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Lorentz and Gibson help Rangers hold off OHL-best London Knights 5-4

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KITCHENER, Ont. - Zach Lorentz scored twice including the shootout winner and John Gibson made 46 saves as the Kitchener Rangers beat the Ontario Hockey League-best London Knights 5-4 on Tuesday.

Lorentz lifted a backhand shot over outstretched Knights goalie Michael Houser to salvage the game after the Rangers coughed up a three-goal lead.

Houser stopped the other two Rangers shooters he faced, while Gibson turned aside all three attempts by London (11-2-1).

The Rangers (7-5-0) looked well on their way to a regulation win, scoring four straight goals to go up 4-1 in the second period.

That all changed, however, when Max Domi cut the lead in half with a power-play goal with 3:25 left in the period, banging the puck under Gibson during a goalmouth scramble.

Vladislav Namestnikov then scored two goals 31 seconds apart in the third period to tie the game. He redirected Olli Maatta?s point shot past Gibson at 6:25, then snapped in Seth Griffith?s pass to the side of the crease.

London outshot Kitchener 26-7 in the final period, but couldn?t beat Gibson again.

The Knights had opened the scoring just two minutes into the game on their first shot. Andreas Athanasiou fed Jared Knight, who was cruising to the net, and he redirected the pass over Gibson???s glove.

The Rangers tied it up before the midway mark of the period when Keli Grant banked a pass from the behind the net off Scott Harrington???s skate and between Houser???s pads.

The Rangers jumped out to a 3-1 lead with goals 14 seconds apart. Lorentz beat Houser with a backhand shot over the right pad with Kitchener on a power play before Eric Ming finished off a three-way passing play between Ben Thomson and Andrew Crescenzi from the ensuing faceoff.

Radek Faksa gave the Rangers a three-goal lead five minutes into the second period when he popped in a rebound off a Ryan Murphy shot on the power play.

Thomson had a pair of assists for the Rangers.

Kitchener was 2-for-5 on the power play, while London was 1-for-3.

Houser stopped 26 of 30 shots.

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