After a close contest through the first 31 minutes of the game, penalties cost the Goderich Flyers in a 10-1 Provincial Junior Hockey league loss in Mitchell.
Goderich's only goal came at 8:47 of the second period at the Mitchell and District Arena Saturday when Jack Francis and Hayden Tenpas set up Tyler McCracken, to cut the Hawks' lead to 3-1.
Of the next seven Mitchell goals, five were scored on the power play.
McCracken was tagged for a match penalty for intent to injure with 6:13 to go in the middle period.
Penalties had been a negative factor for the Flyers through their first eight games but Goderich is no longer among the league leaders in penalty minutes, now led by the South Division's Wellesley Applejacks with 619.
Vetreran Nathan Templeman and Blake Pickering led Mitchell with two goals each, while netminder Graeme Lauresen made 19 saves for the win.
Flyers' goaltender Branden Bean went the distance, facing 37 Hawks' shots.
The victory enables Mitchell to keep pace with first-place Walkerton, who defeated Mount Forest 2-1 Saturday on Lauchlin Elder's two-goal performance.
Walkerton has 29 points to lead the Pollock Division through 17 games, two points up on Mitchell.
The Flyers visit Hanover on Friday, then return to MRC next Saturday to host Walkerton.
One other PJHL Pollock Division game Saturday was also a tight contest, with Brett Burrows netting the game winner in a 2-1 Kincardine victory at Hanover.