OTTAWA - Thomas Nesbitt had a goal and two assists Friday night to help the Ottawa 67's edge past the Kitchener Rangers 5-4 at the Civic Centre.
Thomas Kiriakou scored the winner on the power play for the 67's with just over three minutes remaining.
'It was huge," said Kiriakou, who also had an assist. "We needed that win very badly. We already clinched a playoff spot but our goal is to get home-ice advantage. On that last goal I really didn't do much and Nesbitt drove the wing, happened to find me in the slot and I happened to score."
It was their only power play goal on six chances, but they also got a shorthanded marker from Anthony Nigro in the first period.
Logan Couture and Cody Lindsay each had a goal and an assist for the 67's (33-19-4-2), who got a 35-save performance from Chris Perugini.
Jason Akeson scored twice for the Rangers (23-29-3-2) who trailed 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 but were unable to tie the game a fourth time.
Jacob Lalonde and Chris MacKinnon also scored for the Rangers and Parker Van Buskirk made 29 saves.
The 67's are in third place in the Eastern Conference 10 points behind the first-place Belleville Bulls.
The Rangers are ninth in the Western Conference five points back of the Owen Sound Attack who currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot.