WINDSOR, Ont. - Stephen Tarasuk scored in overtime as the Kitchener Rangers defeated the Windsor Spitfires 6-5 Thursday in Ontario Hockey League action.
Former Spitfire Thomas Battani staked the Rangers out to a 1-0 lead with the opening goal of the first period. The teams then exploded for six second-period goals with Bradley Snetsinger, Greg Nemisz, Matt Bragg and Joshua Bailey scoring for the Spitfires and Mikkel Boediker and Brandon Mashinter replying for the Rangers.
Kitchener's Nazem Kadri and Snetsinger traded goals in the third period before Mike Duco scored late for the Rangers to send the game to overtime.
Kitchener head coach Peter DeBoer was impressed by the play of the upstart Spitfires, who finished with the second worst record in the OHL last season.
"They really are a solid team. They are getting solid leadership from their veteran players and contributions from their first-year players too," said DeBoer, who played in the Memorial Cup tournament with the Spitfires 20 years ago and then captained the team the following season. "The Spitfires are a team to contend with this season and are only going to be better in seasons to come."
Josh Unice faced 28 for Kitchener (25-4-1-2). Andrew Engelage had to contend with 28 shots for Windsor (21-6-3-3).