HAGERSVILLE HAWKS 1, GLANBROOK RANGERS 0 (OT)
GLANBROOK (Oct. 20) – In the realm of hockey analytics, the Glanbrook Rangers were clear winners. They monpolized the game in just about any diagnostic category you could imagine: puck possession, offensive zone time, shots at the net, shots on the net.
Except one … and, in the final analysis, it was the one that counts the most as the Rangers dropped a tense, 1-0 overtime decision to the Hagersville Hawks. It was Glanbrook’s second consecutive loss and dropped their season record to 2-3-1-0.
“It’s tough to take, we played well enough to win,” said Rangers’ coach Andy Tait. “We played well for the whole 60 minutes, we just couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities.”
From the outset, the Rangers controlled the puck and the play. Except for brief intervals, the bulk of the first and the second periods were played in the Hagersville zone. But despite their dominance, the Rangers were unable to cash in on their chances – the best being a breakaway by Sean Golebiowski – or their four power-play opportunities.
Losing a pair of forwards to injury — Joel Wallace in the first period and Christian Stevens in the third – certainly didn’t help the Rangers, and the tide seemed to turn midway through the third frame. Glanbrook’s Aiden Ferguson was assessed a hooking penalty and the Hawks started to show a little spark, although they couldn’t beat Rangers’ goaltender Sebastian Peto.
The Rangers faced another short-handed situation when Ethan Cloutier took a holding penalty at 18:14, but they again held firm to the end of the period and into the overtime. Just when it seemed they had overcome the danger, (bad) luck intervened.
“One of our guys fell and another one tripped over him,” said Tait. “The puck came loose and they got a clear break.”
Hagersville’s Brendan Sullivan made no mistake putting a high shot past Peto to earn the win.
The lack of scoring touch (Glanbrook has just 10 goals in six games this season, with four of those coming in their previous loss to Port Dover) will be the Rangers’ focus at practice as they prepare for their next game on Oct. 27 against Grimsby.
“We’ll get back to basics; sometimes we’re trying to be a little too cute around the net,” said Tait. “We have to try to give them the tools to get better opportunities, to get in better scoring positions.”