Rangers Take 3-1 Series Lead With 6-3 Victory Over Georgetown

NORTH YORK, ONT. - North York Rangers defenceman Ryan Radisa (#5) warms up before an Ontario Junior Hockey League playoff game between the North York Rangers and Georgetown Raiders on March 18, 2018 at the Herbert Carnegie Centre. (Photo from Steven Ellis/North York Rangers)
March 20, 2018

9:12 PM EDT

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