GLANBROOK (Oct. 19) — Captain Sean Golebiowksi exploded for four goals and the penalty-killing corps displayed its mastery as the Glanbrook Rangers scored a commanding 6-2 victory over the Grimsby Peach Kings. The display, perhaps their most forceful of the campaign, extended the Rangers’ lead atop the Bloomfield Division to four points over the Peach Kings.
“We’re in a good spot right now,” said Rangers’ coach Kevin Miket. “We needed these two points to give us some separation from the other teams in the division … but we’re far from done.”
Golebiowski’s tour de force brought his team-leading goal total to 10 (with six coming in his last two games) and was the focal point of an assertive total team effort on the part of the Rangers.
“It’s definitely something I never thought would happen,” said Golebiowski of his highlight-reel performance. “I’m just glad we were able to pull off the win and extend our lead in first.”
While the teams were at even strength, the Rangers were practically untouchable as they out-skated, out-hit and generally out-everythinged the visitors. The only time the Peach Kings managed to make life even a little difficult for Glanbrook came when they held the man advantage, but more on that later.
“I think the biggest factor for tonight’s win (aside from the two mistakes on their goals) was that every player gave 100 per cent every shift,” said Dallas Nadasdi. “We stuck to our game plans and didn’t take a shift off. That’s what we need to keep doing night in and night out.”
The Rangers’ onslaught began early as Golebiowski deflected a point shot past Grimsby netminder Matthew DeLuca at 1:15 of the first period. He added a second goal at 17:39 of the second and two more in the third (at 6:54 and 14:50). In between, Ty Crombie and Cooper Hood chipped in with the remainder of the Rangers’ goals.
But underpinning the offensive fireworks was the dependable work done by the Glanbrook penalty killers. That’s a handy skill to possess, especially when your team is fourth in the league in penalty minutes.
But that hasn’t been a major handicap for the Rangers, who also just happen to be among the PJHL’s best penalty-killers with an 87.5 per cent success rate. And that number suffered somewhat because both goals the Rangers surrendered to the Peach Kings were, in fact, on the power play.
However, the unit managed to thwart five other man-advantage situations, including a tense stretch when they were two men short early in the third period.
“It was definitely a shocker letting them back into the game, especially with how we had been playing up until then,” said Hood. “But never did we feel a momentum shift. We knew we had been outplaying them, and a big third period showed we were definitely the better team tonight.”
Supporting the effort was rookie goaltender Jason Sviergula, who recorded 33 saves to keep his season record unblemished at 5-0-0 with a sparkling 1.79 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.
“A shout out to Roch and Gouls (goalies Tiago Rocha and Sviergula), they’ve stood on their heads and as a team we’ve got a lot of confidence having those two guys behind us,” said Nadasdi.
NOTES: Golebiowski added an assist for a four-point outing, which moved him into sole possession of top spot among Rangers’ scorers with 10 goals (tied for third in the league) and six assists for 16 points … Hood, Nadasdi and Eric Bridgwater each contributed a pair of assists … The Rangers currently have the second-best record in the PJHL, two points behind the Napanee Raiders … They’re also tops in the Bloomfield Division with 51 goals scored and a mere 21 allowed in 11 games.