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Rangers too much for Knights

The Kitchener Rangers were back in London to face the Knights for the first time since eliminating them from last year's playoffs, in overtime of Game 7 in the first round
Marco Costantini

When the Kitchener Rangers "play the right way," they're a problem. 

Playing in the final game of a three-contest weekend, the Blueshirts started strong against their arch nemesis.

Both Francesco's, Arcuri and Pinelli, buried beauties behind Brett Brochu in the opening frame. The Rangers routed the Knights 5-2, in the Forrest City, Sunday.  

Arcuri, who has 30 goals now, started the game on the third line with Carson Rehkopf and Adrian Misaljevic. 

"Getting [him] with Rehkopf got us a goal, spreading out our depth a little bit," said head coach Chris Dennis. "I thought [Matt] Sop, [Filip] Mesar, and Pinelli were back to their usual selves. They had zone time, they were moving around, and [Danny], [Mitchell] Martin and [Reid] Valade are really hard to play against when they're forechecking and grinding the puck." 

"Arcuri has been nothing but fabulous since he's been here," raved Dennis. "His effort, his commitment to our team, his attitude on the bench, his attitude in practice has been unbelievable." 

Misaljevic was forced to leave the game with an upper-body injury after taking a massive hit in the first period.

Valade and Zhilkin both potted one in the empty net, in the third period. Zhilkin's came with just one second left on the clock, which upset the Knights. 

Leaving the bench, Brochu took a shot at both Roman Schmidt and Zhilkin on his way back to the net, which drew more than a crowd of players.

The Rangers' play frustrated the Knights all afternoon though. The win makes it a four-point weekend for Kitchener. 

"It gives us some belief. I think that's maybe what we've been lacking," said Dennis of the wins over Ottawa and London in the same weekend. 

"It sparks us," said Arcuri. "Two really good teams in this league. We're going to climb our way to the top. It's only a matter of time before we get there."

They've won three of their last six. They're still looking for their first back-to-back wins since December 18th. 

Kitchener tries again Friday when they host the Barrie Colts. The pregame show begins at 7:00 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope. 

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