By Jamie Neugebauer, Staff Writer
After flipping a backhand over Mississauga goaltender Alex Lepore with 55 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Rangers a 2-1 home victory on Sunday afternoon, Geiser had four goals on the season.
The impressive part? Three of the four have been game-winners.
Rangers head coach John Dean is not surprised.
“Geiser is clutch,” he said outside the North York locker room after the game.
“When he uses his size the way he is supposed to he is one of the most effective power forwards in the league. He can score goals like that all day when he gets his big body to the net like we’ve been asking him to all year and today he came up with a big one.”
Corey Kalk one-timed his 16th of the season off of a pass from behind the net by John Carpino at 9:22 of the first period.
Ryan Hunter then cut down the left wing and fired a perfect shot over North York goaltender Jason Pucciarelli’s left shoulder with 17 seconds left in the opening frame to tie it up.
Pucciarelli had one of his best games as a Ranger despite only facing 21 shots, making numerous point-blank saves including a miraculous glove save on Ross Sloan on a two-on-one in the second period.
“I thought ‘Pooch’ was huge in net,” Dean said.
“I was confident in him, and he made some huge saves to ‘save our bacon’.”
The Rangers are next in action in a huge divisional battle in Oakville on Friday night. They are not home again until Dec. 9 when they host the Hamilton Red Wings.