CARDINAL – A win and a tie have moved the South Grenville Rangers into second place in the National Capital Junior Hockey League standings.
The Rangers played host to the first place Clarence Castors, drawing a 3-3 tie in Cardinal on October 9.
A scoreless first period led to the Castors outscoring the Rangers 2-1 in the second period. South Grenville battled back in third period scoring twice, while Clarence scored only once. A scoreless overtime led to the 3-3 final score.
Aidan Bailey, Nate Medaglia, and Mathieu Giroux each had unassisted goals for the Rangers, Medaglia on the power-play. Nicholas Gaumond, Nikolas Guindon, and Alex Ross scored for the Castors.
Rangers’ goalie Ben Spicer had 33 saves in the game.
The Rangers then travelled to Almonte to take on the Inferno the following day, resulting in a 10-2 win for South Grenville.
Almonte was coming off a 3-2 loss to St. Isidore the night before. South Grenville opened a 2-0 lead in the first period and added four goals in the second. Almonte answered back with one goal in the period. Rangers led 6-1 after two periods.
The Rangers piled on four more goals to the Infernos’ one in the third period resulting in a 10-2 extinguising of Almonte by South Grenville.
Cooper Kingston had a five point night scoring once, and assisting four goals for the Rangers. Jacob Servage had a hat trick and a helper for four points, while Owen Webster also had four points in the game (one goal, three assists.) Scoring for South Grenville also included Bailey, Keenan Cunningham, Medaglia, Zach White, and Connor VanLuit. Rookie goalie Riley Hogan got his first career win between the pipes for the Rangers.
The win put South Grenville into second place in the NCJHL standings, two points behind the Castors. The Rangers have a pair of home games next week hosting the Morrisburg Lions on October 16, and the North Dundas Rockets on October 17.
Elsewhere around the league...
The Gatineau Hull-Volant doubled the Vankleek Hill Cougars 8-4 October 8. Gatineau moves into third place with the win.
The Rockets blanked the winless Metcalfe Jets 7-0 and the Cougars blanked the Jets 8-0.
The Castors plucked the Eagles 6-2 for the Sunday matinee game.
Almonte and Metcalfe remain winless two weeks into the regular season.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader