On December 19th, the fourth place (20-6-0-2) North York Renegades took on the ninth place (8-16-0-2) Tottenham Steam for the second time this season in North York in Greater Metro Hockey League south division action. In their first meeting of the season on October 27th, the Renegades handed the Steam a 12 – 4 loss in North York.
Renegade scoring leader Chris Martin gives North York a 1 – 0 lead 11:26 into the opening period with a pass from Nevin Guenther. With 28 seconds remaining in the period, Conor Thomson sends the hosts into the first intermission up 2 – 0 with Connor Ventura and Steven Santos adding the contributors on Thomson’s goal. With the visitors on a power play at 6:04 of the middle stanza, Tottenham’s Viacheslav Chehrintcev finds the back of Renegade goaltender Evan Purdy’s net to pull the Steam within one. Anthony Podder and Bodgan Shleev had the helpers on Chehrintcev’s power play goal. Scoring his second of the contest, Martin brings the Renegades lead to 3 – 1 with Guenther notching the assist on Martin’s goal 3:02 into the final period. With an unassisted Tottenham goal, Shleev closes the gap to one for the Steam 43 seconds after Martin’s goal for the Renegades.
Mark Mannarn and Martin set up North York’s fourth goal of the game at 16:35 of the period on a Nevin Guenther’s goal to bring the lead to 4 – 2. With time ticking down, Matthew Psaras sinks the final goal of the game on a Steam power play with Podder and Matthew Bogenrieder adding the helpers on Psara’s goal at 18:56. North York goaltender Evan Purdy stopped 33 of 36 shots in the Renegades 21st win of the season.
The Renegades will close out the 2017 portion of their season in Colborne, Ontario on December 22nd when they meet the sixth place Northumberland Stars in a 7:30 p.m start.