runs out on comeback kids as Rangers lose Bell Capital
Cup final in OT
coming back from two goals down to win their Bell Capital
Cup semi-final, the Gloucester Rangers Major Atom AA squad
needed to pull an even bigger rabbit out of their hat
to force overtime in the Major Atom AAA final.
1-0 after giving up a goal with 2:51 left to go in the
third period, the Rangers threw everything they had at
the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven. After pulling their goalie
for an extra attacker, the Rangers pinned the Silver Seven
deep in their own end and as the finals seconds ticked
down, their tenacity paid off with a game tying goal with
only one second left on the clock.
Stacey, who scored the game winner against the Nepean
Raiders in the semi-finals earlier in the day, did the
honours for the Rangers in the final, but their good fortune
would run out when Thomas Aspropotatmitis scored with
2:29 left in overtime to deliver the win and the championship
banner to the Silver Seven.
was the fourth time the Rangers have lost to the Ottawa
Valley team this season. Their only win against the Silver
Seven came on Dec. 15 when they beat them 3-1.
the four regular season losses the Rangers have suffered
so far this year, three have come against the Silver Seven,
who trail them by just one point in the Ontario East Minor
Hockey League standings, although the Rangers have three
games in hand.
Rangers made it into the final after coming back from
two goals down against the Nepean Raiders earlier in the
day. Stacey scored with 2:52 left in the second period
to cut the Raiders lead in half, and then Kyle Jackson
scored a minute and six seconds into the third period
to tie the game. Stacey's game winner came at the 11:51
mark of the third.
Rangers can now enjoy a whole two days off before their
next regular season game against the Ottawa Sting on Thursday.
Rangers leading scorer in the Bell Capital Cup was Cameron
Butler with six goals. He also had three assists which
tied him for the points lead with Simon Labelle who had
four goals and five assists.
10 p.m., Dec. 31)
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