KITCHENER, Ont. - The Kitchener Rangers sent a loud and clear message to the London Knights on Tuesday: They're still the team to beat in the OHL's Western Conference.
Ben Shutron's first goal of the season highlighted a three-goal second period as the Rangers cruised past the Knights 4-1.
Shutron, who has played just 18 games this season due to a nagging back injuy, beat London netminder Jason Guy on a power play at 7:27 to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Brandon Mashinter extended the lead four minutes later as Kitchener (41-9-1-2) won its second straight following a season-high three-game losing streak.
The victory extends the Rangers' lead over London to 18 points in the Midwest Division standings.
Nazem Kadri and Scott Tregunna added singles for Kitchener, which outshot the Knights 15-6 in the middle period and 41-22 overall.
Sean O'Connor replied for London (31-18-3-2), which lost in regulation for just the second time in its last 11 games.