Game Recap: Rangers Win Streak Against Erie Ends
Game Summary: Erie scored early and never looked back in their 6-1 win over Kitchener. Kitchener entered the match undefeated in the season series having won their previous four matchups. Simon Motew scored the Rangers lone goal in the Saturday night contest.
ER 1, KIT 0
0:35 Kaleb Smith (6) – Owain Johnson, Alexis Daviault
Erie got off to a quick start with a fluky goal by Kaleb Smith. Owain Johnson fired the puck down from the blueline off the boards. The puck bounced in front of Tristan Malboeuf and onto the stick of Smith who flipped it over Malboeuf’s shoulder for the first goal of the game.
ER 2, KIT 0
2:14 Alex Messier (4) – Dylan Edwards, Bruce McDonald
Alex Messier carried the puck into the Kitchener zone and sent a centering pass. The pass never reached its intended target however, it bounced off a skate in tight and went through Tristan Malboeuf to put Erie up two early.
ER 3, KIT 0
10:52 Carey Terrance (25) – Kaleb Smith, Matthew Schaefer
Carey Terrance dodged a check and found himself one-on-one with Tristan Malboeuf. He skated cross-crease and sent a wrist shot past Malboeuf to end his night.
ER 4, KIT 0
11:05 Carey Terrance (26) – Malcolm Spence, Kaleb Smith
Carrey Terrance scored his second goal in 13 seconds. On a two-on-one Malcolm Spence carried the puck through traffic down to the crease where he sent a backhand pass to Terrance. Terrance quickly flipped the puck up past Jackson Parsons’ blocker to score on their first shot on Parsons.
ER 5, KIT 0
4:04 Ondrej Molnar (15) – Pano Fimis, Martin Misiak – PPG
Erie scored a powerplay goal off a well-executed breakout. Martin Misiak brought the puck into the Kitchener zone and sent a pass to Pano Fimis. Fimis kicked the puck up to his stick and made a spin move pass to Ondrej Molnar. Molnar one-timed the puck from the slot for their fifth unanswered goal of the contest.
ER 5, KIT 1
7:02 Simon Motew (7) – Matthew Sop, Eduard Šalé
Simon Motew put the Rangers on the board with a snapshot from the high slot. Eduard Šalé sent a pass up to Motew that was calmed on the way by Matthew Sop. Once it reached Motew he walked into his shot and scored blocker side for Kitchener’s first of the game.
ER 6, KIT 1
10:30 Wesley Royston (2) – Brett Hammond
Wesley Royston put Erie up by five again with a well-placed shot over the shoulder of Jackson Parsons. Brett Hammond sent a pass off the boards into the Rangers zone which Royston picked up. Royston picked it up uncontested and put the puck in the back of the net for his second goal of the season.
First Star: Jacob Gibbons (30 Saves, 1GA)
Second Star: Carey Terrance (2G)
Third Star: Kaleb Smith (1G, 2A)
Jacob Gibbons got the win for Erie while making 25 stops on 26 shots. He recorded his first win of the season moving his season record to 1-7-1-0. Tristan Malboeuf started for Kitchener, however was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots. Malboeuf recorded the loss moving his record to 12-5-1-0. In relief, Jackson Parsons made 17 saves on 20 shots during the 49:08 of relief.
The Numbers Game:
Shots: ER 27, KIT 26
Powerplay: ER 1-3, KIT 0-3
FO%: ER 61.4%, KIT 38.6%
Up Next: Kitchener is on the road next weekend facing off against the Kingston Frontenacs Friday and the Ottawa 67’s Saturday. Kitchener will take on Guelph at home on Tuesday, February 13th for their next home game. The Rangers have won four of their five contests against Guelph this season including a thrilling overtime win at home this past Friday. Tickets for all Kitchener home games can be purchased at the box office sponsored by White Way Plumbing or online here.
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