By Jamie Neugebauer
Sometimes in the course of a season there are games where nothing goes right.
Pucks bounce over sticks, difficult penalties are called against and everything comes hard.
That’s exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon as the Rangers lost 5-1 against the St. Michael’s Buzzers in the last home game of the regular season.
A beautiful end-to-end rush from Patrick Piacentini led to a Chris Aitcheson goal at 7:32 of the second period to even the score up at one, but untimely penalties and turnovers ended up inflating the score in St. Mike’s favour.
Liam Kerins also got an assist on the Aitcheson marker and extended his point-scoring streak to seven games with a total of 12 points over that span. Kerins has only been held off the score sheet four times out of a total of 16 games in the New Year.
He also has points in every game versus the Buzzers this season.
The Rangers have one more regular season contest when they travel to Hamilton on Monday night.
North York is now tied for first in the South Division with the Buzzers, who have two games in hand on the Rangers. The boys in blue can only finish the season in first with a win against Hamilton and then three straight St. Mike’s losses.
They can still finish as high as second in the Southwest Conference and as low as fifth.