Special teams proved to be valuable for the Walkerton Hawks in a 12-2 Western Junior C Hockey League victory over the Goderich Flyers, but they weren't the whole story.
Three of the Hawks' goals were scored on the power-play and one came while the team was short-handed.
Goderich was able to ice only 15 skaters in Walkerton Friday, as the club continues to deal with injuries and suspensions.
The Hawks jumped out to a 6-0 lead through the opening 20 minutes of play and led 10-1 after two periods.
Walkerton scored three goals in 88 seconds in the first period including two in just 20 seconds, to effectively put the game out of reach for the Flyers.
Brandon Boley, Lauchlin Elder and Tyler Cunningham led the Hawks two goals each -- singles came from Nathan Kramer, Connor Patton, Brooks Nelthorpe, Josh Deyell, Chris Gillman and Ryan Hamelin.
Marcel Fohkens and Eric McPhee responded for the Flyers with unassisted markers late in the second and early in the final period.
Walkerton outshot Goderich 38-20.
The win keeps Walkerton in first-place with a 13-2-and-1 record, while Goderich remains in last-place at 2-and-14.
Walkerton visits Mitchell tonight at 7:15pm, while the Flyers play Mitchell at the Central Huron Community Complex in Clinton Sunday afternoon at 5:30pm.
Friday's other Western Junior C action saw Greg Hansford score the game-winner with 5:37 left in the third period, as Wingham got by Kincardine 4-3 at the Davidson -- Tyler Loucks led Hanover with a hat-trick in the Barons' 8-4 victory at Mount Forest.