelph (21-14-5), now losers of four straight.

Guelph's Keegan Wilson turned aside 26 of 31 shots in 47:30 minutes of play, before being spelled by Jason DaSilva, who gave up one goal on 10 shots.

Kitchener was scoreless in three power-play chances, while Guelph was blanked in seven opportunities with the man advantage.

Guelph will lose Tanner Richard for at least one game after he received a match penalty in the second period for slew footing.

The Rangers hit the board first in the opening period, with Bailey wristing a shot over Wilson's right shoulder from the slot. Pedersen increased the lead 6:02 into the second period, but Dickinson got that one back just over two minutes later, sliding a rebound past Vienneau.

The Rangers went on a tear early in the third period, getting goals by Marcantuoni, Fanelli and Leivo in less than seven minutes to end Wilson's night.

Ming then redirected Sterk's pass by DaSilva on the first shot he faced after relieving Wilson, but Dickinson replied with his second of the game at 11:15.

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