North York losing streak hits four games

NORTH YORK, ON - OCTOBER 21: Cole O'Hara #19 of the North York Rangers skates with the puck on October 21, 2018 at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena in North York, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)
November 18, 2018

8:40 PM EST

The North York Rangers dropped their fourth straight game after a 4-1 defeat to the Toronto Patriots on Sunday (Nov. 17) afternoon at the Hebert H. Carnegie Centre.

The Patriots got on the board first thanks to Josh Rettinger. His point shot went through a ton of traffic in front for the opening goal just before the four-minute mark of the first. North York responded late in the frame. Adam Panacci came down the right hand side. He purposely shot at Patriots goalie Carter Tahk’s to create a rebound for Cole O’Hara to tap in. The 16-year-old rookie recorded his 5th goals and 23 point of the season.

The Rangers created all the pressure at the start of the second period, but the Patriots were the one who capitalized on their chances. Rettinger’s hit an in front, and the puck bounced to Brett Bannister beside the net. The forward had a couple cracks at it before beating Alexander at 12:40.

Late in the third period, Toronto caught North York deep in their zone. It lead to a 2-on-1 with Paul Spadafora one timing Jackson Alexeev pass in at 16:10. Eric Russell added an empty netter two minutes later to seal the deal.

Jett Alexander made 30 saves in a losing effort.

The Rangers have a week off before they host the Pickering Panthers (8-15-0-1) on Sunday (Nov. 25). Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Hebert H. Carnegie Centre.