Brent Pedersen opened the scoring for the Kitchener Rangers on Teddy Bear Toss night, but the Rangers fell to the Guelph Storm 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday. Ben Thomson also scored for Kitchener and Franky Palazzese made 41 saves and was named the evening’s first star.
Brent Pedersen recorded this year’s Teddy Bear goal and his fourth of the season, banging a rebound past Guelph netminder Garret Sparks at the 6:28 mark of the first period. Rangers fans tossed a record 8870 stuffed animals on to the ice, bringing the total number to 91,627 over 18 years. Radek Faksa fired the initial shot on goal and collected his third point in two games. Veteran rearguard Ben Fanelli was credited with the second assist.
The Storm led shots on goal 13-6 through the opening 20 minutes.
Guelph evened the score less than 90 seconds into the middle frame, when a streaking Zack Mitchell slipped the puck past the left pad of Rangers starter Franky Palazzese. His 11th of the year was assisted by Andrey Pedan and Scott Kosmachuk.
Kitchener out-shot the Storm 12-7 in the second period.
Ben Thomson’s second goal in as many games put the Rangers ahead 2-1 with just under four minutes remaining on the clock. The veteran winger’s shot from the high slot bounced by Sparks, giving him his fifth of the season. Defencemen Ryan Murphy and Evan McEneny each collected a point with assists on the power play marker.
The Storm pulled even with 57 seconds left to play, pulling Sparks in favour of the extra attacker. Palazzese resisted the initial pressure, but import winger Tanner Richard collected a rebound and slid it under the Rangers tender. Mitchell and Kosmachuck each earned their second point of the night with helpers on Richard’s third of the year.
With the score tied 2-2, the contest went to overtime. Guelph finished the final period with a 21-13 lead in shots on goal and a 41-31 advantage through regulation.
The Rangers out-shot the Storm 4-2 in the extra frame, but neither team could secure the victory, sending the game into a shootout.
Brock McGinn and Jason Dickinson each scored for Guelph, lifting the Storm to a 3-2 win. Pedersen was the lone Rangers skater to beat Sparks in the shootout.
1. KIT B. Pedersen, (4) (R. Faksa, B. Fanelli), 6:28
2. GUE Z. Mitchell, (11) (A. Pedan, S. Kosmachuk), 1:26
3. KIT B. Thomson, (5) (R. Murphy, E. McEneny), 16:06 (PP)
3. GUE T. Richard, (3) (Z. Mitchell, S. Kosmachuk), 19:03
1. KIT – 32 Franky Palazzese
2. GUE – 40 Garret Sparks
3. KIT – 24 Ryan Murphy
94 Radek Faksa No Goal
16 Brent Pedersen Goal
91 Matia Marcantuoni No Goal
21 Brock McGinn Goal
11 Jason Dickinson Goal
The Rangers next game is Friday, December 7 when they host a 7:30pm game against the Belleville Bulls. The home stand continues on Sunday, December 9 when the Ottawa 67’s visit The Aud at 7pm. Tickets to Rangers home games are available by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, via the internet at www.centre-square.com or in person at the Centre In the Square Box Office or the Kitchener Auditorium Box Office.