By Steven Ellis
The North York Rangers needed just two goals to defeat the Orangeville Flyers at home on Sunday, giving the team their first victory of 2018.
The first goal of the calendar year came from Ryan Radisa, who happened to score his first goal of the season. The big, tough blueliner showed why the team loves him so much when he sent a hard shot from the point, beating the traffic in front before passing by Brendon Landry for the 1-0 goal, giving the Rangers steady momentum given their success in the first period of games this season.
The game featured just one goal a period, so Orangeville took advantage o the second. Early in the period, Alex Lee took the puck away from a Rangers forward before passing it to Michael Hill. Hill made no mistake with his shot, going five-hole on Colby Muise to make it 1-1.
The Rangers eagerly wanted to start 2018 off right, and they made their chances count. Kyle Clarke would get credit for his 11th goal of the season when he converted on a pass from Jesse Tucker in front, beating Landry in close to give the Rangers the 2-1 advantage. The Rangers, with Muise in the crease, managed to shut down the Flyers for the remainder of the period, taking the victory in the process.
The Rangers begin a crazy week with a 7:45 PM home game on Wednesday against the Milton Icehawks, with North York looking to get another hot streak going. We hope to see you at the Herb then!
Photo from Steven Ellis/North York Rangers