The South Grenville Sr. Rangers are no longer undefeated.
The Rangers dropped a 4-1 decision to Smiths Falls at Ingredion Centre in Cardinal on Saturday night. The Rideaus remain perfect at 5-0 early in the EOSHL regular season.
There was a moment of silence before the game for local Hockey-Hall-of-Famer Leo Boivin, who had died a week earlier at the age of 90. The moment was followed by chants of ‘Lee-oh’ and players banging their sticks against the boards.
Broydon Stufko gave the home crowd another chance to respond early in the first period. His wrap-around goal at 3:10 made it 1-0 for South Grenville.
That would be it for the Rangers on the scoreboard. Smiths Falls captain Brett Costello’s end-to-end effort tied the game about two minutes later. Daniel Lacroix then scored what proved to be the game-winner midway through the middle frame. Bradley Hamilton’s power-play goal early in the third made it 3-1, and Lacroix’s second of the night padded the Rideaus’ lead.
South Grenville outshot Smiths Falls 44-41. Carmine Guerriero picked up the win in net for the Rideaus; John Gilmer was in goal for the Rangers.
Lacroix, Andrew McKenney of Smiths Falls and Stufko were named first, second and third stars.
South Grenville (3-1-1) remains tied for first in the East Division. The Rangers will host the Cornwall Prowlers next Saturday night.
In other EOSHL action Saturday, the Gananoque Islanders defeated Glengarry 5-3. Tom Dickson and Devon King scored twice for Gananoque (2-2).
In Jr. C hockey on the weekend, the South Grenville Rangers lost for the first time this season. After defeating Vankleek Hill 3-2 on Saturday, the Rangers fell 4-2 in Gatineau on Sunday.
South Grenville (5-1-1) remains in second place in the NCJHL standings.