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Kitchener scores four times in first en route to a 6-2 rout of the Wolves @NHL

SUDBURY, Ont. - Jared Staal and the Sudbury Wolves stumbled out of the gate once again, this time allowing four first-period goals en route to a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Kitchener Rangers on Friday night in the Ontario Hockey League.

The Rangers (12-10-1-1) racked up their third straight win on the strength of Jason Akeson's hat trick. They also got goals from Mike Mascioli, Micky Sartoretto and Scott Timmins.

The Wolves (10-13-1-2) struggled to find any positive play in the first two periods. Breakdowns and costly mental errors proved to be too much as Sudbury fell behind 4-1 after the first and 5-2 after the second. Offensively, Sudbury could only muster 12 shots through the two periods.

Sudbury's Marcus Foligno replied in the first period. Peter Hermenegildo scored the other goal for the Wolves.

Parker Van Buskirk made 25 saves for Kitchener, while Sudbury starter Alain Valiquette was pulled after allowing five goals on 21 shots. He was replaced by Andrew Loverock, who made 13 saves.

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