ERIE, Pa. - Kitchener, the CHL's top club, scored five straight goals in an 8-minute span of the opening period to hand the Otters an 8-4 loss in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night.
The Rangers (20-3-0-1) have won all five meetings against the Otters this season by a combined 26-8 score. Kitchener extended its winning streak over the Otters to nine straight games.
Meanwhile, the Otters (4-18-1-1), which snapped a club-record, 16-game losing streak against Belleville on Thursday, watched a chance at its first winning streak of the season slip away. The Otters have lost seven of the last eight games at home.
Five different Rangers scored goals in the next 8 minutes to build a 5-1 lead. Defenseman Yannick Weber scored on the power play at the 8:16 mark to tie the score. He has scored 13 of his 14 goals on the power play.
Mike Duco, Brandon Mashinter, Nazem Kadri and Scott Timmins followed with goals, with Duco and Mashinter scoring 40 seconds apart to for a 3-1 Rangers lead. Mashinter has two goals and four points in five games against the Otters this season. He has no goals and two points against the rest of the OHL.
The Otters rallied to make it 5-3 on defenseman Frank Grzeszczak's goal with three seconds left in the first period and Palmieri's goal 3:44 into the second. Grzeszczak's goal was his first as an Otter and second in 80 career games. But the Rangers' Justin Azevedo scored his 16th goal of the season - his team-leading 52nd point - and defenseman Alex Dzielski added his second of the year against rookie goaltender Shane Owen.
Owen allowed all eight goals on 51 shots in his fourth career start. Rookie Mavric Parks stopped 19-of-23 shots to earn his second win in three starts against the Otters this season. The Otters have allowed seven goals or more eight times this season.
Fourteen different Rangers contributed points, with Kadri's two goals leading the way. Palmieri led the Otters with two goals and an assist. Grzeszczak (goal, assist) and rookie winger Ryan O'Reilly (two assists) had two points apiece.