Rideaus hand Sr. Rangers first loss

Broydon Stufko smiles after scoring for South Grenville early in the first period of the Sr. Rangers' game against Smiths Falls in Cardinal on Saturday night. The visiting Rideaus went on to win 4-1 to remain undefeated. Tim Ruhnke/The Recorder and Times jpg, BT

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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.