Week Recap: Rangers to face Blades in Rd. 1

Trenton, ON - JAN 25, 2017: Ontario Junior Hockey League game between Buffalo and North York at the 2017 Winter Showcase, Ture Linden #9 of the North York Rangers adjusts his helmet during the first period. (Photo by Hark Nijjar/ OJHL Images)
February 21, 2017

2:27 PM EST

There are all sorts of ways to look at the Jekyll and Hyde nature of this group of pretty talented North York Rangers, but the easiest way to boil it down seems to be simply when all-star centreman Nick Campoli is healthy, they are a much different animal than when he is not. A rash of injuries to the defence-corps are slowly healing up, and adding the very capable likes of midget-though-clearly-junior-ready call-ups Dante Fantauzzi and Jesse Tucker are huge for this club, and head coach Geoff Schomogyi has stated that his biggest loyalty will be to whomever is playing the best, and can help his team win the most (as it should be, in the opinion of this writer). The North York offence scored 16 goals over two games last weekend, highlighted by a confidence-boosting, dominating win at Scotiabank Pond over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. They will take on the Newmarket Hurricanes and Toronto Patriots this week, though they know for sure they will take on the Oakville Blades in the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers are in the midst of a four-game winning streak as they get healthy, so it all depends on which North York team shows up at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex for Game 1 regarding whether it will be a competitive series or not.