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.
Ryan Rupert and Alex Broadhurst replied for the Knights, while Max Domi had a pair of assists.
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.