OHL: Knights, Rangers both tie up second-round series

The Canadian Press
4/11/2012 11:11:51 PM
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SAGINAW, Mich. -- The London Knights scored four goals in the first period and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Wednesday, evening their Ontario Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series at two wins apiece.

The Knights came out looking for revenge after suffering back-to-back losses in the series, and started strong as Josh Anderson, Austin Watson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Matt Rupert gave London an early 4-0 lead.

Greg McKegg scored and empty-net goal for London and Tyler Ferry added a pair of assists.

Vincent Trocheck scored twice for Saginaw while Brad Walch and Josh Shalla had two assists each.

Michael Houser stopped 25 of 27 shots as London outshot Saginaw 32-27.

Jake Paterson started for the Spirit and was pulled at the 6:27 mark after allowing three goals on only seven shots. Clint Windsor came in relief and made 23 saves on 24 shots.

London three times before the seven minute mark of the first period before adding a late goal in the final minute for a 4-0 lead. The Knights outshot the Spirit 16-8 over the first 20 minutes.

Anderson opened up the scoring at 2:18, beating Paterson from the back hand on the glove side.

Watson made it 2-0, converting a Spirit turnover into a goal at 4:09. Namestnikov made it 3-0 at 6:27 and Rupert scored at 19:15 to round out the period.

Saginaw got back in the game thanks to a couple of second-period goals from Trocheck. His first came on the power play at 1:18, on a wrist shot from the hash marks. He then scored an even strength goal at 13:43.

For the second straight period London outshot Saginaw this time 10-6.

McKegg scored the lone third period goal into an empty net to finish off the scoring.

Saginaw was 1-for-3 on the power play while London failed in their three attempts with the man advantage.

Game 5 is Friday in London, Ont.

Rangers 5, Whalers 1

KITCHENER, Ont. -- Michael Catenacci and Tobias Rieder each had a goal and an assist to lead the Kitchener Rangers to a 5-1 win over the Plymouth Whalers on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League playoff action.

The best of seven Western Conference semifinal series is now tied 2-2.

Catennaci's two points kept him on top in the playoffs with 21, while Rieder is right behind him with 19. Rieder's goal was his playoff-leading ninth in nine games.

Max Iafrate, Radek Faksa and Eric Ming also scored for the Rangers, while Ben Thomson had a pair of assists.

Rickard Rakell had the lone Whalers goal.

Rangers goalie John Gibson, who also picked up an assist, stopped 38 shots to improve to 6-2 in the playoffs, while Scott Wedgewood turned aside 35 of 40 shots to fall to 6-4.

Kitchener was 1 for 4 on the power play, while Plymouth was 0-4.

Game 5 is on Saturday at the Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

London Knights (Photo: TSN)


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