By Steven Ellis
The North York Rangers have tied up their second-round playoff series after defeating the Georgetown Raiders by a score of 3-1 in game two on Saturday at Alcott Arena.
The Rangers had been a dominant team all season long when scoring first, so at 9:12, they made sure to do that. Former Georgetown Raider Ross Krieger would open up the scoring after Nick Campoli got the puck into the slot to his good friend and linemate. Krieger doesn’t miss many shots, and this would be no different as he’d beat former Memorial Cup champion Troy Timpano to make it 1-0 early in the contest.
The Raiders scored a similar goal at 7:56 in the second to make it 1-1. Derek McVey, the player who won the game for the Raiders on Wednesday, took a drop pass from Jonathan Hampton before sending the puck past Colby Muise’s blocker to tie it up.
With under 90 seconds to play in the second, the Rangers took their lead back. This time, Kyle Clarke, who had been buzzing around the net all game long, made a great individual effort to outlast a Raiders blueliner before getting Timpano to make the first move in the net, with captain Clarke dishing the puck over the goal line to make it 2-1. The Rangers would get an empty-netter from Peter Muzyka just before the buzzer sounded to end the game, with the Rangers rebounding to take game two by a score of a 3-1.
There won’t be much time to rest as both teams will be at it again on Sunday afternoon at the Herb. Puck drop is set for 3:00 PM, hope to see you there!
Photo from Steven Ellis/North York Rangers