North York beats Orangeville 5-3 after comeback scare

TORONTO, ON - Feb 27, 2015 : Ontario Junior Hockey League game action between the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and the North York Rangers. Game one of the best of seven series, Ted Hunt #9 of the North York Rangers skates after the puck during the second period. (Photo by Andy Corneau / OJHL Images)
January 22, 2016

4:55 PM EST

The Orangeville Flyers tried their best to erase a three-goal deficit, but the North York Rangers would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 5-3.

A goal by Louis Kereakou put North York up 5-2 in the third period, but Orangeville pulled to within two on Zack Lyons‘s tally 10:51 into the third period.

The Rangers were led by Matthew Galli, who racked up one goal. Galli scored 4:20 into the third period to make the score 4-2 North York. Christian Mitri assisted on the tally.

North York kept the Flyers’ goalie busy throughout the game, and Nicholas Latinovich made 28 saves on 33 shots.

North York also got points from Ryan Hunt, who also registered one goal and one assist. North York also had goals scored by Ted Hunt and Chris Sekelyk, who each put in one. In addition, North York received assists from Tyler Currie, who had two and Kyle Clarke, Keegan Blasby, Michael Morgan, and Luke Hincenbergs, who each chipped in one.

Orangeville put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Rangers to score on any of their five power plays. The Flyers forced North York goalie Gianluca Baggetta to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.

Orangeville additionally got points from Kosta Likourezos, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Other players who recorded assists for Orangeville were Josh DeFarias, Jarret Woon Sam, Travis Brown, and Jack Jeffers, who contributed one each.

The Rangers’ Baggetta stopped 28 shots out of the 31 that he faced. North York incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Orangeville incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.