Gray, Rangers shut out Cougars at home

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 6: James Gray #30 of the North York Rangers makes the save during the first period. Toronto Patriots vs North York Rangers on October 6, 2019 at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tim Bates / OJHL Images)
November 10, 2019

6:31 PM EST

James Gray stopped 36 shots to help the North York Rangers hosted the shut out the Cobourg Cougars 5-0 on Sunday (Nov. 10) afternoon at home.

It was a defensive affair for the first part of the period with both teams not generating many chances. Victor Polowy intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and lead the rush. Going down the right side, the defencemen then went cross ice to Austin Brimmer who made no mistake. It marked Brimmer’s ninth goal in his last eight games. The second year forward only had eight goals all of last year. Late in the frame, Cole O’Hara won a battle on the half boards and found Tyler Flack in the slot for the second goal of the game. Rangers went into the intermission up 2-0.

O’Hara was at it again in the second period. He picked up the puck in his defensive zone, went down the right side and while he was getting check by a Cougars defencemen the 17-year-old hit Myles Perry open in the slot for the goal. That was the only goal scored in the period. North York led 3-0 after 40 minutes.

The Rangers added to their lead very early on in the third period. Dimello Smith raced down the right side and fired a shot on goal. Cougars goalie Roberston made the save, but defencemen Noah Holm pitched in to pushed in the rebound at 2:06. Brimmer found the back of the net for the second time, off a tick-tac-toe play on the power play from O’Hara and Flack.

Rookie goalie James Gray stopped 36 shots to pick up his second shutout of the season.

North York is back in action on Saturday night when face their south division rival Mississauga Chargers on the road. Only a single point separates the Rangers and Chargers for fourth place in the division. North York has won both meetings this season so far. Puck drop is schedule for 7:45pm at Port Credit Arena.