The Goderich Flyers' path to escape seventh place in the Provincial Junior Hockey League's Pollock Division has become narrow and steeply uphill, following a 9-0 loss to Mount Forest.
At the Maitland Rec Centre Saturday, Goderich faced a defending division champion that was clearly gearing up for post-season play, as the Patriots dominated many phases of the game.
Eight different players scored for Mount Forest including newcomer Lucas Fraulin with two goals, and former Flyers' forward Jack Francis with the game's only power play tally in the third period.
Goderich starting goaltender Kevin Linker and backup Jarron Thompson faced a combined 39 Patriots' shots, while the Flyers had 29 shots on veteran Mount Forest netminder David Lobsinger.
The loss leaves Goderich with an 8-26-2-3 record through 39 games for 21 points -- eight points back of Walkerton and Mitchell; Walkerton has a game in hand, having played 38 games so far.
The Flyers close out the home portion of the 2018-19 regular season, when they take on Wingham at MRC, Saturday at 7:35pm.
Goderich's campaign winds down on the road with games at Hanover Sunday afternoon, and at Kincardine Friday.
Two other PJHL Pollock Division games Saturday saw Spencer Elder score twice, including the game-winner in Walkerton's 3-1 home-ice win over Mitchell, while Kyle Stanbury scored the game winner as Wingham defeated Hanover 4-3.