Rangers Open With Win
- Kitchener, ON: 6,471 Fans watched as the Kitchener Rangers defeated the
Belleville Bulls 5-2 in the first game of the Rogers Ontario Hockey
The teams traded goals in the first period. The Rangers Mikkel Boedker
opened the scoring at 5:25 with a shot that went top corner, stick side
of Mike Murphy. Belleville's P.K. Subban answered back at 10:35 to tie
Nazem Kadri put the Rangers up 2-1 with an un-assisted short-handed goal
at 2:08 in the second. Matt Pepe followed up with a shot from the top of
the crease to make it 3-1. Nick Spaling closed out scoring for the
period at 14:51 on the power play to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead.
Spaling netted his second goal of the game and his 11th in the playoffs
at the 7:04 mark of the third. The Bulls, Nigel Williams ended scoring
in the game at the 7:37 mark.
Josh Unice was outstanding in net turning aside 34 of 36 shots by
Belleville. Belleville's star goalie Mike Murphy left the game early in
the second and was replaced by Parker Van Buskirk.
The Kitchener Rangers travel to Belleville for game two against this
Friday. Game time is 7:15pm.
Scoring Summary 1. KIT Boedker, (8) (Duco, Kelly), 5:25 1. BELV Subban,
(7) , 10:35 2. KIT Kadri, (7) , 2:08 (SH) 2. KIT Pepe, (2) (Boedker,
Halischuk), 3:01 2. KIT Spaling, (10) (Boedker, Azevedo), 14:51 (PP) 3.
KIT Spaling, (11) (Halischuk, Azevedo), 7:04 3. BELV Williams, (6)
(Mursak, Beleskey), 7:37
1. Nick Spaling 2. KIT - 89 Mikkel Boedker 3. KIT - 30 Josh Unice