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Storm stomp struggling Rangers

The Kitchener Rangers have lost four straight for the second time this season, and are just a point up on ninth place Saginaw in the Western Conference

The Kitchener Rangers continue to struggle in the year 2022.

Valentin Zhugin had a goal and three assists, leading the Guelph Storm to a 7-4 win Sunday at the Aud, the first game for the visiting Storm in 29 days because of COVID-19 protocols.

The Storm took it to the Rangers, and held them to nine shots through 40 minutes.

Despite that, the game didn't seem totally out of reach, with the Rangers keeping the game close throughout.

Pavel Cajan made 16 saves on 21 shots, before he made way to Jackson Parsons for the third period.

A bright spot was Andrew Leblanc scoring his first career OHL goal, but it was after the Storm already had seven on the board.

Francesco Pinelli, Roman Schmidt and Carson Rehkopf had the other Ranger goals.

It was also a special day for Kitchener's Kevin Hastings, officiating his 1,000th career OHL regular season game.

Both teams showed their appreciation for the 22-year veteran throughout warm up, in-game, and after the final horn.

The Rangers have their second four-game losing skid of the season, and find themselves a point ahead of the ninth place Saginaw Spirit.

The Storm, by comparison, are a point back of the Midwest Division leading London Knights.

Kitchener will try to right the ship this Friday, when they welcome the Windsor Spitfires to town.

Pregame on CityNews 570 starts at 7 p.m.




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