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Monday, January 22, 2018

Flyers Drop Overtime Thriller to Kincardine

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Matt Bean scored with five seconds left, to force the extra period in PJHL action Sunday

With just five seconds left in regulation, the Goderich Flyers pressured the Kincardine Bulldogs into overtime before dropping a 2-1 decision in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Sunday.

With goaltender Kevin Linker on the bench for an extra attacker, Matt Bean scored unassisted at 19:55 of the third period at the Maitland Rec Centre.

Kincardine had been nursing a 1-0 lead since 10:49 of the first period when Hunter Robins-Gibbons scored the only other regulation time goal, assisted by Derrick Bernath and Trevor Donaldson.

Logan Freiburger and Robins-Gibbons fed Caskenette with a partial breakaway for the game winner, 3:21 into the extra frame.

The game was the third in three days for the Flyers, and assistant coach Doug Cruickshank says the experience was a good tune-up for the post-season which starts in two weeks.

The game followed a 5-3 loss to Mitchell at MRC Friday and a 7-5 loss in Mount Forest Saturday.

Cruickshank says Goderich played well in all three games, despite the outcomes.

The Flyers were forced to played a short bench Friday and Saturday, because several affiliated players were involved in post-season action and were not available.

With the point for the overtime loss, Goderich is now in sixth place in the PJHL Pollock Division with 16 points on six wins, 28 losses and four overtime losses -- one point ahead of idle Hanover.

Goderich wraps up its 2017-18 regular season on the road next weekend, with games in Hanover at 8pm Friday and in Kincardine at 7:55pm Saturday.

Playoff seedings will be set after the regular season ends on Sunday, January 28th.


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