Rangers unable to hold off Patriots in Game 1

March 11, 2014

8:00 PM EDT

By Jamie Neugebauer

Corey Helliwell scored his first of the post-season and hit the crossbar on another chance, but it was not enough as the North York Rangers fell 4-2 to the Toronto Patriots in Game 1 of the second round Wednesday.

Corey Kalk opened the scoring for North York at 3:50 of the first period when his spinning snapshot evaded Evan Buitenhuis.

Andreas Tsogkas got his first of the night to tie it up at 18:23 when his wrister from the right wing trickled through Rangers goaltender Jason Pucciarelli.

Helliwell gave North York the lead again 2:53 into the middle frame with a screened shot from the slot, but Kevin Shier tied the game up at 11:38 by beautiful converting a breakaway on the backhand.

Shier then put the Patriots ahead for the first time in the game at 17:06 on the power play with a one-timed blast on a pass from Mike Prapavessis.

Tsogkas converted a 2-on-1 with Rory Bell to put the game out of reach with just over three minutes left in the game.

The Rangers outshot the Patriots 27-21 on the contest.

Game 2 goes Friday night at the Herb Carnegie Centennial Arena, puck drops at 7 p.m.