By Jamie Neugebauer
Zachary Fung jammed home the game-winner off a rebound at 7:50 of the second period and 11 different Rangers registered at least a point as North York cruised past the Newmarket Hurricanes 7-3 on Wednesday.
Jason Pucciarelli made 27 saves for his 14th victory of the year as North York won its ninth out of the last 11 games and pulled six points ahead of the Milton Icehawks for third in the Southwest Conference.
Corey Kalk opened the scoring at 8:40 of the first period on the power play when he fired five-hole on Hurricanes net minder Bo Bessette and Brandon Gaudette doubled the lead a mere 13 seconds letter when a crazy bounce gave him an open net.
Nik Coric got one back for Newmarket before the end of the period, but Gabriel Valenzuela regained North York’s three-goal lead when he jammed a rebound home 3:59 into the middle frame.
Ryan Kruss replied for the Hurricanes after Fung’s goal, but Ted Hunt jammed in a wraparound for his 33 seconds before the end of the period for his 11th point in 12 games since being claimed off waivers.
Liam Kerins wired a puck to the top of the net 1:40 into the third period and Tye Campbell rounded out the scoring with an empty netter, his third goal in three games.
Kalk’s first-period goal made it nine games in a row that North York has scored at least one power-play marker.
The Rangers are back in action Friday night in Lindsay as they travel to take on the Muskies, puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
There are now six more games in the regular season.