The Goderich Flyers used a smaller ice surface to their advantage in battling back to defeat the Kincardine Bulldogs 3-2, in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.
The Flyers Sunday scored three unanswered goals and erased a 2-0 first-period deficit at the Lucknow and District Sports Complex.
Chase Meurs set up Mitch Fisher for the first Goderich goal mid-way through the opening period of a game characterized by its chippiness.
A four-on-four situation opened up the ice late in the second period and the Flyers took advantage of a neutral zone giveaway, as Noah Nurse converted a feed from Eric Vander Eyk and Kody Langlois to tie the game with three seconds remaining.
The game-winner for Goderich came in the last minute of the third frame, as Fisher took the puck from a Bulldogs' defender, and Flyers' captain Trent Michie wristed the puck past veteran Kincardine netminder Craig Luinstra.
Flyers' head coach Paulie O'Byrne says the energy level on the bench and in the dressing room is positive, and the players believe they can compete with the best teams in the Pollock Division.
Discipline is near the top of O'Byrne's agenda for success, while at the same time his players can be pests and get under the skins of other teams to goad them into bad penalties.
The Flyers travel to Mount Forest for their last game prior to Christmas, Friday at 8:30pm -- they return to the Maitland Rec Centre in Goderich to host Hanover on Saturday, December 29th at 7:35pm.
The second-place Patriots received a nasty shock in Hanover Sunday, where Brandon Richardson scored in the third period to secure a 2-1 Barons' victory.
The Flyers are now two points behind sixth-place Walkerton, with a 7-19-1-3 record and 18 points.