By Jamie Neugebauer
John Carpino scored twice on the power play; Corey Kalk continued his seven-game point streak and the North York Rangers held on to edge the Milton IceHawks 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Rookie goaltender Gianluca Baggetta was solid again in net for the Rangers, making 33 saves for his third win in as many starts this season.
Yet despite the win – the team’s third in four games – North York bench boss John Dean is not satisfied.
“I still think we’re not playing good enough,” he said.
“We found a way to win which is great, but in the big picture we’re not at the compete level we need – we’re too good not to compete game in and game out.”
Carpino snapped a shot through Milton’s young star net minder Ben Blacker to open the scoring at 14:58 of the first period, and then fired a picture perfect wrister to the top of the net at 11:52 of the second for his fourth of the campaign.
Phillip Chadder finished off the Rangers’ scoring at 18:43 of the middle frame when he received a perfect pass into the slot from Louis Kereakou who notched his first point in junior hockey.
“We capitalized on special teams well,” Dean said.
“I thought we moved the puck around well five-on-four and if you give John Carpino a chance, he’ll put the puck in the back of then net and we can definitely expect more from him.”
The Rangers are next in action on a rare Wednesday night with a matchup against the Whitby Fury at the Herb, an 8:00 p.m. puck drop.