By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: October 11th, 2010
OTTERS FINAL: Kitchener Rangers 4, Erie Otters 3 (OT)

KITCHENER, Ontario – The Erie Otters’ losing streak against Kitchener continued Monday.

The Otters’ latest defeat was more heartbreaking than most.

Rangers winger Gabriel Landeskog scored on the power play with 1 minute, 6 seconds left in overtime to hand the Otters a 4-3 loss in front of 6,045 at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

Greg McKegg (Contributed/Erie Otters)The Otters (3-4-1-0) have lost 11 straight against their Midwest Division rival – all eight meetings last season and three more in the past two weeks, including twice in the past three nights.

On Saturday night, the Otters nearly rallied from a three-goal deficit only to lose 6-5 at Tullio Arena. On Monday, the Otters erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the third period on rookie Adam Pelech’s first Ontario Hockey League goal 7:58 into the period and Greg McKegg’s goal with 19 seconds left.

But Pelech’s interference penalty 3:03 into overtime led to Landeskog’s winning goal.

McKegg (two goals, assist) handed the Otters a 1-0 lead 6:39 into the game with his league-leading third shorthanded goal of the season and his seventh goal overall, which ranks third in the league.

His 16 points are tied for the league lead with Kitchener’s Ryan Murphy, whose power-play goal with 3:14 left in the first tied the score at 1. Matthew Tipoff’s goal snapped the tie with 1:44 left in the second.

Shawn Szydlowski had two assists for the Otters. Rookie Luke Cairns had an assist, his second point in two games. Ramis Sadikov made 33 saves in a losing effort. Landeskog, Murphy and Tipoff had a goal and assist apiece for the Rangers (6-1-0-0), while Jamie Doornbosch had two assists.

- Victor Fernandes


Rangers 4, Otters 3 (OT)

Erie  1  0  2  0  —  3

Kitchener  0  2  1  1  —  4

1st Period — 1. Erie, Greg McKegg 6 (unassisted), 6:39 (sh). Penalties — Appio (E) unsportsmanlike conduct, 5:35; Shields (E) high sticking, 7:46.

2nd Period — 2. Kitchener, Ryan Murphy 5 (Doornbosch, Landeskog), 16:46 (pp). 3. Kitchener, Matthew Tipoff 5 (Marcantuoni), 18:16. Penalties — Melchiori (K) cross checking, 13:54; Gaulton (E) hooking, 14:48; Szydlowski (E) high sticking, 15:32; Cazzola (E) cross checking, 16:26; Akeson (K) hooking, 17:49.

3rd Period — 4. Erie, Adam Pelech 1 (Szydlowski, McKegg), 7:58. 5. Kitchener, Tobias Rieder 6 (Tipoff, Marcantuoni), 12:31. 6. Erie, McKegg 7 (Cairns, Szydlowski), 19:41. Penalties — Melchiori (K) interference, 17:09.

3rd Period — 7. Kitchener, Gabriel Landeskog 6 (Murphy, Doornbosch), 3:54 (pp). Penalties — Pelech (E) interference, 3:03

Shots on goal — Erie, 7-11-7-0—25; Kitchener, 15-12-1-8—36.

Goaltenders — Erie, Ramis Sadikov 3-4-0-0 (37 shots, 33 saves); Kitchener, Mike Morrison 2-0-0-0 (25 shots, 22 saves).

Power plays — Erie (0-3), Kitchener (2-6).

Referees — Brad Beer, Ryan Hutchison. Linesmen — Shawn Hamelin, Drew Jackson.

Attendance — 6,045.

Three stars

* Matia Marcantuoni, Rangers (2 assists) ** Matthew Tipoff, Rangers (goal, assist) *** Greg McKegg, Otters (2 goals, assist)

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