The North York Rangers started the 2017 OJHL Governor’s Showcase with a big 4-3 win over Wellington, with captain Kyle Clarke scoring in double overtime to steal the show.
The Rangers struck first in the busy week, with a newcomer potting the first goal of the night. Josh Cammalleri, who was acquired from the Burlington Cougars prior to the home opener this season, let go a hard wrist shot just 20 seconds after Wellington’s Colin Doyle found himself in the box to give North York the 1-0 lead.
Wellington, however, tied the game up at one apiece. Second-year forward Jackson Arcan would knot it up after turning Doyle’s pass into a goal, just beating Colby Muise to make it 1-1.
Harrison Toms sat out the last two games prior to tonight, but that gave him even more motivation to score the go-ahead goal. Toms would score five minutes into the second period after taking a pass from Cammalleri and turning it into his first OJHL goal of the season, putting his team up by one.
The Rangers would hold on to the lead until the 49 second mark of the second. Andrew Rinaldi would get credit for his fourth of the year, tying the game up for the second time.
Both teams would trade goals again before regulation came to a close. With six minutes complete, Noah Robinson got his first of the season for the Rangers, only to have Mitchell Martan add one for Wellington a few minutes later.
Wellington came into the game with first place in the East Division, which wasn’t altered with Kingston’s loss to Oakville earlier in the day. That didn’t stop North York from grabbing their third win of the season, however, as captain Kyle Clarke would score a big goal with just 16 seconds remaining in the second overtime, giving the Rangers the 4-3 win to cap off the contest.
North York will return to the ice for their second of two games at the Governor’s Showcase, facing off against the Trenton Golden Hawks at 4:30 PM in Buffalo.
Photo from Steven Ellis/North York Rangers