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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Flyers Stopped By Barons

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Noah Nurse scored for Goderich in the third period, in a 4-1 PJHL loss to Hanover

The Goderich Flyers were cursed by bad bounces in a 4-1 Provincial Junior Hockey League loss to the Hanover Barons.

The Flyers Saturday hit the goalpost numerous times, and had at least two shots go off the crossbar.

The game at the Maitland Rec Centre was a heated contest, with several scuffles and at least two all-out fights.

Goderich head coach Paulie O'Byrne is critical of Hanover's style of play, which he characterizes as undisciplined and disrespectful of their opponent.

The Flyers' only goal came just past the mid-way point of the third period when Noah Nurse converted a pass from Chase Meurs, to reduce the Barons' lead to 3-1.

Despite allowing a power play goal in the first period and a short-handed tally in the third, O'Byrne says his special teams performed well despite having their hands full for much of the game.

Hanover scored the only goal of the first period, while neither club scored in the second and the Barons outscored the Flyers 3-1 in the third.

Goderich is in seventh place in the PJHL's Pollock Division with a 7-21-1-3 record through 32 games for 18 points, and trail idle Walkerton by five.

The Flyers have a quick turnaround as they host the Kincardine Bulldogs at MRC, Sunday at 2:55pm.

The only other Pollock Division game Saturday saw a furious late-third period rally by Mount Forest fall short, as first-place Wingham prevailed 5-4 -- the game winning goal at 3:40 of the final frame was Jamie Huber's second of the game.

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