OHL: Rangers rally around teammate Fanelli, beat Sarnia Sting

The Canadian Press

11/1/2009 10:36:28 PM

As Kitchener Rangers forward Jason Akeson rifled a shot, the net behind Sarnia Sting goalie Adam Courchaine bulged and launched a water bottle into the air.

Kitchener fans cheered another game-winning goal, as the Rangers won 4-1 Sunday afternoon. The bottle fell to the ice and landed behind the net, just off to the side -- and right on The Spot.

Two nights earlier, Rangers teammate Ben Fanelli lay on his back with his head on that spot. Blood slowly seeped onto the ice from a cut above one eye and spread in a sickening puddle.

On Sunday, Fanelli remained in intensive care at Hamilton General Hospital with skull and facial fractures. His condition, as reported by the Rangers, remained critical but stable.

"We've got to keep going," Akeson said. "As hard as it is, as shocking as it is, you've got to keep battling. It's good to come here and lose your thoughts for a couple hours."

Fanelli's No. 4 jersey, the one he wore Friday, was on the ice with the Rangers. It was cut into small squares. Each player wore a piece of inside their sweater, on the back.

"There's not much else we can do for Ben right now, just play hockey and play hard for him," captain Dan Kelly said. "That's the best thing we can do."

Elsewhere in the OHL, it was: Brampton 3 Plymouth 2; Guelph 4 London 3 (SO); Mississauga-St. Michael's 3 Sudbury 1; Belleville 4 Oshawa 2; and Sault Ste. Marie 4 Kingston 2.

At Kitchener, Ont., Chris MacKinnon led the Rangers to their fifth straight win with two goals and an assist. Jeremy Morin scored and added an assist for Kitchener (12-1-3), while Akeson also had a goal and Jeff Skinner chipped in with three assists.

All four of Kitchener's goals were on the power play.

Kale Kerbashian had the only goal for Sarnia (9-7-1), with assists from Brandon Francisco and Steve Reese.


Battalion 3 at Whalers 2

At Brampton, Ont., Barclay Goodrow's third-period goal ended the Battalion's four-game slide.

Thomas Stajan and Sam Carrick also had goals for Brampton (6-8-2), and Patrick Killeen made 18 saves.

Joe Gaynor and Myles McCauley scored for the Whalers (10-7-0), while goaltender Scott Wedgewood stopped 31 shots.


Storm 4 Knights 3 (SO)

At Guelph, Ont., Adam Comrie had a goal in regulation and added the shootout winner for the Storm as they beat London.

Taylor Beck led Guelph (9-6-1) with a goal and two assists, while Matt Kennedy scored and had an assist.

Michael MacDonald, Philip McRae and Nazem Kadri each had a goal for the Knights (11-4-1), which saw its three-game win streak come to an end.


Majors 3 Wolves 1

At Mississauga, Ont., Centre Casey Cizikas scored a pair of goals and an assist to power Mississauga-St. Michael's over Sudbury.

Dustin Ekelman had the other goal for the Majors (12-4-0), while goaltender Chris Carrozzi made 21 saves for his sixth win of the season.

John Kurtz had the lone goal for the Wolves (6-10-1), and Andrew Loverock stopped 32 shots.


Bulls 4 Generals 2

At Oshawa, Ont., defenceman Stephen Silas had a goal and an assist to lead Belleville past the Generals.

Tyler Taylor, who was dealt from Oshawa to the Belleville in the off-season, and Scott Howe also scored for the Bulls (6-11-1). Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for Belleville.

Jeff Brown had both goals for the Generals (7-8-2), who lost their fifth straight game. Michael Zador stopped 22 shots.


Greyhounds 4 Frontenacs 2

At Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., James Livingston scored twice and added an assist to lead the Greyhounds as they topped Kingston.

Jordan Nolan and Kyle DeCoste also had goals for Sault Ste. Marie (10-7-1), while goaltender Robin Lehner made 27 saves in the win.

Derek Froats and Mitch Lebar both scored for the Frontenacs (8-9-1), and Tyler Beskorowany stopped 29 shots.

(With files from Kitchener-Waterloo Record)