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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Flyers Fall to Walkerton

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

Injuries and penalties pile up in Goderich's 8-3 loss to the Hawks

In recent games, the Goderich Flyers have been at their best in the third period, but in their Provincial Junior Hockey League game against Walkerton Saturday it was a different story.

The Hawks scored three goals in just over a minute in the final period at the Maitland Rec Centre, to power their way to an 8-3 victory over Goderich.

The Flyers lost two players to injury during the game, while another was assessed a game misconduct for fighting in the second period.

Goderich head coach David Errington says lack of discipline has again become a problem, after several games where they largely stayed out of the penalty box.

Mitch Newson caught Walkerton netminder Ryan Winter out of position, as he slid the puck into the net from Jack Francis early in the second period to cut the Hawks' lead to 3-1.

Noah Kuno and Mitchell Kellington set up Tyler Stacey for the Flyers' second goal with 4:23 left in the middle period, and Kuno's marker from Kellington wrapped up the Goderich scoring in the third.

Jordan Caskenette and Reid Simmons led Walkerton with two goals each with singles from Jake Urbschott, Lauchlin Elder, Robert Stonelake and Jesse Schmid.

Shots on goal favoured Walkerton, 45 to 21.

The victory puts the Pollock Division-leading Hawks four points ahead of idle Mitchell -- both have played 18 games.

Errington is pleased with the performance of the newly-formed Ryan Stulp, Kuno and Stacey line which sparked the Flyers' third-period comeback in a 4-3 loss at Hanover on Friday.

The Flyers host Mount Forest on Sunday, November 20th at 2:30pm at MRC, while Walkerton skates at Hanover next Saturday.

Next Sunday's Flyers' game is also Pyjama Toss day, in aid of the Goderich and Area Christmas Bureau.

You're invited to bring a new pair of pyjamas to the game -- size infant to 16 -- and toss them on the ice when the Flyers score their first goal.

Two other PJHL Pollock Division games Saturday saw Jack Vautour score the game-winner in a 3-1 Mount Forest win over Wingham, and Bryce Mayea score twice to lead Hanover past Kincardine 3-2.


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