Rangers split weekend games - inch closer in divisional top spot

Posted by Lakewood Rangers Varsity Ice Hockey on Jan 13 2020 at 11:37AM PST in 2019-2020
The Lakewood Rangers split their weekend games – defeating the Brooklyn Hurricanes 9-3 in a home divisional contest on Saturday night while dropping a hard-fought 1-0 independent contest at the Pond against the White Division Aurora Greenmen on Sunday. Playing in front of a large and noise alumni night crowd at Serpentini on Saturday night, the Rangers jumped out to a 2-1 first period lead on goals by Eli Ladue and Jude Johnson. Ladue scored just 31 seconds into the contest to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. Brooklyn came back and knotted the score at 1 apiece just four minutes later on a goal from Hurricane defenseman Aaron Wrost. Lakewood recaptured the lead when Johnson found the back of the net at the 8:03 mark of the period. The Rangers held an 11-2 shot advantage while building that first period lead. Brooklyn opened up the second period on Wrost’s second goal of the night. But , Lakewood stormed up a 5-2 lead as Senior forward Will Holden scored a natural hat trick, lighting the lamp at the 5:48, 7:36 and 10:04 mark of the second period. The shift in momentum was vary clear as the Rangers opened up their lead. Holden opened the third period with his fourth goal of the night. Freshman Gavin Fiedler then banged a pair of power play goals home at the 5:18 and 8:11 mark of the period to stake the Rangers out to an 8-2 advantage. The two teams then traded goals in the last five minutes as Wrost got a hat trick for Brooklyn and Holden added his fifth of the contest for Lakewood to close out the scoring. The Rangers out-shot Brooklyn 24-19 in capturing their 13th win of the season upping their divisional record to 5-2 Lakewood’s hockey Alumni then entertained the crowd with a well-played alumni game. During the game (and pre-game ceremonies), Bobby Smith, former Ranger defenseman was honored as the night’s special guest. On Sunday night, Lakewood traveled to the pond for an independent contest with the Aurora Greenmen. The last time the two teams met was in last year’s Baron Cup in which the Greenmen eked out a 1-0 win over the Rangers. Sunday night was no different. Aurora converted a first period power play into the game’s only goal and the teams again skated to a 1-0 Aurora victory. Although they lost, Lakewood played one of their best game of the year in the exciting contest. Lakewood stays on the road again on Friday night as they will face White division opponent Olmsted Falls in the SWC tournament game before returning home to host the Chagrin Falls Tigers in an important conference battle on Saturday night at 7pm