Despite a 5-3 loss to the Wingham Ironmen Tuesday, there were many positives for the Goderich Flyers in Game Two of their Provincial Junior Hockey League playoff series.
Goderich head coach Paulie O'Byrne says the outcome could easily have gone the other way at the Maitland Rec Centre.
The loss now sees the Flyers trail Wingham two games to none, in the PJHL Pollock Division best-of-seven series.
O'Byrne was delighted for defenceman Zack Hammel, who scored his first goal in two seasons to give Goderich a 1-0 lead -- Mitch Fisher assisted on Hammel's marker at 4:11 of the first period.
The lead held up for more than four minutes before the Ironmen got the goal back, to send the teams to the dressing room tied 1-1 through 20 minutes of play.
Special teams worked for the Flyers in the second period, with defenceman Brennan Long scoring an unassisted short-handed tally at 4:53.
Chase Meurs and Braeden Duncan set up Eric Vander Eyk's power play marker mid-way through the period.
Wingham outshot Goderich 35 to 34.
The Ironmen were led by team captain Jamie Huber with two goals while Corey Restoule, Kyle Stanbury and Josiah Kraayenbrink added singles.
O'Byrne is ready for a noisy night at the Wescast Complex in Wingham where Game Three will be played Friday night at 8:30pm, and says his club will need to work hard to stay in the series.
Game Four is set for MRC, Saturday night at 7:30pm.
One other PJHL first-round playoff game Tuesday saw Walkerton edge Hanover 2-1, with Spencer Elder scoring the game-winner at 7:12 of the second period.
The Hawks lead the best-of-seven Pollock Division series three games to none and can complete a sweep at Walkerton Arena, Friday night at 8:20pm.