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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Flyers Drop Close One to Wingham

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Ironmen extend their winning streak to six games, with 4-3 victory at Goderich

Goderich Flyers' head coach David Errington says his team is now looking toward the first round of the Pollock Division playoffs in the Provincial Junior Hockey League.

Goderich will finish the regular season in seventh place, after dropping a close 4-3 decision to Wingham.

The Ironmen recorded their sixth win in a row at the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday, after dominating Goderich in the second period.

Errington credits his team with having heart and not giving up after falling behind 3-1 through 40 minutes of play.

The game's first goal came with 1:33 remaining in the opening frame -- a short-handed effort by Goderich's Trent Buchanan from Jack Francis and Noah Kuno, as Drew McKee was serving a hooking penalty.

The Ironmen evened the score just 39 seconds into the second period, with Jeremy Ross netting his first of two on the night.

Owen Sullivan followed up at 9:45, with Ross firing home his second marker exactly four minutes later.

Newly re-signed Goderich forward Marcel Fohkens took a set-up from affiliated player Will Thibeault to cut the Wingham lead to one goal at 12:06 of the third period, followed by Trent Michie's effort from Buchanan with 1:52 left in regulation time.

Greg Scott's power play goal at 17:43 of the final period was the game-winner for Wingham.

Ironmen goaltender Pat Do faced 27 Goderich shots, while Goderich's Branden Bean dealt with 31 shots from Wingham.

The sixth-place Ironmen remain five points behind Mount Forest.

Michael Stefanelli fired home the game-winner in a 4-3 Patriots' win at Kincardine Saturday, to move Mount Forest into a fourth-place tie with the Bulldogs at 30 points.

In the PJHL Yeck Division Saturday, Liam Melady's game winning goal with 17 seconds left in the third period capped an Exeter rally from a 2-0 deficit, as the Hawks defeated Thamesford 3-2.


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