It took him a few games to get cooking in a Ranger uniform, but Tyler Currie is really starting to heat up.
The veteran Currie scored twice and Gianluca Baggetta stopped all 40 shots he faced as the North York Rangers downed the Lindsay Muskies 3-0 on Sunday.
It was the seventh time in the last nine contests that Currie notched precisely two points.
“He has a lot of patience, he has a lot of things that you can’t teach,” said North York head coach Brent Hughes post-game.
“When you have defenders that can get shots through like ours, and our forwards are getting those rebounds in, it isn’t always pretty, but those are the types of goals that we are going to get. Tyler’s patience and presence, winning two championships he knows what it takes, what he has you can’t teach and we’re obviously really happy to have him.”
Currie one-timed home a pretty feed from Ted Hunt on a North York five-on-three with four seconds remaining in the first period to open the scoring, and his point-blast on a feed from Ryan Hunt at the 7:27-mark of the third period sealed the win.
Ted Hunt’s snapshot from the slot off the post and in on another Ranger power play at 17:11 of the middle frame gave North York a precious 2-0 edge at the time.
The rest was up to the brilliance of Baggetta, who was rock solid in earning his career high fourth shutout.
“We have to give our goalie Baggetta a lot of credit for this one,” said Hughes.
“I definitely don’t think we played our best game, but good teams find a way. Our PP is clicking right now; it was nice to see us score a five-on-five goal. For us, preparation is everything, and we need to be a lot better going into next weekend.”
Ted Hunt’s two-point effort extended his scoring streak to five games, and he has points in all but three of the 21 contests in which he’s played this year to date.
With the North York win, and the Toronto Jr. Canadiens’ defeat at home to Buffalo, the Rangers slipped into sole possession of fourth place in the Southwest Conference with 37 points through 32 games.
The club is next in action on Saturday night when they travel to Mississauga to take on the Chargers.