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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Wingham Downs Flyers

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Defenceman Cameron Schram scores two in 9-5 Goderich loss at MRC

The Provincial Junior Hockey League's Goderich Flyers Saturday got some bounce back after a shutout loss the previous night, but it was not the outcome they had hoped for.

Defenceman Cameron Schram was an unlikely goal-scoring leader at the Maitland Rec Centre, accounting for two goals and an assist in the Flyers' 9-5 loss to Wingham.

Schram had the lone helper on Cody Treble's goal at 15:22 of the first period, that cut the Ironmen lead to 2-1 -- Wingham regained their two-goal edge with 1:10 left.

Chad and Cody Treble assisted on Schram's first goal less than a minute into the second period.

Eric Vander Eyk set up Jeff Fritzley with his 13th goal of the season at 15:05 of the middle frame, in Fritzley's second game back from injury.

Schram took a feed from Riley Conners for his second tally of the game at 15:11 of the third period, and Matt Bean converted a set-up from Braeden Duncan with 2:43 remaining.

Starting Goderich goaltender Kevin Linker and backup Jarron Thompson stopped a total of 31 Wingham shots, while the Flyers directed 26 shots at Wingham netminder Devon Carson.

Rhys Vollmer, Kyle Stanbury and Jamie Huber each scored twice for Wingham, with Jarod Logan's marker late in the second period standing up as the game winner; Matt Tolton and Brayden Fischer rounded out the Ironmen scoring.

Flyers' head coach Paulie O'Byrne says while Saturday's outing was an improvement over Friday's game, he maintains "there's a pile to be fixed... from the top down".

He points out that his players have the skill to execute plays, but lack confidence.

O'Byrne says the Flyers missed the contributions defenceman Zack Hammel and forward Trent Michie could have made to the game -- both were issued game misconducts early in the first period.

Saturday's game closes out the home portion of Goderich's 2018-19 PJHL regular season.

O'Byrne looks forward to Sunday's matinee game at Hanover and Friday's game at Kincardine as tune-ups for the first round of the PJHL Pollock Division playoffs.

The Flyers and Barons face off at P and H Centre Sunday at 2pm, while puck-drop against the Bulldogs goes at the Davidson Centre Friday at 8pm to wrap up the schedule.

It remains to be seen whether the seventh-place Flyers will face Wingham or Mount Forest in the opening post-season round; either potential opponent can choose to take a bye into the second round.

The post season starts at the beginning of February.

In Saturday's other PJHL Pollock Division games, forward Jordan Caskenette accounted for a hat-trick to lead Kincardine in an 8-5 win over Mitchell while forwards Michael Stefanelli and Lucas Fraulin scored two goals each in Mount Forest's 7-2 victory over Walkerton.

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