Ryan Burke had a goal and three assists for the Glanbrook Rangers in their 4-2 triumph over the Grimsby Peach Kings.


GRIMSBY (Nov. 4) — Ryan Burke had a four-point night and Sean Golebiowski boosted his team-leading goal-scoring total to 14 as he connected twice to lead the Glanbrook Rangers to a 4-2 victory in a wild confrontation with the Grimsby Peach Kings.  In the process, the Rangers also equalled their longest winning streak of the season (six games) and maintained a comfortable three-point margin atop the Bloomfield Division standings.

As with most meetings between these perennial rivals, this game had a “playoff-like intensity,” said Rangers coach Andrew Tait, with both teams duelling evenly through the opening stages until Golebiowski struck for his first tally at 14:07 of the first period.  After Grimsby’s Tyler Karl equallized early in the second, the Rangers went on a scoring spree with the line of Golebiowski, Cooper Hood and Ryan Burke accounting for most of the damage.

Burke scored his seventh to put the Rangers ahead at 8:43 of the middle stanza, with Hood following at 13:49 with his 10th and Golebiowski adding the finishing touch at 18:45.  As has generally been the case, once the Rangers took the lead, the tension level escalated and penalties mounted.

“Like anytime we play Grimsby, it’s a fast-paced game,” said Tait.  “Between the first and second periods, we made a few adjustments and were able to come out strong.  Any time you’re in their rink, it is a hostile, intense game, and I felt that we were able to turn the tables on them and get them frustrated and undisciplined, just as they have done to us so many times in the past.”

Grimsby was able to cash in a power-play opportunity at 6:45 of the third — Karl scoring again — but that was the end of the goals and the beginning of the antics as time wound down,  punctuated only by frayed tempers, with at separate times, Glanbrook’s Terry Bridgland and Joshua Lindsay and Grimsby’s Ben Switzer and Aiden Leblanc involved in altercations. In all, the teams were assessed 104 minutes in penalties (64 to Glanbrook and 40 to the Peach Kings), while the Rangers as has been their habit, emerged the winner of the special teams game-within-a-game, scoring twice on their seven powerplay opportunities while holding Grimsby to a 1-for-9 reckoning.

While pleased with the remarkable success of the Rangers penalty killing so far this season, Tait said that’s one aspect of the game where he’d like to see some improvement.

“I will take a hard-working penalty any day, but you never want to give anyone the upper hand, especially a team like Grimsby,” he said.  “We need to tighten that up because it doesn’t matter how good our PK is, it’s not a style that’s going to be successful in the long run.”

Perhaps emboldened by their mini-resurgence, the Peach Kings held the momentum through much of the third period, outshooting the Rangers by a 16-5 margin.  But Glanbrook netminder Tiago Rocha held firm the rest of the way to pocket his seventh win of the campaign with a 33-save effort, and Tait expressed his satisfaction with the team’s overall accomplishment as they took the lead in the season series with the Peach Kings, 2-1.

“We continue to get excellent goaltending, I liked our compete level and I liked the fact that we weren’t intimidated by them,” he said.  “We played our game and we were able to battle in a hostile environment.”

NOTES:  The Burke-Hood-Golebiowski trio accounted for a total of 10 points.  Golebiowski, who was named the Bloomfield Division player of the month for September/October, had 2 goals and 1 assist, Hood had 1 goal and two assists and Burke led with 1 goal and 3 assists … Bridgland and Lindsay will sit out suspensions in the Rangers’ next game … This was the Rangers’ second six-game winning streak of the season, and they’ve come out ahead in 13 of their last 14 contests …  The Rangers are fourth in the PJHL in goal differential with 70 goals scored and 28 goals against for a +42 margin.  … Former Rangers goaltender Nolan Verardo was in net for the Peach Kings.  He played in one game for Glanbrook last year before suffering a season-ending injury.