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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Flyers Rally To Tie Walkerton

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Goderich recovered from a pair of two-goal deficits to deadlock the Hawks 3-3 in PJHL action

The Goderich Flyers picked up a valuable point in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division standings, but head coach Paulie O'Byrne believes they should have had two.

The Flyers Saturday rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits, and skated to a 3-3 overtime tie with the Walkerton Hawks at the Maitland Rec Centre.

O'Byrne tells Country 104.9 Sports that his club came out strong in the first five minutes of the first period, but went flat for the next 15 minutes.

Walkerton took advantage, scoring goals at 11:27 and 16:44 of the opening frame.

The game's only special teams marker got Goderich on the board at 8:30 of the second period, when Cody Treble set up forward Avery Timmermans on the power play.

Down 3-1 mid-way through the third period, forward Jeff Fritzley converted a play from Eric Vander Eyk and Timmermans.

Vander Eyk tied the game when he banged home a pass from defenceman Brennan Long with 6:46 remaining in regulation time.

Goaltender Kevin Linker again helped keep the Flyers in the game, making 55 saves through 67 minutes of hockey.

O'Byrne says good performances from Linker are part of the formula for success for Goderich, but that the defence must provide better protection for their netminders by better covering opponents in the defensive zone.

The Flyers remain in seventh place in the PJHL Pollock Division with 15 points on a 6-18-1-2 record through 27 games, two points behind Hanover and five behind Walkerton.

The Barons have two games in hand on both Goderich and the Hawks.

O'Byrne is expecting a hot reception in Wingham Sunday afternoon, as the two teams meet for the first time since the Flyers stunned the first-place Ironmen 4-3 at MRC on December 2nd.

The Flyers-Wingham game faces off at the Wescast Community Centre at 3:30pm Sunday.

Goderich then returns home to host Mitchell at the Maitland Rec Centre Friday at 7:55pm.

In other PJHL play Saturday, both teams amassed a total 75 penalty minutes as the Midland Flyers of the Carruthers Division downed Hanover 6-4.

Mount Forest netminder David Lobsinger made 35 saves, as the second-place Patriots shut out third-place Kincardine 4-0.


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