Discipline and special teams proved the difference for the Mount Forest Patriots in Western Junior C hockey semi-final play.
The Patriots scored three power-play goals on home-ice last night to defeat the Walkerton Hawks 7-4 and take a surprising two games to none lead in their best-of-seven series.
Walkerton incurred 54 of the 88 minutes in penalties called in the game played in Mount Forest.
Ben Davis led the Patriots with three goals and two assists, while four different players scored for Walkerton.
Game three faces off at Walkerton Arena at 3pm this afternoon.
The visiting Kincardine Bulldogs meantime eked out a 5-4 win over the Mitchell Hawks to take a 2-0 lead in that best-of-seven.
Former Goderich Sailor Jamie Miller opened the scoring for Kincardine within the first minute of the game but the Bulldogs trailed 3-1 after 40 minutes of play on three second-period Mitchell goals.
Kincardine roared back with four goals in less than seven minutes in the third including the game-winner scored by Adam Hughes on a long lead pass from goaltender Gatlin Burt.
The Hawks and Bulldogs are back at it in game three at the Davidson Centre tonight at 7pm.