KITCHENER, Ont. - Andrew Crescenzi had two goals and an assist to lead the Kitchener Rangers to a 5-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack Friday night in Ontario Hockey League action.
Crescenzi?s three-point night capped off a triumphant return to Kitchener (4-3-0) by defenceman Ryan Murphy, who started the season with the Carolina Hurricanes but was a healthy scratch in four straight games. Murphy had an assist on the night.
Heading into the third period down 4-2, the Attack (5-6-0) made things interesting when Zach Nastasiuk?s wraparound beat Rangers goalie John Gibson with just over five minutes remaining. But Crescenzi?s second goal of the night into an empty net halted any chance of a comeback by the visitors.
The game shouldn?t have been that close though, as the Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the game.
Brent Pedersen got things started with the Rangers third power-play goal of the season, redirecting Tobias Rieder?s pass over Owen Sound goalie Jordan Binnington to finish off a 2-on-1 rush. Josh Sterk increased the lead later in the period by picking up his own rebound at the side of the net and flipping a backhand shot over a sprawled Binnington.
It only took a minute into the second period for Cody Sol to fire a snapshot at the net that fooled Binnington to give the Rangers what seemed like a commanding lead.
The Attack finally got on the board on the power play when Jake Dotchin found Gemel Smith alone at the far side of the net and he snapped a shot past John Gibson. Daniel Catenacci then made it 3-2 just 33 seconds later when he slipped a shot between Gibson???s legs.
Crescenzi restored the two-goal lead on the power play at 15:19, deflecting Ryan Murphy???s point shot between Binnington???s legs, before Nastasiuk???s third goal of the season sent the game down to the wire.
The Attack outshot the Rangers 43-30. Kitchener was 2-for-7 on the power play, while Owen Sound was 1-for-4.