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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Flyers Edge Bulldogs

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Trent Michie's power play goal was the winner in a wild 7-6 Goderich victory over Kincardine

There was no letdown for the Goderich Flyers Sunday in a high-scoring Provincial Junior Hockey League game, which saw them skate off with a 7-6 victory over the Kincardine Bulldogs.

It was their second home game of the weekend at the Maitland Rec Centre, where they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Hanover Barons Saturday.

The Flyers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as Trent Michie opened the scoring 55 seconds into the first period, with assists from Bayden Parent and Cameron Schram.

Cody Treble set up brother Chad for Goderich's second marker at 7:31, after which Kincardine stormed back for three goals to make the score 3-2 Bulldogs through 20 minutes of play.

The Flyers owned the second period, exploding for goals by Brennan Long, Noah Nurse, Chad Treble and Riley Connors.

Michie contributed two second period assists along with Matt Bean, Cody Treble, Chase Meurs, Kody Langlois and Nurse.

Goderich's fourth goal came while the Flyers' were short-handed, as Michie raced along the wall in neutral ice and feathered a pass to Nurse who beat Kincardine netminder Craig Luinstra with a wrist shot.

Michie's power play tally from Eric Vander Eyk in the final period stood up as the game winner.

Six different players scored for the Bulldogs, who outshot the Flyers 37 to 32.

Goderich head coach Paulie O'Byrne tells Country 104.9 Sports that his team put away Saturday's loss and looked ahead.

He reserves special praise for goaltender Jarron Thompson, who was called into action for both weekend games in the absence of starter Kevin Linker.

O'Byrne believes the Flyers are in a good position to gain ground in the Pollock Division standings with nine games left in the regular season, of which six are on home-ice.

The victory moves seventh-place Goderich within three points of Walkerton in the Pollock Division standings, with 20 points on an 8-21-1-3 record.

The Flyers host Mount Forest at MRC, Saturday at 7:35pm.

Two other games were played in the PJHL Pollock Division Sunday:

Hanover helped the Flyers' cause with a 6-2 victory over Walkerton, in which Brandon Richardson scored the game-winning goal in the third period.

The second two-goal performance including the game-winner for Jamie Huber in as many days helped Wingham double Mitchell 8-4.

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