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Rangers comeback falls short against Sarnia

Kitchener has points in four straight games, but had their two-game winning streak snapped

It seemed like it was going to be a goaltender's duel, and despite the high score, both goalies had bright spots.

But in the end, it was the Sarnia Sting that came out the victors, a shootout winner by Ty Voit clinched the 4-3 decision over the Kitchener Rangers at the Aud Tuesday night.

Reid Valade sprawled to his stomach 56 seconds in to score the game's first goal, and it seemed the Rangers were off and running against a team they've beaten four times this season.

But Sarnia tied it up before the first was finished.

In the second, a penalty-filled affair had the Sting on the power play often, and OHL Goaltender of the Week Pavel Cajan put on a goaltending clinic to keep the game tied.

That was until Nolan Burke tipped home a wrister from the point with 55 seconds left in the middle frame to give the Sting the lead.

Max Namestnikov pocketed a power play marker halfway through the third, but as they say, a two-goal lead is the worst lead in hockey.

Simon Motew brought the game close with six minutes to go, and then with the net empty, Mitchell Martin tipped a rocket from the point by Roman Schmidt with 53 seconds left.

Overtime solved nothing, and the Maple Leafs prospect Voit was the difference-maker in the third round of the shootout.

Benjamin Gaudreau made 48 saves in the win, while Cajan stopped 24 shots for the loss.

The good news is the Rangers have earned points in four straight games.

Even better news, after falling short to the Sting here, the two teams will rematch in Sarnia on Friday night.

The pregame starts at 6:35 p.m. on CityNews 570.





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