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Rangers' OT win has 67's on ropes

CP   2003-05-09 11:31:30  

OTTAWA -- Kitchener Rangers forward Petr Kanko said teammate George Halkidis scored at the right time.

"You play five periods in the OHL finals, with two really strong clubs, and that gets you tired. Now we get to go home, have a good sleep, rest a little and get ready for Saturday," Kanko said last night after Halkidis scored in the sixth minute of the second overtime period, giving the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Ottawa 67's and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven championship.

Halkidis took a point shot that eluded 67's goalie Lukas Mensator, who was brilliant in making 52 saves.

Kanko, Rafal Martynowski and Mike Richards also scored for Kitchener. Corey Locke had all three Ottawa goals on Rangers goalie Scott Dickie of London.

The Rangers nearly opened the scoring less than 30 seconds into the game when Gregory Campbell rang a shot off the crossbar. When given an opportunity two minutes later, they didn't miss. Martynowski got his stick on a point shot by Halkidis and tipped in the puck.

The 67's tied the game 12 minutes into the first when Locke scored with Rangers defenceman Marcus Smith draped over Dickie.

The 67's finally broke through on their power play 17 seconds into the second when Locke scored his second. It was the 67's first power-play goal in 13 tries.

Kanko tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal at 4:43, but Locke completed the hat trick with his playoff-leading 19th goal at 10:43 of the period. He leads with 37 points.

Richards tied it for Kitchener with just over a minute remaining in the second period.

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