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Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds score another early-season win over Kitchener

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KITCHENER, Ont. - Nick Cousins and Brett Findlay scored two goals each as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the Kitchener Rangers 6-2 in OHL play Monday, ending their three-game weekend road trip on a high note.

The Greyhounds (5-3-0-0) bounced back from losses to Mississauga and London to stay above the .500 mark. The Rangers dropped to 3-3-0-0 on the season, with two of those losses to the Greyhounds.

The Rangers opened the scoring 1:27 into the second period when Brent Pedersen scooped up a rebound in the crease and curled it around Greyhounds goalie Matt Murray?s outstretched right leg.

The Greyhounds came back with three straight goals, starting with a penalty shot by Cousins. His slow-motion effort was capped off by drawing Rangers goalie Franky Palazzese to the right side of the net, before spinning sideways and dragging the puck into the open side.

Sault Ste. Marie took the lead five minutes later when Findlay wristed a shot past a sprawled Palazzese, who had just robbed Andrew Fritsch at the side of the net with a diving stick save.

The Greyhounds padded their lead on the power play with 13 seconds left in the period, as Cousins got his second of the game, deflecting Colin Miller's point shot out of mid-air.

Kitchener got within one at 3:19 of the third when the Rangers were awarded a penalty shot of their own and Tobias Rieder clanked a hard wrist shot in off the far post.

Both penalty shots were awarded when the attackers were hooked on breakaways.

The Greyhounds regained their two-goal lead just over a minute later when Findlay's shot in the slot bounced off a Ranger's skate and past John Gibson, who spelled Palazzese to start the third period.

Fritsch and Michael Schumacher, on the power play, finished off the scoring for the Greyhounds.

Findlay also had a pair of assists for the Greyhounds for a four-point game, while Fritsch and Schumacher had two assists each.

The Rangers were 0-for-4 on the power play to make it 2-for-39 on the season. Sault Ste. Marie was 2-for-4 on the power play.

The Rangers outshot the Greyhounds 38-36.

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