ERIE, Pa. - Jeff Skinner and Jeremy Morin both had two goals and an assist as the Kitchner Rangers downed the Erie Otters 6-4 in Ontario Hockey League play Sunday afternoon.
John Moore and Julian Cimadamore had the other goals for Kitchener (39-17-6), while Brandon Maxwell made 23 saves for the win.
Mike Cazzola opened scoring for Erie (31-25-7), while Anthony Luciani, Greg McKegg and David Broll also found the back of the net. Adam Courchaine stopped 25 shots.
Kitchener grabbed the early lead on Moore's marker 3:48 into the opening period.
Cazzola replied with a deflection of Paul Cianfrini's point shot with 5:11 left in the period.
Kitchener's Cimadamore turned a fortunate bounce off surprisingly lively end boards into the tie-breaking goal with 28.2 seconds left in the period.
The Rangers started the second quickly, as Skinner scored an unassisted goal - his 39th of the season just 16 seconds into the period.
Otters winger Luciani responded with a hard-working unassisted goal of his own. He beat goaltender Brandon Maxwell, a former Otters' draft pick, to a loose puck deep in the Rangers' zone. Then Luciani banked a shot off Rangers rookie Ryan Murphy's shin pad and into the open net to move the Otters within 4-2 at the 1:30 mark.
The Rangers regained a two-goal lead at 4-2 on Morin's 5-on-3 goal with 10:38 left in the period.
Broll pushed a rebound past Maxwell to move the Otters within 4-3 with 8:27 left in the second.
Kitchener burned Erie for an early goal in the third, too. Morin handed the Rangers a 5-3 lead at the 2:48 mark.
Morin has 42 goals and 76 points this season - 12 goals and 17 points against the Otters in seven meetings. He has seven of those goals in Erie.
The Otters' power play sliced Kitchener's lead to 5-4 at the 7:36 mark, as McKegg scored his 36th goal of the season.
But Skinner's power-play goal, on assists from Morin and Murphy, sealed the Rangers' win. Skinner has seven goals against Erie this season.