By Jamie Neugebauer
Adam Valadao had a goal and an assist and Gabriel Valenzuela had a beautiful goal controversially called off in the shootout but North York fell 3-2 to the Trenton Golden Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
The loss followed an equally controversial defeat on Saturday evening, on that occasion by the score of 4-3 to the Toronto Junior Canadiens.
Corey Helliwell opened the scoring vs. Trenton at 3:13 of the first period with his first as a North York Ranger when his wrister from the point evaded a screened Denny Dubblestyne in the Golden Hawks net.
Adam Valadao redirected in a bad-angled shot from Matthew Whittaker at 8:36 of the third to tie the game up after Trenton had scored twice in under a minute in the middle frame.
Matthew Thompson had the only awarded goal of the shootout.
Liam Kerins led the way with two goals and an assist on Saturday night vs. the Junior Canadiens, while Brandon Gaudette also chipped in with a goal.
Valadao, Kyle Thacker and Whittaker also added helpers.
Daniel Harquail and Anthony Repaci had two goals each for Toronto as they had eight power plays on the game to North York’s two.
The Rangers sit three points ahead of the Buzzers for third place in the conference with two games remaining; while St. Mike’s has a game in hand.
North York is next in action on Friday night when it travels to Oakville to battle the Blades in a must-win tilt, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.