Power shortage

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

The difference in yesterday's game was simple: The power play worked for the Kitchener Rangers, and didn't for Ottawa.

Not that it was a bad effort on the 67's part against one of the strongest teams in the OHL, but nonetheless it went into the books as a 3-1 loss.

Ottawa fired 39 pucks at Rangers goalie Dan Turple, outgunning Kitchener by a 12-shot margin.

But Turple, an Atlanta Thrashers draftee and the reigning OHL goalie of the month, was solid in his third straight start this weekend.

"When we did have a break down and Ottawa did get a good look at the puck, Dan Turple was there with some saves," said Rangers coach Peter DeBoer.

"I think that was bigger than anything. Our penalty killers did a good job, but there were about half a dozen break downs, but (Turple) had the answer when there was a break down."

The Rangers scored twice during two-man power plays, while the 67's came up empty on 13 chances with Kitchener players in the box.

"We played pretty well, but I think it was our inability to move the puck on the power play," was the explanation from 67's coach Brian Kilrea.

"We had some good chances. I know that a hot goaltender can make it look worse, but he was hot."

Matt Auffrey scored both Kitchener goals, and got the winner during the 12th minute of the second, just five seconds after Ottawa's Chris Hulit went to the box for a check from behind, putting his team down two men with Jamie McGinn already serving a penalty.

Auffrey got the puck at the left faceoff circle and ripped a snapper that beat Danny Battochio between the pads.

Ottawa's only goal came 33 seconds into the second period, when McGinn broke into the Kitchener zone and beat Turple from close range.

The fact Kitchener dominated yesterday's special teams play shouldn't come as a big surprise. The Rangers rank second in power-play conversion percentage, and lead the OHL in penalty killing.

"We have great penalty killers and we work hard," said Turple. "I just stop the pucks that I need to stop, and that's what's been our success all year."


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