North York fights back for eighth straight victory

OAKVILLE, ON - NOVEMBER 17: Tyler Flack #17 of the North York Rangers skates up ice on November 17, 2018 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Spencer Smye / OJHL Images)
January 6, 2019

11:42 PM EST

The North York Rangers fought back from a two-goal deficit to take down the Kingston Voyageurs 3-2 in double overtime on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 6) at the Hebert H. Carnegie Centre. Tyler Flack scored the overtime winner to extend the team’s winning streak to eight games.

The Rangers (31-4-1-2) controlled majority of the play in the opening frame, but the Voyageurs defenceman Ethan Osburn squeaked one by Jett Alexander with only 35 seconds left.

Once again North York dominated possession, but again, Kingston (16-16-2-4) held them off. For only the eighth time this season the home side went into the third trailing 1-0.

The road team doubled their lead early in the third. Off a turnover in the neutral zone by North York’s Adam Panacci, Kingston strung loose on a 3-on-2. It ended with Tory Bowditch alone and he made no mistake just under two minutes into the third.

The Ranger continued to press and were finally able to solve the Voyageurs defence. During a long offensive zone time, Joey Maziarz point shot got through everyone and hit the top corner. It was the defenceman’s 11 goal off the season at 11:51. Less than three minutes later, on a powerplay, Jonthan Hampton tipped in Harrison Rees point shot to even up the score at twos. The tally marked Hampton’s 14th points in just 11 games with North York.

The two sides could not find a winner the rest of regulation or the first overtime. But in the second overtime, Tyler Flack out muscled Andrew Suriyuth for the lose puck at the blue line in Kingston’s and it led to a 3-on-2. Rees hit Flack in the slot, and the forward showed incredible patients waiting for goaltender Alexei Masanko to bite on a move before barring the overtime winner with only 21 seconds left. The 19-year-old registered three points in the contest to push his point total to 34 on the campaign.

Alexander made 32 saves to pick up his league-high 26th victory.

The Rangers are back in action on Saturday night (Jan. 12) when they travel a bit south to battle the Toronto Patriots (22-19-0-1). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.