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Richardson and PK stellar stopping Sting

Rangers dominated early but needed late second heroics in the second period to jump ahead of Sarnia
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They say your goaltender needs to be your best penalty-killer.

"He was that tonight," said Kitchener Rangers head coach Jay McKee after Luke Richardson stopped all 23 Sarnia Sting shots and the Rangers snipped the Sting 1-0.

"He made some big saves for us," added McKee. "To come into their barn, they're a bit tired from playing a 3-in-3, but they still have a lot of firepower and Richy stood tall when he needed to."

His biggest test came on a 5-on-3 early in the third period. On Friday, the Rangers gave up three goals early on a 5-on-3 against Hamilton and the coaching staff were prepared if it happened again.

"We looked over some things and had everyone really dialed in. Greg Meireles, specifically, did an exceptional job," said McKee.

"Sometimes a 5-on-3 gets rotated where you have a forward low and defenceman get high.  Forwards aren't used to being down there, it doesn't happen a whole lot, but when Greg was low he executed exceptionally, gave them nothing, and was a big key to killing that off."

The Sting went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Kitchener's lone marker came with the extra-man advantage.

Meireles notched his 27th of the year with just one-tenth of a second remaining on the clock in the second period.

"Anytime you score late in the period it just gives you that little extra momentum," said McKee. "On the flip side, you never want to be scored against in the last minute of a period because the guys go into the room not feeling as good about themselves."

The win catapults the Rangers above the Sting for sixth spot in the Western Conference. Both teams are tied with 53 points, but the Rangers hold the tiebreak winning three-of-four meetings.

"They're a good team. We're chasing them in the standings, so that's a good confidence boost going into the next game," said Richardson.

That next game is Tuesday, when the Rangers host the ninth place Erie Otters.

The Harris Law pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m on 570 NEWS.

Story by Chris Pope.


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