Kitchener, ON – The Erie Otters managed a season-high 50 shots on goal, but were stymied by John Gibson’s 49 saves as the Kitchener Rangers won 5-1 Friday night at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Tyler Randell scored the lone goal of the first period 30 seconds into the game as he knocked in a rebound from a Ryan Murphy shot to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
The Rangers scored three more in the second to take a 4-0 lead, but the Otters broke the shutout with 2.9 seconds left in the period. Connor Brown smacked in a rebound from an Anthony Cortellessa shot for his team-leading 25th goal of the season.
Tobias Rieder scored his second goal of the game as he deflected a Murphy shot in the third period to complete the scoring for the Rangers.
J.P. Cesario made 33 saves for the Otters, who outshot the Rangers, 50-38.
Fan Appreciation Night is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The Otters celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with special jerseys and green ice as Greg McKegg and the London Knights come into town. There will be prize giveaways throughout the night. The game is presented by Greenfield Basket Factory, The University of Pittsburgh-Titusville, Hertel and Brown Physical Therapy and The CW. For tickets, call (814) 452-4857 or go to ErieEvents.com.