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Rangers drop another one to Erie

The Kitchener Rangers have now lost four of their last five games

It was a much better start to the game for the Kitchener Rangers, but it still wasn't enough to come away with a win.

The Erie Otters got two points each from Elias Cohen, Christian Kyrou, Cameron Morton and Noah Sedore in a 4-1 win over the blueshirts Saturday afternoon at the Aud.

Antonino Pugliese opened the scoring in the first, collecting a loose puck after it was knocked off the stick of Andrew Leblanc and went top shelf.

But from there, despite the Rangers out shooting the Otters 41-27 overall, it was all Erie.

Cohen tied it early in the second, before Kyrou nabbed the eventual game winner on a nifty play in the offensive zone early in the third, passing it around a defender to himself, creating some room before beating Jackson Parsons.

Colby Saganiuk and Taeo Artichuk also scored as part of a three-goal third period for the visitors.

The Rangers don't out shoot the competition often, but they fall to 2-4-1-0 when they do so.

By contrast, they're 10-9-0-1 when they're out shot.

Despite all of this, the biggest news of the day likely came off the ice, with rumours swirling the Rangers will trade Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Declan McDonnell ahead of Monday's trade deadline.

However, there's no time to dwell on the back-to-back losses and the potential loss of a top player, as Kitchener welcomes the London Knights to town Sunday.

Pregame on CityNews 570 starts at 3:30 p.m.




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