KITCHENER, Ont. - Ryan Murphy scored once and set up two more as the Kitchener Rangers downed the visiting Erie Otters 5-1 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League play.
Justin Bailey, Tobias Rieder, Matia Marcantuoni and Derek Schoenmakers also scored for the Rangers (27-14-6) while Ben Thomson chipped in with two assists.
J.P. Labardo scored the lone goal for the Otters (15-25-8), who dropped their third straight game.
Joel Vienneau stopped 31-of-32 shots for the win as Devin Williams made 41 saves in a losing cause.
Kitchener failed to earn any power-play chances while Erie went 0 for 2 with the man advantage.
After a scoreless first period, the Rangers didn?t waste any time getting on the board in the second as Bailey ripped a shot over Williams? blocker 46 seconds in.
Rieder made it 2-0 65 seconds later by jamming a cross-crease pass from Murphy through Williams? pads.
Murphy made it 3-0 just past the midway mark of the period with a hard blast from the point that banged off the crossbar and bounced just behind the goal line.
Labardo broke Vienneau?s shutout three minutes into the third, sliding a shot under his pad, but Marcantuoni replied four minutes later to restore Kitchener's three-goal lead.
Schoenmakers finished the scoring with less than three minutes remaining in the game as he beat Williams between the legs.