Two seasons ago Ben Fanelli thought he may never play hockey again, but on Sunday he scored his first career Ontario Hockey League goal in a 4-1 victory against the Sarnia Sting.
Fanelli had played just seven games in his rookie campaign back in 2009-10 before a hit from Erie Otters Michael Liambis caused skull and facial fractures, putting him out of hockey until the start of this season. At the time of the hit, it was unknown if the 18-year-old would ever suit up with the Rangers again.
Tobias Rieder had a goal and an assist for the Rangers (17-7-1), while Michael Catenacci and Radek Faksa scored the others.
Reid Boucher scored the lone goal for the Sting (15-6-5).
Franky Palazzese made 41 saves for the win as Brandon Hope stopped 24 shots in defeat.
Kitchener was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Sarnia was 1-for-6.
Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Belleville 4, Oshawa 1; London 2, Brampton 1; Ottawa 4, Kingston 3 (SO); Kitchener 4, Sarnia 1; Guelph 3, Mississauga 2 and Windsor 6, Peterborough 3.
At Kitchener, Ont., Faksascored at 12:01 of the first period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
The game would stay that way until 12:58 of the second period when Fanelli scored to double Kitchener's lead to 2-0.
Boucher scored a power-play goal at 16:23 to make it 2-1 but Rieder scored in the final minute of the period, restoring the Rangers two-goal lead heading into the third.
Catenacci scored 1:09 into the final period to make it a 4-1 Kitchener final.
Bulls 4 Generals 1
At Belleville, Ont., Brendan Gaunce had a goal and an assist for the Bulls (16-9-0) as they beat Oshawa (11-14-4).
Knights 2 Battalion 1
At Brampton, Ont., Michael Houser made 34 saves and Seth Griffith scored a short-handed game-winner as London (20-5-1) edged the Battalion (14-9-3).
67's 4 Frontenacs 3 (SO)
At Kingston, Ont., Sean Monahan scored once in regulation and the winner in a shootout as Ottawa (15-7-4) defeated the Frontenacs (7-15-4).
Storm 3 Majors 2
At St. Catharines, Ont., Brock McGinn scored the game-winning goal and picked up an assist in Guelph's (12-9-4) win over the Majors (12-11-4).
Spitfires 6 Petes 3
At Windsor, Ont., Michael Clarke scored the winner on a penalty shot and Jaroslav Pavelka made 30 saves as the Spitfires (13-3-3) defeated Peterborough (14-9-3).