The Milton Icehawks’ Sean Perichak scored 1:02 into overtime to beat the North York Rangers, 2-1 (OT).
Milton was led by goalie Cosimo Lazzarino, who finished with 32 saves while allowing one goal. The solid play of Lazzarino will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 4.1.
North York’s power play was ineffective against the Icehawks’ penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.
Milton’s penalty killing units received substantial work throughout the game as the Icehawks finished with 24 penalty minutes.
The Rangers did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. North York puts an average of 3.9 pucks into the net per game. The Rangers forced Milton goalie Lazzarino to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. North York could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.
The Rangers were led by Michael Morgan, who scored the team’s only goal. Morgan scored on the power play 18:52 into the second period to make the score 1-1. North York had gotten the advantage when the Icehawks’ Sean Walter was sent off for head contact. Ted Hunt picked up the assist.
Milton registered one goal on six power play opportunities. For the Icehawks, Johnathon Schaefer was ejected from the game. Gianluca Baggetta recorded 19 saves for the Rangers. North York ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Brett Seldon was ejected from the game.