Alexander rides hot streak to OJHL-leading 14th win

North York Rangers netminder Jett Alexander at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge Team Canada East training camp last fall. (Photo by Spencer Smye / OJHL Images)

JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

All great things things must come to an end and that includes hot streaks by a goalie.

But what a magical ride it was for Prince Edward County native Jett Alexander.

Alexander, the starting netminder for the OJHL’s North York Rangers, carried a shutout streak of four games into Sunday’s contest at the Herb Carnegie Arena against the St. Michael’s Buzzers.

Just 19 seconds into the second period and the Rangers staked to a 3-0 lead, the dam finally burst for the county native as Buzzer forward Ryan Alexander finally solved his family namesake and ended a streak of 290:46 of perfect netminding.

Ironically, it was the Buzzers who last beat Alexander back on Fri. Oct. 12 at the 9:33 mark of the second period of a 4-1 win by the Rangers.

A game prior, on Thanksgiving Monday, Alexander posted his first shut out of the 2018-2019 campaign with a 32-save effort over the Toronto Junior Canadiens.

The Rangers would win the game 1-0.

Through 10 games in the month of October, Alexander has surrendered just nine goals and, overall, leads the OJHL with 14 wins.

The OJHL doesn’t offer goaltending records in its annual media guide beyond lowest goals against average over the course of a season but Alexander’s five shutouts in the month of October is almost certainly a league record for a one month section of the regular season schedule.

Alexander is mentored by Rangers assistant coach Rob Gherson. Long-time Wellington Dukes fans will recall Gherson played 32 games for the club in 1999-2000 before playing four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League and five seasons of minor professional hockey throughout North America.