By Steven Ellis/North York Rangers
The North York Rangers will look to end their second-round playoff series on Friday evening after defeating the Georgetown Raiders by a score of 6-3 on Tuesday evening at the Herb.
The Rangers were a dominant team when scoring first this season, and that was fresh in Noah Jordan’s mind. Jordan, the Buffalo killer in the first-round, made it 1-0 after his shot at the net was tipped in by a Georgetown defender in close, putting the Rangers up by on at 5:41.
But three minutes later, the Raiders answered back. Nicholas Prestia would let go a solid wrist shot, beating Colby Muise on the only blunder on the OJHL Goaltender-of-the-Year in the opening period.
North York would answer back at 11:09. Ryan Radisa would score his second goal of the playoffs when he found an opening in the ice and sent a nice wrist shot past the blocker of Timpano to put the Rangers up by a goal heading into the intermission.
With Timpano not returning to the net for the Raiders, North York used this is as an opportunity to put up a few more goals. At 6:59, a seeing-eye shot by Sam Hunter flew top corner past Nathan Torchia, opening the scoring off of a shot that looked like it was going wide.
About two minutes later, Nick Campoli’s great shot beat the Raiders netminder, capitalizing on the momentum gained from scoring the game-winner a few nights ago. Ross Krieger would finish off the second period in style, adding one of his own to make it 5-1.
The Raiders would get one early in the third period, but it was too late. Prestia would get one in the first minute of the third, winning a scramble in front to make it 5-2 for his second of the night. Jonathan Hampton would score one late for Georgetown but Kyle Clarke would ice the game with an empty-netter late in the battle, giving the Rangers the 6-3 victory and the 3-1 advantage in the series.
The Rangers will look to close the series on Friday night, a 7:30 PM start at Alcott Arena. Let’s see lots of Rangers fans in attendance!
Photo from Andy Corneau