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Rangers Edge London


It took the London Knights 55 minutes and 40 seconds to solve Kitchener Ranger goalie John Gibson and try as they might they couldn't solve him twice.  The Rangers handed the Knights their first loss of the season, 2-1 at Budweiser Gardens Friday night. 

Kitchener built a 2-0 lead through two periods on power play goals from Matt Puempel and Radek Faksa and did their best to hang on in the third.  The Rangers only put three pucks at the London net in the final frame, opting to weather things around their own net.  It worked until the 15:40 mark, when Knights' Head Coach Dale Hunter threw four forwards on the ice in an attempt to put an offensive squeeze on Kitchener.  The move worked as Seth Griffith scored his sixth goal of the season to cut the Rangers' lead in half, but that is as close as the Knights would get.

A late London power play provided a few enormous chances, but John Gibson and a few goal line plunges by blue sweaters kept the puck out.

The Knights outshot Kitchener 43-27.

London is now 2-1 on the year and will host the Guelph Storm on Sunday at 2 PM.  There are tickets available for that game.

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