It didn't take long for Josh Leivo, Frank Corrado and Joel Vienneau to gel with their new Kitchener Ranger teammates as they played part in a 6-2 home win against the Guelph Storm at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Six different skaters found the net for the Rangers, who scored four third period goals to seal the win. The Rangers moved into sole possession of third place in the Midwest Division.
Vienneau stopped 35-of-37 shots in his Ranger debut while Corrado and Leivo nothced their first points for their new team as they assisted on Matia Marcantuoni's fifth goal of the season 42 seconds into the third period. Leivo later scored his first goal for his new team, his 20th of the season, at 7:30 of the third period.
Vienneau, Corrado and Leivo were acquired from the Sudbury Wolves in a blockbuster trade just hours before the faceoff in Kitchener.
Justin Bailey scored the lone goal in the first period, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead and Brent Pedersen made it 2-0 with his fifth of the season at 6:02 of the second period.
The Storm cut the lead just minutes later as Matt Finn shot the puck from the point, but Jason Dickinson was in front of the Ranger net to put in the rebound to make it 2-1.
With Marcantuoni making it 3-1 just 42 seconds into the third period, Ben Fanelli scored one minute later to stretch the Rangers' lead. After Leivo scored his first as a Ranger to make it 5-1, starter Keegan Wilson (31 shots, 29 saves) was pulled in favor of Jason DaSilva, whose first shot he faced was a goal by Eric Ming 29 seconds after he stepped on the ice.
Dickinson scored his second of the game as he skated thru traffic and beat Vienneau with a backhand to make it 6-2, closing out the scoring.
The Rangers' next game will be Thursday in Peterborugh as they skate with the Petes, while the Storm return home as they host the Barrie Colts on Friday.
Other OHL Trades:
Spitfires Add Giftopoulos
The Windsor Spitfires made their second trade in less than 24 hours as they acquired forward Remy Gifotopolous and a 12th round pick in the 2013 OHL Draft from the Ottawa 67's in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2015 OHL Draft and their seventh round pick (via Erie) in the 2013 OHL Draft. Giftopolous was the 67's fifth leading scorer with 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points in 42 games this season.
Petes and Rangers Swap Overage Forwards
The Peterborough Petes traded Derek Schoenmakers and a 10th round pick in the 2013 OHL Draft to the Kitchener Rangers for Nick Czinder, an eighth round pick in 2013 and a fourth round pick in 2015. Schoenmakers had nine goals and four assists in 25 games with the Petes while Czinder scored three goals and added six assists in 31 games with the Rangers. Both players will be skating for their third teams this season.
Battalion acquire Menard
The Brampton Battalion acquired forward Francis Menard from the Peterborough Petes in exchange for a third round pick in 2014 and a sixth round pick in 2015. Menard was the Petes' leading scorer with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points in 40 games.
Knights Sign Stolarz, Waive Bailie
It was made official on Tuesday as the London Knights inked goaltender Anthony Stolarz to an OHL contract. Stolarz, who left the University of Nebrasko-Omaha Mavericks hockey program on Monday, will make his OHL debut on Friday as the Knights host the Ottawa 67's. To make room for Stolarz, the team waived overage goaltender Kevin Bailie, who posted an 18-4-0-1 record with a 2.50 goals against average with a .921 save percentage and two shutouts this season. Bailie was acquired from the Oshawa Generals in the summer.
Photo of Matia Marcantuoni by Terry Wilson/OHL Images, CHL Images 2012