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Friday, December 14, 2018

Heartbreaking OT Loss For Flyers

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Mitchell skated off with a 5-4 victory, after Goderich forced overtime with a third-period rally

A furious third-period rally was stopped almost immediately in overtime, as the Goderich Flyers lost 5-4 to the Mitchell Hawks in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.

Braeden Brudett Friday was credited with the goal that gave Mitchell the victory, 10 seconds into the seven-minute, three-on-three sudden-victory period at the Maitland Rec Centre.

Despite the Flyers opening the scoring at 7:14 of the first period, Goderich head coach Paulie O'Byrne says his club came out flat-footed and was playing catch-up with the Hawks.

Mitch Fisher's shot from Chase Meurs dribbled slowly through the crease, and stopped about half a metre inside the net.

Chad Treble set up the first of Eric Vander Eyk's two goals for the Flyers with 7:39 left in the second period, to tie the game 2-2.

Vander Eyk's second marker was the start of the rally, with 4:05 remaining in regulation time -- Riley Conners and Avery Timmermans assisted on the goal that reduced Mitchell's lead to 4-3.

Goderich tied the game on Trent Michie's goal from Kyle Langlois at 18:41 of the third period.

The Flyers remain in seventh-place in the PJHL Pollock Division, at 6-19-1-3 for 16 points -- three points back of Hanover.

O'Byrne says through eight games and four practices since becoming head coach, the Flyers are slowly becoming used to a new approach that keeps them in games against determined opponents.

He mentions part of his new system involves moving the puck out of the defensive zone quickly, and the idea is catching on.

O'Byrne looks forward to the Flyers' next game Sunday against Kincardine.

He says his team can meet the Bulldogs on equal terms in the neutral-site contest.

The Flyers host Kincardine at Lucknow Arena, Sunday at 2pm during Lucknow Minor Hockey Day.

Friday's other action in the PJHL's Pollock Division saw Hanover maintain its distance on Goderich in the standings with a 3-2 win at Walkerton, in which Luke Hoelscher's third period goal was the game-winner.

Division-leading Wingham extended its distance over second-place Mount Forest in the standings with a 3-1 home-ice victory.

In the PJHL Yeck Division Friday, Nick Overholt banged home the deciding goal in the third period, as the Exeter Hawks defeated Thamesford 2-1 at the South Huron Rec Centre.

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