The Ottawa Senators and the Gloucester Rangers were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Ottawa made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-2.
The Senators gained the winning advantage on a goal by Charles Corriveau 1:04 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer.
Ottawa got the win on the strength of a great game by Jim Pearson, who had one goal and three assists. Pearson scored 10:54 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Gloucester. Shawn Lynch picked up the assist.
The Senators excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in four chances.
Ottawa additionally got points from Joey Champigny, who also had two goals and one assist. In addition, Ottawa received assists from Robert Michel, Sean Rappleyea, and Thomas Crevier, who each chipped in one.
Gloucester's offense rang up 32 shots on Ottawa's net.
The Rangers were helped by Liam Biard, who finished with one goal. Biard scored 8:45 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Gloucester. Vincent Guimond assisted on the tally. Jaren Burke also scored for Gloucester. More assists for Gloucester came via Diego Gagnon and Lucas Zwaagstra, who contributed one each.
Ian Andriano made 30 saves for the Senators on 32 shots. Ottawa incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Gloucester's Doug Johnston stopped 22 shots out of the 26 that he faced. The Rangers incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.