Rangers snap 7 game winless streak

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Austin Brimmer #7 of the North York Rangers celebrates the goal with his team bench in the first period, Stouffville Spirit vs North York Rangers on September 24, 2019 at Harborcenter in Buffalo, New York, United States. (Shawn Muir / OJHL Images)
October 20, 2019

6:47 PM EDT

The North York Rangers offence exploded for seven goals to snap a seven-game winless streak over the weekend.

North York @ St. Michael’s

North York got things started on the road against the St.Michael’s Buzzers. Unlike in the season opener, the Rangers got things started on the powerplay. Tyler Flack snapped in a Cole O’Hara pass just before the midway point of the first. The Buzzers responded quickly potting in two goals before the end of frame to take a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission.

North York was able to even up the score off the stick of defenceman Jager O’Toole. It marked the rookie’s first Junior A goal at 15:10. St. Michael’s retook the lead just two minutes later off the stick of Bryce Sutherland at 17:15. The score remained 3-2 the rest of the way.

Rangers goalie James Gray played very well stopping 39 shots in the loss. It marked his third straight start the Toronto, Ont., native faced over 40 shots.

North York vs Brantford

The Rangers headed into Sunday having dropped their last three home games, while being outscored 15-4. This time around against the Brantford 99ers, the offence showed up in a big way.

On the team’s first power play of the game, Austin Brimmer one timed in a Tyler Flack pass to opened the scoring at 8:31. It marked the fourth straight contest the Rangers recorded a powerplay goal. Only 40 seconds later the 99ers evened up the score off the stick of Jacob Ball. North York regained the lead at 18:05 with Myles Perry snipping the back of the net at 18:05.

The second period was an offensive showcase between the two sides scoring three goal a piece. Brimmer, Perry and Cole Tucker registered the markers for the home team. The score sat at 5-4 after 40 minutes.

The Rangers kept the offence going in the third. Perry potted in a goal in front at 12:09 for his first-career OJHL hat-trick. Tucker added a season-high seventh goal in the contest with less than two minutes left.

Goaltender Eli Shiller put up 29 saves to assist in the victory.

North York has a quick turn around with a rare Wednesday night home game against their South Division rival Toronto Junior Canadiens. Puck drop is at 8pm at the Herbert H. Carnegie Centre.