Rangers drop first regulation home loss to Golden Hawks

TRENTON, ON - OCTOBER 5: Nick Leshuk #25 of the North York Rangers keeps the puck from Tiger McDonald #9 of the Trenton Golden Hawks in the second period on October 5, 2018 at Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens in Trenton, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Amy Deroche / OJHL Images)
November 11, 2018

8:17 PM EST

The North York Rangers suffered their first regulation at home with 3-1 loss to the Trenton Golden Hawks on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 11) at Hebert H. Carnegie Centre.

During North York’s (19-3-0-3) first powerplay opportunity, Golden Hawks (12-6-4-1) forward Cameron Gaylor picked off Joey Maziarz pass at the top of the faceoff circle.  That started a 2-on-1 rush with Griffen Fox tapping in Gaylor pass for the opening goal at 12:30 in the first.

After an icing call, the Golden Hawks were able to get their top line out against a tired Rangers group. It led to Tiger McDonald hitting Steven Elliot and the team leaguing goal scorer went far side to double up their lead.

The Rangers poured on the pressure in the third. Tyler Flack found the back of the net just before the midway point of the period for his 10th goal of the season. North York was up 17 to 4 in the shot department in the third in one point, but Trenton’s Andy Baker scored the empty netter to seal the victory.

North York dropped their season regulation game in a row and first at home this season.

The Rangers are back in action on Saturday (Nov. 16), when they battle the Blades in Oakville. Both teams hold the best record in their respected conferences. Puck drop is schedules for 7:30 p.m. at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.