The North York Rangers capped off a 14-goal weekend with a 7-1 win over the Stouffville Spirit on Sunday, giving them a three-game winning streak.
The Rangers didn’t need much time to score the first goal of the game, scoring on just the third shot. Four minutes in, Sam Hunter’s scoring chance would get picked up by Ross Krieger in front. With a scramble around the crease, Krieger was able to find an opening in the net and sent it past David Bowen, giving the Rangers the 1-0 lead early in the battle.
At 10:54, the Rangers doubled their lead. This time, Noah Jordan got his first goal at home as a Ranger after following through on a Kyle Clarke rebound opportunity, putting the Rangers further on top halfway through the opening frame.
The Spirit scored a quick one in the second to give them some life. At 3:05, Liam Cripps scored on a broken play after Wesley Weir attracted two Rangers away, leaving Cripps an opportunity to find the back of the net.
But the Rangers weren’t going to let their early advantage slip away. At 8:03, Krieger got his second of the night after stealing the puck in the neutral zone and beating Bowen through the five-hole on the breakaway, giving the Rangers the 3-1 lead.
A minute later, the Rangers scored again. This time, Joey Maziarz’s wrap-around was stopped with a big save from Stouffville’s goalie, only to pick the puck back up and send it top corner. It was his second goal of the season, with both coming off of hard, individual efforts.
The Rangers couldn’t stop putting up goals on the scoreboard. At 3:26, Grayden Gottschalk tipped in Nick Leshuk’s shot from the high slot and beat Bowen, giving the Rangers five goals on the night. Then, exactly 20 seconds later, Jordan and Kyle Clarke created havoc around the crease, allowing Jesse Tucker to wrap around the net and jab home the rebound, giving the Rangers the 6-1 lead. Nick Leshuk would score late in the game
The Rangers will look to grab their fourth straight win with a road contest against Lindsay on Friday. The Rangers return home next Sunday when they welcome the Oakville Blades to town. Puck drop is at 3:00 PM at the Herb, hope to see you there!
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