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Morin and Akeson strike twice as Kitchener Rangers rally to 6-3 win over Erie

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ERIE, Pa. - The Kitchener Rangers scored three unanswered goals to rally to a 6-3 win over the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League Sunday afternoon.

Jeremy Morin and Jason Akeson both scored twice for Kitchener (36-16-4), while Michael Catenacci and Ryan Murphy added markers. Mike Morrison made 25 saves for the win.

Greg McKegg opened scoring for Erie (26-23-7), while Shawn Szydlowski and Mike Cazzola chipped in as well. Ramis Sadikov stopped 37 shots.

The Otters took the early lead, as McKegg scored on the power play 11:49 into the first period on assists from Zack Torquato and Cazzola. McKegg is the first Otter to reach the 30-goal mark since Justin Hodgman, who scored 37 in the 2007-08 season.

The Rangers tied it at 1-1 less than two minutes later on Akeson's goal. Christian Stevens and Matthew Tipoff earned the assists.

But 7:12 into the second period, Szydlowski extended his season-high point streak to six straight games. His wrist shot off a pass from Andrew Yogan snapped the tie. Szydlowski has four goals during his streak.

Four minutes later, Cazzola's unassisted goal - his 27th of the season - handed the Otters a 3-1 lead.

That advantage was short lived, as Kitchener turned a giveaway at the Rangers' blue line into Murphy's goal with 7:51 left in the second.

Catenacci scored the tying goal on assists from Morin and Stevens - his third assist of the game - with 1:32 left in the second.

Midway through the third Otters rookie Stephen Genua earned a four-minute checking from behind penalty. Akeson scored his second goal of the game on assists from Dan Kelly and Gabriel Landeskog to hand the Rangers their first lead of the game, 4-3, with 8:42 left.

Then Morin intercepted an ill-advised pass at the Otters' blue line and scored his 36th goal of the season with 6:54 left. Morin added a power-play goal with 4:02 left.

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