Rangers down Jets, move on to face Vikings
METCALFE - South Grenville Ranger fans came home tired, but happy, in the early hours of Thursday morning. Those making the trek to Metcalfe Wednesday night to attend the deciding game of the Ranger-Jet home-and-home series, were treated to an exciting evening of Hockey action.
Going into Metcalfe needing only a tie to win the series, the Rangers took and early lead with two goals in the first period. The Jets responded with a marker of their own in the opening frame, leaving the score 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.
Metcalfe struck again late in the second period, sending the teams back to the dressing room deadlocked.
The Rangers managed to hold off the Jet's attack, clinging to the tie (and potential series win) until the dying minutes of the third, when the home team scored the go-ahead goal.
When the clock ran down, the Jets were victorious, meaning the series would be decided by sudden-death overtime. Midway through the extra frame, South Grenville sniper Tristain Loomis silenced the home-town crowd and ignited on the Ranger bench when his backhand shot found the back of the Jet's net. The OT victory gave South Grenville the series win and the right to move on to the next round.
The Rangers will open the best-of-seven quarterfinals against the first-place Papineau Vikings, Saturday night in Prescott. Saturday night will also provide local fans another opportunity to pick up a set of 2017-18 Ranger collector cards in exchange for a non-perishable food donation. Donations support the local food bank.
Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. at the Leo Boivin Community Centre.