Western Junior C Semifinals
Walkerton Hawks 5 Wingham Ironmen 4 in overtime
Haden Campbell scored the overtime winner for Walkerton at 2:53 of overtime
Eric Lekun had a shorthanded goal & 3 points for the Hawks who lead the best of 7; 1-0
Game 2 in both semifinal series will be tomorrow night at Wingham and at Hanover.respectively
from Peter Jackson
The defending champion Walkerton Hawks have taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven Western Junior C Hockey League semi-final over Wingham but they had to do it in overtime.
Haden Campbell scored the game-winner 2:53 into the first extra period to give Walkerton a 5-4 home-ice victory over the Ironmen last night
The game was a back-and-forth affair with Walkerton going ahead 2-0 early in the first period on a short-handed goal by Eric Lekun and a power-play marker from Andy Mitchell -- only to have Wade Stephenson and Brett Brophy lift Wingham into a 2-all tie after 20 minutes.
Walkerton went up 4-2 through two periods as Matt Hill and Adam Alexander scored for the Hawks.
A spirited comeback by the Ironmen early in the third was marked by Justin Jacklin's unassisted goal less than a minute in followed by the tying goal from Evan Ducharme at 3:08.
The offence was as balanced as the scoring with Walkerton getting the edge in shots on goal, 29-26.
Walkerton and Wingham face off in Game Two of the series at Wescast Arena in Wingham tomorrow night at 7:30.
The other semi-final resumes at the P and H Centre in Hanover at 8:30 tomorrow night.
Mitchell leads the Barons 1 game to none in that best-of-seven.
Hawks 5 Ironmen 4 in overtime
Walkerton - Eric Lekun (shorthanded) (unassisted) 5:20
Walkerton - Andy Mitchell (powerplay) (Jordan Turcotte, Eric Lekun) 7:51
Wingham - Wade Stephenson (Aaron Armstrong) 9:00
Wingham - Brett Brophy (Nic Carter) 18:42
Walkerton - Matt Hill (Adam Alexander, Brad Humberstone) 9:04
Walkerton - Adam Alexander (Eric Lekun) 18:21
Wingham - Justin Jacklin (unassisted) 0:59
Wingham - Evan Ducharme (Justin Jacklin, Nic Carter) 3:08
Walkerton - Haden Campbell (Matt Hill) 2:53