Erie, Pennsylvania – The Kitchener Rangers defeated the Erie Otters 6-1 in the seventh annual New Year’s Eve game Tuesday night at the Erie Insurance Arena.
Francesco Pinelli got the Rangers on the board with a powerplay goal at the 12:31 mark of the first period. Mike Petizian added to the Kitchener lead with 22.3 seconds remaining in the frame to make the score 2-0 Kitchener heading into the intermission.
Brendan Hoffmann buried a cross-slot pass from Daniel D’Amato and Brendan Sellan just 49 seconds into the middle stanza to pull Erie within one. Jonathan Yantsis answered back, and the Rangers made it a 3-1 game at the 10:59 mark. Declan McDonnell scored with 24.5 seconds remaining in the period, punctuating the second frame and giving Kitchener a 4-1 lead.
Yantsis tallied his second goal of the game and made the contest 5-1 with 12 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the third period. Greg Meireles increased the Kitchener lead to five goals with a short-handed tally just over four minutes later, making the final score 6-1.
The Otters are back in action Thursday, January 2, against Peterborough, to mark the start of a three-game road trip.
Single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale now. Erie Otters season tickets and flex packages are also available and can be purchased in person at the Erie Otters front office located at 201 E. 8th Street in Erie, or by calling 814-455-7779. For the latest Otters news, visit www.ottershockey.com, or follow the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/erieottershockey), Twitter (@ErieOtters) and Instagram (@ErieOtters).