KITCHENER, Ont. - A foiled comeback has left the Kitchener Rangers mired in their first slump of the season.
Luke Lynes scored 1:59 into overtime as the Brampton Battalion survived a spirited Kitchener rally to beat the Rangers 5-4 in an entertaining Ontario Hockey League tilt Wednesday night.
Kitchener (22-4-1-2), which has spent most of the season near the top of the OHL standings, dropped its third straight to remain tied with the idle Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for first overall. The Greyhounds earned 3-2 shootout win over the Rangers on Sunday.
The Battalion (16-10-1-2) have won three straight to move to within a point of the Barrie Colts for top spot in the Central Division.
Wednesday's game had its share of drama, with the Rangers scoring three unanswered goals to eliminate a 4-1 second-period deficit. Alex Dzielski's goal midway through the third period capped the comeback, sending the game to extra time.
Cory Emmerton had a power-play goal and two assists to lead Brampton, while Graham McNabb, Cody Hodgson and Luke VanMoerkerke added singles. Bryan Pitton preserved the win with 31 saves.
Scott Timmons, Justin Azevedo and Spencer Anderson replied for the Rangers, who are on their longest slide since losing four straight games from Oct. 12-20, 2006.
Kitchener starting goaltender Mavric Parks was pulled after two periods, having allowed four goals on 26 shots. Josh Unice relieved and made 12 saves.