KITCHENER, Ont. - OHL goals leader Jeff Skinner scored twice, including the game winner with 4:16 remaining, to lift the Kitchener Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Plymouth Whalers on Friday afternoon.
Skinner, who is eligible for the 2010 NHL draft, gave the Rangers (25-9-3) a 3-2 lead with his 30th goal of the season. He fired his 31st into an empty net three minutes later as Kitchener moved past idle London and into sole possession of first place in the Midwest Division.
Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and three assists in the victory, while John Moore and Julian Cimadamore also scored for Kitchener.
Leo Jenner and Tyler G. Brown countered for the Whalers (22-17-1), who rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of goals earlier in the third period.
Mavric Parks preserved the Rangers victory with a 37-save performance, while Scott Wedgewood and Matt Hackett combined to stop 30 shots for Plymouth.