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Kitchener's Bailey scores first 2 OHL goals

by Adam Kimelman

Kitchener Rangers left wing Justin Bailey missed five games with a concussion sustained on a hard hit in a game against the Windsor Spitfires on Sept. 27. He returned to ice Friday in his team's 6-2 win against Oshawa, playing sparingly on the fourth line.

Moved back into a more prominent spot in the lineup Sunday against Kingston, Bailey responded with his first two goals of the season in the Rangers' 5-2 win.

With Kitchener up 1-0, he faked a shot, then cut across the front of the net to score on a backhander 3:01 into the second. After Kingston had grabbed the momentum and pulled to within 4-2, he iced the game with another unassisted goal, at 10:24 of the third.

Bailey, a 6-3.25, 194-pound forward who earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list, wasn't the only 2013 NHL Draft prospect in the Ontario Hockey League to have a big weekend. Here are a few other top performers:

* Plymouth right wing Ryan Hartman, a B skater on Central Scouting's preliminary rankings, scored his second OHL goal Friday and added two assists in the Whalers' 8-3 win at Kingston on Friday.

* Guelph Storm left wing Ryan Horvat scored twice and added an assist Friday in his team's 6-3 win against the Sarnia Sting.

* Bailey's teammate, right wing Eric Ming, scored a pair of goals Friday in the Rangers' 6-2 win against the Oshawa Generals.

* Owen Sound Attack center Cameron Brace and defenseman Chris Bigras each had a goal and an assist each in their team's 4-1 defeat of the Ottawa 67s on Friday. Bigras earned a B rating on Central Scouting's list.

* Windsor Spitfires left wing Kerby Rychel, an A skater on Central Scouting's list, scored his seventh and eight goals of the season Saturday in his team's 3-2 win at Erie.

* Guelph center Jason Dickinson scored a goal and added two assists in the Storm's 8-5 win at Saginaw on Saturday. In a losing effort, Saginaw center Eric Locke had two goals and two assists.

* On Sunday, Guelph center Hunter Garlent, a C-rated skater, and right wing Just Augur had a goal and an assist each in a 7-1 defeat of Sault Ste. Marie that moved the Storm into the top spot in the OHL with 19 points. That's the same as the Barrie Colts, but the Storm have played 12 games, one fewer than Barrie.

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