The Waxers traveled to North York on Saturday
night, their second last game of the regular season and with third place in
their division still remaining to be settled.
The Rangers scored quickly in the first period
to take a 1-0 lead, on a powerplay and then tide of the contest turned in the
direction of the blue and white. Just over two minutes later the Waxers
answered when Jesse Boucher fed
Kevin Tompkins, wide open in the slot from
behind the net and the Captain made no mistake driving the puck home to even
the score at 1-1, Kevin Cribari picked up the second assist.
Later in the period Adam Doucette wristed the
Waxers to their first lead of the night from about eight feet out.
If there was an example of a boring period this
first period was an ideal "showcase". Countless stoppages in play due
to numerous offsides, icings and pucks leaving the ice dragged the opening
frame to such an extent that we couldn't recall any other period this year that
even approached the stop and start nature that resulted.
After the first intermission the Rangers took
less than three minutes to even the score when a slapper from inside the
blueline hit the mesh behind Waxers tender Dan
Midway through the game Jason Young fed
Kelly who then drove down the right wing and then made a perfect pass across
the ice, Tompkins who realized he'd fall short of reaching it via conventional
means, dove headlong and from about a foot away from the goal line he managed
to complete the redirection for a pretty goal. The goal was Tompkins 20th of
the year and fourth in two nights.
Boucher flipped home the eventual game winner
three minutes later after a mad scramble around the Ranger cage. His 35th goal
of the year was assisted by Cribari and Derek
Not unlike the previous two periods (and
reminiscent of the Waxers last visit to North York), the Rangers once again
scored quickly at the start of the next period, a powerplay goal to cut the
Waxer advantage to a single.
With seven plus minutes left on the clock Mark
Menonte wired home the insurance marker, his 20th of the year, making good a
setup by Paul Robinson.
The Waxers scored twice more late in the contest
to punctuate the win. Derek Doucette unleashed his bazooka and drove a bullet
from the left faceoff circle for his 17th of the year, Paul
Robinson and brother
Adam drawing assists. With three minutes remaining Mark Mitchell and Derek
Doucette combined to spring Menonte with a breakout and Menonte pulled up at
the hashmarks and unloaded a slapper that concluded the scoring for the night.
Full marks to the Rangers for competing despite
their knowledge that their year has just one game remaining and in particular
their goaltender stood on his head and kept the game close as the Waxers could
easily have pushed twice as many pucks by him as they did.
The contest featured several momentum shifts
with the Waxers holding a significant advantage in the game but when he was
needed Leclair made the stops when he had to including several of the
"extremely tough" variety, utilizing his exceptionally quick reflexes
for a big man to whip out his trapper to turn away several good Ranger scoring
The win finally wraps up third spot for the
Waxers who now await to find out who their first round opponent, we'd expect
that the playoffs would start later in the week but we will of course publish
full details as soon as they are available.
Tuesday night the Waxers conclude their regular
season schedule in Oshawa Legionaires.
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1. North York, Skikos (PP) (Tonelli), 3:27.
2. Markham, Tompkins 19 (Boucher, Cribari), 5:56.
3. Markham, ADoucette 32 (PP) (unassisted), 14:06.
AStoyan Mar (cross checking), 2:32; Robinson Mar (cross checking),
11:56; Branston NY (high sticking major, game misconduct), 12:13.
4. North York, Monteith (Ragozzo), 2:43.
5. Markham, Tompkins 20 (Kelly, Young), 9:14.
6. Markham, Boucher 35 (Cribari, DDoucette), 12:27.
Ragozzo NY (holding), 5:00; AStoyan Mar (cross checking), 5:57;
MStoyan Mar (tripping), 14:14; Diotte Mar (slashing), 19:27;
Ragozzo NY (misconduct), 20:00.
7. North York, Brown (PP) (Skikos), 4:29.
8. Markham, Menonte 20 (Robinson), 12:25.
9. Markham, DDoucette 17 (Robinson, ADoucette), 16:24.
10. Markham, Menonte 21 (DDoucette, Mitchell), 17:02.
Mitchell Mar (elbowing), 3:18.
Markham: Dan Leclair. North York: Michael Repa.