Calverley, Rangers hold off Bobcats late charge to advance to TELUS Cup final
QUISPAMSIS, N.B. – The Ontario champion North York Rangers took care of business Saturday afternoon putting themselves one win away from becoming the 2016 TELUS Cup champions. Despite squandering a two-goal lead in the third period, the Rangers held off the Lloydminster Bobcats late charge to advance to Sunday’s final. William Calverley powered the GTHL champions with a pair of goals and an assisted on James Turner’s third period goal which ended up standing as the game winner.
Mark Perone opened the scoring under two minutes into the first semi-final matchup of the day letting a wrist shot go from the point that fooled the Bobcats goalkeeper going top left corner. The goal came unassisted for a 1-0 Rangers lead.
Later in the period, just about halfway through, Parker Saretsky knocked a stretch pass out of the air and went in all alone but Jett Alexander got a piece of it with his glove and directed the puck up into the netting for a whistle keeping it a 1-0 lead for his Rangers. Saretsky got another chance near the seven minute mark as T.J. Lloyd’s point shot rebounded right to his stick but he fired the puck parallel with the goal line and out the other side so it stayed 1-0.
In the late stages of the opening period, William Calverley gathered the puck as everyone scrambled in front of the net and scored with a low shot just inside the right post. James Turner and Aidan Casey picked up the assists at North York took a 2-0 lead. Bobcats’ Zane Franklin took an interfence minor penalty with 29 seconds to play in the period giving the Rangers their first powerplay of the semi-final game. No goals came in those final 29 ticks of the clock but North York held a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period and would have 1:31 of powerplay time to start the second. Shots were 11-6 after 20 minutes for the Ontario champions.
Despite being shorthanded Lloydminster started off the second period strong getting themselves a three-on-one break moments in. The North York defender laid down and broke up the play, however the puck floated to Ty Smith who stepped into a big slapshot that was turned aside by the Rangers goaltender with his shoulder. At the 5:10 mark of the period, Tristan Petrie walked in and stepped into the puck off a rebound slapping it up high on Alexander as the Bobcats cut their deficit to 2-1. Chase Wouters and Parker Saretsky grabbed assists on Lloydminsters first goal in the playoff round.
The Rangers went back to the powerplay with six minutes remaining the in middle period and capitalized. Eric Wong’s shot went wide and off the boards behind the net where it bounced out front to Josling and he pounced on it in putting it in off the post before Austin McGrath could get their to make the save. Liam Gillanders also got an assist as the Rangers lead grew to 3-1 restoring their two-goal cushion. It remained the same through 40 minutes of play.
Finally the Bobcats were able to crack the puzzle that was Jett Alexander before the midway point of the third period. T.J. Lloyd beat Alexander with a wrister to get Lloydminster back within a goal, 3-2. Franklin and Ganie got assists on the goal scored at 8:49. Wouters shot one on goal from the outside hash marks and Saretsky buried the rebound on the other side of the ice tying the game 3-3. Ty Smith also got an assist on the goal scored at 13:47.
Right after that Bryce Kindopp got a breakaway but could not finish it off and then James Turner got one going the other way and scored putting the Rangers back in front 4-3 with 5:35 left to play. Calverley picked up the lone helper on the stretch pass to set up the go-ahead goal.
The Bobcats would call a timeout and pull their goaltender with two minutes to play hoping to tie the game and keep their gold medal hopes alive. Instead it was Calverley icing the game for North York with an empty-netter at 19:34 with Aidan Casey adding the only assist.
North York advances to play in the gold medal game at 5pm tomorrow while Lloydminster will play in the bronze medal game at 12pm.
Players of the Game:
North York Rangers – William Calverley
Lloydminster Bobcats – Parker Saretsky