It did not go exactly to plan, but there certainly were positives.
North York’s weekend started off so well with a resounding 8-2 annihilation of the Chargers in Mississauga Saturday evening, led by a four-goal performance by Captain Kyle Clarke that evened his career high in goals in a third of the games. Sunday afternoon saw the Rangers run into some hot goaltending and some clinical finishing from the St. Mike’s Buzzers that earned the visitors a 4-0 win at the Herb, but that game had elements to build off as well.
The mid-week acquisition of Ture Linden and Ryan Radisa paid off immediately Saturday in Mississauga as they both found the back of the net in the third period. Kegan Blasby and Nick Zanette provided the others while Matthew Ferrari, Jonathan Giordano, and Joey Maziarz also added multi-point nights.
Shane Beaulieu and Noah Kalsner-Lowe replied for the Chargers .
Jeremie Lintner stopped 26 shots for his seventh victory of the season, while Luca Durante allowed all eight goals on 40 shots.
Sunday saw the Rangers outshoot the Buzzers 32-30, but two first-period goals put North York behind the eight-ball, and it could not recover.
Finn Evans notched two tallies for the Buzz, while A.J. D’Orazio and Cameron Searles added the others as St. Mike’s cruised to a 4-0 win.
Cossimo Lazzarino stopped all 32 shots he faced for his first shutout as a Buzzer.
The Rangers will now head to Buffalo take on the Jr. Sabres on Wednesday. Their next home game is on Sunday afternoon against those same Jr. Sabres; puck drops at the Herb Carnegie Centennial Arena at 3 p.m.