Rangers beat Spirit to extend streak to 12

NORTH YORK, ON - OCTOBER 28: Grayden Gottschalk #24 of the North York Rangers skates up ice on October 28, 2018 at Herbert Carnegie Centennial Arena in North York, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Ray MacAloney / OJHL Images)
November 2, 2018

5:29 PM EDT

New North York Rangers forward Jacob Buch scored the game winner to help extend the team’s streak to 12 with a 5-1 win over the Stouffville Spirit 5-1 on Friday night (Nov. 2) at the Hebert Carnegie Centre.

Joey Maziarz’s point shot somehow got through all the traffic in front just six and half minutes into the first. Just over a minute later Rizvan Mansurov pushed in the rebound from Carter Schott point shot to even up to score.

The Rangers acquired forward Jacob Buch from the Burlington Cougars earlier in the week. The 20-year-old made a positive impression in his first game. He was left alone in front, while five players fought behind the net. Grayden Gottschalk came out of the pile and found Buch in front for the lead. With next than three minutes to go in the frame, Nick Leshuk tipped in Harrison Rees’ shot for his career-high 11th goal of the season.

Gottschalk tallied two goals in the first five minutes of the third period to put it out of reach. In his first game back in over a month, center Ashton Stockie registered three assists.

As well as Stockie, Eli Shiller returned between the pipes for the first time in over a month giving starter Jett Alexander his first full night this season. The 17-year-old made 24 saves to pick up his first career OJHL victory.

The Rangers are back on the ice this Sunday (Nov. 4), when they face the Newmarket Hurricanes at the Hebert H Carnegie Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.