CLARENCE CREEK – Fresh off their 8-2 win over the Morrisburg Lions the night before, the South Grenville Rangers faced a battle at the top of the Jr. C hockey standings with the Clarence Castors November 28. The Rangers were one point ahead of the Castors going into the game.
South Grenville’s Aiden Bailey opened the scoring for the team midway through the first period with a short-handed goal (from Keenan Cunningham). A power-play opportunity for the Castors with a minute remaining in the period resulted in the teams tied 1-1 going into the second.
The Castors took the lead and added an insurance goal two minutes apart late in the second period. South Grenville trailed Clarence 3-1 into the final period.
Zach White’s power-play goal two minutes into the third (from Jacob Montgomery and Cooper Kingston) brought the Rangers within one goal of the Castors, but the opposition quickly restored their two goal lead. Noah Penney’s power-play goal (from Bailey and White) restored some hope in the dying minutes of the game as the Rangers threw everything they had at the Castors to no avail. South Grenville pulled goalie Ben Spicer for the man advantage to try to tie the game, but the team fell short at the final buzzer. Rangers lose to the Castors 4-3.
The loss, only the second this season for South Grenville, drops the Rangers into second place in the National Capital Junior Hockey League.
It’s a high-flying weekend at home for the Rangers as the team hosts the Metcalfe Jets (December 4) and the North Dundas Rockets (December 5). The Jets sit in the league’s basement, while the Rockets are in fourth place, eight points behind the Rangers in the standings.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader