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Shorthanded Rangers stymied by Storm

Owen Bennett only had to make 17 saves for his first career OHL shutout, as the Guelph Storm handled the Kitchener Rangers Tuesday night
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Kitchener forward Joseph Serpa protects the puck with his body.

It was ugly for the home team.

But thanks to Kitchener goaltender Pavel Cajan, it could've been a lot worse.

Missing two veteran defensemen, the Rangers looked all out of sorts, and the Guelph Storm rolled over the Rangers 4-0 on Tuesday night in front of what was a rather muted crowd of 3,941 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

Owen Bennett recorded a 17-save shutout, as his mates fired 40 shots Cajan's way.

Danny Zhilkin scored twice on the power play, while Matt Papais and Valentin Zhugin added singles to round out the scoring.

Sasha Pastujov added two assists to take over the OHL scoring lead at 19 points.

It's Guelph's second straight win over the Rangers, after Kitchener won the first three of the season series.  Guelph extends it's overall win streak to three games, while Kitchener's lost four of their last five.

Without Arber Xhekaj (suspension) and Simon Motew (lower body injury), the Rangers suited up five defenders.

Motew's long-term status remains unknown.  Xhekaj isn't eligible to return until November 13 in Flint.

Those same Firebirds will pay their first visit to the Aud this season on Friday night.

Pregame on CityNews 570 starts at 7:00 p.m. with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope.




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